So while I had fair winds, I took advantage of them to sail as many miles as possible, each and every day. And I do mean sail. With the wind behind the Blue Moon's big gaff mainsail, she makes hull speed (about 5.6 knots) with about a 10 knot wind. We were able to make 40-50 miles every day, with just one off day to let a bad line of thunderstorms pass through.
What really made the Chesapeake special for me was the emergence of wooden sailboats, and boats with character. I guess wooden sailboats don't do very well in the South, because I'd seen very few, except at the boat show in Southport, NC. I don't remember seeing any wooden boats actually sailing, south of Norfolk.
But suddenly, in the Chesapeake, they were there. I could feel the Blue Moon getting excited. She was coming into her country.
One of the first wooden boats we saw was a powerboat. But not just any powerboat!
The boat is a converted commercial fishing boat, and has a galley in the little house on deck behind the pilot house, and pretty nice accommodations forward, under the doghouse under the mast. If I ever get a powerboat, it would be one like this one!
The next remarkable boat we saw was this enormous schooner. 200 foot long? I don't know, but I think her bowsprit was longer than the Blue Moon. An absolutely impressive boat.
If I ever bought a powerboat, it would be one like this!
|Gentleman's Motor Yacht|
|Classic New England-style Schooner|
Update: a reader informs me that this is the Pride of Baltimore II, "the Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Maryland and the Port of Baltimore." More importantly, she is the Blue Moon's big sister! Both were designed by the great Tom Gilmer. She's a transatlantic tall ship race winner, so it's no wonder she sailed circles around us!
|The Pride of Baltimore II|
I guess that's why they paint them grey!
|USN Patrol Boat|
Cabin Boy now has over 1500 miles on his flat bottom, and he has enjoyed every minute of it.
From skimming along over flat morning seas, to surfing down the monsters in Albemarle Sound, to dancing over the happy chop in the Chesapeake, Cabin Boy has never shipped more than a light spray over his bow.
If anyone ever designed the perfect tow-behind dingy, it must have been John Atkin.
|My favorite classic gem|
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