Roger, Maggie & Camden - NY to Maine 2013 travel blog

Roger, Maggie & Camden - NY to Maine 2013

Roger, Maggie & Camden travel blog
Greetings Family and Friends!

We are happy to share with you another of our summer cruises aboard Dande Girl. This year we are doing something different than what we told everyone we would be doing. We are NOT going north and west through Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes all the way to Chicago. After a very busy and hot summer last year we decided we really miss Maine where the waters are big and deep. There are hundreds of islands to hide out in. Weather is cooler although wetter and foggier, which we don’t mind all that much. Plus we run into so many like-minded boaters ... and that’s a good thing.

Incidently, and very importantly, Dande Girl had a huge makeover this past winter at Winter Harbor Marina in upstate, Brewerton, NY - a lazy little town just north of Cicero & Syracuse, on the Erie Canal. Dande got two new engines (more powerful), a new, quieter generator, new exhausts & two new fuel tanks to replace the old rusting ones. She now can boast about her bow thruster. Oh Lordy, what a wonderful thing to have. Plus she has a whole new panel of state-of-the-art instuments. The engine room was totally repainted a pearly white that makes Roger really proud. And listen to this -- it was all done without cutting holes all over the place in the salon and bridge and making a remodeling nightmare. As it goes these days, clever boatworkers decided the best way is really the simplest yet least obvious. They cut a hole in the BOTTOM of the boat (the hull), pulled everything that was being replace out the bottom. Then they put in all the new stuff and patched up the hull to look like new. Many of you who know Dande know she’s immaculate inside and out and she still looks that way. We are expecting her to perform much better from now on. She is 23+ years old and was developing some issues that had us boat shopping more than the usual. Well now we won’t be looking to replace her anytime soon, unless we win the lottery.

Our course this summer will be to complete the Erie Canal, turn south on the Hudson River and go all the way back to NY/NJ where we’ll be around the July 4th holiday. Then we’ll head east through Long Island Sound and out toward Cape Cod. Then back up the east coast toward Maine and try to spend our last month in Maine waters, hoping we aren’t chased out again by another rogue hurricane (that happened twice to us in consequtive Septembers in Maine). We’ll stop again in some favorite ports and try to include some new, unexplored ports. We’ll try not to repeat ourselves in the journal so stop us and don’t let us be repeaters, OK? That doesn’t go for us bragging about our dog Camden. We can brag all we want and send cute pictures all we want.

We'll be sending out periodic notices that the journal is updated. If you want to know more details about our plans, check out the “Itinerary” on the Home Page. We probably won’t make any entries until we leave around the 9th.

It’s not too late to join us anywhere you’d like to go.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
 
 
Roger Flies ahead to get Dande Girl...
 
 
 
Erie Canal Lock #20 - About 10 mi....
 
 
 
Stuck in Fort Plain, NY - Lock @15
 
 
 
Lock #16 - Northeast of St. Johnsville
 
 
 
Fort Plain YouTube video of Flash...
 
 
 
Lock # 16 - Mindenville, NY - No...
 
 
 
OK, let's start this again...
 
 
 
Waterford, NY on Hudson
 
 
 
Albany, NY revisited
 
10 
 
 
Kingston, NY, the original capital of...
 
11 
 
 
Jul 22/13
Halfmoon Bay Marina, Croton-on-Hudson
 
12 
 
 
Liberty Landing, Jersey City
 
13 
 
 
Jul 27/13
Milford, Connecticut
 
14 
 
 
Noank, CT on Mystic River
 
15 
 
 
Newport, RI
 
16 
 
 
Aug 2/13
Onset, MA
 
17 
 
 
Gloucester, MA
 
18 
 
 
York Harbor, ME
 
19 
 
 
Boothbay Harbor, ME
 
20 
 
 
Christmas Cove & Monhegan Island
 
21 
 
 
Belfast
 
22 
 
 
Camden
 
23 
 
 
As far downeast as Bar Harbor
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