Rockland - Bucks Harbor
May 30, 2008
This year, we were excited to have a permanent mooring in
Bucks Harbor, after submitting our application during last
season. I was anxious to get the boat to her summer home.
I chose to launch the boat in Rockland for convenience
reasons, and had made arrangements for a temporary,
short-term mooring rental till I could get the boat
organized and till the weather was suitable for the 21-mile
trip up Penobscot Bay to Bucks Harbor.
After getting the boat squared
launch day, but unable (or at least unwilling) to bring
the boat up the bay in the day's high and generally
unfavorable winds, I waited out another windy--though
nice--day on Thursday, keeping my eye on Friday as the day
to bring the boat up.
Friday ended up being good
for the trip--cool temperatures, but glorious blue sky,
bright sun, and calm winds to start the day. 15 knots
of wind on the quarter would have been nice for the trip,
but lacking that, I preferred flat calm and motoring for
this trip to fighting undesirable winds. Allen Hilburn
(Kaholee, 158) came along for the ride; we departed the
house at 0700 and arrived on the boat at just about 8.
After quickly getting things ready to go (raising the main
and storing our gear), I dropped the rental mooring at 0818
and we headed out.
We had an uneventful but very pleasant motor up the bay.
There was little or no wind to speak of during the trip,
though shortly before we arrived at Bucks Harbor the
seabreeze began to kick in, just before noontime.
Having never actually seen the mooring that I bought last
fall, I relied on my general understanding of its position,
as well as some specific lat/long coordinates provided by
the harbormaster, to find it; it was right where it should
have been, and right where I expected. We picked up
the mooring at 1228 after traveling 21.8 miles over a 21.6
a quick hot dog lunch and putting the boat to bed, we headed
for shore at 1400, where Heidi awaited us to bring us home
(or, more specifically, back to Rockland where I'd parked in