Mollihawk's Shadow Newport, Rhode Island to Camden, Maine - Summer 2010

 

 

Newport, Rhode Island to Camden, Maine
By David Nicholson
 
While Leo Conway (ICC), and I were scanning the coastline of Cape Cod, we missed a most phenomenon sight just behind our backs. The others were lucky to be looking at that very moment. It happened in relatively shallow water off the North East corner of the Cape Cod Peninsula. A massive creature breached in the water, and soared high above our heads, a huge dark shiny body. It was gone within two seconds as it re-entered the water in a perfectly arched dive. Florrie Long (ICC), and Kieran Kelleher, a nephew of the late Dr Cal Condon, were mesmerised as they witnessed the performance and stepped hurriedly to the other side of the boat. On turning I saw the splash which was less than two boat lengths away but thankfully did not come aboard. When describing the creature to locals they told us it was a FIN Whale and that they come there annually to feed.
 
Our delivery trip started in early September, in Newport, Rhode Island, when we picked up my son Eddie’s boat, “Mollihawk’s Shadow” from a mooring in the busy harbour. Our journey was to be some 400 miles Northward to Penobscot Bay and Wayfarer’s Boatyard in Camden. We planned to move quickly Northwards along the Massachusetts Coast, into the more scenic rugged rock strewn coastline of Maine. Leo had picked out his choice of attractive overnight stop over, which included: Rockport- Orrs-Baileys Y.C in Casco Bay – up Harpswell Sound to Bath (12miles in land) – Boothbay Harbour and in Penobscot Waterway, the towns of Rocklands, North Haven, Belfast and lastly Camden.   But first we had to side track and visit Nantucket, where I had friends whom Joan and I sailed with in the Caribbean in 1993. We tracked them down easily through the Internet, and Jeremy and Pat David were delighted to hear from me and promised us a great welcome. Two days in the busy tourist town of Newport, which is of course twinned with Kinsale, saw us away from the “Flesh Pots”, with fuel, water and stores aboard. After and 11 ½ hour, 68 miles motor sailing via Martha’s Vineyard Sound, we tied up in Nantucket, on a marina kindly lent to us by our friends, for the 3 nights of our stay. This visit was probably the highlight of our trip as we were feted for two full days by Pat and Jeremy – such kindness. Nantucket has its own special atmosphere. Strict careful planning has preserved all things connected with the golden era of whaling. A fine Heritage Whaling Museum is a major attraction. The planners have allowed large homes to be built by the “Rich and Famous”  from large cities of America, but they are well away from the town centre.
 
Off Northwards, with one night stop over, we sailed 120 miles to Marblehead, a huge yachting centre just north of Boston. On calling the Boston Y.C. on VHF, we were welcomed and allotted a mooring for three nights amongst an armada of boats. The club had a regular ferry service and we had the use of all the facilities. Kieran left us here to get back to his work with the World Bank – what a pleasure it was to have him with us – he brought another dimension to our thinking about the environment. His job is to provide funds to poorer communities all over the world, which enables them to improve their fishing industries while also preserving the environment.
 
A couple of days later Jack Forde (ICC), arrived – his number one duty – to keep us laughing !! We had now two weeks to cover the remaining 250 miles to Camden. So, we aimed to sail without engine each day for several hours and to arrive in port early each afternoon in order to have time to visit and eat ashore. This worked out very well as the weather was mostly kind, with little rainfall. Responsibilities were shared around, with Florrie in charge of stores and evening chef. His scallop dishes were so tasty he was awarded the full Michelin 3 stars. Jack was winning in his main responsibility, as all crew were getting on like a house on fire and the ship was full of laughter. Leo kept us off the rocks which were everywhere and picked interesting ports to visit, and I kept an eye on all Mollihawk’s Shadow's equipment. The coastline of Maine must be one of the most scenic areas in the world. Harbours and inlets abound and everywhere is adequately buoyed. A carpet of green covers the land with tall conifers running right down to the waters edge. Huge houses line the sheltered coastlines, each with his own pontoon for sea access. Some homes are so massive we initially thought they must be hotels or apartments!! One of our greatest pleasures was flying the “CODE O” in a reaching wind, through” a calm sea doing 7-8 knots. The auto helm did the work and the crew drank the beer. It does not come much better!
 
Dodging lobster pots became a tedious game and we eventually realised the tightly laid tall fat buoys were no danger as they were pushed from our sides as we passed. In the shallower water and in the harbours they cover the sea everywhere 50 to 100 yards apart. With the huge density the poor lobsters have no chance and in my view they will be fished out over a short number of years, similar to the over fishing of King Crab in the Eleutian Islands and Cod in the Lofoten Islands. We rounded the light house at the entrance to Penobscot Bay with a few days to spare before we were due in the Wayfarer boatyard. It is a huge waterway with a number of towns and many anchorages in the sheltered rocky back waters. It is an ideal cruising playground. We overnighted in three harbours, Rocklands, North Haven, and Belfast, and stretched our legs ashore and enjoyed meeting some of the local sailors.
 
Our ropes were taken as we came alongside the boatyard’s dock in Camden, and we were greeted by Susan Howland, Chief Executive Officer of Wayfarer Marine - indeed a friendly gesture. A meeting together quickly sorted out all our financial queries and requests. Mollihawk’s Shadow is to be laid up ashore with her mast up and sheathed in a strong plastic cocoon with an access door for occasional inspection during the icy winter season. Leo and I met Simon Castle, Service Manager, and listed off our requirement for care of the boat while with the yard. All water has to be removed due to the winter icing and we agreed to look after emptying the water tanks and flushing them with strong anti-freeze. Once the boat was ashore, the yard would take care of the engine, generator and outboard etc. We had two days to complete decommissioning and carry out the list of twenty-five items on the boat’s control manual. We met Doug and Dale Bruce, the OCC port officers. They were more than helpful.   Together we went to their favourite restaurant for a meal and next day Dale drove us to the bus terminal to make our five hour journey to Boston. We were told about Wayfarer by friends, and we were overcome with their efforts to please us. I can highly recommend the boatyard to fellow sailors.
 
Don’t miss Maine – you won’t be disappointed.
 
 

Camden Summer 2010 in Review...


NYYC Rendezvous 2010

 

The Summer of 2010 in Review……..

 
It's been quite the summer here in Camden! Unlike last year where June left us with 29 days of rain and fog, this year nearly every day we found ourselves with bright sun and perfect breezes. We made lots of new friends this year at Wayfarer, both transient customers and service work customers.
The biggest event of the summer was clearly the visit by the New York Yacht Club in August. The NYYC chose Camden as their beginning and ending point for the 154th Annual Maine Cruise, and it was spectacular to say the least. On August 7, nearly 115 boats of all shapes and sizes descended upon Camden to begin their annual event.  The cruise assembled all of their flag committee members on the dock. The members represented some very impressive yachts, including:
Sumurun, a 94’ Fife built in 1914 that is no stranger to Wayfarer Marine and Camden.
White Hawk, a 105’ Bruce King designed ketch.
Sonny, a 53’ Sparkman Stephens classic.
Enticer, a 85’ Trumpy built in 1935.
Lady Catherine, a 60’ Trumpy built in 1947 http://www.trumpycharters.com/about.htm.
Bella PITA, a 75’ a Maxi Dolphin by Bill Tripp.
There were also several Club Swan 42s including Blazer and Daring, and another crowd favorite, Pugwash - a J122 which had several tenders including a 90’ Lyman Morse powerboat, Tumblehome, Verve - an Eastbay 49, and a brand new Hinckley 29 Talaria.   – a very impressive fleet to say the least!
After getting all of the NYYC members settled into their respective berths and moorings, the party commenced at 5:00 pm and went well into the night. It was quite an impressive sight to have 500 people at the boatyard to celebrate yachting traditions and the beginning of the annual cruise.
We also had members of several other clubs join us for their annual rendezvous including the Blue Water Sailing Club, The Red Brook Harbor Yacht Club, The Kadey Krogen Cruising Club and members of the Ocean Cruising Club. We are quite happy to help in the planning and logistics of your yacht club’s events and would highly encourage the use of our facilities to do so. If you have any questions about holding an event here, please contact me directly.
Some of our team members at Wayfarer have also been waging battle out in the bay for various regattas onboard Shane Flynn’s J-124, War Bride. Members of various departments in the yard have been sharpening their racing skills this summer and look forward to more match racing next season.
We had a fantastic summer that brought back a lot of old friends and some new ones. Some of the more notable new guests this summer were:
Copasetic, a 141’ a true expedition yacht with a range of 7500 nautical miles at 10 knots.
VITA, a 150’ Trinity that is the tender to the 130’ J-Class yacht Ranger.
Bystander, a 42’ boat built in 1929 as the original tender, launch and tow boat for the 1930 America’s Cup. She towed several of the J-Class yachts around including Ranger, Rainbow, and Enterprise. She was originally built for Michael Vanderbilt.
The Wayfarer service yard has remained busy this summer with lots of transient repairs and several project boats including:
Whimsy, a custom built 85’ Vaudrey-Miller for hull and spar paint, and various other engineering projects.
Gulliver, a Farr 72 for a haul out and various repairs.
Lone Fox, a 65’ ketch built in 1957 by Alexander Robertson & Sons Sandbank, Scotland for a haul out, hull repairs and keel work.
Fantastic Voyage, a recently restored 1984 Bertram 54 for a haul out,  electronic and mechanical updates.
Beyond all of the above, I’ve been quite busy attending various events, including The Shipyard Cup in Boothbay where I was invited to crew onboard Sumurun (the 1914, 94’ Fife that will be spending the winter here and has been a customer for 20 years) for the two day regatta. Unfortunately, the rating system wasn’t in our favor, but we all had a great time and some beautiful sailing was had by all boats involved - Windcrest, Tenacious, Available, White Hawk, and Bella PITA.
 I also recently attended the Newport International Boat Show to represent Wayfarer Marine. It was a great place to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Newport is a very interesting city with deep seeded yachting roots. When you’re in Newport, I highly recommend staying at the Poplar Guest House, located off America’s Cup Boulevard. Walter Kopec, the owner and host has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is just a great guy to spend time with and visit. Not only is the Poplar Guest House one of the less expensive places to stay in town, but its accommodations are just as luxurious as the rest.

We’re grateful to have had such a fantastic summer here in Camden and we’re looking forward to a successful fall and winter.

 

~Ben Cashen

The Portland Fire Boat

 
Just before Christmas last year we ended up with a last-minute customer for the year, the 65’  “City of Portland IV.” The City of Portland (COP) is the latest edition to Portland Maine’s fleet of fire fighting equipment. She was built in Meteghan River Nova Scotia by A.F. Theriault & Son (www.aftheriault.com) a well established builder of a large range of boats. From patrol boats to fishing trawlers, they do it all.
The COP was built to replace an aging fireboat that protected the beautiful City of Portland and its vast working waterfront. Portland also has several outlying islands with year round residents. The COP was also built as a floating ambulance. She is complete with a cabin that is a replica of that found in an ambulance. The idea being all of the same gear that is stowed neatly in an ambulance is stowed in the same cabins onboard the COP. This way an EMT unfamiliar with the boat knows exactly where to find important life saving gear- great idea if you ask me!
Unfortunately the COP was involved in a grounding during one of her first rescue missions that took place at night. Combining the job of Fire and Rescue with all of the dangers that that can exist in a marine environment make an already dangerous job even more challenging. Navigating a 65’ boat at night has different challenges than running a fire truck through the city streets. The bottom line is they certainly add another element of danger to their already dangerous job. I’ve got a great respect for what these guys do on the hard and even more so in the water.
The damage resulting from the grounding would require fairly extensive repairs by somebody who had great skill and experience in the field, as well as a good atmosphere to complete them. The contract to repair the COP was awarded to Rockland Marine, who are well known and established in the work boat realm. They repair everything from tugs to Coast Guard cutters in the South End of Rockland. In order to complete the work on the COP, Rockland Marine needed an indoor heated facility capable of hauling and housing the boat while the work was being undertaken. We are proud to announce Rockland Marine chose us as their partner in the project.

One week before Christmas, the COP was towed up from Portland by a 120’ tug out of Portland Harbor. I had the task of taking our 26’ yard tug, The Barbie D, and towing the fire boat in from the outer harbor. It was a David and Goliath situation, but the trusty Barbie D had no problem bringing the fire boat fireboat along side. In all my years of towing boats in Camden, the COP was the biggest I’ve wrangled on the hip to date!

 

Work progressed for nearly two months in Building One, as our fabrication team worked alongside the team from Rockland Marine; repairs were made to the keel, both rudders, the port prop shaft and strut, both props and various other items.

Having the City of Portland here at Wayfarer and working with the Rockland Marine team was a pleasure, together both companies provided the City of Portland with the best possible repairs by certified welders and machinists in a good work atmosphere. Although she wasn’t the yachts we’re used to working on the entire yard was delighted to see a work boat here, and especially one that is used to protect both lives and property.

 

-Ben

Antigua Superyacht Cup - by Ben Cashen

Posted: February 2, 2010
 
This year Wayfarer Marine signed on to sponsor another Super Yacht Cup event, this time however it was in Antigua. Having traveled to Palma de Mallorca for the event last year and being amazed at the boats involved and the quality of the event I was excited to get back down to Antigua. Although it had only been 5 weeks since I was last there for the Antigua Yacht Charter Show I couldn’t wait to be back and see all the boats, see old acquaintances and meet new friends, Antigua is clearly an exciting place.
Again I stayed in Nelson’s Dockyard, located in English Harbor, ‘The Dockyard’ has historic naval routes dating back to the mid 1600s, where the Royal Navy begin putting in buildings in order to do ship repairs and refits. The site remained in use until 1889. In the early 1930s the restoration of the complex was begun and now it serves as one of Antigua’s National Parks. The Dockyard is the host of two beautiful hotels done in Georgian Architecture, The Admiral’s Inn and The Copper and Lumber Store, both equally beautiful in their own way.  There are other businesses there too, an internet café- The HotHotHot Spot, a few marine related businesses such as A&F Sails and E3 electronics and of course a few places to relax after a long day on the water. At night you can stroll through the Dockyard looking around at all the beautiful landmarks while the tree frogs sing to you. 
As one walks through the Dockyard and tours the museum you can close your eyes and picture all of the old Navy Ships tied up in the yard, however upon opening your eyes you’re surrounded by yachts of all shapes and sizes, ranging from small cruising boats to the mega yacht Mirabella V which was docked in the yard for the Super Yacht Cup, being the World’s tallest sloop, she is a sight to behold, especially when surrounded by boats a fifth of her size.
The day before the event I was invited to go for a practice sail aboard the 140’ Rebecca, a stunning boat. Having spent all of my time sailing on boats 50’ and under, it was mind boggling. In 25 knots of breeze and 10 foot swells we were doing 12-13 knots. Water crashed over the foredeck and down the side decks as the crew (and me for the day) kept things in order, it was a magnificent example of teamwork, and that was only the practice day!
The regatta was comprised of six boats ranging from 35-79 meters; the race was run in a fashion that all boats had a staggered start to allow for close competition. In the end the sailing yacht Visione came out to be the overall winner of the cup. 
Beyond the Super Yacht, I spent time walking the docks, seeing old friends and meeting new people and spreading the good Maine word, which is easy to do if you’ve spent time here! Being surrounded by yachts of that caliber makes one realize that there is hope in this struggling economy and perhaps a turnaround is in the near future.
 -Ben

Wayfarer News

Wayfarer is pleased to announce that we recently purchased a 10,000 square foot heated storage building in Camden along with 6.8 acres of land that enables us to grow our operation.  We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to expanding our ability to store and maintain more boats in the 2010/2011 storage season and beyond.

 

 


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