Posted by: rminchin | July 15, 2014

Block Island

Our last blog left us in route from New Bern, North Carolina to Cedar Creek Sailing Center (CCSC), our home port we left 2 ½ years ago as we began retirement afloat. While enjoying a great sail under heavy winds down the Chesapeake Bay and looking forward to meeting fellow Windjammers at Beach Haven Marina for the Memorial weekend, we noticed that our 46 year old Pearson produced 2 cracks in the mast step! Yikes, was our mast going to fall? Just in case, we secured it with 2 large stainless clamps and made it to Beach Haven then onto CCSC with no problems. After removing the step, we decided to fare the cabin top before installing the new step. While we were doing that, we might as well paint all the non-skid. Oh, why not remove the hand rails and dorade boxes to get a better paint job. Since we’re waiting for parts (4 week lead time for newly designed chain plates from Garhauer in California), we might as well strip the handrails and dorade boxes and put 9 coats of varnish on them. Well, one thing led to another and we did some major work as well as critical/routine maintenance on the boat, keeping us extremely busy. In between our projects, we (mostly Ron) helped Tom & Liz at the marina. Ron always enjoys spending time with his best friend, Tom and helping out.

We made time to do some visiting, kayaking and biking; our six week visit went quick. The Harman’s, Almada’s, and us went on a 5 hour kayak trip down Cedar Creek from Double Trouble in June on a perfect weather day. Kathy kayaked from CCSC upstream Cedar Creek about a mile past the RR trestle twice for a three hour trip while Ron worked hard at the marina. After our last parts for the boat arrived, we installed them and put the mast back up one day before our planned departure with a Windjammer cruise to Block Island. All seemed well until Ron mentioned to Tom that the one furler seems a bit hard to work. He offered to go up in the bosun’s chair to have a look. Well, we are glad he did because 4 hours before departure he was replacing the swivel on top of the furler. We were so lucky Tom & Liz had one in stock and the time to help us!

The 28-hour overnight trip under a full moon to Block Island saw some of the best winds for that crossing with the group arriving minutes before the winds reached 25 knots. Upon arrival, the crews of the 4 boats immediately went into town to enjoy the picture perfect day including a walk on the beach, drinks on the porch of the National Hotel, and ice cream. With day 2 dawning cloudy and foggy, Block Island continued to show off its charm with the many cedar sided salt box homes, fresh water ponds filled with lilies, and the ever majestic lighthouses.

With small craft warnings predicted, we are planning an exhilarating trip north to the Narragansett Bay and the constant activity of Newport Harbor.

Leaving Barnegat Inlet

Leaving Barnegat Inlet


Block Island Southeast Light in the Fog

Block Island Southeast Light in the Fog




  1. Brings back many memories. Currently we are docked at Annapolis City docks enjoying all the usual sights. Working our way around the Bay for the next 10 days or so. Hi to all Windjammers! Pete & Mary Ann s/v MicMac

  2. Glad all went well

    Sent from my iPhone


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