Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sea Trekker Going to Winter Storage

In October Sea Trekker makes it's annual fall trip to the storage yard:

Road Trip

Slowly around the Corner

Into the Yard

Tall Ships Boston 2017

We went out to greet the Tall Ships when they came into Boston Harbor on June 17, 2107.

USS Constitution at the Boston Navy Yard

We also went out the main ship channel to see the Tall Ships leave for the the continuing race on to Nova Scotia:

Barque Europa Leaving Boston Harbor

Sea Trekker at Marina Bay

Here is our boat at the Marina in June 2016:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sabre 48 Launched

Sabre 48 Finally Launched

In mid-April 2016 Sea Trekker was launched at Marina Bay in Quincy Ma. If you look closely you will see snow on the dock. We had a snow storm several days before the launch. The walkway to the side of the cabin was covered in snow and ice.

Here I am with the snow shovel that was used to clean the boat off. As you can see from these first two pictures the mast and radar etc are not installed. The boat was then taken to Tern Harbor Marina in Weymouth to have the bottom painted.

 After lots of lousy spring weather (cold and damp) the bottom was finished the electronics were finished off (mostly) and the boat relaunched. This picture is back at our regular slip at Marina Bay in Quincy. We had gone to Gloucester, Ma to pick up our Zodiac from Brown's Yacht Yard. The Zodiac is on a Freedom Lift which makes it easy to launch and pickup the tender. The Freedom Lift is all hydraulically operated to raise and lower the tender. Often if we don't plan to use the tender we just leave it at the end of our slip.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Sabre 48 Under Construction

Sabre 48 Salon Express 

from Construction to Delivery


We bought a new boat for delivery in January of 2016. In 2015 we had a Sabre 42 which was setup for a trade-in for this boat. See my other posts for our travels on the Sabre 42.

Special thanks to our yacht broker Scott from Boston Yacht Sales. Not only did he help us with a package price for both the Sabre 42 moving up to a Sabre 48 but all the arrangements necessary to get the boat delivered to Marina Bay and ready for the launch in April 2016.

Framing the Boat for Shrink-Wrapping

The following pictures show the framing used before shrink-wrapping. The final picture shows the clear shrink-wrapping over the frame. All this framework allows the shrink-wrapping to be kept away from the hull. This allows varnish work to be done on the toe rail. It also allows for easy access around the boat during commissioning of the electronics and inside varnish work.

Boat with framing in place

View of framing from the bow

Boat now all shrink-wrapped in clear plastic to enhance heat

Boat arriving at Marina Bay its winter storage location

January 12, 1916: The Sabre 48 arriving at Marina Bay in Quincy Mass. The boat will stay at this location until it can be moved to its winter resting place. Because of construction traffic the boat can't be moved except in the early morning or late at night. A frame is being built and will be shrink-wrapped with a door so it can be worked on during the winter. Brightwork (varnishing of the wood) and electronics will be installed in the winter so it will be ready to launch in April.

On the Travel-Lift just before the trailer is removed

Trailer removed

Blocked up for the night

Sabre 48 Salon Express Under Construction

The following set of pictures shows part of the construction process after the hull and top had been poured.

This series of pictures were taken in late October 2015. Both the hull and the top are poured in another factory in Rockland, Maine. All the pictures below are at the main Sabre factory in Raymond Maine which is just south of Casco Maine. The top and hull are moved to Raymond where the final interior work is done. As you will see it is a lot easier to install much of the equipment including the engines before the top is put on.

The top before it is installed and before the roof has been installed.

The Hull Preparation Before Top Installation

This is the VIP Guest cabin in the bow of the boat.

This is the view of the master stateroom athwartship.

Master stateroom with a view of the bathroom.

Below is a view of the stairs with the galley in the lower part of the picture and the master stateroom on the left. The stairs lead up to the main salon.

Stairs from lower deck to main salon.

Here the engine room is being readied to drop in the engines. All the plumbing and other components like the fuel tanks are installed before the engines are dropped in.

Engine room before the engines are in place.

More carpentry work going on in the VIP guest stateroom

VIP guest stateroom



Installation of the top

Here the top is being lifted onto the hull. You can see that there is probably a ten inch gap between the white top and the blue hull. As you can see the top is suspended from the ceiling using a hoist and straps. The roof has been put on, the windows and back door are in place (visible in later pictures).

Top being lowered onto the hull.

Here the top is almost at rest on top of the hull. On the very right of the picture you see the foot and arm of a worker who is using the boat in front as a place where he can grasp the top and do the final positioning of the top on the hull. There is still a gap near the back of the boat so maybe they get the bow into position first and then lower the stern end of the top into position.

Top almost in position.
It now looks like the top is in position.

Now the workers are attaching the top to the hull in many places around the boat. Here you have a good view of the rear teak deck and the back door leading into the main salon. The opening at the bottom of the picture is the doorway down to the swim platform. You see the one step below the cockpit, the swim platform is not shown in this picture.


Factory Visit December 3rd, 2015

We went to Raymond Maine to see our boat under construction during the final month. The boat is expected to be shipped on January 5th. Below we are standing in front of the bow of our boat, to our left you see the name tag with our name on it. The boat is in the second to last station before it ships out the door. The boat will be slid over (using air bags and a wet floor) to the position where you see the bow of another boat just sticking out beyond our boat. In front of that boat is the door where the boat will exit.

The Andrews at the Sabre factory in Raymond Maine.

This is a view of the main salon with the helm station straight ahead.

Lower deck crew quarters

VIP guest stateroom now a woodworking shop.

Although not our boat this is what our engine room looked like before the top was put on.

Freedom Lift for carrying a tender sitting below the swim platform.

View of our boat.

ICW Trip May 2015

On April 28th 2015 we had a one way plane ride to Ft. Lauderdale for our first trip on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) bringing the boat up to Boston where it will normally be docked. I intermittently took pictures trying to document our trip. This was in general a leisurely trip where we often were at our next port of call by early afternoon. I started to realize that we could make a lot more progress on the ICW once we got up to Palm Beach and Lake Worth. There are a lot fewer no wake zones due to marinas or manatees. At the first of May some of the regulations concerning Manatee speed zones change so that you can go faster in the ICW channel. We did have one mechanical issue and a tropical storm that slowed our progress. More on this later.

April 28, 2015

First stop (Mile Marker [MM] 1065): Downtown Ft. Lauderdale to get groceries and supplies for the trip north. See my previous post for pictures of downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

 April 29, 2015

Stop Two (MM 987):  April 29th was at Stuart, Florida on the St. Lucie River at Sunset Bay Marina. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures.

April 30, 2015

Stop Three (MM 918): Melbourne, Florida - below are several pictures of the marina.

Dock at Melbourne Harbor Marina

Our boat just beyond the sailboat - stern in.

Looking out of Melbourne Harbor toward the ICW.

 May 1, 2015

We left Melbourne Harbor heading for New Smyrna Beach FL. Below are some pictures on the way showing typical houses and docks on the ICW. Notice that there are no floating docks. Most boats are raised out of the water to avoid the wakes of boats on the ICW and to prevent grass growing on the bottom in the warm waters of Florida.

In the photo below there is a typical ICW marker a green square with an number in the middle in this case "71". If you look at the chart the mile marker is 855 which is 855 statue miles south of the beginning of the ICW in Portsmouth/Norfolk VA. This means this picture was taken along the stretch of the ICW just south of New Smyrna Beach on the Indian River at Bittersweet Cove.

Pat driving while I took a break.

Pat staying on course in the Indian River.

Stop Four (MM 845): We've arrived at New Smyrna Beach, FL at New Smyrna Marina.

Docks at New Smyrna Beach Marina

All hooked up with power, water and lines at New Smyrna Beach Marina.

 May 2, 2015

Before we left New Smyrna Beach since it was Saturday there was a farmer's market located at the park behind an old Spanish Fort Castillo de San Marcos. This Fort overlooked the marina and the ICW. We bought our breakfast and lunch breads and pastries in the market.

We bought our breakfast rolls and bread here.

Farmer's Market at New Smyrna Beach FL.


May 2, 2015

Stop Five (MM 778): St. Augustine, FL at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Again I did not take any pictures

May 3, 2015

Stop Six (MM 716) : Fernandina Beach, FL

We arrived Sunday afternoon at the tail end of the yearly shrimp festival held at Fernandina Beach. The boats were on parade and we got in the middle of the parade getting to the dock. I think our boat was blessed along with the rest of the fleet. All the boats were decorated as part of a contest. 

Downtown Fernandina Beach was loaded with vendors selling anything you could imagine. All the restaurants had a special shrimp menu. Unfortunately I didn't take the camera up to town because I had no idea of the size of the event.

A couple of the larger shrimp boats at the dock

View of Fernandina Harbor Marina with the town in the background.

May 4, 2015

Stop Seven (MM 675): Brunswick, GA we are here to meet cousin Linda and her companion Ken. We docked at the Brunswick Landing Marina next to the Gracie E. I did not take any pictures as it was not the prettiest part of town but the diesel prices were the best on the trip.

Going through Georgia ICW was not originally planned as I preferred an outside route (meaning out to the Atlantic). Instead of going outside starting at St. Simons Inlet (after leaving Brunswick) and then returning to the ICW at Port Royal Inlet we stayed on the ICW through Georgia. Tropical storm Ana was starting to form just north of the Bahamas which caused the seas to build to the 2'-4' range with the expectation that the seas would continue grow. With the tide being high mid-morning it made it easy to deal with the shallow areas of the ICW in Georgia. We did not see any debris and with the tide high and few slow areas we were able to do 22 knots (25 mph) most of the way. There were lots of twists and turns of the ICW but the Sabre takes the corners nicely and it was like water skiing on virtually flat calm water. Before you knew it we were through Hell's Gate (the worst area) and on to Isle of Hope for the night.


May 5, 2015

Stop Eight (MM 590): Isle of Hope, GA - This was a bonus as we made it through the shallow areas of Georgia including Hell's Gate at high tide. For lunch we walked to a restaurant and a waitress drove us back to the marina. For dinner the marina had loaner cars so we were able to go into town to eat and explore the area. We ate at a new Tapas restaurant. No pictures taken here. 

May 6, 2015 

Stop Nine (MM 535): Beaufort, SC - Downtown Marina of Beaufort. Beaufort has a nice marina and waterfront park with plenty of places to eat. No pictures on this stop but many pleasant memories from a walking tour we took of this beautiful area made for movies.

May 7, 2015

Stop Ten (MM470): Charleston, SC - Charleston City Marina. We arrived mid afternoon in the pouring rain which made docking a little more challenging but it went well. We were glad we had our full rain gear with pants and rain jackets. Because of all the rain we didn't venture far from the marina. We had visited Charleston before and spent a lot more time in the city on that previous visit. Below are the pictures of the marina and our boat docked at the "Mega dock". These were taken with a lot more sun the next morning before we left. We didn't leave that early as we were waiting for high tide to get through one of the shallowest areas of the ICW in the Isle of Palms area. Fortunately high tide was nicely timed and we had no trouble but I would not want to go through there at anywhere near low tide.

The end of the Mega Dock as we left.

May 8, 2015

Stop Eleven (MM 403): Georgetown, SC. We ended up staying at the Harborwalk Marina for 5 more nights than I had planned (six nights total). There were two issues, one was tropical storm Ana which made landfall the next day just north of us on May 9th. We would have stayed for a total of 3 nights because of Ana.

From Wikipedia:
Tropical Storm Ana was the earliest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in the United States. An atypical pre-season system, Ana was the first tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. It developed as a subtropical cyclone from a non-tropical low north of the Bahamas, and intensified to attain peak winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) before transitioning into a fully tropical cyclone early on May 9. Sustained in part by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, Ana made landfall along the northeast coast of South Carolina early the next morning, becoming the earliest U.S. landfalling system on record. Overall, damage from the storm was minor. Heavy rainfall and gusty winds affected parts of the Carolinas, and some vulnerable beaches endured coastal flooding and several feet of beach erosion.

The second issue was water in the bilge. To make a long story short I found a raw water (sea water used for cooling) leak in a mixing elbow. Fortunately the boat was still under warranty but I discovered this Friday night on Mother's Day weekend so nothing happened until Monday. Thanks to great customer service from Glen at Sabre Yachts replacement parts were shipped overnight (45 pounds worth) from Ft. Lauderdale and were installed by Wednesday May 13th and we left Georgetown the morning of May 14th. The marina was very near downtown so while there we visited an historical house, went through the Rice Museum and ate at many of the restaurants in town. Too near the marina was a great ice cream and chocolatier shop - we visited it many times.

Our dock at Harborwalk Marina

Each day the boats around us would change.

We met the Jensens and had drinks on their boat Jackets II.

Some of the ominous clouds from TS Ana.

A view of the harbor walk and condos with our boat in the foreground.

May 14-15, 2015

Stop Twelve (MM 309): Southport, NC - Southport Marina. We stayed two nights here to enjoy the sites of this beautiful town. Many TV shows and movies have been filmed here. The downtown water tower is iconic and is seen in TV shows like Under the Dome among others. Unfortunately with a reasonable walk to the main street I did not take my camera. During the spring and fall Hank Pomeranz, a retired Navy meteorologist, gives daily briefings on the local weather, sea conditions and discussions of issues on the ICW including the latest information on shoaling. We attended one of his informative lectures.

May 16, 2015

Stop Thirteen (MM 229): Swansboro, NC - Caspers Marina. Interesting little town.


 May 17, 2015

Stop Fourteen (MM 182): Oriental, NC - Oriental Marina & Inn.


May 18, 2015

Stop Fifteen (MM 135): Belhaven, NC - River Forest Marina

May 19, 2015

Stop sixteen: (MM 50): Coinjock, NC - Coinjock Marina. Right on the ICW with a nice restaurant but nothing else.

 May 20-22, 2015

Stop seventeen (MM 0): Portsmouth/Norfolk, VA - Tidewater Marina in Portsmouth, VA 

Navy Destroyer being turned around while being serviced at the Norfolk Navy Shipyard.

While starting our self-guided walking tour of the historic district of Portsmouth we met a History Professor from the College of William and Mary. He invited us into his house (the second house on the walking tour) which had been in his family from its beginning. His family had connections with the Navy Yard at Norfolk and the Navy over six generations. He, himself, was a former Naval Intelligence Officer. He ended up spending two and a half hours walking us around the historical homes shown below. It was a fascinating tour, he was full of inside scoop on these houses and their owner's background.

We took a Virginia State run ferry to the Norfolk side of the Elizabeth River to view the Mexican Navy Tall Ship 
ARM CuauhtĂ©moc and the Battleship Wisconsin.

Battleship Wisconsin at Norfork, VA


May 23, 2015

Stop eighteen: Ocean City MD - Sunset Marina

May 24, 2015

Stop nineteen: Atlantic City, MD - Farley State Marina at the Golden Nugget.

 May 25, 2014

 Stop twenty: City Island, Bronx, NY - South Minneford Yacht Club

Below are my quick pictures out the window of the boat. Trying to beat the tides in Hell's Gate. Didn't make it but rip currents were manageable. Below shows our first view of the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center.

Lower Manhattan - Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center)

Poor picture of the Statue of Liberty

Starting up the East River we viewed The United Nations buildings.

Queensboro Bridge on the East River

May 26, 2015

Stop twenty-one: Jamestown, RI - Conanicut Marina

Visited with our good friends the Rughs who are now living on the island.

Stop twenty-two: Quincy, MA - Marina Bay

This is our home based marina. Finally made it home after 30 days on the water! Our boat "Miss Fortune" (named by the previous owner) proved to be a most fortunate vessel for our journey.