It started out as a delivery trip - the boat at the time was an Olson 30 ULDB which I had brought back with me from along term project in Newport Beach - now it needed to be moved from another work location at Oyster Bay, Long Island to my home port Salem, Mass. I did have a new trailer for the boat, and could have towed her home , but this delivery became a potential cruise when Dad realized his oldest daughter had a week of vacation to donate to the delivery trip. The Henry family has slightly different recollections.
Not planning for the obvious, an outboard that never had run before and was little more than an ornament hanging off the transom bracket, the 'vacation week' ended up stretching considerably.
Jennifer and I cruised from Oyster Bay to Salem with numerous gunk-hole stopovers along the Connecticut shore, then Pt. Judith, Menemsha, Vineyard Haven, thru Woods Hole into Buzzards Bay, and finally via the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown for final leg to Salem.
This cruise took place in 1986. In the early spring - 3 weeks from late April into early May. That's still 'early season' here in New England - marinas and yacht clubs are mostly still buttoned up, not even with floats in the water - only the sea dogs and fishermen are out and about - and the weather can be less than tropical.
Fortunately for me, both of our kids like the water, like sailing, and are good sailors. They began sailing in grammar school, added the experience of sailing camp out of Pleon, and frequently took over sailing our boats themselves. I always thought it a stroke of luck that one prefered the tiller while the other prefered the fun of trimming - gosh how blessed can a father be.
As you might imagine, there were a few back-stories.
Mother's memories of some of my prior escapades definitely added a certain spicy flavor to the requisite updates which we were delinquent in providing along the way (those memories included a two-handed Bermuda race and a USCG search for our boat (because it was misidentified by another racer, hence considered 'overdue' ;-)
Jennifer's school chum's and teachers we tracking our progress on a regular basis - especially after the legitimate 'vacation week' expired and we kept extending the ETA and thus her return for school - all unbeknownst to us travellers.
We'll cover the hiighlights: Nuclear sub surfacing off New London, incredulous barflys at many Yacht clubs, a cupcake 14th birthday party, Pt. Judith's hippy culture, the jetties entering Menemsha, lady boatbuilders of Vinyard Haven, adventures in Wood's Hole cut, sailing the CC Canal, sleeping on beam-ends in P-town, plus more.
I'm going to ask Jennifer to contribute -- from her original "log" of our trip. It's too precious to leave out.