|The view off the stern of Zephyr - that big 'ole red boat is the Nantucket Light Ship|
|Toby is getting used to city living, loving all the smells!|
|Our dock, F-Dock is almost entirely sailboats and a few young liveaboards! We're all the way at the end on the right.|
|The skyline at night is quite spectacular|
|The Shipyard is part of Harbor Arts Shipyard Gallery so throughout the piers and buildings are fantastic works of murals, sculptures, installations and more.|
|My two loves on our new dock|
|Great view for walking Big Guy|
We are definitely liking the array of options in front of us for going out - the options for live music especially, but also for going out to eat - innumerable cuisine types from every culture, loads of delicious Latino food in Eastie. On a Tuesday we were able to go to a really cool club in Cambridge and catch a nationally touring bluegrass band that we love - Chatham County Line. Great craft beer line up, delicious food and incredible music. It was AWESOME! And on a Tuesday! Certainly not something we could do in Portsmouth!
|Toby got his summer shave - he's ready for the beach!|
After that we welcomed Andrew and his bright, short-shorts called Chubbies aboard and prepped the boat to cast off. It was GORGEOUS out, 80 degrees, full sun and a light breeze. After talking to our next door boat neighbor we set our sights on Great Brewster Island, part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. He raved about its seclusion, easy anchoring and breezes. We haven't yet upgraded our anchor, though we very much upgraded our chain and rode - keep posted for another post on that topic - so we thought, well, we can at least try a "lunch hook".
Sailing out of the marina you're right in the mix and mayhem of Boston's Inner Harbor, the "Rules of the Road" that we learned in sailing school were very much put to the test. We had an upwind sail tacking back and forth to make our way out to the outer harbor. There were ferries barreling past, booze cruise boats, jet skis, powerboats, sailing school boats, yachts and more! Not to mention 747's flying overhead and a giant container ship! WHEW! The crew did great! We had great boat speed and made meaningful tacks to make our course.
|Great crew - brings mimosas & steaktips & a mean Farmers Tan, thanks Dupree!|
|I wasn't kidding about the short-shorts - long live Chubbies!|
|The sandy cliffs of Great Brewster - gorgeous!|
|Trolling for stripers with the city skyline off our stern|
|Toby LOVED roaming around while at anchor|
|Toby loves to sail, motoring not as much.|
That is until we were very closely buzzed by 747 transatlantic jet! WHOA! That was close and very loud! Poor Toby was shaking for the next 1/2 hour...sorry Boo!
We sailed right into the harbor only furling and putting the engine on as we were outside the marina entrance.
Relatively smooth docking - still have things to learn - and then some cold beers at the KO Pie Shop as the sun set. All in all it was a FANTASTIC Sunday! We can't wait to get back out there!
We are still finding our comfort zone here in Boston and find there are moments of homesickness for the fabulous Seacoast we left and all the awesome friends and boat neighbors we left, but so far, we've been enjoying the newness, the change and the challenges. Life's richness is found in moments of change and challenge.