One month Till Departure.

7 Jun


I’m again the caretaker of a floating vessel. Whenever Satori is in the water she occupies a place in the back of my mind. I flip through the mooring lines, fenders, seacocks; the boat next door with the sketchy looking shore power cable. A boat in the water is a creature that requires care and attending to.

Other than a strange airlock in the injector pump, the boat largely was recommissioned without much drama. I also remembered how to drive it, making a solo back into the slip look like I knew what I was doing. Backing a boat like this is always an adventure, that day she cooperated.

It’s about one month till we shove off for the next adventure, the Maine coast. It’s looking farther than I thought, about a 5 day trip altogether, probably via the Cape Cod Canal. Possibly still offshore all the way depending on my crew situation and more importantly, the conditions in buzzards bay.

We ordered a new headsail for the boat, a 95% high cut jib/Yankee thing (in tanbark). It should look pretty and perform much better than the old giant blown out genoa. The list of to-do items is long but honestly, the boat could leave tomorrow and make it just fine. We’ve learned that at least.

We’ve also managed to acquire a dog over the last year, Hazel is now a 1-year-old Tamaskan and is skeptical of the boat, the dock, and the water in general. To avoid having the dog offshore I will sail the boat up to Maine and Rachel and Hazel will drive up to Rockport or Portland and meet me and the boat for the cruise. Then the whole group will sail back south towards Baltimore at a more leisurely pace.

I’ve been paging through my new Maine cruising guide absorbing as much information as possible. We eagerly await buying lobster off the dock, foraging for clam and picking our way through the dense fog and lobster pots that await!



This article was syndicated from Cruising – Beautiful Crazy Happiness


  1. Michael Quirk

    Lee/Rachel. Give me a call, please. I am the last
    (Sailing) ownwer of Vacilando, née Satori, I think, and would love to talk with you. I purchased Satori in July 2004, made a deal with Neptune to rename her Vacilando and lived aboard/sailed her for the next five years.
    I read Travels with Charley (Steinbeck) when I was young, this description always stuck with me. “In Spanish there is a word for which I can’t find a counterword in English. It is the verb vacilar, present participle vacilando. It does not mean vacillating at all. If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere, but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction. Everything in the world must have a design or the human mind rejects it. But in addition, it must have purpose or the human conscience shies away from it.”
    Satori is a close second!

  2. Bill Lee

    Please fix the bio: I believe Lee and Rachel are from “Chesapeake” Bay, not “Chesapeke.”

  3. Carolyn and Paul

    We wish you a bon voyage! We transited the Cape Cod Canal in our Najad 380 when it was new to us in July 2016 going from Jamestown RI to Plymouth. The canal was a great respite from Buzzard’s Bay which was decidedly unpleasant going and coming. Mind the tides and it is a delightful and relatively brief transit.

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