Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Making Tracks

The whole crew on aCappella has been busy moving steadily north. Dylan has been showing Dee Dee some of his familiar haunts - Cumberland Island, Morningstar Marina Golden Isles, Charleston Harbor Marina, Barefoot Marina, Mile Hammock anchorage, Morehead City Yacht Basin, and River Dunes. They've also been exploring some new stops - Jekyll Harbor Marina, St Johns Yacht Harbor, and Osprey Marina.

The crew enjoys being underway. Dee Dee loves the pilothouse settee where she can cuddle up and sleep.

Or check out what's going on up ahead.

Dylan prefers to keep his dolphin vigil but does take a break now and then for a tussle with Dee Dee.

And the fun doesn't stop when we tie the lines or drop the hook. Sometimes it's an interesting dog from another boat.

At Barefoot Marina it was a row of jet skis that looked mighty threatening to Dee Dee. She kept them at bay by barking ferociously - every time she went outside for multiple days. Apparently it worked as they never got any closer.

Of course, some of the best stops involve dropping the anchor and just watching the sunset.

We have several more weeks of activity before the kids can settle into a routine back in Maine. Today while leaving Beaufort, NC they saw what will probably be their last bottlenose dolphins until next fall. They gave Dylan and Dee Dee quite a send off.

For now we're enjoying the waning weeks onboard and already thinking about plans for the fall. With this crew it will always be exciting and maybe even exotic as we're hoping to cruise to the Bahamas next year.


Tom Tripp said...

Hey Dee Dee, are they taking the boat all the way to Castine for you this year, or stopping at the top o' the Bay again?

- Tom

Unknown said...

Thanks for making Cally's night ... She gets the biggest tail wag on when she sees a new post!

Unknown said...

We'll be stopping for fuel and water at River Dunes on Friday 5/9/2014. We read you met Donna & Craig from M/V Mighty Fine. We plan to haul our boat near Olverson's at Lewisetta Marina for bottom paint before heading North to Catskill Creek for the Summer. Elaine & I hope we get a chance to say hi.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

CharleyGirl said...

Are those just ordinary harnesses on DeeDee and Dylan, or some sort of safety device?

MV Red Head said...


Those are ordinary harnesses but special ones... We have always kept our crew in harnesses whenever a boat is underway (see our entry All That Dog Gear: http://www.takingpaws.com/2012/06/all-that-dog-gear.html)

We found these a few years ago, they're made by Kong but hard to find. I've only been able to get them from PetSmart, as no one else seems to carry them. They are a terrific safety device and have been used to pull in every crew member but Dee Dee (at least not yet...)