Scout's Boston Layover

Jun 22nd, 2022 Jayne Destinations, Sailing

Now that Scout was safely docked in Boston, the only thing missing from her interior was us. Once jobs, graduations and homes were dealt with, we promptly took the red-eye from the west to east coast of the US. In what we hope will be the last of the large luggage for a while, we found not one but three of those over-rated inflatable travel neck pillows. I already have a purge pile as I practice living minimally.

This is real - (mostly) all that we own
This is real - (mostly) all that we own

Constitution Marina in Charlestown is walking distance to everything we needed in Boston - Italian restaurants in the North End, hardwares stores, revolutionary war history, supermarkets, plus the immediate buzz of the Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors NBA finals just over the river.

Boston bright lights
Boston bright lights

The first few days on Scout included several trips to the local supermarket for some serious provisioning as my French Carrefour trip back in March was running painfully low. We have all of those empty storage compartments under the seats to fill, after all. I did get more than a little bit excited about the OXO storage containers that ended up fitting perfectly in the drawers too. Yup, the little things.

Storage heaven
Storage heaven

Despite having access to the shorepower at the marina, we chose to stay disconnected as we wanted to see how quickly our mighty 1125w solar array would replensih our 1000 Ah of lithium. The Boston sunny conditions had the battery bank full by midday, and that was with liberal use of our induction stove (cookies and roast chicken, anyone?) and washing machine. I’d like to see how this works out as we head further north and while sailing and using the power-hungry autopilot. To be confirmed!

Fresh from the induction stove
Fresh from the induction stove

With the provisioning more-or-less complete and the solar officially reliable, we headed out on our first sail - destination Peddocks Island to the east of Boston. The first thing we noticed were the lobster pots - lots of them. I was expecting them in Maine, but Boston Harbor was a surprise. As Scout dodged the ferries, we made our way passed Georges Island towards Peddocks. The mooring balls here on the east coast seem to be very well serviced with two pennants provided, but they also cost more than what we had previosuly paid in e.g. the Bahamas or French Polynesia.

The first of many mooring balls
The first of many mooring balls

We were the only boat in this vast mooring field and the view of the sunset over the Boston skyline was incredible. We rustled up some pasta to the vibrant sound of the Boston flight path directly over us.

And the first of many beautiful sunsets - hopefully
And the first of many beautiful sunsets - hopefully

Our next sail was out to an area just south of Pleasure Bay. This was specifically chosen as I wanted to test the Ultra anchor and the holding here was said to be good. During the build we opted for the chain counter, and its great knowing exactly how much chain has been put out, plus you can drop or weigh anchor from the counter too, as well as from a remote key fob and the traditional foot buttons next to the windlass.

Testing the mighty Ultra anchor
Testing the mighty Ultra anchor

With testing and provisioning out of the way, we were now ready to head north to Maine on our next adventure. There would be cute, tucked away anchorages, lobster pots dramas, and more.

We are ready!
We are ready!

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