Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
VICTORIA ’S WORLDVOYAGEJim&Ka rin Lott Maine stopped a couple of years ago. Heading to sea at 3am is a dubious pleasure, but it allowed us to arrive in Maine before dark. Maine had always been high on our list of places to visit but, 20 years ago when we were last on a long voyage, the lack of time had prevented us from visiting. So we headed towards Bar Harbour with great expectations, tempered with caution due to the many warnings of widespread lobster pots and stories about propellers and rudders entangled in the buoys and lines. About 40 kilometres from the coast the first buoy appeared just ahead in the fog; this surprised us as we were in more than 100 metres depth. The Maine tidal range is similar to Auckland, about three metres with similar currents up to a knot or two. We quickly learnt the safest track was just down-tide from each buoy. Many lobster pots have two or three buoys several metres apart. The tidal stream often causes some or all the buoys to submerge where they lurk just under the surface to ambush passing vessels. As the lobster pot buoys became more numerous we hand-steered through the maze, eventually finding a mooring buoy in Bar Harbour just as we were overtaken by darkness. It had been a long day with various coloured buoys our only visible companions, but coming from Canada we still had to deal with the US border protection service. Our phone call was put through to the manager at Maine Customs who asked a few questions then said, “You folks will be pretty tired so stay on board and get some rest and come to the dock tomorrow at 10am.” Yet again we appreciated the help and common sense from officialdom so often maligned. The new day sparkled with crystal clarity as the uniformed officer accepted our offer of coffee. He had driven for an hour and was happy to chat about his job and family, all the while asking the required questions as he cleared us in. He suggested that we take a trip around the island on the free tourist bus. In new places, just like other "...As the lobster pots became more numerous we hand- steered through the maze..." Lobster boats and pots. MARINE ENGINES & GENERATORS Lombardini Engines Contact: Scott McAlpine 027 294 1421 - 09 279 6236 firstname.lastname@example.org www.transdiesel.com 13hp to 87hp. Perkins Engines 86hp - 300hp VM Motori Engines 114hp - 345hp Kohler Marine Generator Sets 5kVA - 500kVA 0314-41 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 87 Cruising_Jim Lott_March14.indd 87 18/02/2014 8:10:28 a.m.
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