Here is the inside of s/v Aviva the evening of September 11, after we put the cushions back on, re-covered the bilge, closed cabinet doors, etc. We were thrilled that she was dry and odor-free inside!
|s/v Aviva at the end of a summer on the hard -- dry and clean|
|Night-time arrival. Up the ladder to our boat home.|
Time's up -- here comes the travel lift!
|Travel lift arriving to carry s/v Aviva over to the water|
|LIFT -- strap here!|
|Travel lift picking s/v Aviva|
|s/v Aviva being carried overland|
|Being lowered into the water|
|Aviva in her slip|
There was wind, but it couldn't have been more directly on the nose, so we motored. As our desired course changed, so did the wind! But no matter, that's just how it is sometimes ... anyway, the engine ran well, and we tested out the auto-pilot and our new VHF radio with AIS, and Dorothy did some knitting.
AIS (Automatic Identification System) shows you the location, name, speed, bearing, closest point of approach, and time until that closest point, for boats within a range you specify, if they are transmitting. It is particularly useful for determining if you are on a collision course. As we came out of Narragansett Bay, a tug with a tow was approaching, and we were able to see that it would cross our stern.
|leaving Narraganset Bay -- Beavertail Point|
We simply hung out on the boat doing this 'n' that for one day, but by Thursday we were quite ready to go visit Block Island. Last year when we were here, we walked to town, a long, hot walk. This time we took our folding bikes. What a difference! The dinghy dock is on the southwest side of the Great Salt Pond. From there, we rode all the way to the north end of the island on Corn Neck Rd.
We passed Sachem Pond ...
|Receding wave over rocks|
|Block Island North Lighthouse|
|Block Island Beach|
As we got back to the boat, a sailboat race was underway, with one of the marks close enough to our boat to give us a good view of the race. Here are a few of the boats, in the late afternoon sun. They were very colorful -- red, orange, yellow, dark blue, white.
Fred did almost all of the work of taking the engine off the dinghy and moving the dinghy back up onto the foredeck, in preparation for our 24-hour passage to Sandy Hook beginning tomorrow (Friday). Thank you, Fred!
So far our route has not taken us too far. We have taken our time getting going ... and why not. There is no need to rush the journey. Here is a Spot map of our route to date:
|Warwick to Block Island|