CRUISE NOTES

SAIL - - The Lake Effect -

Peter Lover­ridge’s Cruis­ing Guide to Nova Sco­tia cov­ers the whole coast, up through Cape Bre­ton Is­land. His web­site is cruis­ing­guidetons.blogspot.com from which you can order his book on a thumb drive. The orig­i­nal ver­sion is long out of print. He main­tains a blog with up­dates.

Mike Cox’s Cruis­ing the Eastern Shore cov­ers Hal­i­fax east to Canso in sig­nif­i­cantly greater de­tail, and Ch­eryl Barr’s Cruis­ing

Guide to the Cana­dian Mar­itimes cov­ers Cape Bre­ton Is­land best. There are a few copies of Mike’s book on the used book sites and Land­fall ap­pears to have some copies of Ch­eryl’s book.

Cruis­ing Cape Bre­ton The Pi­lot Press web­site has online user up­dates for their guides to Nova Sco­tia, New­found­land & Labrador.

Our ex­pe­ri­ence with fog on both trips was largely lim­ited to Cape Sable upon first cross­ing over, cor­rob­o­rat­ing the con­ven­tional wis­dom that later Au­gust through early Oc­to­ber gives the clear­est weather. We had some cool evenings, but never fired up the cabin heater.

We car­ried two diesel jugs lashed on deck, as dock­side fu­el­ing is rare and you of­ten need a way to trans­port fuel from ser­vice sta­tions. The only time we man­aged to fill up at dock­side was in Bad­deck, on Bras d’Or Lake. Dock­side fuel is also avail­able in Hal­i­fax and Shel­burne. The LeHave Yacht Club had emp­tied its tanks for the sea­son dur­ing our early Septem­ber re­turn, to be refilled in the spring.

In­stead of the rigid wa­ter jugs we lashed on deck in 2009, this time we car­ried a cou­ple of col­lapsi­ble 5 gal Smart Bot­tles. These heavy­duty jugs fold flat for easy stor­age and do the job when there’s no fresh­wa­ter on the wharf. Many wharves have stan­dard 115-volt out­lets and fresh­wa­ter faucets that take a gar­den hose, so it’s a good idea to carry one of these, along with a 115-volt/15 amp adapter for your shore­power cord in case you want to charge your bat­ter­ies.

When we re­turned to Maine, we cleared in by cell­phone thanks to the Small Ves­sel Re­port­ing Sys­tem, which is in the process of be­ing re­placed by a much sim­pler app, go­ing by the acro­nym ROAM (Re­port­ing Off­shore Ar­rivalMo­bile). You must pre-register through the app and, on your re­turn, re­port through the app and have a vieo chat with an agent.

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