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Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
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Trip End Sep 25, 2007


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Worst boat name candidates:

Sonic Sea Dog
Tastes Like Chicken
Retail plus 20 percent
Check's in the Mail

BTW, I'm making a list of the worst boat names I have seen.  Lets see what everyone thinks is the worst.  I'll add more as I see "candidates".   These ones are pathetic.  Let me know what you think.

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We intended to stay two nights in Newport RI, but have ended up spending four.  Its a place that's hard to leave.  Start with the charm of Annapolis, throw in perfect cool weather, terrific restaurants, walkable quaint streets and a place that is made for boating...its hard to beat.  So we came into the harbor ready to look for a mooring.  We like to anchor as its peaceful and the price is right.  Marinas and dockage in New England are not the $1.20-$1.50/foot we were used to in the south last year.  Here we are going to be seeing $2, 3 or $4 dollars a foot.  Moorings are much less.  So we call the harbor master and the come out to escort us among the scores ....even hundreds of vessels in Newport Harbor.   Many of the boats you see here are yachts in the true sense.  Many classic, wooden boats or superb sailboats with amazing masts.  One we saw was so tall it had to have red aircraft warning lights on top.

The harbor master's launch escorts us way out in a corner of the harbor....no thanks...we tell them.  Its too far to dink in and could be rough.  So I hail another mooring company on 68...they say "take old number 9 up front"...ok...this sounds like a nice low number...maybe convenient.  And yes, it is perfect...prime territory only a few hundred feet off the best wharf in Newport: Bannister's.  We went to Bannister's last time...full of bars and restaurants, art shops, more.  Really great place.  So Sue hooks the mooring pendent and we are in.   Great place. 

One of the things we wanted to do was to meet us with our good friends Con and Jerry of New Frontier (NF).   Recall we were on NF from Ft Lauderdale to Newport earlier in the season.  We have stuck up a friendship with them and looked forward to drinks and dinner.  What are they doing here: broken boat.  New Frontier suffers from a leaking windlass and Jerry has worked for weeks to try to get it fixed.  Calls to the manufacturer in New Zealand and all have not brought a solution.  Since we have made nearly 700 miles since we said goodbye to C&J I am sure this is hard.  Hopefully they will be up and running soon.  We saw them for dinner the next night and had a great three hour meal.  Terrific folks.

So the next day we set out to continue our exploration of Newport.  Newport has a great visitor center based near the port.  We head over and get a daily bus pass and set out the see more of the Newport Mansions we had not gotten into last time.  While many of the mansions of the early masters of the industrial revolution have been torn down, a dozen still remain as museum pieces.  Some are well deserved centers for parties, weddings, movies and other events.  So we take the buss and take in a few more.   Overall we tour 5 of these amazing places over the next few days.  Its an amazing sight to see what wealth created in the late 1800s and 1900s by people who were making millions with no taxes and $5/month labor.  The most amazing was Marble House which was owned by one of the Vanderbilt.  This rivaled any of the European palaces Sue and I have seen.   We also thought The Elms was terrific as it had a really rich audio tour. 

We also do a very interesting walking tour with a stop now and then.  We often watch for Irish bars and Newport (being 55 miles from Boston) has several.  Along the way, we tour a school for wooden boat building and restaurants..

Overall Newport is an amazing place to visit and I am sure we could have easily spent even more time.  We had just started to see the Rhode Island area.  It was a pleasant surprise to me as the people were very friendly and the feeling very open.   I had expected more of a new york feel and a lot more industry.  We want to come back here and see more of the cities in the area such as Bristol. 

So after making a couple trips to the grocery we re-provision and make the boat ready to begin heading north.  We had expected to go through the Cape Cod canal to Province town but had somehow gotten the idea to go into Boston harbor.  So we call and find a marina berth.  We now will be in Boston for a week beginning Tuesday. 

A close call.... Before we were sure we had a place to stay I had checked in the web for Red Sox tickets.  Yes it was there.  But in a hour after we firmed up our marina reservation, all seats were gone.  Three games...all sold out.  Well maybe next year.
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