Welcome to the home port of the sailing vessel LIQUIDITY
LIQUIDITY returning to Boston after a weekend in Salem, MA. Photo by
LIQUIDITY is a 1977 Cape Dory 28 sloop, currently on the hard for the winter at Marina Bay on Boston Harbor.
Delivery by Sail
Does the notion of Delivery by Sail intrigue you? From May through September, hundreds of recreational vessels ply the New England coast, each with more than enough room to carry small packages from here to there. Shouldn’t some of them (even one of them!) be carrying cargo?
The notion of moving goods from one port to another by sail is both green and romantic (albeit slow and somewhat unpredictable). If you’re curious about how you might move your crafts or other goods by sail, from Boston to Provincetown, for example, and reap the apparent marketing advantages of a “Delivered by Sail” tag or sticker, email me. Let’s turn this small green initiative into a reality.
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Sailing in Boston Harbor:
Boston is a busy commercial harbor. Keep a sharp lookout for large ships, tugs and barges, ferries and the like. It’s a good idea to monitor channel 13 and critical if visibility is reduced.
The Long Island Bridge has been demolished but the footings remain. Height is no longer an issue but use care to stay in the channel, passing between the two large uprights.
Watch for human powered vessels, too. They’re everywhere.
There are working lobster boats in Boston Harbor; give them room to work.
Keep your charts handy and be careful who you follow. You can go from deep water to shoal water in about the same time it takes to say “Oh #@%$!” If you don’t have local knowledge, heed the buoys and avoid the shortcuts.
Weather can change quickly in Boston!
If you’re anchoring, remember that tides can reach 12’. Leave enough scope and swinging room. Remember also that low tides can be as much as -2’; leave room for that, too!
Most boaters in Boston have a pretty good understanding of the nav rules. (Just remember that I said, “most.”)
Too many power boaters have no idea how large their wakes are.
A fair tide isn’t critical but it does help. Note that the current doesn’t always follow the channel; cross currents abound!
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