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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #80 on: September 18, 2017, 07:18:30 PM »
I looked at Saco on Google Earth, and it appeared to be a quiet, out of the way town, at the head of navigation.  The flow of water over the hydro electric dam suggests a steady supply of fresh water at the time the pictures were taken, and the generators were almost certainly at max, also from the water disturbances below the dam.  The water in the river must be pretty clean, as they have a fish ladder.

That certainly appears to be a snug hurricane hole.

Don't expect high end stores or classy restaurants, though!  For the two of you, the real question is how far to a large grocery store.

By the way, tell Woody, I have seen many painting by famous artists, including Winslow Homer, with waves and clouds that look just like his!  Mona is very photogenic too.  Nice job of sailing her, Ralay!  (Auto correct does not like Ralay)




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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #81 on: September 19, 2017, 09:36:44 AM »
Actually, I wouldn't say it's a backwater place.  There's a place that serves vegan pizza and a microdistillery within 2 blocks and a big fancy grocery store within walking distance.  If you want more, the Amtrak station is on the island by the dam and will get you to Portland in 15-20 min (for $5, I think). 

You are right about the water being clean.  I rowed a couple miles and I only saw one soda can.  So 3 times as many seals as pieces of garbage.  Pretty good ratio. We've seen huge fish jumping, mink, and lots of birds.  It's fresh and warm too.  We swam a bit on our first stop.  The bottom is sand between the rock banks.  Really, a likeable town. 

Cruisers seem to stop at Wood Harbor to sleep and then move on.  We haven't meet any other cruisers who've been into the Saco. 

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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #82 on: September 19, 2017, 02:44:30 PM »
I googled the town....pretty place!
Easy to see why you would spend some time there.
Even better if it's not busy.
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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #83 on: September 19, 2017, 08:43:50 PM »
Jim_ME has been playing host and tour guide, so we've got to explore much farther than we could by foot and bike.  We all went down to Cape Elizabeth today to watch the big swells smash on the rocks.  I imagine there's a lot of surfing going on down in Long Island Sound.  Supposedly we have a small craft advisory, but there's not a breath of wind upriver.  Totally flat and smooth.   

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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #84 on: September 19, 2017, 09:09:14 PM »
Great you two are spending some time with Jim.
I'm sure you are ALL having fun!!
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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #85 on: September 19, 2017, 10:53:24 PM »
Good deal- I totally enjoyed my visit with Jim
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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #86 on: September 30, 2017, 12:40:44 PM »
Here's a short video clip of some footage from cruising this year. Hope you enjoy it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSFAgscSs7A

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Re: Mona NOBO 2017
« Reply #87 on: September 30, 2017, 01:27:24 PM »
Great video.
The fog early on and rocky shores looks like it could be out here.
The tall ship sure was beautiful!!
Have fun!
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