Gribbles and Shipworms

Sunken by a gribble; when reality bites. Not an evil alien force from Star Trek, these invasive crustaceans are actually a type of clam. As their hard shells scraped away and hollowed out wood, they created a massive tunnel system from the inside, leaving significant damage in the hull of a wooden ship, not easily detected until it was waaaay too late. Think super sonic termites with a ravenous appetite.

Gribbles and Shipworms, Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Seaport Museum

Sag Harbor, NY – Moorings June 12, June 13

Exhale stayed in the mooring fields in Sag Harbor, with easy dinghy access to the sweet town. Tonto’s Reward was close by, at Sag Harbor Yacht Club. Together we toured Sag Harbor for two days.

Sag Harbor – June 13, 2021

Dining options in Sag Harbor were numerous, with lots of COVID cautious outdoor seating. You probably know, Capt Rick prefers to wear shorts and Hawaiian shirts, year round. As the temps dipped into the 60’s the rest of us had on long slacks and sweaters. Generously (out of pity), the staff offered him a blanket – actually two blankets – to warm his chilly bones.

Capt Rick, feeling toasty
Sag Harbor, NY

3 Mile Harbor, anchorage – June 14

Exhale and Tonto’s Reward found a spectacular anchorage in 3 Mile Harbor. Yes, dinner on Tonto’s Reward was scrumptious.

Chef, Gail Bernstein; Tonto’s Reward

An easy dinghy ride away is the new East Hampton Pointe. Magnificent does not describe the luxury of this “nearly” finished resort – worth a visit on the return route south when the resort will be fully opened.

East Hampton Pointe Resort – Lush landscaping marks the entry
photo by David Bernstein

Ready, Aim, Destroy

When you anchor out, you need to arm yourself for invasions.

It’s a Hard Life for a Boat Dog

Let’s be very clear. This is not what Maddie had in mind when asked if she wanted to go for a “walk”.

Why The Face? Where is the rest of the lawn?

Mystic Seaport Museum, CT – June 15, June 16

We docked AT the museum. An exquisite location, dockage includes passes to the grounds. The largest maritime museum in the US, notable for its collection of historic sailing vessels and for the re-creation of a 19th century seafaring village (more than 60 historic buildings), complete with well-educated docents in delightful period costumes. It’s mind boggling. So expansive it cannot be covered in two days (19 acres), we will be back.

The town is easy walking distance, with a plethora of unique shops and dining options. We give high praise for Anthony J’s bistro.

Mystic, CT

Have you seen the movie, Mystic Pizza! Here’s a little local trivia. Released in the fall of 1988, the movie centers on the Zelapos family restaurant, including the lives and loves of three waitresses, and the mystical family recipe that made the pizza famous (in real life, and in the movie).

Mystic Pizza

This is for my nephew. Found at the entrance of the Seaport Marine Museum, this gem is called Kingston II.

Kingston II

For the Birds, or, LOOK UP!

A bird whizzed by our heads, maybe it was a sparrow, not too sure. The bird kept flying back and forth along the rafters at a rapid rate of speed, ignoring the human intruders. As we approached it’s turn around spot – well marked by a notable deposit of bird poop on the floor – I saw the nest overhead.

Lunch time

If this video works you will see and hear the magic of Mystic.

Best broom closet, ever!

Behind this door you will find a little slice of heaven – and we are NOT talking about cleaning supplies, or pizza.

Broom closet

A GIANT warehouse of historic boats that have been, or are being, restored.

Mina, launch by Palmer, ca 1906

This gem is 23’6″ x 6’2″, she’s similar in size to our Duffy electric boat. Given the name on the boat and the date, ca 1906, is it possible she belonged to Thomas and Mina Edison? The museum staff did not know. But the timing is plausible. To learn more about Mina, click here.

Newport, RI

Exhale will be taking a short respite in Newport, RI – June 17 through June 20. If you are nearby, give Capt. Rick a call!

Milestones: Paul & Celeste’s anniversary, June 14; Heather Rutherford’s birthday (Bushranger), June 15. Celebration of Life Dianne Gill, June 19, 2021

Next Stop: Edgartown, MA, June 21