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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

January 29, 2015, 7:00 AM EST



Lobster Boat Petrel Locked in Ice

The shot above was taken on January 8, 2015 at skiff level at the town floats in Perkins Cove looking over a sheet of ice that used to be the Cove water between the dock and the boats. The shot was taken at about 8:00 AM. It was still -8F. The ice had already been broken by the ice breaker two hours earlier but the ice had re-formed again during that time. The air temperature reached 0F by noon that day. After that the air temperature got up to 13F before sunset. The air temperature rose during the night as a warm low pressure area with southwest winds pushed some of the warmer air off the water on to the shore. This was the coldest day we have had in a few years.




Monday, December 8, 2014

At 3:30 AM EST the air temperature was 13F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at twenty-five to thirty knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good. At 4:00 AM, I headed to Stonington, Maine with my son, Micah, to look at engines. It was cold all the way up but not nearly as windy as it was in Ogunquit. At Searsport, we saw the lowest temperature reading of the day at 1F. It was sunny most of the day. By 2:00 PM, we were back in Ogunquit. It was 22F at that time. I don't believe it ever got any warmer here. The sky was overcast upon arrival. It stayed overcast and was spitting snow towards sunset. The wind was blowing about twenty knots (more or less) out of the northeast and remained that way after sunset and into the night. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 22F (with a low of 11F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 29F with a low of 18F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 24F (with a low of 6F).

As I mentioned, Micah and I took the truck to Stonington, Maine this morning to look at diesel engines, particularly the D13 Volvo. Our target was Billings Diesel & Marine. I was meeting a Greg Sanborn there. Greg turned out to be one of the most knowledgable individuals I have met on diesel engine installs and repowers. And he was very helpful and informative. He was very familiar with my engine and with all the brands except John Deere. He had a D13 on the floor right next to a C18 Cat, which I also looked at previously. I took a picture of both engines side my side (digital image appears below - the Volvo is the green engine). It may not look like it but the Cat is a much bigger engine than the Volvo. The Cat weighs about 600 pounds more, bobtail (without a gear), while the Volvo is 600 pounds less. Of course, the Cat has a much bigger displacement at 18 liters as opposed to 13. We spent an hour there, most of which Greg was there answering questions. Billings is quite a place and everyone was super nice.


After I got home I had a few restaurant calls and Bunny Clark calls to make. Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston showed up afterward. We went over reel parts and the work order for the Bunny Clark. After that I spent the rest of the daylight hours running storm lines from the Petrel to other boats and the shore, preparing for this blow we are going to have tomorrow and Wednesday. Thankfully, we have normal tide heights.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 27F (the air temperature was two degrees colder an hour before), the sky was overcast, it was spitting snow, there was less than an inch of the white stuff that had fallen over night, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at twenty knots sustained and the visibility over the ocean was fair to good in light snow. We might have made it until 9:00 AM before it started to rain. But when it started to rain, it rained hard. And the rain kept up all day until about 11:00 PM. Water was puddled up on roads everywhere by nightfall. And you really needed oil gear if you spent more than a few moments outside. The Josiahs River in the back of the Cove swelled and poured fresh water into the Cove. At low tide the current was so strong with rain water driving out of the Cove you could not row against it. The air temperature warmed into the mild category. I never did see a thermometer but I would bet that the air temperture got to 40F or better. The wind blew over forty knots out of the northeast later into the day and night. Seas were huge. Splash over into the parking lot started an hour and a half before high tide. And we were lucky that the tide was a little below normal or I would have been up all night defending the restaurants. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 39F (with a low of 21F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F with a low of 29F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 24F).

I had a lot of office work today. Most of it down at the restaurant. At 9:15 AM, we had an insurance meeting, talking about health insurance and the future of Barnacle Billy's employees. That went for a little over an hour. I stayed there in the office and worked until about 1:30 PM. From there I went to Flo's to secure a few hot dogs for Deb and I (lunch). After lunch I worked on going between engine stuff and the bank. At 4:00 PM, I drove over to the Bunny Clark to take more engine measurements. Dinner was at 6:30 PM.

After dinner, I went down to the Cove to find Mike Remkiewicz who was already down there. My skiff had filled with so much rain water, the current had flipped it over and was under the dock. With Mike doing most of the work, we flipped it over, pulled it onto the float and slid it over the other side to be tied paralell to the dock or positioned with the bow into the current. Next we ran a storm line from the float to the ice breaker further up the channel. We also bailed out a few of our friend's skiffs. One we pulled up on a float and left it upside down so it wouldn't fill with rain and be lost. Last, we pulled out planking sections on the dock so the higher than normal tide would allow the Cove water to move freely around it without taking the dock out with the surge force. And there was a lot of surge with seventeen foot seas just outside the mouth of the harbor.

I went down to the Cove again at 11:30 PM. Everything was stable at that time. I had a fitful sleep.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 37F, the sky was overcast, it wasn't raining but there was drizzle and mist enough to make one think so, last nights rain had melted what little snow we had, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at twenty-five to thirty knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in mist, haze and slop. The sky stayed overcast all day. At noon, it started to rain again (as predicted on the local news station). It kept raining right straight through the afternoon and until about 3:30 PM. The rain abated for at least an hour after that. The wind blew out of the north northeast for the whole day with little variance from the twenty-five to thirty knots it was blowing before daylight. Seas dropped from seventeen feet to a more manageable ambient wave height of thirteen to fourteen feet. These seas lasted through until nightfall. The air temperature was mild, kissing 40F once or twice. The visibility was just fair (or poor) over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 39F (with a low of 37F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 48F with a low of 38F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 34F).

Today was a day of meetings. The first was a meeting with our electrician, Mike Bridges (Bridges Electric), at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. Next I met with the general manager of BB, Etc, Chuck MacDonald. At 9:00 AM, I met our painter, Gary Charpentier, to go over repairs needed before the start of the season. The rest of the morning I was in the office with my sister, Cathy, and our bookkeeper, Sarah DeCoste. I stayed there working on the computer until 1:00 PM.

After lunch I spent the rest of the time on office duty at home. I'm trying to get myself into a position to start working on the newsletter which I spent about an hour on a week ago and haven't worked on since. Much going on this fall/winter.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 37F, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly, the wind was blowing out of the south at almost twenty knots, large seas could still be heard crashing on the shore and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in mist, rain and haze. It rained lightly almost all day. Just when I thought the rain had stopped, it would start again. There probably wasn't a half inch total for the day but it always seemed to be there. At sunset and after, a light snow started to fall. The snow stayed light on into the night. The air temperature was mild all day. It wouldn't have surprised me if the high had reached the 40F mark but I didn't look at a thermometer today. The wind blew out of the southwest all day today. Wind speeds were highest just off shore with buoy readings of a continuous twenty knots and seven foot seas (average). Ashore, the wind came and went, the effects of which were seen more around the Kennebunkport area. The visibility seemed good for the most part over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 33F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 39F with a low of 32F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 35F (with a low of 30F).

I started the day like I start every day with working at the desk until about 7:30 AM. At 8:00 AM, I went down to the Cove to bail my skiff out and take storm lines in. There was still a surge in the Cove but not enough to compromise the integrity of the moorings. And my lines were right in the way of commerce if anyone wanted to bring their boats to the dock. At 9:15 AM, we had an employee meeting with all the Barnacle Billy's managers and book keepers. This is an annual meeting where we go down the list of employees we had last season and decide if they want to come back. The list includes all our employees including those who left us, those who worked periodically and those who come back year after year. Most we invite back. But we need to know who to send letters to. No one is refused. Those of whom we are not sure about are usually not sent a letter. They soon realize this (as most are local) and call us if they want to come back or just leave it as is. We were done before noon.

The rest of the day was spent on new engine details and work at the Bunny Clark. I drove over there for a bit late in the afternoon.

I just found out today that Richard Fox (CA) gave another $200.00 donation to help in my cancer fund raising efforts with the Pan-Mass Challenge. His donation came in the form of an "egift" through the PMC website. The PMC alerts me to these credit card donations but the email appears in a different folder in my account. I usually take a look in that folder a couple times a week. This time when I looked it was like Christmas to see Dick's donation. Thank you so very much for your kindness and generosity, Dick. I appreciate it very much. Now all you have to do is come to the east coast this summer and take a ride on the Bunny! Relive the old days!

Friday, December 12, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 30F, the sky was mostly overcast with a couple of clear patches (that seemed to close up as I watched), the wind was blowing out of the west very lightly and the visibility over the ocean was fair to good. It was mostly overcast during the day but we did see the sun here and there. The afternoon saw overcast skies and spitting snow/rain after sunset. This precipitation was very limited. The air temperature got up to 40F at least. The wind blew out of the northwest most of the morning and then out of the west starting in the early afternoon. There wasn't much wind at all during the day. After sunset the wind blew up over ten knots. The visibility was good to very good most of the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 32F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 39F with a low of 31F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 35F (with a low of 27F).

It was an all engine day today. The early part of the morning was spent comparing engine specs. By 9:00 AM, I was talking to Dave Simonelli at Kittery Point Yacht Yard (they have been very helpful). That meeting lasted a half hour. By 10:00 AM, I was talking to Dave Pease where he agreed to put the new engine in for me. I'm delighted because Dave has done everything just the way I wanted it including building the Bunny Clark (except for the hull) since 1983. I always want him to be as much a part of the Bunny Clark as he wants to be until he wants to give it up. I spent some time with Dave after the meeting going over measurements and talking over potential future challenges with the new engine. For instance, all new engines have the exhaust running out of the starboard side of the engine. My old engine has the exhaust and exhaust manifold on the port side. After lunch, I was on the phone and on email concerning the engine until 4:00 PM. I called it quits for the day after that.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 30F, the sky was overcast, it was snowing, there was an inch or less of snow on the ground, the wind was blowing lightly out of the west (it was blowing west northwest at fifteen knots or more at the closest weather buoy nine miles away) and the visibility over the ocean was fair in snow. It snowed all morning with an air temperature just above freezing. This changed after noon. It had stopped snowing by that time and the air temperature was in the high 30s. The snow had all melted away by evening except maybe in the shadows. The wind blew out of the west or maybe north of west at ten knots or better along the shore. The sky was overcast or nearly so (there were a few scattered clear patches late in the afternoon - including a red sunset) all day. The air temperature was mild and there was no freezing on the roads all day. The visibility was better than good after the snow. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 38F (with a low of 32F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 32F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 37F (with a low of 27F).

I spent the day working on the Petrel, my lobster boat. Some of it was engine work (a sticky raw water drain valve in a hard to reach place). Other things were snaps and a curtain clip. I also changed moorings, dropped two of the summer moorings and grabbed the appropriate storm lines associated with the new winter location. I also had some tools that were left out that I had clean up and store. Just house cleaning exercises, really.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 33F, the sky was mostly overcast but you could tell it is going to be a sunny day, the wind was blowing less than ten knots out of the north and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Today's sky was a mix of sun and clouds. The sky wasn't perfectly clear as expected but was pretty much so from late morning onward. The wind blew out of the northwest at ten knots or better all morning. After noon, the wind died out and the ocean went flat calm. After sunset, the wind came up out of the northwest over ten knots. The visibility was very good to excellent all day. The air temperature reached the mid 40s. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 46F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 45F with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 39F (with a low of 27F).

I took the day off today.

Monday, December 15, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 30F, the sky was clear with a half moon over head, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew out of the northwest for the first half of the morning. By 10:00 AM, the wind had hauled out of the northeast. But the wind had no teeth. It never blew over ten knots all day. After noon there was very little wind at all. Indeed, the ocean was fairly calm all day. The air temperature got up to at least 42F. The sky was clear all day. The visibility was very good at least. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 25F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 32F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 40F (with a low of 23F).

Working on the Petrel (engine, side curtains & raw water drainage), the Bunny Clark's potential new engine and my website consumed my day. I spent my time between the office at the house and the Petrel in the Cove. I quit at 4:00 PM.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 33F, the sky was overcast, there was no discernable wind and the visibility over the ocean was good, as near as I could tell. The wind never did blow all day. The ocean was as flat as a mill pond and gray from the overcast skies that were prevalent all day long. The air temperature was mild, somewhere in the low 40s. The visibility was very good over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 39F (with a low of 32F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 44F with a low of 35F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 36F (with a low of 27F).

The day started as is it normally does with the Internet stuff. That completed, I met painters at Barnacle Billy's, Etc (wall papering the ladies room upstairs). From there I had a doctor's appointment in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. At 10:00 AM, David Pease, Ian Keniston, Jared Keniston and I had a meeting at the Bunny Clark to go over this winter's work order, the primary item being the new engine installation. After lunch, I finished the last couple of items I needed to complete the winterization of the Petrel. Afterward, I tried to help my former brother-in-law with a fuel pump problem with his lobster boat engine (a Ford diesel). I was unsuccessful there. The rest of the afternoon I was on the phone working out marine gear problems, completing the final draft of the Bunny Clark work order and looking over new engine questions I am going to have to answer in the next two days. I was done by 6:30 PM.

I received a surprise donation today of $200.00 from Bob & Donna Nixon (NH) in a last minute bid to give another donation this year to my cancer fund raising efforts with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Bob had just sent me an email the other day encouraging me to continue with the PMC in 2015. And, yes, I plan to do so again. How can I not? The PMC it just too well organized, one hundred percent of the donation goes where it is needed (no percentage goes to administrative costs), the money goes to one of the top three cancer research institutes in the country and this money helps so many people locally. There is so much more, most of which Bob Nixon (and I) recognizes. Thanks so much, Bob & Donna. I do appreciate your support so much.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 39F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was out of the east at a little over ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair in precipitation. It rained most of the morning but stopped sometime around or before noon. The sky remained overcast for all but the last glimmer of daylight when stars could first start to be seen. After that I never looked at the sky again. The wind blew out of the east until daylight and then hauled out of the northeast. The wind blew out of the northeast at ten to fifteen knots until noon. After or around noon, the wind hauled out of the north and blew about fifteen knots or better (more like twenty knots offshore) into the night. The visibility was poor over the ocean most of the day in fog. The air temperature reached the low to mid 40s. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 37F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F with a low of 41F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 43F (with a low of 33F).

I had a busy day today. I completed the Bunny Clark's work order, grabbed wheel pullers and a couple other things and headed to the Bunny Clark to meet with David Pease. Through our discussions I decided on a reverse gear for the new engine. In turn, I decided on purchasing the D13 Volvo to replace the 163P Volvo I have had in the Bunny Clark for almost seventeen years (It was a good engine. In fact, I have never much of a problem with any Volvo I have ever owned. I've owned five.) This will be my third Volvo engine in the Bunny Clark and the sixth engine overall since 1983. I had several things I had to do at the office in Barnacle Billy's, which I did. Micah (my son) and I hauled the skiff out of the water to work on it a bit in the afternoon. The rest of the day was spend on email and on the phone securing everything I needed in order to go forward with the new engine purchase. I am buying the engine through Power Products in Wakefield, Massachusetts, a division of which resides in Portland, Maine. This also means that I will have the same mechanic I have had working on the Bunny Clark for over twenty years. This is important to me.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 38F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was out of the west northwest at sixteen knots or better and the visibility over the ocean was fair to good in precipitation.

Later this afternoon we headed to Logain International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts to fly to Calebra Island for the Christmas holiday. This was an idea Deb had this summer after working with a rental-by-owner thing she found on line. It seemed like a great opportunity to take our two kids to a place where we could all spend time together. The island of Calebra is a very quiet island by Caribbean standards.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 20F, the sky was clear, the wind was out of the northwest at fifteen knots or so and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature stayed cold all day. I never did see the thermometer broach the freezing mark even though the sky stayed sunny all day. The wind blew out of the northwest at ten to fifteen knots, dying out after noon and then hauling out of the west at fifteen knots with higher gusts into the night. The visibility was excellent. The ocean was calm along the shore with no sea. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 28F (with a low of 16F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 30F with a low of 22F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 26F.

I spent the day getting organized for the beginning of the working winter, the time starting January 2nd.

In the morning, I rounded up my trucks and launched our skiff that I had taken out of the water previous to leaving on vacation (one less thing for someone to look out for while I was gone). I had to work on moorings for a couple of hours including dropping the Bunny Clark's mooring that had remained in place when I left to provide for another boat that hadn't been hauled out yet for the winter. I worked at the restaurants for a while and checked out some of the winter projects that are going on. Of course, half the work slows with the holidays.

I had lunch at 1:30 PM. And from there I was on the phone for the rest of the day.

I did have to take some extra time to care for our border collie, Gill. When I was launching the skiff from the bait wharf, the dog had wandered into the bait cooler. It was low tide so, during the time it took to lower the skiff with the hoist to the surface of the Cove, Gill had had plenty of time to check out every inch of the bait cooler. In the winter, they leave the bait cooler refrigeration off. This last week saw some very mild temperatures. This also gave some of the bait a chance to "ripen" up a bit (there are always a couple lobstermen in every harbor who don't fish as often as they could). By the time I called Gill down to get into the skiff to go to the other dock, I could tell where he had been. Even with the little bit of northwest wind we had I could still tell. And once the skiff was tied up and the dog with in the cab of the truck, the smell hit home. He didn't roll in it, thank God. But he did wade in a bit of the slurry in the back. I am used to the smell. Deb in not. And it didn't take Deb very long to detect the foul odor coming from the dog. We were not in the house very long. So I combined cleaning mooring buoys at the edge of the Cove shore with cleaning Gills legs. He didn't like it much but I did get the job done to Deb's satisfaction!

I received three donations helping with my fund raising for cancer research & care with the Pan-Mass Challenge during the time we were gone. The contributors and their donations are as follows: Tim Rozan (ME) for $100.00 in the form of an "egift" through the PMC site, Peter & Patti Vangsness (MA) for $100.00 and Dave & Madeline Gray (VT) for $100.00. Thank you all for your support on this at this time and all the donations and support you have given me over the years. It is much appreciated by many!

New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 14F, the sky mostly overcast with clear cracks, the wind was out of the west at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was mostly sunny for the day. For the second day in a row, the air temperature never got above the freezing mark. It came close at 28F. The wind blew out of the west at fifteen to twenty knots with sustained twenty-five knot winds for two hours after lunch. The visibility over the ocean was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 28F (with a low of 11F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 30F with a low of 20F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 27F (with a low of 8F).

I spent the day organizing. But I should qualify. I actually spent the morning organizing with an hour spent at the dentist. A major root canal is in my future; it's hell getting old.

Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston came over the house. We talked about the planning and plans for the boat and the new engine.

After lunch I gave up for the day. I was planning on watching the World Junior (hockey) Championships in Montreal but it appeared on a paid cable channel I didn't have. It was offered on the internet as well but I found that there was no coverage in our area. After the first period of one of the worst Bruins games I have seen this year I went to bed.

And I received two more donations towards this years cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Both were "egifts" through the PMC web site. One was from Dick & Kathy Lyle (PA) for $100.00 and the other, received seven minutes later, was from Leslie Goulet (ME) for $150.00! Thank you all so very much for rounding out a great cancer fund raising drive for the Jimmy Fund and I. I do so appreciate you kind and generous efforts!

New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 17F, the sky was clear, the wind was out of the southwest at a sustained twenty knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. At dawn, the wind hauled out of the west and blew over twenty knots all morning and into the afternoon. I believe the wind hauled more out of the southwest towards nightfall. The air temperature was cold in the morning. The highest temperature I saw today was 29F at 1:30 PM. The sky was mostly sunny all day. The visibility over the water was very good. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 32F (with a low of 18F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 33F with a low of 22F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 31F (with a low of 9F).

I took the day off.

Friday, January 2, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was clear, the wind was out of the west southwest at a sustained twenty knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The wind stayed out of the west at twenty knots or more from the last two hours of the morning until about 3:00 PM, when a more northerly lilt was seen. There was much west in the wind until after sunset. The wind hauled out of the northwest later at night with gusts over twenty-five knots. The sky was mostly clear all day with some upper level clouds at mid-day. The air temperature got as high as 36F, at least, in Ogunquit. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 38F (with a low of 22F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 41F with a low of 31F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 36F (with a low of 17F).

I spent my day working at Barnacle Billy's restaurant, ordering supplies for the Bunny Clark and starting back into working on the Bunny Clark's Guestletter.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 16F, the sky was mostly clear, the wind was light out of the northwest and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature stayed cold all day, never reaching the freezing mark. By noon, the air temperature had warmed to 23F. I believe I saw 29Fsometime during the mid afternoon. By 6:00 PM, the air temperature was 25F. The sky was sunny most of the morning but became overcast before noon. The sky stayed overcast for the rest of the day. Snow had started to fall around 5:00 PM. There might have been an inch of the white stuff on the ground by 8:00 PM. The wind was light out of the north in the morning. There was no wind in the afternoon. The wind went from zero to about twenty knots in twenty minutes around 7:30 PM. It was gusting to almost thirty knots out of the east by 8:00 PM. The wind never blew any harder than that to my knowledge. The visibility was very good to excellent during the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 34F (with a low of 14F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 37F with a low of 22F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 26F (with a low of 10F).

I spent most of the morning riding my bike before the expected inclimate weather expected for tomorrow. During the afternoon I worked on preparing myself for the Guestletter.

I learned that my mother, Bunny Tower, wanted to give another $1,000.00 to the Jimmy Fund through me and my involvement with the Pan-Mass Challenge. I found this out yesterday. Her wish was to add it to the 2014 total. She had written the check out on December 27th. I called down to the head office in Needham, Massachusetts but was unable to confirm if that was possible. For now I'm adding it to this years fund raising total. That would make my total the third largest amount I have raised in a season in the eight years that I have been involved in the event. Thank you, Mom, I very much appreciate your choice of emissaries and the cancer curing world appreciates all the support it can get!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 31F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, we had two inches of slushy snow on the ground, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at fifteen knots and the visibility was fair in precipitation. The sky remained overcast all day. It rained light but steady most of the morning. Rain was intermittant in the afternoon. The wind hauled out of the north by 8:00 AM and then dropped out altogether for most of the late part of the morning and into the afternoon. When we did have wind again it was out of the west and only about ten knots going into the evening. The Town of Ogunquit had run out of salt and sand so the rain falling on a ground that had been well below freezing for three days created very slick driving conditions. In fact it was easier to drive on the roads (with 4 wheel drive) than it was to walk on them. I noticed these conditions at 9:00 AM when I left the driveway and slid across the other side of the road while trying to stop! The air temperture got into the high 30s but I never did see the predicted mid 40s they were talking about. The visibility never got that good because as soon as it stopped raining the fog rolled in along the coast. It was fairly foggy until after dark. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 35F (with a low of 23F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 52F with a low of 35F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 26F).

I had a very busy day in the office today. It started at 6:00 AM and, except for lunch, didn't get out until 6:00 PM. I worked on a wedding reception extraviganza for two hours that's taking place at Barnacle Billy's, Etc in the fall. I had a lot of organization items to work on for both restaurants and the Bunny Clark. Plus, I was working on the Guestletter, particularly all the database, spreadsheet materials and graphs I use to write it.

Also, I was reminded that there is a webinar public hearing on the proposed opening of the closed areas hosted by the New England Fishery Management Council between 3PM and 7PM tomorrow. Officially, it's called the proposed OHA2 (Omnibus Habitat Amendment). You can register to share your opinion (which I hope you do) by going to this link. Call-in Info: 646.307.1706 | Access Code: 911-628-108.

I am reminded by Priscilla Brooks from the Conservation Law Foundation that:

"1. Our struggling fisheries and their habitat need more protection, not less.

2. All existing closed areas should remain closed, including the important Cashes Ledge Closed Area.

3. Trawls [draggers] and dredges should not be allowed into protected areas.

4. Habitat for spawning and prey species must be protected."

I agree 100%. I hope you will join in with the webinar later this afternoon.

Monday, January 5, 2015

At 4:00 AM EST the air temperature was 38F, the sky was clear, there was a full moon handing just over the tops of the trees in the western sky, the wind was blowing out of the west at about twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By 6:30 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 34F. The air temperature dropped all day reaching the freezing mark by noon or before. The air temperature was in the 20s by mid afternoon and 20F by 7:00 PM. And it was windy. By noon, the wind was blowing out of the west at thirty to forty knots. This kept up until sunset but blew a little harder after that. I would like to have known what the strongest wind gust was. The sky was clear with clouds all day. The visibility was just good over the ocean with spray created by the many white caps over the near shore area marching out to sea. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 9F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 17F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 40F (with a low of 11F).

Today was a day of meetings. At 8:00 AM, Deb, Jared Keniston, Ian Keniston and I went over the game plan for the upcoming Bunny Clark fishing season. By 10:30 AM we had finished with the schedule and rates for the 2015 season. Generally, we have gone with the same schedule as did last year. In other words, marathons will again be on Tuesdays and Thursdays all year except in July and August. This means that the extreme day trips will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the season except in July and August. What we also decided was to allow marathon trip charters on Mondays and Fridays. Those days are normally set up as an extreme day trip. But if the date is available (no anglers booked) and a group wants to get the whole boat for a marathon trip on one of those days, as long as it's not in July or August, we can accommodate you. I will not be the captain on Mondays or Fridays. I will post the new schedule and rates as soon as I can, hopefully today.

I will be registering for another go at the Pan-Mass Challenge tomorrow. Sign up starts at 9:00 AM. At the end of the 2014 I had passed on a total of $207,136.77 to the Jimmy Fund since I started being involved with the event in 2007. All of this money thanks mostly to you! Hopefully, I will be close to a quarter of a million dollars by the end of 2015. Time goes by so fast. It seems like I just got involved yesterday!

The rest of the day was spent ordering, working at the restaurant, on the phone and on the email. I also worked on the Petrel and the skiff to prepare them for below freezing temperatures, this while the air temperature was still above freezing.

The last part of the day was spent on the Webinar with the proposed OHA2 (Omnibus Habitat Amendment). That was a disappointment. I commend the work of Michelle Bachman and Andy Applegate. But it is very complicated for the layman to understand. Hell, it's complicated for anyone to understand if you don't know the implications of each proposal within and the fishing mechanics of all the different fisheries involved. Michelle did a good job of presenting the material. The graphics were well done. But it was still complicated. When I finally got a chance to speak, my microphone didn't work. I've been using it all week with no problem. During the webinar - nothing. Afterward I tried to make a few calls through my Gmail account and it didn't work there either. I never did get it to work! That was frustrating and time consuming. I did write an email, putting my concerns in words on electronic paper. And I will probably attend the hearing in Portland, Maine on Wednesday night. We'll see.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 11F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty knots with higher gusts and the visibility was fair to good over the ocean in some sea smoke. The sky stayed overcast all day but no precipitation was ever seen. The air temperature remained cold. I don't believe the air temperature ever got out of the teens. The highest air temperature I saw was 18F at 2:00 PM. The wind blew out of the west all day, the hardest in the morning. After noon, the wind started dropping. The westerly wind was ten knots by 5:00 PM. The visibility was very good to excellent after the sea smoke left sometime before noon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 17F (with a low of 3F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 18F with a low of 15F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 15F (with a low of 1F).

My day was filled with orders, engine replacement logistics and working on the web site. By the afternoon, I had completed the 2015 Bunny Clark fishing schedule, rates and rules. I posted this at 3:30 PM or so.

Sometime after 9:00 AM, I signed up for the Pan-Mass Challenge again. It will be a few days before I put the my new PMC update on line. But I will be starting the fund raising all over again here pretty soon.

Also, there is a Federal hearing on the proposed Omnibus Habitat Amendment (OHA2) in Portland, Maine between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Holiday Inn By The Bay Portland. If you want to speak up against opening the closed commercial groundfish areas in the Gulf of Maine, this is a good forum to speak. I will be there.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 11F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten to fifteen knots and the visibility was fair to poor over the ocean in sea smoke. The wind blew out of the west all morning at speeds of about fifteen knots, more or less. After noon, the wind hauled out of the northwest and blew up over twenty knots. By sunset we had sustained winds of thirty knots or better with gusts up to forty knots at times. The sky was mostly sunny in the morning and the early part of the afternoon, overcast the later part with a dusting of snow late afternoon and clear skies after sunset. The air temperature was warmer today with the high somewhere in the mid 20s. The visibility was excellent after the sea smoke disappeared around 10:00 AM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 25F (with a low of 1F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 26F with a low of 4F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 22F (with a low of -4F).

I worked at the restaurant most of the morning. We had a meeting there from 10:30 AM until noon. After lunch I worked on what I would say at the hearing in Portland this evening. I ended up with a three page itemized list to talk from. At 5:00 PM, I headed to Portland armed with a banana, a bottle of water and my paper. The hearing room in Portland was fairly crowded. I didn't count but I would suspect that fifty people were there. Once there I realized that what they wanted at the hearing was not what I had written down. They wanted more specifics about each part of the amendment. So, when I did speak, I never used what I had written. And, basically, all I said was that I believed that the status quo (keeping the closed areas the way they are now) was most beneficial to the fishery. That, in these times where our groundfish stocks were in trouble, the last thing we needed to do was to open the areas that brought us the haddock and contained spawning areas for four of our major groundfish species. I got home just as the Bruins/Penquins game was getting under way.

Thursday, January 8, 2015



The digital image above was taken a little before 8:00 AM with my iPhone. I was on the Marginal Way (Ogunquit's mile long foot path along the shore.), about an eighth of a mile east of Perkins Cove looking east. It was -8F. You can see the sea smoke marching east. And you can see what appears to be a fog bank on the horizon but what is actually sea smoke build up. The sky was cloudless when I took this picture.

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was -7F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at fifteen knots and the visibility was fair to poor over the ocean in sea smoke. The air temperature dipped to -8F before making the climb toward the 0 mark. And it didn't get there until around noon. In fact, the highest air temperature I saw was 13F (I'm sure it got warmer before midnight). That happened at 3:00 PM. Sea smoke was evident all day, something that rarely ever happens. The wind blew out of the northwest all morning. When the wind hauled out of the west at noon, the air temperature started warm more quickly. Just that edge of wind off the water made the difference. By sunset, the wind was almost out of the southwest. By 7:00 PM, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at over twenty knots with gusts to thirty knots. The sky was clear all day, cloudless, becoming overcast after dark. The visibility over the water was poor in sea smoke. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 17F (with a low of -9F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 19F with a low of -1F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 17F (with a low of -9F).

I spent the day on licensing, mostly. I also spent time at the boat and watched Dave Pease, with help from Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston, take the final steps in hauling the engine out of the Bunny Clark. Later, they placed the engine aft on the deck. On Monday, the boat will be hauled out of the barn, a crane will pick the engine up off the deck and set it on the ground and then the Bunny Clark will be put back in the barn to get the boat ready for the new engine. A lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of money.

I took two shots of the crew in the throes of lifting, below. My camera the iPhone again. Handy little bugger. The shot on the left shows Ian with the come-along while the shot on the right shows Dave Pease and Jared with the chain-falls.


I also spent some time today making a formal comment on the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 (closed conservation fishing zones question). Basically, I reiterated what I said last night but in a more concise fashion.

Friday, January 9, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 18F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at fifteen knots and the visibility was fair to poor over the ocean in sea smoke. By 6:00 AM, the sky had become overcast. By dawn, it was snowing lightly. It snowed lightly most of the morning giving us an inch or more of snow before it was finished before noon. At noon, the sun came out and the sky cleared. The sky was mostly clear for the rest of the day. The air temperature warmed to a high of at least 28F. The wind blew out of the west southwest from 6:00 AM until about noon. Wind speeds were about thirty knots more or less. After noon, the wind hauled out of the west and diminished to about twenty knots, average speed. The visibility was good by noon, poor in the snow fall and sea smoke. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 29F (with a low of 17F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 30F with a low of 19F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 27F (with a low of 11F).

Desk work was in order until the Town office opened up so I could pay my yearly contributions. From there I went to boat. The engine had been moved to the deck where it will reside until Monday, assuming the weather is good enough to move the boat. I took a couple iPhone pictures while there. These appear below. On the left is the hole left where the engine resided. On the right is the engine on deck. The engine room will be meticulously cleaned, sanded, West Systemed and then Awlgripped (Awlgrip - a two part linear polyurethane paint, first developed for aircraft) white. It's been a while since I painted the engine room. It's hard to realize how big a hole the engine room is. But if you look at the float switch or the extra wooden two-by-fours you can probably get an idea. One of the other problems we had was lighting in there. Now with the new low draw LED lights available today, I'll be able to ring that engine room with them.


After the boat I had materials I had to pick up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Afterward, I stopped for a bite at MacDonalds. Sadly, the MacRib was not available. But it did give me the opportunity to introduce Gill, our new border collie of six months, to his first cheezeburger. After I pulled out of the parking lot and started to head home, a white van, also pulling out of a parking lot, backed right into me, hitting me just after the truck door but directly into the side of the bed. So I ended up spending more time in Portsmouth than I wanted to. Had I been a horn person, I might have avoided the whole thing. But I didn't think of it until it was over. The estimate at the auto body shop (I have been frequenting all too often these days) was about $2600. Too bad you can't approach the insurance company before these things happen and give them a choice. In other words I could say; "Look I'm either going to get in an accident (that isn't my fault) or you can make a $2600.00 donation to the Pan-Mass Challenge, get a tax write-off and save yourself a lot of aggravation." That would have saved me a lot of time as well!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 15F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty knots or better and the visibility was very good to excellent over the ocean. The wind blew out of the west at twenty knots or more all day. The sky was mostly clear and sunny. The air temperature was cold. The highest air temperature I saw was 22F. It might have been warmer but I didn't see it. There was no sea smoke along the shore today. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 24F (with a low of 10F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 24F with a low of 17F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 21F (with a low of -2F).

I spent the day taking notes and gathering information towards writing the Guestletter. This is a project that takes an enormous amount of time because, when I'm done, it gives me a status report with figures I can refer to for years to come. Most of my references come from the data I collect that resides in the folder of material I build before I start to write. When I started to fall asleep reading my own writing (last season's daily fishing "blog" that I write - here, this one) - and this happens frequently - I started working on building the reservation book. With the cold temperatures expected tomorrow morning, I suspect I will be doing the same most of tomorrow as well.

I finished working at 4:30 PM, just in time to watch the Patriots game from the seat of my bike hooked to a fluid trainer. Now, normally, I can only sit on a trainer for about a half hour. Even watching TV, it's too boring and certainly not as much fun as riding a bike on the road. Today I amazed myself with 62 minutes, one of the longest times I have ever spent on a trainer. I know guys who can spend three hours on a trainer. That is not me. That's really not me. And I think that the reason I could hang out so long this time was that the Patriots just made me feel (in the first half - I couldn't watch the second half!) like they were going stumble and bumble their way to a loss. I really do think that if they took the game a little more professionally they would win more games. Like I can't imagine that Brady throwing a hissy fit will really help his game as it progresses. But, hey, that's just me. I don't really care for football but I do like all sports and they are our team. I hope they can make it to the Super Bowl, the first day of Bunny Clark reservations!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 10F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots sustained and the visibility was good in some sea smoke over the ocean. The air temperature seemed to warm up more quickly this morning. Maybe it was me. Or maybe I'm just getting used to it. The air temperature was about 20F by noon. But it was only 13F at 8:00 AM, the time I usually jump on my bike and ride to Kennebunkport to join the Maine Coast Cycling Club. Between the cold and having too much work to do, I decided to bag the ride today. The sky was overcast from dawn until late morning, mostly clear for a while and then overcast, after noon, for the rest of the day and into the night. I did see the air temperature get up to 28F. Whether the temperature jumped a few degrees higher, I don't know, but I doubt it. At noon, the wind hauled out of the southwest. Initially, this wind was about ten knots. However, the velocity increased steadily until sunset when it was blowing a sustained twenty knots. Gusts reached almost thirty knots into the night. The visibility was very good most of the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 26F (with a low of 7F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 33F with a low of 15F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 22F (with a low of -8F).

I took some time off for a couple of hours in the morning. Most of the morning was spent researching for the Guestletter. After lunch, I worked on building the reservation book until 4:30 PM.

At 5:00 PM, I took the dog, Gill, for a 2 mile run on the beach. I have tried taking him for 3 miles or better (on the beach) but have found that he does the tip & roll thing at that longer distance. I have a leash that belts around my waist which then leads to the dog five feet away. I know when he's about to do the tip & roll when he starts running behind me. Normally, he runs to the outside, beside me on the left. He generally looks at me with his tongue hanging out. I usually look down and try to encourage him. But when he does fall behind and I feel a little more pressure, I become wary. On the longer runs in the past he would get behind me, I would feel a bit of pressure and then a lot of pressure as he would dip his shoulder and go down on his back. I would look back and find the dog on his back with both feet up in the air as I towed him along (he wears a full body harness). He only weighs about 40 pounds (just the size of a good sized steaker). Of course, I would stop, he would get up to a sitting position and I would pet him and ask what was wrong. After I brushed all the sand off his back, I would encourage him. This would get him going again. The last time I ran over 3 miles, the tip and roll happened four times. I believe we were doing a 9 minute pace. From then on we have been running two miles, albeit at an 8 minute pace. But only two miles. He's been liking this a lot better. And there have been no tip and rolls for two weeks. This night we had only one period of running behind. But that didn't last too long with another bit of encouragement. After that we normally have ten minutes of playing, as we did this evening. And then it's back in the truck and back home. At some point I'm going to try him off his leash. I don't think this will happen in the near future.

Monday, January 12, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 30F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen to twenty knots and the visibility was very good over the ocean. At 5:30 AM, it started to snow. The snow particles (flakes) were very small. With just a dusting on the ground, it stopped at 7:00 AM. By 8:30 AM, it was snowing again. It snowed until about noon and then stopped. We might have had an inch, maybe two. The sky was overcast for the day. The air temperature warmed up to 33F, the first high temperature over the freezing mark since January 5th! The wind blew out of the southwest but only about ten knots ashore. Offshore, it blew over twenty knots at times. The visibility was good over the ocean in some haze. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 33F (with a low of 24F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 38F with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 32F (with a low of 20F).

Today was Bunny Clark engine day. I was on the phone quite a bit concerning different facets of the repowering process. That included ordering the new wheel (prop). At 10:15 AM, Independant Boat Haulers showed up at the barn to take the Bunny Clark out, hoist the old Volvo engine off the deck and place the engine on the ground. Here the engine will stay until I can find someone who might want it. The marine gear would be included in the sale. I took several pictures of the process. Some of these digital images can be seen below:



The scene above shows Jared Keniston, after the engine has been lifted off the deck, jockeying the engine around so there is a clear path up and over the rail.



This next shot (above) shows Jared and Ian Keniston (left) clearing the engine over the rail.



This shot has the engine between the Bunny Clark and the crane.



The engine is on it's way to it's temporary resting spot on the ground. Carl (left) and Rick (right) are making this happen. We were lucky this winter. Usually Rick is guiding fishing trips in Argentina in our winter. This winter he had too much to do to go down there.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 21F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the north at twenty-five knots and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. The air temperature started to drop and bottomed out at 15F by 10:00 AM. Then the air temperature made a slow recovery back to about 21F (At 1:00 AM the air temperature was 32F!). I believe that's the highest air temperature I saw during the day. That was at 1:00 PM or later. The wind blew out of the north northeast most of the morning at over twenty knots. After noon, the wind started to back off. By sunset, the northerly wind was blowing ten knots at most. The sky was mostly clear all day. The visibility remained excellent with zero sea smoke. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 31F (with a low of -1F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 35F with a low of 15F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 30F (with a low of -6F).

After the morning update, I spent the rest of the morning in the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. Here I worked on a combination of restaurant stuff and taking notes for the Guestletter. Late morning I was informed that my endodontist had room to do a procedure (root canal) at 12:30 PM in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I was scheduled for Thursday. Knowing that would give me more free time to work on boat stuff later this week, I agreed. I have been watching my number 15 molar dying over the last two years. It had been starting to bother me a month ago. I was pleasantly surprised how painless the procedure was. At 3:00 PM, I was headed back home. After answering emails for a half hour at home, I spent the rest of my work day down at the restaurant working on completing the reservation book.

I learned about my first Pan-Mass Challenge donation for the 2015 season today. The donation was actually made on January 11, 2015 as an "egift" through the PMC site from Joe Amato (NH). Thank you, Joe, for being the first to kick off my cancer fund raising season and for your generosity as well. I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 4F, the sky was clear, less than a half a moon was hanging well over the eastern horizon, the wind was blowing out of the north at ten knots and the visibility was fair at water level in heavy sea smoke over the ocean. By dawn, the sky was clouding over. An hour later, the sky was overcast. The sky remained overcast for the rest of the day. The wind continued to blow out of the north all day as well. But it never over-blew. Fifteen knots was the highest wind I saw today. The air temperature stayed below freezing all day, mid teens by morning and just over 20F in the afternoon. The visibility was very good all day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 24F (with a low of -6F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 25F with a low of 14F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 20F (with a low of -10F).

I spent the time from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM working at the office in the restaurant, continuing with the reservation book and working on the Guestletter. From 3:00 PM until dinner, Deb and I were the lawyer's office (general house keeping - we haven't been to see a lawyer since 2007.).

Another thing I did (that took me two hours) was putting up my new Pan-Mass Challenge website. So now when I receive a donation I have a place to show it. There's more to it than most would think.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 25F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the north at fifteen plus knots and the visibility was fair over the ocean. There had been some precipitation (sleet) earlier. The sky stayed overcast all day. Later in the morning it started to snow. It snowed all day. But the snow was light and intermittent. It snowed into the night. I don't believe we got more than an inch overall. The wind blew out of the north northeast at ten to fifteen knots. The air temperature got up as high as 29F in Ogunquit. The visibility was fair in precipitation over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 29F (with a low of 20F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 31F with a low of 25F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 29F (with a low of 15F).

Another day researching for the Guestletter kept me in the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. By being there, I was also able to answer the Billy's phone and complete some restaurant projects as well. Taking my lunch with me at noon, I took the truck to Portland to pick up the newly inspected Bunny Clark life raft. From there I went to Hamilton Marine to look at lights, manual engine control levers and sea strainers. At 3:40 PM, I met Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston at Barnacle Billy's where we took the life raft canister out of the truck and put it in the restaurant until we need it. For the rest of the day I worked on the reservation book.

For a nice touch, the dog (Gill) followed me in to Chase & Leavitt (where I have my life raft inspected) and lifted his leg on some charts that were in the back of the room. It was embarrassing. I dragged Gill over to the spot, scolded him for what he had done and then put him outside. About ten minutes later, as I was heading out the door, the phone rang. It was my wife. A fisherman (I assume) had seen the dog outside C & L and thought it was lost. So he called the number on the collar tag. Gill wasn't far from my truck but this guy didn't know. Now Deb was mad at me for "losing the dog". Sometimes you just can't win.

Joe Dressner (NY) became the second donor of the year to support my cancer fund raising with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. The donation was $100 in the form of an "egift" through the PMC site. I emailed Joe my thanks. I got a nice email in return. I do appreciate this Joe, very much. All the best to you!

Friday, January 16, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 21F, the sky was mostly overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. The sky was overcast in the morning with some periods of sun. We had snow flurries at times. After noon, it started to clear and blow. The wind was out of the west most of the morning with wind speeds of about twenty knots. After noon, the wind hauled out of the west northwest and gave us sustained wind speeds of thirty knots with gusts almost to forty knots. It was very windy. The air temperature jumped over the freezing mark before the wind struck. After that the air temperature went south fast. By sunset, the air temperature had already dropped to 23F. The visibility was excellent over the ocean in the afternoon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 38F (with a low of 6F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 38F with a low of 15F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 34F (with a low of 9F).

After I finished the update (on this page) here, I spent the rest of the morning at the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. The first couple of hours was spent on researching for the Guestletter. The time after that was spent working on restaurant issues. At 11:00 AM, auditor showed up, an annual thing. At that point I moved over to finishing up with the Bunny Clark reservation book. At 12:45 PM, I went for lunch. After lunch, I put away a metric ton of fuel pellets (Micah helped me). Once that was completed, I went back down to the Cove to finish up the reservation book. While there was still light, I went down and cleaned the skiff of snow and ice.

I received another $100.00 donation from Bill Parsons (NJ) supporting me in my cancer fund raising cycling event with the Pan-Mass Challenge. I was not expecting another donation so soon. And I was delighted to pull up the email to find it this morning. Thanks, Bill, very much. I very much appreciate your kindness, support and generosity.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 5F, the sky was mostly clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twenty knots more or less and the visibility was good over the ocean in sea smoke. By 7:00 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 3F and the wind had dropped somewhat. The was mostly clear all day with plenty of sun. It was cold all morning with temperatures finally reaching the teens before noon. Sea smoke was the rule for most of the morning. I never did see what I thought the high air temperature might be but I did note an air temperature of 21F at 1:00 PM. It could have been higher. By 4:00 PM, the air temperature had dropped to 19F but there was no wind. The wind blew out of the northwest after sunrise but had no teeth. By 9:00 AM, the wind had dropped to about ten knots. After 10:00 AM, there wasn't much wind at all. By 4:00 PM, the wind had hauled out of the southwest but it wasn't very strong. The visibility was very good after 11:00 AM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 20F (with a low of -2F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 22F with a low of 9F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 20F (with a low of 2F).

I spent the day working on the Guestletter. I finished all the reading (of this boring update section of my web site) and notes by 10:30 AM only to find out that I had not made the last entry (of the specifics of the last fishing trip of the season) into the database. Of course, I had printed all the tables and made charts two weeks earlier. So I had to do all the tables and charts all over again after putting the last entry into the database, an extra hour spent on something I had thought I had already completed. After lunch I started on the mechanics of building the newsletter (outline, the largest fish of each species, etc. etc.). I finished around 4:30 PM.

I did take our dog, Gill, for a run on the beach. I've been trying to run at a slow pace every other day. At the same time I am giving the dog some exercise. This time I left him off the leash to run beside me. And he wasn't too bad. It was getting dark, being after sunset, when we ran. Gill, pretty much, ran beside me except for meeting a couple of dogs and owners half way up the beach. And, on the way back, he strayed a bit towards the dunes but still kept me in sight as I did him. At one point he ran up to me with what looked like a "hog leg", it was just a silhouette in his jaw. When I grabbed it I realized that it was the frozen head of a gannet broken off at the base of the neck, a sea bird that on very rare occasions you might see near shore. He only seemed interested to show it to me as he didn't go after it when I chucked it behind us. I have never seen a dead gannet on the beach. Probably it died of starvation since the mid-water herring trawlers have raped the resource unchecked for so many years. The herring is the main food source of the gannet.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 27F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at twenty-five knots sustained with higher gusts and the visibility was good to very good over the ocean. By 6:00 AM, the air temperature had risen to 29F (it had been 25F at 3:30 AM). The air temperature topped out at 45F. Or, at least, that was the highest air temperature I saw in Ogunquit. The sky was partly cloudy at dawn, looking like it was going to be overcast soon. However, overcast skies didn' t appear until about 9:00 AM. By 11:00 AM, it was misting rain. In fact, most of the afternoon there wasn't enough rain to put oil gear on. It did rain with more frequency after sunset. The wind blew out of the south at twenty knots for most of the day. By sunset, the wind had hauled out of the southeast and was picking up strength. Right in the middle of the Patriots game the southeast wind was blowing at twenty-five to thirty knots with higher gusts. This kept up until well after the game was over. The visibility was fair over the ocean from 11:00 AM and into the night. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 16F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 51F with a low of 20F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 15F).

I took the day off from both the restaurants and the Bunny Clark. The only thing I did was update this site, answer emails and bail out the skiff. I did watch the Rangers beat the Penguins as I ate lunch. And I watched the two NFL games. It was obvious to me that the Packers had no interest in going to the Super Bowl with their poor decisions in the second half of the game. And I stayed up too late watching the Pat's game. C'est la vie.

Monday, January 19, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 37F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at about twenty knots or so and the visibility was good to very good over the ocean. The wind stayed out of the west at twenty knots, more or less, all day. The sky was mostly clear all day with some clouds at times. The visibility was excellent. The air temperature ranged up to the mid 40s. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 35F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 46F with a low of 38F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 40F (with a low of 32F).

The was an organizational day. I never did get to the Guestletter as I had too Monday offerings to deal with. I did take a ride up to the Bunny Clark where Davd Pease and I went over the new engine beds, the new placement of the sea strainer, fuel line discussions, shaft discussions, cutlass bearing discussions, etc. & etc. The rest of the day I was on the phone at home in the office. The day's issues included the fire inspection at Barnacle Billy's restaurants, the satellite phone, Penn reel parts, the accident involving my truck, fuel tanks in Perkins Cove (an tomorrow's Selectman's meeting) and various other boring things that had to be dealt with. Although I accomplished a day's work it didn't feel like I got much done.



The picture above was taken of the engine room of the Bunny Clark. Since the engine was hauled out, this was a good opportunity to get the engine room prepped, sanded, prepped and painted. In the digital image, you can see that all has been sanded (much with a grinder) and is ready for painting. Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston did all the work. We have used white Awlgrip in the past and will use it again. Awlgrip is a two part linear polyurethane that has a very hard shiny surface that's easy to clean. Because it is so hard it can chip and doesn't lend itself to buffing out. But it's ease of cleaning makes it the best choice for a place like the engine room. Compare this to the picture I took ten days ago.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 32F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty knots with higher gusts and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. By 7:00 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 28F. The day was never really warm. In fact, I'm not sure if the air temperature ever broached the freezing mark during the daylight hours. The sky was sunny all day. The wind blew out of the west at twenty knots with higher gusts (one just making the 30 knot mark). The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 36F (with a low of 21F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 39F with a low of 27F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 33F (with a low of 20F).

The morning was a mix of engine research (fuel line specs, control levers, lighting, engine mount templates, sea strainers, etc.) and making sure both restaurants were up to code for the fire/liquor inspection tomorrow. I was involved in this from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Instead of taking lunch, I made up a protein cocktail and jumped on the bike for thirty-one miles. On the bike I took seven phone calls and various texts, one of which was from a field appraiser (Hanover Insurance) who was looking at the damage done to my truck on January 9th. After I got home I got a call from the body shop that is going to do the work on it for me. With this call I firmed up an appointment to bring the truck in. I was able to work on the Guestletter for an hour before dinner. At 6:30 PM I attended an Ogunquit Town Selectman's meeting where I spoke in favor of fueling installation in Perkins Cove. I managed make it back home in time to plant myself down in front of the TV just before 8:00 PM to watch some of the Bruins game before retiring for the evening. They didn't look too bad. And I was happy that Tyler Seguin didn't factor into the game too much. I wish he were still with the Bruins.

I was informed yesterday that one of my favorite anglers passed on January 11, 2015. Jim A. Hall was his name. A great guy. And a true Mainer. In fact, more of a Mainer than I will ever be. He was from that part of the state that breeds honesty and integrity. He was both. And he was a lot of fun. He and David Symes started fishing with me about twenty years ago when big cod were a prevalent part of my catch and the target species. We caught so many big fish with them on one trip that Jim was actually glad when he broke off the "biggest cod of his life". He said that there was a limit to what a man should have on the end of his line. And, as I am so clearly reminded more frequently than I would like these days, there is also an end of the line. We referred to Jim as "that A. Hall". He got as much or more fun out of that expression than we did. Last year, he and Duke (David Symes) attended one of the two ultra marathon trips I offered last year. Their first ultra. They had a great time. And it was a wonderful trip. And it may be one of the last times we will be able to catch cod like that. So did Jim die at the end of the cod era? I hope not. And his memory will certainly be a happy one that will live on with me forever. I am a better person for meeting Jim A. Hall.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 19F, the sky was crystal with nary a cloud in the sky, the wind was light out of the northwest and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. The salient feature of the day was the wind. There was none. And I don't believe the wind ever got any higher than eight knots on the day, probably less. The ocean was flat calm from sunrise until sunset with a few wind patches on a glassy surface. The air temperature never made it to the freezing mark on any thermometer I saw today. I think I saw 30F at the highest. Although, without the wind, the air temperature was nice standing in the sun. And it was sunny and clear all day. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 31F (with a low of 12F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 34F with a low of 22F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 32F (with a low of 13F).

I worked at the desk from about 6:00 AM until 8:30 AM. The normal stuff. At 8:45 AM, I met my brother at the Cove to wait for the Town's Code Enforcement Officer and fire specialists from the Department to inspect Barnacle Billy's (fire/liquor inspection). After 9:15 AM, I called the office and found that they had thought inspection was at 8:30 AM and had left just before I got down there. I never did find out who was right on the time. But they did agree to come back down. They inspected both buildings and found a half a dozen small items that can be fixed in a day. After they left, I called our electrician so that I could get those items that I would probably forget fixed on Friday. These included things like exit signs with only one light working (they have two), emergency lights with dead batteries (two), etc. I want to change all the exit signs to LED lighted ones so that we don't have to deal with that in the future. I also made a list of the other items so that when we opened all would be completed. I was done at 11:30 AM.

When I got home I had to rush around to get the truck down to York Corner Auto Body to get the truck bed replaced and repaired. I threw my bike in the back so I wouldn't have to be picked up. It was a nice day for riding with lack of wind and sunny skies. I was home by 2:00 PM. From there I grabbed some protein bars (in lieu of lunch) and headed to Portland. But this didn't happen until I could get the Bunny Clark truck going. When I went to start it I found I had a dead battery after the truck hadn't been started for two weeks. (I have some electrical leak somewhere - this is the second new battery in two years. The truck is a 2011.) The truck was down at my sister, Cathy's house. So getting that going took the best part of a half hour.

In Portland I had a list of items I needed for the boat. I'm experimenting with a new type of sea strainer. Plus, I'm changing over the lighting to LED where bulbs have failed. To do all the lights would be too expensive right now. I had to pick up new engine controls. And there were various little items I needed. All this at Hamilton Marine. I got home around 6:00 PM.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 26F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at eighteen knots and the visibility was very good over the ocean as seen from one hundred feet or a little less. The sky started to clear after dawn and I assume it got sunny during the day. But I was inside in a meeting in Danvers, Massachusetts all day. The wind blew out of the north northeast in Ogunquit all morning with wind speeds to twenty knots (or less). The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 38F (with a low of 21F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 37F with a low of 29F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 36F (with a low of 15F).

After doing my normal between 4:00 AM and 7:00 AM, I jumped into the newly charged Bunny Clark truck and headed to a meeting with David Pease at the boat. We went over sea strainers and lighting. From there I headed to the Recreational Advisory Panel (RAP) meeting. The RAP is a Federal committee of the New England Fishery Management Council. We act as an advisory panel to the Council on recreational fishing issues. Since recreational anglers are allotted 33% of Annual Catch Limit (ACL), a lot of what we say and do is reflected in the regulations. However, on regulations specifically, we are held to what the best science available will tell us and allow us to do. And this means we are very restricted in what we really can do. So our real job is to find out how we can work things around for the benefit of the recreational angler and the conservation benefit without going over the ACL. It's tricky. And without representation from the Council (Frank Blount - Francis Fleet, Point Judith, RI is the Council representative on the RAP), we would not be nearly as effective.

We made a couple of motions and pushed forward a few consensus statements to the Council. I didn't write them down. But when I get the language tomorrow I will post them. The meeting lasted from 10:00 AM until about 5:30 PM. Going home I ended up missing the York exit and had to drive to Wells before I could back track south and get home! Sometimes I had myself!

One thing I will say is that under the regulations there will be no possession of haddock or cod until at least May 1, 2015. And this only if Framework 53 is in place by then. I would go into more detail here but all would be moot if something changed before then. I will say that there will be no possession of cod for any angler in the Gulf of Maine in 2015. The other thing I will say is that we are trying to get a four (4) haddock bag limit for the start of the fiscal fishing year, May 1, 2015. We are also asking for a minimum length limit of 17 inches. This went forward as a motion from the RAP today. The commercial limit is 16 inches right now. My feeling is that 4 haddock and seventeen inches will go through. I am an optimist. But I'm sure you knew that already!

When I got home tonight I found that Paul Kostopoulos (CT) had sent me a $250.00 donation supporting my efforts towards a cancer cure with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Paul has supported my cause for the last nine years that I have been doing it. And most of his donations have been this large. I am very grateful for his kindness and help. Thank you so much!

Friday, January 23, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 22F, the sky was clear, the wind was light out of the northwest and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. The sky was mostly clear all day with plenty of sun. The wind blew out of the west all day at ten to fifteen knots. The air temperature got over the freezing mark, at least, but I never did see a thermometer. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 35F (with a low of 17F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 37F with a low of 24F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 34F (with a low of 12F).

I spent the time from 7:30 AM until 11:30 AM at the Cove, at Barnacle Billy's in the office. We have two more days of electrical work to complete. This was one. And I was there to let Bridges Electric in at 8:00 AM. But I had a lot of desk work including revamping the Barnacle Billy's work order and answering vendor questions along with various emails on various subjects. After lunch, I rode my bike over to a meeting at the "Barn" where the Bunny Clark resides. We went over the placement of the new engine room lights, the new position with the new sea strainer and went over electrical questions. The meeting ended with parts and part numbers. When I got back home, I got on the phone to chase all these parts down. I hope to do so tomorrow.

As far as Recreational Advisory Panel (RAP) motions (suggestions) put forward to the Council, they appear below as promised. I'm not going into detail here. I'm just going to show you what we put up for the Council's review.:

1. The RAP recommends that the outreach component to recreational anglers regarding changes to the Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod and haddock management measures, currently underway by the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, continue and its impact on reducing non-compliance be considered when predicting recreational catches for FY 2015.

2. For the purposes of reducing discard mortality on GOM cod and haddock, the RAP recommends prohibiting the use of more than two hooks per line while fishing for groundfish in the GOM. Only inline circle hooks may be baited. When using a jig or artificial lure, only single point j-hooks may be used (e.g., no treble hooks). Teasers, feathers, flies etc. may be used but count toward the use of no more than two hooks per line.

3. In light of no possession on cod and expected declines in effort (including consideration of Motions 1 and 2 and the consensus statements below), the RAP recommends that proactive AMs for GOM haddock in FY 2015 be a bag limit of at least 4 fish, a 17 inch minimum fish size, and closed seasons during wave 2 (March 1 to April 30) and wave 5 (September 1 to October 31).

4. The RAP recommends exploration of conservation equivalent proactive AMs to separate party/charter from the private modes in FY 2015 (e.g., Letter of Authorization (LOA) for charter boats to have a reduced season in exchange for an increased bag limit).

5. The RAP requests that limited access in the party/charter fleet be addressed in the next available Groundfish action.

RAP Consensus Statements:

1) The RAP feels that directed GOM angler trips will decline substantially in FY 2015 under no possession for GOM cod and the anticipated low bag limit for GOM haddock for the recreational fishery. The RAP feels that the change in effort between FY 2014 and FY 2015 would be at least a 50% decline. Data provided in Table 12 (Document # 4b, NEFSC/SSB, Recreational Catch and Effort Tables, dated January 14, 2015) supports this concern as declines in effort between FY 2013 to FY 2014 from the GOM cod and GOM haddock wave 5 (September 1 to October 31) closure were estimated to be a 85% decline overall.

2) The RAP feels that under no possession of GOM cod that party, charter, and private vessels will be much less likely to fish in areas known to have aggregations of cod and less likely to use equipment to target cod. The ability of anglers to avoid cod is not taken into account in FY 2015 recreational catch projections. Therefore, the RAP feels that cod bycatch would be greatly reduced from what is projected for FY 2015.

3) Recreational discards were not considered in the allocation of GOM cod and haddock. Discard mortality estimates are being used in recreational catch projections to determine potential accountability measures (AMs). The RAP recommends that this concern be considered when implementing AMs.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was overcast, there was very little wind but enough to know it was blowing out of the southwest (At the same time the closest offshore weather buoy was giving fifteen to twenty knots.) and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. At 7:00 AM it started to snow. It was still snowing lightly and had the ground covered by 9:00 AM. It continued to snow all day. The air temperature started to warm to the freezing mark. But, before 10:00 AM, the wind hauled out of the north to stop any further temperature increases. By noon, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at ten knots or better, stronger as the afternoon progressed. It kept snowing after noon but not as strong as it snowed during the morning. The snow was fairly dry with bigger than normal flakes after the wind shift. Light snow continued periodically until sunset. The air temperature never reached the freezing mark to my knowledge. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 32F (with a low of 25F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 34F with a low of 31F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 32F (with a low of 17F).

After a run on the beach with the dog (just as it started to snow), I headed to Portland to pick up materials needed for the Bunny Clark engine work. I was back before noon to have lunch. I worked at the desk for a while along with some snow shoveling. That was my working day.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 31F, the sky was clear, there was about five inches of snow on the ground from yesterday's weather event, the wind was blowing out of the west at about fifteen knots (twenty-five plus at the eight mile mark - offshore) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was a mixture of overcast during most of the morning and sunny skies in the afternoon. The air temperature climbed over the freezing mark. The visibility was excellent. The wind blew out of the west northwest fairly strong with gusts up to thirty knots. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 37F (with a low of 11F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 38F with a low of 19F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 35F (with a low of 8F).

I worked at the desk on Bunny Clark stuff until about 9:00 AM. From then until 2:00 PM, I worked on Barnacle Billy's stuff, almost exclusively on temporary foreign worker forms and templates. In the end I emailed documents I had filled out to allow an eastern European student to see if he could get a visa to work for us for four months. He worked for us last season and wanted to come back. After a late lunch, I spent the rest of the daylight hours shoveling snow and getting things ready for the storm we are expected to get on Tuesday and part of Wednesday. Fingers crossed!



This picture was taken on my lobster boat, the Petrel a little after sunset. I was just finishing up the shoveling. The picture shows our dog, Gill, lying in the last bit of snow left to shovel.

Monday, January 26, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 8F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at ten knot and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind steadily increased from the northeast all day. By noon it was averaging about fifteen knots. By sunset, the wind was a sustained twenty or more knots with gusts over twenty-five knots. We had light snow periodically during the day but mostly in the afternoon. The morning was mostly sunny. The afternoon was mostly overcast. There was no snow between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM (when I went to bed). The air temperature never got above a value of 20F, that I saw, in Ogunquit. There was sea smoke on the ocean for the first two hours of daylight. The visibility was very good over the ocean when it wasn't snowing. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 20F (with a low of 3F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 29F with a low of 11F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 21F (with a low of -2F).

I spent the whole day working on new engine related stuff with the Bunny Clark and Bunny Clark winter repairs. I was at the Bunny Clark at 8:00 AM where Dave Pease and I went over a few more items. We are replacing the outside cutlass bearing. Dave showed me where fishing line, over the years, has gotten in there and scored the propeller shaft. Interesting. Also, Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston had prepped the engine room with West System epoxy and were starting to paint it white. From there I went to Navtronics to pick up grounding wire to bring back to the Bunny Clark.

By 9:15 I was back in the Cove at the Harbor Master's shack talking over storm logistics with Fred Mayo (our Harbor Master). Afterward, I was in the office at Barnacle Billy's with Sarah DeCoste and my sister, Cathy. We went over a few business related items. While there, Cathy mentioned that my mother hadn't heard her generator going off at the scheduled time and suggested I take a look. So, my next move was up to my mother's house. There I found the generator battery was as dead as a smelt. So I made some calls (one to NAPA - battery), went home for tools, took the old battery out and went back home to get Deb (my wife). Deb drove me to York Corner Auto Body where I picked up my truck that had been repaired perfectly. In fact, it looked so good that if it weren't so much money I would have had the other side of the bed done too! From there I went to NAPA to trade out batteries, to Greenleaves Chinese to have a quick lunch and then to my mother's to see if I could get the generator going.

I would say that the next two hours was spent at my mother's. I installed the new battery and was able to start the generator. I had made a call earlier to the company who originally serviced the generator on a plan that had been discontinued, I found out. This wasn't good. I had set my parents up on this plan a few years ago. But in the meantime their company structure changed and the plan no longer existed. And, to my knowledge, my parents weren't informed. So I was told I had to re-negotiate a new plan - something to do in the near future. In the meantime, the service tech (who initially couldn't come down and check out the generator) called and said he would be there at about the time I had the battery installed. And he was correct. The engine oil hadn't been changed for two years and the panel had issues. This was completed around 3:30 PM. I watched while Mark, the service tech, completed the job. The generator was operational and peace of mind was established.

I met my son, Micah, down at the Cove before 4:00 PM. I tied storm lines on the Petrel, our lobster boat. Afterward, the two of us hoisted the skiff out of the water and put it in the back of the Bunny Clark truck. I found a place to park the truck with the skiff in the back until the storm was to be over on Wednesday - at which time I will put the skiff back in. Then the two of us went around and shoveled areas to prepare for more snow. I ended up finishing the day at 5:30 PM having really accomplished not too much in the way of moving forward with the Guestletter. In fact, I haven't been able to do a thing with the Guestletter for quite a while now.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 13F, the sky was overcast, it was snowing, there was two or three more inches of snow on the ground, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at thirty-five to forty-five knots blowing what little snow we had into drifts and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in fine snow. The tide was very high in Perkins Cove at 4:30 AM and only a foot under the deck at Barnacle Billy's - so the rum punch area was fine. There was minor splash-over in the Parking lot every once in a while and very little surge in the Cove even thought weather buoy wave heights were reported at fourteen feet every eight seconds. By daylight, the snow came down harder driven by the strong winds. The air temperature stayed cold so it was almost better, when driving, to leave the heat off the winds so you wouldn't have to deal with frozen wiper blades.

By noon, we had at least eighteen inches of snow on the ground. The surge in the Cove had picked up but the boats had settled in nicely. It was still very hard to see with the blowing snow. The wind blew out of the north which really saved us from any coastal flooding in Ogunquit. If the wind had been out of the northeast, we would have had some serious problems. And, although I didn't believe it was going to happen, we did have gusts to sixty knots. I can't remember the last time I saw sixty knots. I can remember earlier times when I saw sixty knots (two times sustained) but not the last time. We never did totally lose power although it flickered off for five minutes at one time. The generator ran about ten times but never to bring power to the house. By nightfall, we had over two feet of snow on the ground. Some drifts were six feet but the snow was deep everywhere. And even with being plowed late in the morning I still got stuck halfway up the driveway late afternoon. The high air temperature that I saw in Ogunquit was 16F. I don't know when it stopped snowing. It was blowing so hard you could tell if it was snowing or that the wind was picking up the fallen snow. Seas twenty miles offshore were as high as thirty feet. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 17F (with a low of 11F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 19F with a low of 14F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 21F (with a low of 12F).

I would like to say that I got some work done. But I didn't. I did have two hours where I didn't have to shovel or worry about Perkins Cove. But I used that time to watch a video on Lance Armstrong. And once I started that video (Stop at Nothing - a BBC production) I couldn't stop. Steve Canizzo first told me about this video this summer. But I didn't have time to watch it at that time. How I thought to look at it today, I don't know. It's not that I have a reminder taped to my computer or anything. It was quite a video. Certainly if you are a Tour de France fanatic like I am you won't be able to start to watch it without seeing the whole thing.

At 3:00 PM, I started shoveling again, meeting my brother, Court, and sisters, Meg & Cathy, down at the Cove before 4:00 PM. Although it was high tide at 5:00 PM, you could tell that we weren't going to have any serious flooding. So a bunch of us including Mike Remkiewicz and Jeffrey Riccio, two of our best local lobstermen, shoveled the whole deck and the patio at Barnacle Billy's, the road storm drains, the doorway path, the roof and deck at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. It took us about two hours to do the job. I kept shoveling at that house until about 6:30 PM. I was done for the day after that.



This picture was taken at around 5:00 PM. At the time the wind was out of the north gusting to sixty knots. The scene is Bob & Joan LePage's (MA) favorite part of the deck at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. At that time the snow drift there measured four feet. The drift in the foreground by the fire egress gate is six and a half feet high. It was 13F at the time, a bit cold for steamers and a rum punch! You can see that the tide is just under the dock. If the ramp were there you would have to walk up it to get to the float at the other end! We are very thankful that the wind was out of the north instead of the northeast. Otherwise, it would have been a mess down there.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 16F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the north at thirty-five knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was good at least. By 9:30 AM, the sun had shown itself. It remained mostly sunny for the rest of the day. Wind speeds went from almost forty-five knots out of the north northwest to fifteen to twenty knots out of the northwest at around 8:00 PM. When it was all said and done Ogunquit got somewhere over two feet of snow, one of the biggest snowfalls I have seen in recent years. There was very little surge in the Cove. The air temperature got up into the high 20s. If the air temperature got any higher I wouldn't have known. I never did check it. The visibility over the ocean by noon was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 26F (with a low of 7F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 24F with a low of 13F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 23F (with a low of 1F).

After getting most of this update finished, I started shoveling snow at 5:30 AM. I continued shoveling until 9:00 AM when I took a break, came inside, grabbed a coffee, finished the update section and then put it on line. Before 10:00 AM I was back outside shoveling out the Bunny Clark truck with the skiff in the back. Once I cleared enough snow to get my truck out, I drove down to the Cove to launch the skiff. Once it was in the water I skulled out to the Petrel to shovel her out and take all the storm lines off her. There was really not much of a surge. After shoveling the rest of the back of the truck out I headed home to grab a sandwich. I also had some calls to make and office work to complete. At 1:30 PM, I got a call from Hamilton Marine to say that my lights had arrived. So I jumped in the truck and drove to Portland. It was 4:45 PM when I returned. I'm all set to go back to work tomorrow.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 8F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at about eight knots and the visibility over the ocean seemed very good. More later.









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