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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

April 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT



Spring Haddock of the Past

The digital image on the left is a shot of Dick Smith (NE) holding his 7.75 pound Maine state trophy haddock. This fish was caught on May 1, 2009. The shot on the right is a picture of Tim Williams (CT) holding his 9 pound Maine state trophy haddock. Tim's fish was caught on April 22, 2009. Both these digital images were never used on this site. I decided to put these pictures up because of this and to show you examples of the great fish that can be caught at this time of year. Spring fishing, to me, is the most fun.




Friday, March 27, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 39F, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly, there was no wind, the ocean was flat calm and the visibility was good over the ocean in light precipitation. The rain stopped at some point during the mid morning. By 1:00 PM, the air temperature was back up to 46F, a little bit lower than yesterday's high temperature of 51F. Gradually, air temperatures tapered off to the very low 40s by 9:00 PM. The wind never did blow all day. The ocean remained flat and gray all day long. The sky remained overcast. The visibility went from good to very good overall. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 38F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 44F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 45F (with a low of 33F).

I spent the day catching up on mail, book work and ordering. But most of the time I spent working on Barnacle Billy's restaurant items. And this involved being at the restaurants. Snow removal, wine list changes, seafood orders, pricing, town water, setting up the dock with the float, scheduled work order completions and cleaning up were just some of the items. And, yes, more shoveling of snow (less than an hour for me). Bunny Clark items included renewing my Federal fisheries permit, going over the work order with Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston and making sure everything was on schedule. Ian and Jared also worked on new lights for the life preservers, making new dock lines, working on the new fenders and fender lines, etc. On top of this were the constant emails which also included fishery management items.

Besides this I had to visit the York Corner Body Shop to assess some snow bank damage that was done to the underside of the front bumper and fog light, I had to pick up my cyclocross bike (needed a bottom bracket bearing), fix a computer that wouldn't start up (thank you Matt Pedersen!) and go over items to complete before Barnacle Billy's opens on April 3rd with our carpenter, Jack Ladderbush. And he is the best.

I ended the day at 5:30 PM by going on a run at Ogunquit Beach with our border collie, Gill. There were many people in town, particularly on the beach. And a lot of dog distractions I didn't expect. It was high tide and late in the day which, I assumed, would dissuade beach people. Not so. If you are a beach person, a little high tide and soft sand is not going to stop you. So I tethered Gill to a leash around my waist and headed down the beach on a slow run. It didn't go well. Besides Gill trying to jerk me to a stop while trying to smell every piece of flotsam or lump of seaweed, it wasn't long before he was doing the old tip and roll. This surprised me (as he hasn't done this for a while) and forces me to drag him on his back for a couple of feet before realizing. "Oh, come on, Gill. Really?" "Not this again.", I said to him. But he seemed to take great pleasure in this and did it two more times. By then I was far enough down the beach so I could take him on the leash. But then he did something I have never seen. Twice! He did the tip and roll on his own followed by a stop, laying down in the sand and a look on his face that said; "Look at me; I don't need to be on a leash to do my stuff!". He was quite pleased with himself. He did it one more time before I had to stop, have a heart to heart talk with him and brush him off. Needless to say, he was covered with sand when I got him back home. I only ran for twenty minutes but with the soft sand, distractions of all kinds and Gill's antics it was a better workout than I expected.

And (below); Gill will roll in anything, shit, mud, snow or sand!



I'll try to tender my comments to fishing from now on. I will have a lot to say.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 37F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at fifteen knots and the visibility was good or better over the ocean. The air temperature started to drop at 8:00 AM. It started to snow lightly at 9:00 AM. It snowed all day with very little accumulation on the ground (except snow on top of snow where the flakes could sustain a life). The snow stopped at about 4:00 PM. By 11:00 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 31F. But the air temperature started to rise again after noon. At 5:00 PM, the sky was mostly clear (it had been overcast all day) and the air temperature had risen to 41F. The wind increased to twenty knots with higher gusts by 7:00 AM and remained that way for most of the day. By 5:00 PM, the wind direction had veered more northerly and started to drop in velocity. There was very little wind by 6:00 PM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 30F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 40F with a low of 30F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 37F (with a low of 25F).

I spent two hours at the Bunny Clark today going over decisions on moving forward with the new engine installation. There are still many things to consider like running the engine wash down hose, placement of the engine sea cock, the engine shut down panel, engine box considerations, engine exhaust and the new propeller shaft. Plus, there were many other little things. I might as well be building another boat. And the new engines are set up very differently than the older models. I'm not going to go into the differences here. But everything had to change in order to install the new one.

The digital image below shows the engine in place, on the new engine beds, bolted in and lined up with the shaft. The gentleman on the left is the great David Pease, the man who made the Bunny Clark.



The rest of the day I spent working on cleaning up my web site. I spent many hours on this today.

I had a late lunch at 2:00 PM, planned so I could watch some of the Bruins game while eating. That was a great game. I stopped working at 6:00 PM and went for another run on the beach with our dog, Gill. After dinner I watched the two NCAA D1 ice hockey championship games. Boston University won the one game and secured a spot in the Frozen Four tournament. That was a hell of a good game. They will play North Dakota on April 9th. Providence College played Miami (Ohio) in the other game. And that was a nail biter as well with Providence just squeaking by after giving up a four point lead! It was a good night for New England hockey fans.

Tom Bruyere & The St. Lawrence River Rats (NY) sent yet another very generous $250.00 donation supporting my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge. They have supported me in this denomination for many years in a row. And I certainly appreciate the help. Thank you all so very much. I really do appreciate this support and your consistency!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 24F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten knots and the visibility was very good over the ocean. By 6:00 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 21F. The air temperature warmed up quickly. By 9:00 AM, it was already 28F. And it wasn't long after that the air temperature shot over the freezing mark. I'm not sure if the air temperature got into the 40s. But it could have. The wind was light all morning. After noon, the wind hauled out of the south and blew up to fifteen knots along the shore. The sky was sunny all day. The visibility was very good at least. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 22F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 26F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 42F (with a low of 17F).

Except for working with this site for a while, I took the day off today. This will be the last day off for me until the fall.

Monday, March 30, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 30F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at ten knots and the visibility was very good over the ocean. The sky was mostly overcast in the morning, a clear patch and then snow and sunny from noon to 5:00 PM. A strange mix of weather. The air temperature hung in around the 30s all morning but rose into the low 40s in the afternoon. The wind blew out of the southwest at fifteen to twenty knots all day. The visibility was very good. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 40F (with a low of 30F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 45F with a low of 30F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 41F (with a low of 22F).

After some work in the Bunny Clark office, I spent the rest of the day at Barnacle Billy's restaurants. Mostly I worked in the office, about six hours worth. Two hours of that office day was spent working on Bunny Clark items (orders, emails and USCG compliance issues). At 4:00 PM, I joined the rest of the crew in shoveling out the valet parking lot in front of Barnacle Billy's (original) restaurant. My working day was done at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 33F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots and the visibility was excellent. The sky stayed sunny for most of the day. And the air temperature warmed up nicely in the afternoon as well. At one point the air temperature was 48F. I couldn't tell you if it got any higher or lower. The wind blew out of the west northwest or northwest all day. In the morning, it blew as high as twenty-five knots. But, most of the time, it was fifteen to twenty knots. The wind remained about the same strength until sunset. The visibility was excellent most of the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 48F (with a low of 31F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 48F (with a low of 26F).

I spent the day working on Bunny Clark stuff and Barnacle Billy's stuff. For two hours I had to bring the truck to the body shop to fix a broken front bumper and fog light. By noon, I was headed back home for lunch. The afternoon was spent at Barnacle Billy's but also working the phone for Bunny Clark orders. At 5:30 PM (Thanks for the reminder, Cliff), I met Chris Kirste at Ogunquit Beach. I also brought our dog, Gill, for his last time on the beach. Tomorrow dogs won't be allowed on the beach until the fall. The three of us completed a three mile run.

So nothing spectacular happened for me to tell you. The fishing rules should be ready by the middle of April. We should be fishing now!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 27F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the north at fifteen knots and the visibility was excellent. By 7:00 AM, the air temperature was only 25F. The wind backed off after daylight and dropped to just about nothing. After 5:00 PM, the wind hauled out of the northwest and blew as hard as fifteen knots at times. It was still blowing out of the northwest when I went to be but not as hard. It was sunny all day, a beautiful day to work outside. The high air temperature in Ogunquit was somewhere in the mid 40s with a cooler than normal start. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 45F (with a low of 25F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 47F with a low of 30F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 43F (with a low of 22F).

After the morning Internet update, I drove over to the Bunny Clark to talk to David Pease and drop off two Racor filters and two 90 elbows for raw water system. Dave found a very unique way to hook up the hydraulic pump off the engine. And, actually, after I left he worked on that for the rest of the day. I saw Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston as I was headed back to Ogunquit. They were just getting there at 7:30 AM - normal time.

The rest of the morning I spent working at the restaurant keying on liquor, beer and wine pricing. We are introducing a new ros that I wanted to bring in before the season starts, which we will do. And our liquor manager, Stu Dunn, had some great beer ideas that will be new for this season. I also had line and product orders (bait) for the Bunny Clark to call in. After lunch, I worked at the desk in the office.

At 5:45 PM, I met the Maine Coast Cycling Club at Sanford Airport to do a thirty mile bike ride. I'm not in great shape but I didn't get dropped like I did on Sunday's ride.

There is no news on the fishery regulation front so far, at least nothing that we don't already know.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 25F, the sky was partly cloudy, there was a breath of wind from the west and the visibility was excellent. The sky was clear in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. In fact, it was beautiful and warm in the afternoon with the air temperature topping out at 50F. There was very little wind all day. But there was just enough wind to see that it was blowing from the southwest. After sunset, the clouds rolled back in again. The visibility was excellent all day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 46F (with a low of 23F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 61F with a low of 30F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 60F (with a low of 19F).

I spent most of the day in Perkins Cove working at the restaurant. I reviewed the maintenance projects early, figuring out what needed to be finished and what projects needed to end. We worked on menu pricing after that. Only lobsters and lobster products will be higher this weekend. I laminated menus after that. Lunch came next. The rest of the afternoon I worked on dessert prices and making the dessert menus. That took me until 5:00 PM. Eric Littlefield and Court (my brother) were just starting to make the lobster stew at that time.

Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston stopped by the house at 7:00 AM to pick up the new engine automatic shut-down panel (for fires in the engine room) I had ordered. We were down to the last terminal that was in working order on the old one. For some reason, the terminals cease to function over time. And there are four terminals available, for just that reason. I couldn't have a failure in the middle of the season so I had another one shipped to the house. I talked with Jared and Ian for a while before leaving Bunny Clark issues behind for the day.

Friday, April 3, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 41F, the sky was mostly cloudy but clearing (it had rained during the night), there was no wind and the visibility was excellent. We started to see high cloud cover roll in around mid morning. But the clouds were never thick enough to blot out the sun. But we never had blue skies either. The wind was light out of the west southwest. The ocean remained calm all day. The air temperature soared to 65F, the warmest day of the year to date. The visibility was very good, at least, over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 66F (with a low of 38F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 59F with a low of 45F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 65F (with a low of 42F).

My entire day was devoted to the opening day at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. The morning started with orders and order sheets, setting up spread sheets (thank you, Matt Pedersen) and checking everything to make sure I was all set and everything else was okay. My sister, Meg, was one of the first ones there. And, this, I was happy to see. She might have arrived at 7:00 AM, maybe earlier. I was working at the other building in the office. After a short break, I came to work at 11:00 AM and stayed until 4:15 PM, working the dining room and making sure everyone had everything they needed. After another break, I was there at 6:00 PM through until after closing. It was a very busy day. It was also the most successful opening we have ever had. A lot of the success credit has to go to the weather, one of the best weather days for an opening we ever had.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 41F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, there was no wind and the visibility was fair over the ocean in precipitation. The rain was pretty much over by 7:00 AM except for a couple of minor sprinkles. The sky was overcast until about 11:30 AM, when the blue sky started showing. Just before noon, the northwest wind showed up in force. It blew up to forty knots in that first half hour in gusts. Wind speeds remained at thirty knots or more sustained with gusts to thirty-five knots. This lasted until sunset when the wind started to abate. By 9:00 PM, there was very little wind. The sky was sunny all day after noon. The air temperature reached 46F by 10:00 AM but then dropped to almost 40F after the wind struck. The air temperature dropped to the high 30s in the afternoon. The ocean was feather white in chops headed off shore. The visibility was very good well over the ocean's surface. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 52F with a low of 36F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 48F (with a low of 23F).

There wasn't much to my day except working at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. Business was good but not nearly as good as Friday. And a lot of this had to do with the strong wind and colder temperatures. Very few people ventured out to the deck.

Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 28F, the sky was clear with a full moon sinking in the west, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. The wind was the salient feature of the day. It stayed out of the west and blew a sustained twenty knots or more all day with gusts to thirty knots a couple of times. The sky was clear all day. But the air temperature seemed cool as it never got out of the 40s. The visibility remained excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 48F (with a low of 23F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F with a low of 32F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 46F (with a low of 24F).

Again, the day was spent with the restaurants. It was our last day of being open for the week until Friday. And it was big because it was a nice day and it was Easter, always a big day at Barnacle Billy's when the weather is nice. Also, it's a day off for work on the Bunny Clark in the off season on a regular basis. When we get closer to launch time (and I will hopefully have a better handle on that tomorrow) every day is a potential work day. So a day off on the Bunny Clark and our last day open at Barnacle Billy's until Friday at 11:00 AM.

I did take part of the morning off to ride with the Maine Coast Cycling Club. I did so last Sunday as well. And last Sunday I got dropped at least eight times. Last fall I was doing well against these same cyclists. Not so good now. But today I was able to hold my own and, at least, stay with them. I didn't get dropped but it took all I had to stay with them. They might have just been giving the "old guy" a break. But I came home in one piece. I am in no shape to ride up there and back on the bike as I normally do. Hopefully, I will have enough time to train for the Pan-Mass Challenge, set to take place on the first Saturday in August. Believe me, I need the training.

Monday, April 6, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 29F, the sky was overcast, there was very little wind and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. The wind picked up out of the northeast at ten to fifteen knots or better after sunrise. This tapered off before noon and then hauled out of the southeast. But the wind never blew over ten knots after that. There was no wind in the afternoon. There never was any precipitation today of any kind. In fact, even though the sky was overcast all day, the clouds were thin enough to almost always see the sun shinning through. The air temperature got up into the 40s. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 27F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 36F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 23F).

After finishing this update and checking on the restaurant in the morning, the rest of the day was spent working on the Bunny Clark and Bunny Clark related items. The morning was spent talking to vendors in order to get supplies here on time. The afternoon was spent on new engine related items. This included the new wheel (propeller), the new shaft, questions about items on the engine, bills and more orders (engine related). I finished the day at 5:30 PM.

Along with the engine I figured out launching dates. As of right now, we will not be taking passengers until May 1, 2015. It's just taking longer than I had anticipated to finish this project. And it's been quite a learning experience with these new Tier 3 electronic engines. I still have a lot of questions. But these will be solved. There are still plenty of challenges left.

In the meantime, I settled on the new Pan-Mass Challenge t-shirt design for 2015. These t-shirts will be available in a week. In order to get one you have to donate $25.00, all the money going directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. The shirts will be signal green in color. Printing will be in white and black on both sides of the shirt. Keeping with the fishing theme, this years shirt will say "Be a Life Saver". The printing for the shirts shows below. The first digital image will appear on the front of the shirt. The second digital image will appear on the back. These shirts will be available at the boat and the two restaurants all spring, summer and fall.





Tuesday, April 7, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 36F, the sky was overcast, the road was wet from precipitation, the wind was light from the northeast and the visibility over the ocean was very good, at least. It rained a little after sunrise. For two hours or more it looked like it was going to rain all day. But, by 9:00 AM, the rain was done for the day. The sky remained overcast all day with some sun at times and pieces of blue sky. The wind picked up out of the northeast at daylight but not much more than ten or fifteen knots. This wind backed off by late morning. The ocean was calm from noon through well into the night. The air temperature just made it to 45F. Mostly the air temperature was in the low 40s. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 36F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 50F (with a low of 30F).

I spent the day on Bunny Clark items: the new engine. At 9:00 PM, our bait clams came in. Micah Tower, Alec Levine and I spent a much shorter period of time (than me alone) packing them away.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 30F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was clear almost all morning. By noon, high thin clouds had crept into our area. The sun looked weak and was completely covered an hour or so later. The air temperature rose to the mid 30s. I never saw it go any higher. I did see 36F at one point. Could it have been higher? Probably. The wind blew out of the northeast at about twenty knots after sunrise and for most of the morning. It had backed off a bit by noon. But it made the air temperature seem colder than it was. The wind blew out of the east at ten knots almost all afternoon. The visibility was excellent for almost all of the day. At 6:30 PM, we saw our first snow starting to fall. The snow was light and very intermittent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 28F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 34F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 44F (with a low of 24F).

My day was a mix of working on Bunny Clark items and working in the office at Barnacle Billy's. I was on the phone a lot. And I was trying to get the painters to move on the Barnacle Billy's stuff that needed to be finished by the weekend. I had variable success today.

One of the problems I had today was getting the new propeller shaft for the Bunny Clark. What was supposed to be a three day affair has turned into something that might not be ready until the middle of next week. And that's the way it has been for Bunny Clark stuff this winter. One step forward for two steps back, it seems. Herman Wouk wrote a very funny book called Don't Stop the Carnival about a guy trying to set up a restaurant in the Caribbean. It might have been St. Thomas. I was running a charter sailboat in St. Thomas at the time I first read the book. But it really made an impression on me. So it really hit home. In the book the main character was frustrated all the time about work not getting done when it was supposed to and not at all what the same situation would be in the states. I think of that book now and think how things have flipped. I go to the Caribbean for vacations now and find that time and effort are valued much more highly than they were in the 70's when I first started working down there. In fact, I really think sometimes Herman Wouk might have had a field day with my fishing business in it's entirety, including the fishery management scene. You have to laugh about it; the way things are happening defies common sense and logic.

Later in the afternoon, I went to visit my mother to bring her some Chinese food that Andy, at Greenleaves in York, had dropped off at our table (specifically for my mother) as we ate dinner there before picking up the bait clam delivery last night. We were going to get it to her well before lunch today but forgot. When I got out of the truck, I let Gill out to roam around while I talked to my mother. At the same time I had to call one of the salesmen who is in charge of our paper supplies. His company had sent a bill that wasn't correct and I wanted to straighten it out. And I was going directly from my mother's house to Ocean Graphics where our new parking sign was waiting to be picked up. I wanted to make my call on the way. I left my mother's house jumped in the truck and took off. Ten minutes later I got a call from my wife, Deb. "Do you have the dog with you?" "No, of course you don't." "Your mother called and I had to go get Gill who was running around frantically, whimpering and crying." I hadn't once thought about the dog. But when I got home, Gill hadn't held a grudge and was just as happy to see me as always. Unconditional love. Now that's trust!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 32F, the sky was overcast, it was snowing lightly, there was over an inch of snow that had fallen hiding everything from lawns to driveways, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was good, or so it seemed. At 7:00 AM, it was still snowing and the air temperature was 33F. Snow fell for a little while longer but was all done by 8:00 AM. The air temperature never really warmed up today. Again, the air temperature may have reached 40F but the highest air temperature I saw was 37F. The wind blew out of the east northeast at about twenty knots, more or less, all day. The sky remained overcast all day. The visibility was fair to poor in haze and fog from about noon on. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 35F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 37F with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 37F (with a low of 30F).

I spent some time in the office at Barancle Billy's, Etc. But, really, the whole day was devoted to the Bunny Clark. I brought materials to the Bunny Clark in the morning, had a meeting there for a half hour to an hour and then headed to Portland, Maine (Hamilton Marine) to pick up more materials for the Bunny Clark's new engine installation. I was on the phone all day for one thing or another. All this trying to coordinate the various efforts to get the boat launched on time. I stopped working at 4:30 PM.

Friday, April 10, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 37F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was light out of the east, large seas could be heard crashing on the rocks and the visibility over the ocean was fair in precipitation. The rain kept up but only as the occasional light type. There was no wind all day. When you could see the ocean from the shore (it was foggy along the coast all day and night), it was calm. The sky appeared overcast all day - you couldn't tell as the fog obscured the sky. The air temperature got up to the high 40s. The visibility was poor in fog all day. It was a wet damp day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 43F (with a low of 34F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 55F with a low of 36F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 44F (with a low of 33F).

The only thing I did concerning the Bunny Clark was write this update and place an order for parts going to the washdown hose piped off the raw water from the engine. Most of the day was spent at Barnacle Billy's restaurant.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 41F, the sky was cloudless, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature warmed as the morning got old. At 8:30 AM, the wind hauled out of the west and blew up over thirty-five knots in gusts. Afterward, the wind settled in at thirty knots, more or less, for the rest of the morning. Clouds rolled in around noon but it didn't create overcast conditions, just patchy blue sky. The clouds seemed to diappear by about 1:00 PM. At the same time the wind hauled more northerly giving us west northwest winds and, later, northwest winds. By sunset, the wind had dropped by at least ten knots. The highest air temperature I saw was 55F but it could have been higher. The visibility was excellent over a plethora of white caps during the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 54F (with a low of 31F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 57F with a low of 42F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 52F (with a low of 34F).

I did nothing with the Bunny Clark today. At the Bunny Clark, though, much went on. Exhaust systems were finalized but not completed and most of the electrical panel and raw water system was finished. The boat is coming along but it's a slow process.

I spent the day at the restaurant. And I worked as the Bruins chances at a playoff spot dwindled away to nothing. I don't know what happened to them this year. The Red Sox look good, though. And they are looking better all the time.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 39F, the sky was cloudless, again (like yesterday morning), the wind was light out of the west and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature seemed to warm up quickly with readings in the 50s before noon. Areas in the sun away from the wind felt even warmer. By 2:00 PM, the air temperature had risen to a high of 70F. The wind ashore started out of the west and blew up to twenty knots at times in the morning. By afternoon, the wind had hauled out of the southwest but the wind was very light. The sky was sunny all day. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 68F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 68F with a low of 39F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 68F (with a low of 27F).

I spent very little time with the Bunny Clark today. Almost all of the day was devoted to Barnacle Billy's restaurant. The Cove was very busy. The weather was perfect and the people had been notified well in advance from the National Weather Service. As is typical on Sundays, the business dropped to nothing well before closing time. As a result I ended up getting home just after 9:00 PM.

Monday, April 13, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 40F, the sky was clear, a crescent moon was hanging over the southeast horizon, there was no wind, the ocean was flat calm and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature warmed up to over 60F before noon. But it reached 70F just before 1:00 PM. Just about the time the air temperature got as high as it was going to get the south wind kicked in. By 1:30 PM, the southerly wind started to blow at ten knots. (the ocean had been flat calm all morning) This wind off the water brought the air temperature back down into the 60s. The wind blew up to fifteen knots with higher gusts later in the day. The sky remained sunny all day. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 66F (with a low of 33F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 69F with a low of 41F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 74F (with a low of 27F).

I worked at the desk at home until 6:30 AM and then headed down to the Cove to work at the restaurant. The restaurant occupied most of my time until 1:30 PM when I headed over to the Bunny Clark. There I had a meeting with Dave Pease, Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston. We went over all that needed to be completed (finishing the exhaust, cosmetics of the stern, covering the shaft, installing the new shaft, etc.) and set a tentative launching date of Wednesday, April 22nd. On the ride back to Perkins Cove, I called everyone to put them on notice that the launch date had been set.

The new propeller shaft, wheel and cutlass bearing are due to arrive at the boat at 7:00 AM tomorrow. Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston will be there to meet the truck.

The rest of the day was spent at Barnacle Billy's restaurant.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 55F, the sky was mostly cloudy but a hazy moon could be seen shinning through, the wind was blowing out of the south at fifteen knots or less and the visibility over the ocean was very good in some haze. It started raining at 6:30 AM and was finished raining completely by 8:00 AM. The clouds hung around for a couple more hours at most and then disappeared for the day. From 10:00 AM onward, it was a very warm (I saw an air temperature of 69F), sunny and windless day. After a little bit of southerly wind when it was raining, the wind went light and variable in direction for the rest of the day. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 40F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 65F with a low of 52F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 69F (with a low of 37F).

I spent most of the day working on Bunny Clark stuff. I never did visit the boat once. But I was on the phone all morning and part of the afternoon. These calls mostly concerned aspects of moving the Bunny Clark, sea trials and U.S. Coast Guard inspection. I also had a doctor's appointment in Portsmouth at noon.

We are looking to splash the Bunny Clark on the afternoon of April 23rd. Now we have to get everything done before that date.

I went into Barnacle Billy's to work at 5:30 PM. I had some desk work to do along with my normal restaurant stuff and the meet/greet that goes along with the job. Business wasn't terribly slow but it wasn't good either. I got home at 8:30 PM.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 40F, the sky was clear, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature rose up into the 50s by mid morning. The air temperature got up into the 60s before noon. I never did see a thermometer after that. But it was beautiful warm sunny weather all day. The wind blew out of the north northwest all morning and afternoon at about fifteen knots on land, starting at 8:00 AM. This wind didn't reach off. So the offshore buoy reports showed very light wind, variable in direction. The sky remained clear all day with not a chance of rain. The visibility was excellent.The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 65F (with a low of 38F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 67F with a low of 50F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 64F (with a low of 29F).

I spent the morning (except for my restaurant hour) working on Bunny Clark items. At 10:00 AM, I went to the Bunny Clark to take pictures of the keel for the U. S. Coast Guard. They wanted before and after pictures of the fiberglass work that we were completing on the keep and skeg where we tend to scuff the bottom of Perkins Cove at low tide. This tends to be an every other year thing in the yearly maintenance trend of things. I emailed the digital images to the inspector in charge of the Bunny Clark. I will take finished pictures tomorrow.

The rest of the day I spent working at the restaurant. I left there at 8:30 PM.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 32F, the sky was clear, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. At 3:00 AM the air temperature was 37F. By 6:00 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 28F. At 7:00 AM, the air temperature was still the same, the ocean was flat calm, there was no wind and the sky was clear and sunny. The sky remained clear all day. The air temperature was a bit cooler than it has been this week. The highest air temperature I saw was 52F. The wind was light all morning. The ocean remained calm for that time period. After noon, the wind picked up from the south. Near sunset, the wind was blowing out of the south at fifteen knots. The visibility was excellent all day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 55F (with a low of 28F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 60F with a low of 41F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 68F (with a low of 27F).

After the Internet updates, I spent the morning on Bunny Clark stuff. At 10:00 AM, I was back over at the Bunny Clark taking final pictures of the minor keel repairs for the U. S. Coast Guard. David Pease and Vic Togliatti had just put the new shaft in the boat and had lined it up to the engine. It was the best alignment job the Bunny Clark has ever seen. The digital image below shows Vic tightening up the bolts between the transmission and the shaft coupling.



From noon on I spent my time at the restaurant. It wasn't the busiest day so I had some time to work on Bunny Clark stuff as well. I got home at 8:30 PM.

Friday, April 17, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 48F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the south at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. It started to rain at 6:30 AM. It rained on and off for most of the morning. The rain was done before noon. We had overcast skies for a couple hours after that. Then the clouds broke and it was sunny for the last four hours of the day. The air temperature went from the low 50s to the high 60s in the afternoon. The wind blew out of the south southwest most of the morning to about fifteen knots max. After noon, winds dropped to light from the west. The visibility was good in the morning and very good in the afternoon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 67F (with a low of 45F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 65F with a low of 47F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 67F (with a low of 41F).

I spent a little time working on Bunny Clark stuff in the morning. But it was mostly Barnacle Billy's (restaurant) stuff in the afternoon. Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston worked at the Bunny Clark all day. They painted the finished keel repairs and worked on the plumbing in the boat itself. Not much else to report. The Bunny Clark is still scheduled to be launched on April 30th.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 48F, the sky was clear, there was very little wind, the ocean was calm and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Most of the day was sunny today. We had some high thin clouds move in around 3:00 PM, but the sun was still clear and bright. It started to rain at 4:00 PM, even though it seemed like there were enough clouds to allow it to do so. It rained harder by 5:00 PM but was over by 6:00 PM. The clouds cleared away and the sky was clear for the rest of the night. The air temperature was cool all day. I only saw about 52F today but I only looked at a thermometer late in the morning. There was no wind. The ocean remained calm. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 55F (with a low of 39F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 60F with a low of 43F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 66F (with a low of 36F).

The work on the Bunny Clark continued during the day with the exhaust, wiring and raw water system completed before the day was out. I took no part in this. My day was spent at the restaurant. To work at the Bunny Clark would have put me in the way of progress.

The word has come down that the regulations have been set for the recreational angler in the Gulf of Maine. But no one on the outside knows what those rules are as of yet. What it does mean is that, if true, the new regulations will be set by May, 1, 2015, the beginning of the Federal fiscal fishing year. One can only hope there is some good news here.

Bob & Donna Nixon (NH) showed up today to pick up his rods that Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston repaired for him. It was good to see them both.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 35F, the sky was cloudless, there was a breath of wind from the northwest, the ocean was calm, there was frost on the grass outside and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was mostly clear all day with bright sunshine until sunset. The air temperature remained cool in the morning but made it up into the 50s sometime after noon. There wasn't much wind today - five to ten knots. But the wind direction seemed to be off the ocean making the air temperature cooler than it would have been had the wind been in the opposite direction. The ocean water temperature is still in the 30s. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 36F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 41F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 64F (with a low of 37F).

Today was a day off for work on the Bunny Clark. At least it was supposed to be. No one contacted me about it but I never did go to the boat to find out. I'll find out tomorrow morning.

Barnacle Billy's restaurant was busy yesterday, which is where I was all day.

Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 38F, the sky was mostly cloudy, there was no wind, the ocean was calm and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. At dawn the sky was overcast. The sky remained overcast all day. It started sprinkle with rain at 11:00 AM but stopped (it had been raining in Portsmouth two hours earlier). The rain started again after noon and never stopped. It rained well into the night and kept raining. The wind started to blow out of the east at about 10:00 AM. At 11:00 AM, the easterly wind was blowing a good fifteen knots on shore. When the rain settled in for good, the wind blew up to twenty-five knots and stayed that velocity into the night. At some point in the night the wind hauled out of the southeast and was rattling the windows with gusts to about thirty-five knots. The highest air temperature I saw was 45F. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 48F (with a low of 36F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 51F with a low of 41F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 38F).

Usually I get a chance to see the Boston Marathon on TV. This day I did not have time. By the time I could have watched it, at lunch around 12:45 PM, it was over. I don't even know if I could have seen it on TV. The day for me was spent with Bunny Clark stuff in the morning. It's getting close to launch date so much has to be planned. Engine work at the Bunny Clark was being worked on by Vic Togliatti & Dave Pease. While Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston were working around the edges getting scoop strainers fastened to thru hull fittings and many other things.

At noon I went in to work at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. My day was spent altering lobster prices (lobstermen are now getting over $10/pound for run - or any lobster they can catch), working on the dessert menus for Barnacle Billy's, Etc. (that will be opening on April 30th), pricing in general, orders and decisions. I was running in the rain between restaurants to I could keep track of the patrons as they walked in and stay on track moving forward with the other restaurant. By 8:00 PM, we had no business due to the rain, wind and generally lousy weather. So I completed the ordering and order sheets for the next day and went home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 47F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the southeast at fifteen to twenty knots, the ocean was rough (loud) and the visibility over the ocean was fair in precipitation and fog. It rained most of the morning, stopping at 11:00 AM. The wind dropped all morning as well. As the wind dropped the fog rolled in. It was foggy most of the morning, clearing out before noon. The rest of the day saw clearing, no wind and a climbing air temperature that topped out at 65F, that I saw. The sky cleared by 2:00 PM, leaving a sunny mild day. The visibility was good. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 63F (with a low of 41F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 65F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 63F (with a low of 35F).

The day was spent mostly working on the Bunny Clark. I was either on the phone, at the Bunny Clark or on email concerning the Bunny Clark's upcoming season, the launch or working on learning the new engine.My time at Barnacle Billy's restaurant was sporadic. But I did stay from 6:00 PM until after closing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 38F, the sky was clear, there was no wind, the ocean was still loud along the shore and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. It was a beautiful morning standing on the shore looking out to sea at the surf from Ogunquit's Marginal Way. There was no wind for most of the morning and the ocean remained calm (outside the surf along the shore). Before noon, the wind hauled out of the south. This southerly wind blew up to twenty-five knots during the day, stronger near sunset. The sky was clear all day but clearest in the morning. There was a thin veil of high clouds in the sky during part of the afternoon. The air temperature rose to 63F in Ogunquit. The visibility was very good until the southerly wind struck. The visibility dropped to good in the afternoon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 60F (with a low of 35F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 67F with a low of 43F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 66F (with a low of 30F).

I worked on the Bunny Clark all but three hours of the day. Between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, I worked with Bruce Woodfin (Power Products) and Drew Normand (Volvo out of New Jersey - I didn't remember his last name), along side Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston, going over the electronic part of the engine. They explained the three different nodes that alert the user to problems through the engines computer system, all the different things about the engine, air needed in the engine room to keep the engine running smoothly and many other things that I will revisit as things progress. Below is a shot of the engine that I took around noon.



After the engine prelude, I drove to Portland to pick up some Racor filters and have a hose made at Portland Rubber for the deck wash down. I dropped this off at the boat around 5:00 PM. From there I went back home, ate dinner and suited up to go back to Barnacle Billy's restaurant. I was there until about 8:30 PM.

Ian, Jared and my son, Micah, worked into the night cleaning the Bunny Clark, installing the benches and putting down the engine hatch.

I heard that the recreational fishing regulations came out today but I never got a copy of the rules to read. When I hear I will let you know.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

At 2:30 AM, the wind was blowing out of the west at a velocity over thirty knots, it was raining and the visibility was poor. By 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 40F, the sky was cloudless, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots (stronger off shore) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was clear all morning. By noon, however, the clouds had started to move in. The afternoon stayed pretty much overcast with peeks at the sun now and again with periodic rain showers that were short in duration. It seemed like a typical fall day with the west northwest wind blowing at fifteen knots or better all day. I never got a look at the air temperature but I don't believe it ever got higher than the 50s. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 53F (with a low of 38F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 51F with a low of 38F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 49F (with a low of 29F).

I started the day with the morning sprint. And that means getting both web sites updated and getting things ready for the opening of Barnacle Billy's restaurant. This is a daily thing. Today, however, I was rushing around to make sure Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston had what they needed for the Bunny Clark launching. Plus, I needed to get myself ready as well.

At 9:30 AM, Independant Boat Haulers was at the barn ready to take the boat on the road to Kittery Point Yacht Yard. Ian & Jared had already taken everything down around the bow of the Bunny Clark so it could easily be moved. This was the third time this year that the Bunny Clark had been removed from the barn. The other two times included removing the old engine and putting the new one on deck. The Bunny Clark was rolling down the road at 10:00 AM. The digital image below is a parting shot.



When the Bunny Clark arrived at KPYY, it was placed on stands and we all (Micah, Ian, Jared & I) went to work getting her ready for launching. I had to leave to go home because no one remembered to bring tools. Actually, Ian did but forgot the key to open his tool box! It was really my responsibility. And I just spaced it. When I got back to the boat Bruce Woodfin (Power Products) and Drew Normand (Volvo America) were already aboard setting up diagnostic tools and computers to go through the sea trial testing. At that time the Bunny Clark was on the ways ready to be slipped into the water.

The launch went fine. As soon as all systems were turned on we turned the key and the new engine started as if it had been running for two hours previously. We moved her out into open water and started running up and down the Piscataqua River, back and forth checking all engine systems out. This lasted for three hours. The engine passed every trial. All the temperatures were perfect. And the engine turned up to the proper rpm without a problem. The engine pushes the boat no faster than it did before. However, it has more torque so I suspect that with a load (passengers) the Bunny Clark will be faster and more efficient. We'll see. We were done before 7:00 PM.

And I have to say that the start up and sea trial was the most professionally run operation that I have ever been a part of. I have been to many sea trials with many new engines. This was by far the best. I've always had a good relationship with Power Products. And the Volvo people have always been the best. There has always been a lot of support from Volvo for me over the years. Today was just another example.

News came down the wire today that starting May 1, 2015 recreational anglers will be able to keep three haddock of a minimum size limit of 17 inches. The haddock season will extend to September 1, 2015, close for two months and open again on November 1, 2015. I am pleased that we were able to get some haddock for the start of the fishing season. I'm not pleased that we lose two months of haddock fishing in September and October. But, under the circumstances, I believe this is fair. I would love to go into the details of why I believe this but, with limited time these next few days, I'll save this for later or I won't go into it at all.

Also, with the new recreational rules, no gear restrictions were implemented. There was some talk that circle hooks and "J" hooks on jigs would be required. That is not the case now. This is a very real possibility in the future. So treble hooks on jigs and any hook you would like for bait fishing for 2015.

Friday, April 24, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 37F, the sky was mostly overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew all day with gusts of twenty-five or more knots. The air temperature was the same as yesterday with the same highs but lower lows in the evening. It seemed cold right around sunset but I couldn't tell you what the temperature actually was. The high today didn't get much over 50F. The sky was clear all day, unlike yesterday. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 54F (with a low of 35F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 49F (with a low of 28F).

After putting up this update and working in the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. for an hour, the rest of the day was spent on the boat. Ian Keniston, Jared Keniston and Micah Tower all worked getting the Bunny Clark ready for U. S. Coast Guard inspection. That meant getting all the electronics in place, making sure every piece was working properly, greasing all the deck plates, bringing aboard all the life saving gear, making sure all the expiration dates had plenty of time, etc. etc.

I spent most of my day working on putting a blower in the engine room. During sea trials we found that there were dead spaces in the engine room without proper air flow when the engine was idling. My fear was that during a hot summer day parts of the engine might get too warm. So I went over all this with Kittery Point Yacht Yard (who are all so very helpful - always) and came up with a plan. I had to go to Portland get all the parts (and blower) that I needed. On the way I picked up line I had ordered from Saco Bay Tackle Company.

When I got back to the boat I found Ian and Micah working on the toilet. They had it apart and on deck. I started to get involved. After about ten minutes I decided to take it home. All the head parts were back in my work room. And I needed several parts. I ended up spending the last three hours of the day rebuilding the head (toilet). I got it all back together only to find that I had forgotten two cotter pins that hold the shaft in place connecting the piston to the piston lever arm! I had to take it mostly apart again to put the pieces in. I finished at about 7:30 PM.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 35F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind was strong again today with gusts along the shore of twenty-five knots out of the west northwest. By noon, this wind was starting to abate. Around 1:00 PM, the wind let go - finally. For the rest of the day the wind was light out of the south. The sky stayed clear all day. The air temperature settled out somewhere in the 50s before dropping late afternoon. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 55F (with a low of 32F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 56F with a low of 36F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 53F (with a low of 33F).

I spent all morning and part of the afternoon working on the Bunny Clark. I ran around getting updated flares, a new engine maintenance log book, new tools (specific for the engine), etc. etc. Meanwhile, Ian Keniston, Jared Keniston and Micah Tower were putting the final touches on getting the boat back together. Late in the morning, the four of us put the life raft on the canopy top. I was done with boat stuff by 5:00 PM.

At 6:00 PM, I went into work at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. I worked there until 9:30 PM.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 40F, the sky was mostly overcast with some breaks in the clouds, there was no wind to speak of and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. More later.









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