For the past two weeks we have enjoyed beautiful days and gorgeous sunsets. We have visited parts of Newport we have never been to before, as well as those places we have come to know very well. Our time aboard the boat is relaxing and peaceful and the days go by much more quickly than I thought they would.
Nevertheless, we have had to live spartan-like. The new and better alternator was installed along with the new batteries, but for some reason the batteries are not being charged properly. Even the solar panel doesn't seem to be able to help. Previously we were able to sit on the hook in Cuttyhunk for days, watch an hour or 2 of TV, wash dishes, take showers, and run fans in addition to the refrigeration. We have put a second call into the electrician, hopefully he can get this situation remedied soon. This is the boat that he arrived in - an electric boat that he and his partner designed.
We had our first real trip of the season to Cuttyhunk. A visit to the Cuttyhunk Mall, a lobster salad roll from the Cuttyhunk Cafe and a visit with Lexi and crew, Raw Bar and anchor antics too. Kenny and Amanda joined us for an overnight and although the fog crept in, thick as pea soup, they managed to laugh the night away, take a swim and enjoy oysters, littlenecks, fresh swordfish and stuffed scallops.
Back in Newport the weather continued to be just perfect. The sunsets have been beyond spectacular just about every night. The harbor is full. We spend hours in the cockpit reading and listening to the radio and watching the boats come and go. It never gets boring. I truly think I would be an excellent launch driver. Maybe in my second life. Perrin and Kenny and all the crew at Oldport do a great job.
Obsession Constellation lights up the skies every night, but July 3 and 4 we were treated to Fireworks from not just Jamestown and Newport, but other points south and west of us. We had ringside seats and managed to stay up late both nights to enjoy them.