During our second weekend in Boston, we toured Boston Harbor from the water and the air, got a few boat projects done, and met some locals and friends from out of town.
Trip highlights from June 23 through 26th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
A printer with scanning capability has turned out to be a critical piece of equipment on our journey. We’re often needed to print out, sign and return via email forms and documents for country entry and exit formalities and a variety of other reasons. Our printer’s scanner was malfunctioning, and its replacement arrived today.
Our chain stopper, when flipped down, hooks between the chain links to prevent it from deploying. We need to hold the stopper up to let out chain, and we lost the bungee we were using. We couldn’t find a similar replacement with stainless steel hooks so made a new one from bulk bungee parts.
Our friend Frank Eigler happened to be in town on vacation with his family in their Piper Aztec airplane. It was great to see Frank, it was fun to see his airplane, and we even got a chance to do an aerial tour of Boston. We started in Lawrence, MA, then flew east to follow the coast south to Boston and along the Charles River and over Charlestown Marina before returning back to Lawrence. James even tried his hand at the stick for a bit. A video of some of the more interesting parts of the trip over Boston Harbor and Logan airport, including our take-off and landing, is at https://youtu.be/egmEyvUvcqk.
Frank Eigler, Juimiin Hong and their two boys came over to visit later in the afternoon. We used to work with Frank at the IBM Toronto Software Lab in the 1990s and haven’t seen him and Juimiin since they visited us in Seattle in 2002. And we’d never met their boys. It was great to catch up after all those years.
We added keyed hasp locks to the three dinghy storage areas. These low-cost locks are chromed steel rather than stainless, so only survive a year or two. But, even with the frequency of replacement, so far they are the most cost-effective we’ve found.
We often travel great distances in the tender and sometimes there’s no-one for many miles around us. So we choose to carry a spare battery in case there’s a failure of the primary, someone accidentally leaves the lights on, or the bilge pump runs indefinitely. The spare just clips on with alligator clips. The old clips had rusted out, so we replaced them.
When the dinghy is not in use, we disconnect the power to prevent the battery from draining down. The tender should be able to be left nearly-indefinately, without battery leakdown, but there is risk that some electrical device will be left on or the system will have a small voltage leak. And if either happens, the battery can be depleted. We’ve forgotten to disconnect the power a few times, so we decided to install an LED voltage display to make it obvious when the dinghy still is powered.
The LED voltage display has two values. One is that it shows current voltage levels so it’s easy to spot issues early and the other is that it’s bright and can be seen from a long distance away so we can easily to spot whne the power has been left on.
The Malden Bridge between Sommerville and Everett opening to allow a SeaTow vessel and tow to pass through. The first bridge here, built in 1917, was a Strauss Overhead counterweight trunnion bascule bridge that was replaced in 1963 with the current parallel double leaf bascule bridge.
The historic East Boston Steam Pump Station, built in 1894, was one of three Boston Metropolitan Sewerage System pumping stations built at the time. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority facility turned the property over to the Division of Capital Asset Management in 2002.
The TD Garden, nicknamed the Boston Garden, home of the Boston Bruins NHL team and the Boston Celtics NBA team. The arena was completed in 1995, replacing the original Boston Garden that first opened in 1928. We were hoping we might catch a game there, but the Bruins season was over by the time we arrived and the Celtics haven’t started playing yet.
The Gridley Dam on the Charles River was named after General Washington’s first army engineer Col. Richard Gridley. The dam controls the surface level of the Charles River basin and upstream tributaries. It looked a little crazy in there, with the boats fending off each other and the walls.
“Duck” rides are very popular in Boston. Ducks are amphibious road and sea-going vehicles, originally designed for troop and supply delivery in World War II. They now are part of tour fleets used in many cities throughout the world. We see them everywhere, often passing alongside our marina. The nearly 80-year-old technology is getting more expensive to maintain and could be improved upon from a usability and servicability perspective. Picture is a modern version of the original World War II vehicle. Boston also has a fleet of real Ducks used in the tourist trade.
Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.
On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.