Southwest Harbor to Belfast

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We departed Southwest Harbor for Belfast in a fog so thick we could barely see 100 yards in front of us. We ran at six knots with our big floodlights lit all around and the fog horn sounding. Dodging the moored boats and lobster traps in the thick fog was difficult, but the lobster boats were a real challenge. We could see them on radar, making frequent course changes and often running at over ten knots, but couldn’t see them. The fog eventually lifted so we finally could see all those lobster boats we’d been avoiding, and the rest of the run into Belfast, Maine was much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Trip highlights from October 8th, 2016 en route between Southwest Harbor and Belfast Maine 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

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Thick fog as we depart Southwest Harbor.
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Silver Fox

We ended up much closer than we liked to Silver Fox, seen here passing behind us. We could see it on radar crossing our bow at over ten knots, fairly close. It then turned 190° and went back straight towards us. We sounded three blasts of the horn and stopped, and they passed just astern. We caught the image on our newly installed aft-view camera. The timestamp on the picture should read 07:34—we hadn’t put the camera in the correct time zone yet.
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Bass Harbor Bar

We passed through Bass Harbor Bar with 18ft on a near-zero tide at Bass Harbor. You can see another lobster boat running at 9.7 knots in heavy fog just ahead and north of our route. Those lobster boats really move.
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Lobster Boat

The fog cleared and we finally could see all those lobster boats we’d been dodging.
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Deer Isle Bridge

Passing under the Deer Isle Bridge with a main span of 1,088ft (329m). The bridge was completed in 1939 and suffered wind stability issues similar to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, aka “Galloping Gertie”, that collapsed shortly after opening in 1940. The Deer Isle Bridge was subsequently reinforced with modification that included cable stays between the cables, tower and road deck.
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Pumpkin Island

The light station at Pumpkin Island was built in 1854, discontinued in 1955 and now is privately owned.
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Grace of Tides

Nordhavn 68 Grace of Tides anchored off Belfast as we arrived.
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Belfast dubs itself the “Biggest Little City in Maine”. It also has one of the friendliest harbor staff we’ve met—they took excellent care of us during our visit.
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Moored at the Belfast City Landing in downtown Belfast. We loved this spot, with a view all along the waterway and into town.

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