Pierside Pleasures

Boats are meant to move. But some of her best moments are when she is not. These photos are taken at the tiny marina at Pequaming, a little-known jewel tucked into a corner of Keweenaw Bay on the south shore of Lake Superior. This is the current berth for the Mainship Many Moons. Many repairs … Continue reading Pierside Pleasures

In Praise of Rowboats

June 17, 2021 - The humble rowboat ... simple, useful, and underrated. We have many types of watercraft at Camp Many Moons, but my go-to is the rowboat. This one is a "Jon boat," supposedly nick-named that by Scandinavian fishermen. Flat-bottomed and square-bowed, it is stable and light-weight. This makes it easy to launch and … Continue reading In Praise of Rowboats

Under Way, Making Way!

June 9, 2021 - Here in the far north, boating season is under way - but not quite making way. Huh? "Under way" means a vessel is free to move-- in other words, has left the dock or anchorage. "Making way" means it's actually moving, under its own power. (I learned this on board Navy … Continue reading Under Way, Making Way!

Solar Panels on a Boat? Yes!

August 11, 2020. Are they "green," or just good sense? Both! The new 100-watt solar panels are surprisingly unobtrusive on the aft end of the flybridge. Jeff calls them a "starter kit." He's new to solar power and learns from reading boating blogs. I'm new to all boat power. I'm still learning the connections between … Continue reading Solar Panels on a Boat? Yes!

The Mainship Visits Caribou Island

August 6, 2019. Caribou Island is a gorgeous and convenient place to dock (or camp) at Isle Royal, on the main channel and close to the main entrance/exit for boats traveling to or from the Keweenaw. This is why we chose it for our last night here. This is also why we have plenty of … Continue reading The Mainship Visits Caribou Island

Launching Mainship Many Moons

July 17, 2019. The Mainship Many Moons is ready for launch! Jeff bought this used 34-foot trawler last fall and spent months documenting it, renaming it, and refurbishing it in his yard. Today, it goes into the water. Exciting! This milestone launches Jeff's dream also. He hopes to do The Great Loop in this boat. … Continue reading Launching Mainship Many Moons

Cruisers Come to Visit

Aug. 10, 2018. Cruising boaters are delightful people - cheerful, flexible, hardy and super-organized. That's especially true of those who visited us today in two C-Dories and a tug. These boats are 25' or less -- sturdy craft, meant for comfort over speed. Their owners are all over 60 years old. All have spent weeks … Continue reading Cruisers Come to Visit