Red Sky At Night – Headed to Maine While We Can


September 22: Red sky at night, sailor’s delight…That is probably as accurate a forecast tool right now as the supercomputers crunching away. Between Jose and Maria, the present risk factors are high.

Cochise and crew are in prevent mode, keeping close to hurricane holes. The various model runs are all over the place, the 500mb shows no sign of steering currents, and nobody really knows what is going to happen.


Jose looks cut off, and Maria appears ready to pick up the cudgel. But anybody who says they know whats going on with the WX right now is either fibbing or ignorant.


0230 last night and the sky had cleared for the first time in ages. These are real stars! When we are in doubt on the weather, or want a second opinion, we call Risk Shema ( RickĀ  is the best. Rick’s read, go this afternoon, get the 450 miles behind us while it is easy. And keep a weather eye on those hurricane holes.


Time to start the engines and get underway.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 25, 2017)

4 Responses to “Red Sky At Night – Headed to Maine While We Can”

  1. PJ Says:

    Care to share any recent solar power data? It would be interesting to learn how the system is coping with shorter, cloudier days, and oblique sunshine.

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi PJ:
    Right now in Maine, with lovely fall weather, we are taking in 400AH (24VDC) on average. 300AH on moderately cloudy days.

  3. Giles Says:

    What is the purpose of the two ‘ladders’ that you have installed at deck level at the forward end of the aft deck?

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Morning Giles:
    Those “ladders” make it easier to get off on high docks, give us better protection at sea as they are excellent handhold, form a part of the exterior man-line system we have aft, and are a good place to attach the boom fore and after guys.