Northern Bay 36 headed north

andy65

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I am finally headed north from Stewart, FL to Connecticut and later to Maine in my newly purchased Northern Bay 36 now named the Stella Maris. I rented a Grand Caravan, loaded it to the gunnels and drove from CT to FL. I arrived at the Harborage Marina the afternoon of 6/24 figuring on a week getting the boat ready for the 1100 nm trip. I got underway 7/15. It took 3 weeks. Everything takes three times longer on a boat. There were 40 items on the task list. To name a few: Install a mate’s seat with a self designed support that allows the salon fridge to open; Install a table that has three widths to not obstruct the engine hatch, a custom rack to carry the dinghy, gps antenna, steaming light, fix the water system, install lounge seats, have diver clean hull, fix stuck seacock, router floor to install man size hatch handles, install temporary air conditioner, maintenance items, fluids .....

It is great to be underway. I’m taking the intracoastal - more scenic. Running solo doing about 70 nm a day; 6 hrs running. Day 1, Stewart to Melbourne, Day 2 Melbourne to Daytona Beach where I’m now anchored. Boat is performing well. Cruising 14-15 kts at 12 gph, 2240 rpms. Boat positively no how, no way will turn to port when backing. Add a starboard wind and it gets exciting. Am backing and filling to move bow but sure wish I had a bow thruster. I’m beginning to understand and appreciate this boat. Both the design and That someone put a lot of money into it.

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ARC

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DE’s can be a bit stubborn in a beam wind. After you install the thruster , it will be tamed. And you will install a thruster. I put one in my last 3 boats And wouldn’t be without one. My current boat I added a stern thruster also. That was money will spent, I don’t care what anyone says.
 

Jjammer

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Awesome rig!!

Re not backing to port: Left handed wheel I wager...try backing her down in idle only (lower rpm the better) and playing w the rudder angle.
 

ArchHibb

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Everything takes three times longer on a boat.
Been living that inescapable truth since March when I decided to bite off replacing engine isolators. Finally splashed July 1st.

However, always worth the wait.

LH prop backs right. At idle/slow speed, the rudder will never push our deep keels sideways. If you have running room, reverse and give some throttle to gain a little speed then neutral and steer rudder hard to port. She’ll go left for you.

Safe travels and keep us updated!
 
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BSEA

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Congratulations on your new boat. I have owned a NB 36' since 1999, great all around rig. You will get used to the back and shovel process. If you need a mooring for a stop over on the Sakonnet in R.I. let me know.
 
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Good luck on your adventure!
I brought our 36 NB up from the Chesapeake to Freeport, ME
I flew in, hitched a ride and went to Target to stock up...
turbo fell off the engine on the ride down Delaware Bay and limped to Cape May
Trips on newly acquired boats definitely build character
John Hutchinson will be happy to hear we are bringing the boats back to Maine
The Northern Bay 36 is a great boat, Congratulations!!
 

hustler132

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A northern Bay 36 was our first love in Downeast boat, You must be over the top excited. Your bringing her to Maine were she belongs
We have a duffy 35. Maine builds great boats, what Engine do you have?
Paul
 

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Beautiful babe I am located a few miles south of Morehead City you're welcome to tie up to the dock overnight and will help you get Provisions if needed congratulations beautiful boat
 

Downrigga

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Congrats. Sounds like a trip of a life time. I have owned a 36 since 2005. Feel free to stop at saquatucket harbor on the cape on your way up. I will show you a little trick to get the stern to listen.
 

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Congrats on the new boat I've made that trip about 20 times beautiful trip every time you'll enjoy that boat
 

andy65

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Anchored last night off Cumberland Island, GA. Saw many wild horses there since the Spanish left them in the 1600’s. Launched dinghy. Dinghy rack is working great. Intracoastal is serpentine and shallow in places. Yea, I went aground. Chart said 12’ water this way, no water other way. Buoy said go other way. I bumped a couple times and backed off. A non event in a Downeaster; damaged shafts and possibly sunk in another boat. Ran 112 nm to Savannah today. A long day singlehanded. I expected swamps but it was scenic marsh and bays. Hear a squealing noise after shifting to neutral for a few seconds. Is it the shaft or transmission winding down? Oil pressure oscillating a couple psi but is 60 psi. 82 hrs on the engine. Seems to be running fine. 50570609-78E7-4F3D-974C-AC5FD5C9C2B4.jpeg 0E7FD361-AC05-495C-BA6F-A31CCCDF9078.jpeg
 

Mr Machine

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Hey Andy
I made the trip with my 36 in Nov
From Ny to Stuart fl I tried to stay away as much as I could from the intercostal .. the depth was horrible in spots
You really need to read/watch the water instead of your charts /gps
I ran with 2/3 under my keel for hrs ....
good luck

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buckfeva

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Congrats. Sounds like a trip of a life time. I have owned a 36 since 2005. Feel free to stop at saquatucket harbor on the cape on your way up. I will show you a little trick to get the stern to listen.
Hey Downrigga,
Can you share your trick? I just started running a 36NB and seems like stbd only in reverse. Thanks
 

BillD

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DE’s can be a bit stubborn in a beam wind. After you install the thruster , it will be tamed. And you will install a thruster. I put one in my last 3 boats And wouldn’t be without one. My current boat I added a stern thruster also. That was money will spent, I don’t care what anyone says.
same here !
Not getting any younger and marinas around here are on tidal rivers.

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