Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

An Aerial Introduction to Chip Ahoy's
Home Port & Mooring Area

Courtesy of brother John Ford and his Les Vants Aerial Photos business

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My brother John, the aerial photographer and owner of Les Vants Aerial Photos, took a number of shots while flying over late last summer.  Unfortunately, it was while I was sailing for three days to Scituate.  This is a shot of my home from the air.

-- CLOSE UP --

From a higher altitude,  looking down toward the town dock (or landing, as some call it), which is just down the hill maybe 100 yards.

Chip Ahoy's mooring is not far directly from the end of the dock, convenient but the water at low tide there is only maybe four feet.

John Graichen's C22 "Malacass" and Mike Sullivan's C22 "Carpe Diem" are futher out, closer to the Rockmore Floating Restaurant and the mouth of the harbor.

It's a pretty crowded mooring area for one side of the harbor.

Out beyond the Marblehead peninsula are Misery and Bakers Islands, with Childrens Island (formerly Cat Island until bought by the YMCA) outside the mouth of Marblehead Harbor on the far side of town.  Marblehead Neck and its lighthouse is further out.

From over Salem looking across Salem Harbor to Marblehead, its harbor, and Marblehead Neck beyond, connected by a narrow causeway.  Along that causeway is Devereaux Beach (ocean side) and Riverhead Beach (harbor side), the latter from which I often launch Chip Ahoy.

The Rockmore Floating Restaurant is not known for fine cuisine but its location.  It is usually crowded during the season with boaters and tourists brought over from both sides of the harbor by its launch service.  It's good atmosphere for a drink or two and a light if bland lunch -- especially if you don't own a boat.  I find it useful when coming into my mooring, using it and its flag as a landmark.

This shows the relative locations of "Malacass" and "Carpe Diem" -- further toward the mouth of Salem Harbor.

Did I mention it's a pretty crowded little harbor?  Generally speaking, the bigger boats with deeper drafts are moored further out.

Running through the maze of moored boats coming in to or out from my mooring all the way at the end of the harbor often reminds me of threading a needle.