Eastershore: Halifax to Liscomb River
With Ethan left on his own adventures in Nova Scotia, Matt and I left Halifax on June 28th, a beautiful day, and made our way approximately 40 nm north to Owls Head bay where we found good holding and dark coke coloured water.
The following day we ventured forth to Spry Harbour. The bay was beautiful but not particularly protected and dropped off quickly, so we had our first anchoring test here by doing what some consider a Medi-anchor, where we anchored off the bow as is normal, then took a stern line over to the beach and attached it to a tree, pulling the stern in to shore.
The cove was beautiful but I have never seen so many jellyfish (what I’ve previously called Lions Mane jellies but have no idea if that is correct) in one place. They were innocuous however giving us the opportunity for our first swim in Nova Scotia waters. We then explored around the little island and were back on the boat for sunset.
The following day we ventured forth to Spanish Ship Bay at the outflow of the Liscomb river. A slight crisis ensued as we entered the bay, and the engine alarms started sounding. Matt quickly checked and found the engine temperature skyrocketing above what the meter could read. Going below he opened the engine box to find the alternator belt torn to shreds… this belt also runs the water cooling system for the engine. Uh oh!
Luckily by this point we were in fairly shallow (18 feet) water and so dropped the hook immediately and shut down the engine before the engine was burnt out. It was hectic, but luckily Matt had an extra belt and we were good to go in about 10 minutes. Turns our a bolt holding the alternator to its bracket had completely sheared off, allowing the alternator to fall off the engine and the belt tore itself to shreds. Once fixed we motored a small distance further into the bay and spent the night in a nice protected cove.
The following day we motored 5 nm up the Liscomb River to the Liscombe Lodge (note that the Lodge puts an “e” on the end of Liscomb). The skinny river with a continuous current in one direction, wind in the opposite direction, and a tide that changed directions every 6 hours, created a challenge for anchoring. The mooring lines were pinned to the bottom by the current and so we did our first river parking by pointing the boat upstream, dropping a stern anchor then driving forward to drop off a bow anchor. This worked decently and we rotated only slightly.
At the lodge we met the friendly and helpful Chester and met another cruising couple Amy & Ken on their boat Mary T, with whom we had been hop scotching with since before Halifax. We found our way to the shuffle board court, a beautiful river walk, and ended the day with what will probably be our only hot tub of the summer. We also got a free cupcake! Happy Canada day!