August 29, 2015

Rescue on the High Seas and a Lobster Reward

Boating is one of my favorite activities…

During my recent stay in Maine, a group of us, including my daughter, grandchildren, and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his family, went out for a day picnic and ride on my boat in Seal Harbor. It was a beautiful day - the waters were calm and the weather was clear. During the ride, we were taken by surprise when one of the two mechanical belts - the one which controls the water pump - suddenly came off. This caused the boat to overheat, and before we knew it, alarms were sounded and we were forced to turn off the engine. We were stranded at sea, very close to a rocky outcropping called Bunker Ledge. Despite the fact that my beautiful boat draws 18-inches, we were terrified about being tossed upon the rocky ledge, which was jutting out of the sea, and at the time inhabited by a few dozen sleepy Harbor seals, basking in the sunlight.

Fortunately, when out on the waters, boaters are always willing to lend a helping hand, and we were quickly towed back to the harbor, and then back to shore where we were able to make the needed repairs. Later that evening, we all enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner.

Here are some of the photos of our experience…