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Old 07-11-2009, 07:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, not always cold! Today was a beautiful summer day spent getting the ship ready - minor repairs and cleanup after coming out of hibernation.

No stops in Maine though - the fleet is going to Halifax next.

Here's where we are and where we're going:

The drive east was uneventful. Left eastern Ontario at 8:30 AM Eastern and got to Dayspring, NS at about 3 AM Atlantic time.

I got a kick out of driving my friend's Highlander hybrid. Here's a pic I just shot of his two hybrids, side by side... gas/electric and wind/diesel:

The Highlander is EPA rated 27 mpg (US) city / 25 mpg (US) highway. It's not hard to get around 7.5 L/100 km (31 mpg US) in city driving. On the highway, in rolling hills at a 100 km/h / 60 mph target speed with a full load of passengers/cargo plus luggage on the roof :O, I was able to get 9.3 L/100 km (25 mpg US). Gliding down the backsides of the hills is necessary to pull that off though (lift the pedal and the engine stops).

It's a little easier in the Highlander to modulate the accelerator to pin down a true "neutral" glide than my sister's Camry hybrid. But of course not as easy as a Prius.

It was fun driving the hybrid, but I'm much more looking forward to sailing the schooner! If all goes well, we'll be fixed up, spiffed up, sails on, provisioned, fueled, watered and ready to leave the wharf on Monday morning.

An overnight stop in Lunenburg (where I spent the winter) is in the cards before we head to Halifax.
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
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