May. 16, 2017

YOU CAN LEAD A BOAT TO WATER....

One thing we are learning is - you have to check marine weather forecasts a bit more often-

Friday night we were excited to see slightly windy conditions forecasted for Saturday and and a great tide schedule. So Saturday morning we hurriedly got on the road towards Palmetto with the idea that we would get a nice day's sailing under our belts.  

We unloaded the truck and hauled all the stuff to the boat- and as we boarded we noticed something funny..not funny. The wind was HOWLING! whistling, howling, blustering, freaking TOO MUCH WIND!

Small Craft Advisory equals no sailing fun.

WHAT HAPPENED??? 

We should have checked the report that morning- not the night before.... because a front was going through and the winds kicked up and the waves DOUBLED from the predicted height and GUESS WHO ISN'T GOING SAILING TODAY???

So anyway- we are getting the hang of this whole plan B thing. And we are understanding just how much we are at the mercy of the weather. We watch our sailing community's blogs and facebook posts over and over saying "waiting for a weather window"....we get that. 

What do we do when we can't sail? We plan to sail, we drag out our lists, and we shop for stuff we need. We clean stuff, paint stuff, fix stuff, install stuff ..we eat. We read, and we nap. And we take measurements and draw diagrams, and make lists.

And we go to baseball games, sample craft beer, play shuffleboard, and talk and visit with dock neighbors. Or, we can go for a swim in the community pool. 

Did I mention cleaning stuff and fixing stuff?

Who knew rope could cost so much?

Who knew refurbishing a dinghy cost half the amount of a new one (not even including time)?

Who knew I could write so many lists?

So, we did not sail this past weekend but Robert installed the reef lines, and I re-painted the head floor.

And we did exhaustive research on the dinghy problem. Really there is no practical decision but to replace it. 

And in the next blog we will reveal our findings on the dinghys and motors that are out there, and we will reveal what we have purchased and post a demo video.

Someone told me recently that if a sailboat is your house, the dinghy is your car.

Checking two more items off the list.

So we can go, already!!!!!