“You see a duck gliding across the lake. How is he moving? Is he paddling furiously underneath the water, is the wind blowing him across, or is it some current that is the motive force? How can we tell from here?”
We have a gale warning today, I’m sitting in front of my wood burning stove with a hot cup of coffee in hand contemplating a long hot shower and a nap on the couch. There is no anchor to watch and no chafing gear that needs being attended to. I don’t have to row the dog to shore or haul water and food through the spray and heavy current. Some may call this heaven but I have already had enough of this and want back on the boat, I want to go home.
My last trip on Sookie turned out to be just like my first, short and engine-less. The days may have been shorter in numbers than I hoped but its been a long hard summer for Sookie and she needs much love and attention. I had no idea what to expect when I pulled her as she had been on the hard for years when I found her in a lonely boat storage in Port Of Long Beach. I was pleased when she came out with not a single spec of osmosis and now the question is do I give her a proper bottom job or just let her dry out a few months, slap a coat of paint on her and head back out to the islands.
I know I owe myself an epoxy job before heading into warmer waters but Chloe has decided that we will continue to do short day hops from bay to bay and island to island so the big question is where do I begin and what can be safely put off till next year. My short list includes lifelines and stanchions with dogie netting all the way around the boat, new interior cushions, self made with tyvek covers until I can afford proper covers, a stove, heater, at least one small water tank with a foot pump, proper topping lift and real reef lines that work, we stall are having reefing issues, a LED anchor light, new electrical panel and a proper rowing dingy, where to begin.
Sookie is safely tucked in a tiny boatyard on Wasp Island, she has a 5 degree tilt to port that I’m hoping we can fix but the dirt boat yard is on a hill so I may have to live with it. Next summer will be a solo adventure as Serena is Back in school, so the boat must be dogie proof before January when I hope to launch and continue on. I have already filled my tiny bedroom half full of boat crap and have barely begun to empty my fat little boat.
Condensation has been my constant companion and a huge struggle but I just may have found a silver bullet, this week I start a year long test on what just may be the best product for moisture management on the planet earth and yep its manufactured in America…,
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”
~ Under the Jolly Roger