So I missed out on all of last season. We converted my wife’s old house back from a rental and fixed it up to sell. That involved a two hour trip across the bay every weekend last summer to work on the house. Everything. Gutted the kitchen and two bathrooms, new carpet, painted inside and out, vinyl soffits, aluminum fascia. The works. But it’s done, and soon it will be gone.
So now it’s time to sail. I bailed on work for a Small Craft Advisory and headed down to the boat. We found the mizzen sheet hanging overboard and spent way to long cleaning the marine life off of that. Engine fired right up and we got underway around the point to Bayfields outside Popham creek. The wind was out of the WSW moving South all day, probably blowing close to a sustained 15 knots. We hung all the sails, which went well except for the jib. I need to make sure the halyard it all the way up per the riggers suggestion. I also didn’t have the jib sheets? I guess they’re home somewhere. I improvised with an anchor rode, so that’s a good thing to know. I also forgot the boat seats, and have realized I’m probably due to replace all the running rigging. Yay. We set out about 1 pm and headed out to the bay. The breeze was aft on the port quarter, made it easily out and were able to follow the breeze north passing Thomas Point light. Gorgeous day out there, a lot of bigger boats, but no ship traffic. A nice schooner was out there hauling the mail, got a few good pictures of her. About halfway to the bridge we came about and headed for home, beating as close as we could to make the river. It took two tacks before we started the iron spinnaker and made for port. Overall a fantastic day and a good shakedown cruise. Fridge ran perfectly, beers were ice cold, and we didn’t lose a single amp with the radio running all day as well. Tucked it in, next cruise should really involve bringing it to Smith’s for haulout and bottom paint.
Video of the day.