|October 15 and the season begins. First time in getting|
this boat floating for me. I bought it Oct. 9, one year ago!
After checking that the hull was sound, no leaks, we got the boat rigged and motored out into the river. As always, the worries and stress seemed to go away a bit as I killed the outboard and raised sail. The wind was light and that was just fine as I had no idea what she would sail like, how tender she was, nor do I feel so sure about the state of the rigging, but even in light winds she had steerage and moved along quite fine.
|A lovely Fall day.|
|Not really the prettiest boat, but,|
it floats and sails and is
in the water! My current magic carpet.
I don't think she is the prettiest boat going, but she does seemed to sail well. She feels comfortable and as though she would take care of me, up to a point. While sailing along and looking down into the cramped cabin I suddenly found it spacious and was ready to toss in a sleeping bag and camp stove. If I'd had them with me I might still be out there tonight. That reminds me, I gotta get better ground tackle for her. The anchor she came with is to light for my tastes. I don't plan to do much in the way of improvements to this boat until next spring or summer. For now I'd just like to sail it.
Hurray, I've got a boat back in the water again!!!!!