|launching into the marsh|
at the kayak launch.
We have never all been in the boat at once and we were a little concerned for how we'd fit. The dog is not the most willing sailor and fidgets most of the time, straining to see and smell what land based interests she is missing by being in a small boat. With 2 adults, a dog, a bag with snacks and the sailing rig lying in the boat we set off. It actually fit us just fine. Though narrow, the cockpit is long, 7'-6" and flat. Because I can remove any and all of the thwarts we can have clear floor space, which is just what an old dog likes.
After rowing out from the marsh and under two bridges we decided to raise the mast and see if the light air would pull the boat.
It turned out that there was enough wind to sail and we made our way up river to the light house on the point on one tack before we attempted our return. The return was a bit closer to the wind so it took two tacks, but we did sail our way back. The distance from the launch to the point couldn't be more than 3 miles so a 5 or 6 mile trip took us about 3 hours. The tide was against us on the return but not by much. The rate of travel wasn't as important as the fact that we were able to make way in our chosen direction, with no centerboard and steering with an oar, and a pretty good load in the boat. The fact that it took as long as it did was a bonus in that it allowed us all to spend some time together soaking up the sun and feeling very happy to be where we were.
|A dog, a boat, my wife and|
a warm fall day.