|I don't recall a "diploma". His is larger than my wife's university degree.|
|Yes, but can you reduce a sight?|
|Certain elements of my life are well beyond my control. Sailing with eight pigeon chicks is emblematic of this.|
|This 10-foot nesting dinghy, which also has a sailing rig, is going to be our son's primary tender. The more cargo-oriented Portabote will be ours. Unless circumstances dictate differently.|
And there was an enormous amount of paying work in June and really, well into July right up to the present. Good for the bottom line, less good for boat-related tasks. However, there has been time for the occasional refreshing dip and boarding ladder testing:
|Cabin Boy can swim perfectly well, but he likes to bob and doze off a bit in the water.|
|"Eventide": I don't know where she's berthed, but that's a nice design on the jib. We effortlessly overhauled her.|
|It wasn't like this, I mean.|
|One of these babies: you are seeing the backside of the squall we ducked. Happens about a dozen times a summer, and you can heave to or run off without much concern, because they are gone in five to 15 minutes.|
|Very sad, although my first rather mercenary thought was "this makes the boat I'm trying to sell a wee bit rarer". Photo (c) Jeff Cooper|
Ouch. It's never good when a boat dies.According to fellow Viking 33 owner Dan Erlich (Ketchup): "Last Sunday during a line squall the inexperienced young owner was too close to the rocks when the squall hit and his crew went below to be out of the rain. He had no one on deck with him. Hull number 24 has the traveler on the coach roof so the helmsman could not dump the main sheet. That is why I prefer the traveler in front of the companionway on this boat. The engine on this boat was a 15 Hp outboard not suited to pitching seas or extreme heel angles and no one felt compelled to have the anchor and rode ready to use. The result was boat was pushed upon the rocks and then holes were eventually punched through the hull in several places."
The still-kicking, for sale boat, after the pigeon incursion, needed a good clean, so a good clean was done, partly via the removal of the accumulated crap we've felt necessary to accumulate over our years as cruisers.
|The full horror of "colour-blind Scotsman brown plaid" is revealed when you stow the sails properly.|
|I haven't seen the top of this navigation table for three seasons. Usually it's covered in obscure little boat bits, logbooks, and charts.|
For simplicity's sake, we dealt with deck and hull cleaning by motoring over on a calm evening to the bigger boat Alchemy, which has a power washers and all sorts of cleaning supplies. The nearby presence of a soot-producing airport was revealed as dirt sluiced off the boat in impressive amounts.
|Very possibly the last time my navy will raft up.|
|I'm actually starting to enjoy wire work and brand-new circuitry leaping to life in a safe and non-flammable fashion.|
More to come, sooner, too.