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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sailing on my mind . . . again . . . some more



It was time. We pulled the sailboat out of the lake, but not without sailing it around a few times. I’ve seen ice fishing shacks on the lake as early as Thanksgiving week. Last year we sailed well into November, but so far it has been colder this year.

Remember a while back I almost had my wife convinced to sail the Intra Coastal Waterway this year? (The 72 hour escape plan) My charts for the ICW came in. You never know. Right now we hope to do that trip during the fall of 2013. I think by the time we actually go, I’ll have the charts and guidebook almost memorized.

My lovely wife and I have tentative plans to trailer the boat south come January. We’d have to be back by March as we have another grandchild due then. I’m informed we have to be home for that by she who must be obeyed.

Normally we wouldn’t come home until the middle of April or so. I don’t expect any sympathy for cutting my trip down to just two months. Still, what do I do with that extra month and half? March in Northern NH is still very much a winter month. Zero degree temperatures are not unheard of. March can break your heart. There may be a few warm days when people run around without jackets and bicycles are in the streets -followed by 2 feet of snow.

March might be a perfect time to build a small sailboat in my basement. One side of my basement is at ground level and has big double doors. It would take some rearranging to find room for even a small boat project, but it’s doable. I’ve plans for a Ooze Goose. That would be a fun boat to sail. With any luck, it should be finished before the ice goes out on the lake.

I don’t know where the summer sailing season went. There are places we’d hoped to go, but never fit into our schedule. Such is life. At least there’s a fair chance of wetting the hull in January.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Are you going to start your inner coastal water way trip way up north and take it the whole way to Florida?

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    1. I'd love to leave from Lake Champlain in VT and go all the way down, but time wise, we'd most likely leave from VA. That way we can wait until sometime in October.

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  2. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)October 18, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Congrats on the news of a new grandchild - aren't they awesome?
    Had to look up what an Ooze Goose was. Plenty of videos on You Tube. It really does look like a fun little boat!

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    1. I like that small as it is, it has a cabin. Scow designs interest me and it would be a good place to start.

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  3. if mayberry can build a small sailboat, so can you....

    wonder if anybody be safely traveling on the roads starting in 2013

    Wildflower

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    1. I've built small boats before, but not sailboats.

      Safe travel is a concern. Things are getting weird out there.

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  4. Wildflower,

    Your comment makes me wonder, what's up in the world. I read this little ditty below last week, troublesome.

    "Do not go anywhere far from home between now and November. You will not be able to get back home if you do."

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    1. Yeah, I've come across that warning too. Is it random Internet chatter or something more? We should know within a couple weeks anyway.

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