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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Where we learned to sail



My lovely wife and I checked out the Bayport boat landing in Florida. This is where we taught ourselves to sail not that many years ago. Today we missed our sailboat.


Our first attempt we didn't even get a chance to raise the sails. There was an awful lot of boat traffic and it kinda flipped us out. We turned back, loaded up the boat, and talked about it over a couple of beers.

The next time we had motor trouble, drifted out of the channel and ran aground -twice.

Eventually we made it to the end of the channel, raised a sail, and we were hooked.

There's a lot of happy memories for us in Bayport. I'll even include the day we ran out of fuel 1.5 miles short of the dock. Okay, at first it wasn't very good, but soon a fisherman came over and towed us in. The guy even refused money. He'd rather have the good Karma. Can't argue with that.

We made the decision to do more camping and less boating this winter, but there are times when we really missed living on the sailboat.

Next year, if all goes well, we'll be living on a boat again.

-Sixbears


2 comments:

  1. Could you gain more deck area while maintaining shallow draft with any sort of "flattened" pontoon arrangement?

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    1. Yes, but there are always tradeoffs. There are some sailing cats with very good shallow water performance.

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