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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Dirty Boat Launch
My lovely wife and I gave up on trying to get the boat clean before launch. We weren't making a lot of progress. The boat was parked in a cramped area under trees. Every time it rained the boat got dirty all over again. Since the mast was down we had a lot of standing rigging laying around in the cockpit. That was a pain to work around.
A few days ago we discovered a problem that needed fixing before launch. The scupper drain was dumping right in the bilge instead of out of the boat. My 10 year old granddaughter was able to reach the offending part with her tiny hands. Then it was a simple matter of putting everything back in place.
Even though the boat was pretty dirty, it felt good to get out on the water. The sailor dog really enjoyed it too.
Most of the crud from trees washed off with water and rags. A little bleach should take care of the trouble spots. Fortunately, the cabin was in good shape. A simple wipe down should be all it needs.
Both my wife and I are still recovering from leg injuries so launching took longer than normal. The rigging needed to be untangled, and hardware had gone walkabout. It was pretty annoying to be unable to find the original parts. I rigged a substitute from the spares, only to discover the original bits once out on the water.
It feels good to have the boat on the lake and in working order. We did a lot more sailing around than cleaning, so it was a fine day.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.