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Monday, June 4, 2018

Free tow to Virginia?



One of my tentative plans for the fall involves sailing the Intra Coastal Waterway (ICW) from Virginia to south Florida. This trip would be solo. My lovely wife wants to sits this one out. That's fine. I could do the trip in our Oday 19. While it's a small boat, it's certainly big enough for one person. Plus, we already own it.

I won't have my tow vehicle anymore so something else will have to be done. One of my daughters has a nice truck and said she'd be willing to tow the boat down to Virginia That's really nice of her.

There's another possibility. A friend of mine was riding his ATV in the area and stopped in. Over coffee he mentioned that he's going to Virginia this fall to meet with his sister. He said his vehicle is perfectly capable of towing my boat down. That's a pretty sweet offer.

There's still the option of buying a bigger boat from somewhere in New England. The departure date would be moved up due to the longer distance. Then there's the little matter of hoping for a good weather window. The first part of the trip would involve a lot of open ocean sailing.

So the idea is that I'll be heading south on the ICE this fall in some sort of sailboat. However, a new problem just popped up. My lovely wife has been having problems with her elbow. She's afraid something might be torn and need surgery. If that happens, I'll stick around to take care of her. Imagine having to load wood in the stove with one arm in a sling. She wasn't going to ask me to stay, but is happy I offered to do so. Priorities.

-Sixbears

15 comments:

  1. I hope that the wife doesn't have to have to have surgery, but it is nce that you offered to stick around and help if she needs it.
    Like you say...priorities!

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    1. She couldn't get hold of her Dr. today, going to try again tomorrow morning.

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  2. You know what you can afford.

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  3. Yes, it is amazing how useful having that 2nd hand is. When I tore my rotator cuff decades ago and had to keep it slung for two weeks, it was literally hell doing what I had to do. Working the mouse with my left hand (Did I mention I am a CAD technician ? Slowed my work to a crawl !).

    Take care of your lady - she deserves it.

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    1. She's also had both rotator cuffs done, so we know this dance.

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    1. Still trying to get in to see the Dr.

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  5. I am glad it is looking like you get to make the ICW trip. Better keep the wife in good repair. A new model would kill you and the used ones all have major defects. At least that's what my wife tells me.

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    1. I can't see me switching models now. Too steep a learning curve.

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  6. Sometimes life has a way of interfering in plans; I hope everything works out.

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    1. Yeah, it's weird. It a short time I got both a way to make it happen and a way for it not to happen.

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  7. Sounds like fun.If you go down the intercoastal, when you get to Emerald Isle, North Carolina, headed south, look over to the left just as you come to the bridge between the island and the mainland. There's an eight sided house there, right by the intercoastal, that I lived in for a year in 1985. I sure used to enjoy watching the boats going up and down . Wondered where they had been and where they were going.

    I hope your wife is ok.

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    1. Thanks. Still trying to get in to see a decent Dr. instead of a PA. An eight sided house shouldn't be too hard to pick out. Let me make a note and I'll keep an eye out.

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    2. Hey Harry!

      Just found it on Google maps.

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