and she finally went for a sail.
My friend Phil,one of the guys who helped me put her back in the water
from the swamp after Ike, and I took Turtle out Saturday on Galveston Bay for about 4hrs of easy laid back sailing. One tack almost all the way to Redfish Is. and one tack all the way back to Clearlake in cool but steady 10-15kts. It was a gloriously sunny day if a tad brisk.
just fine after all the work and time on shore. Everything works like it should and all systems funtion without trouble. The skipper
however is a bit rusty.
The engine rebuild
was a success. It starts easily and runs well and I don't have scrub the black stain off the hull
as soon as we get back in like I had to before. There is no stain now.
We will have to work on my docking
technique as poor old Phil ended up going over board in the slip when there was a communications
The worst part was my brain failed to see the lack of humour in his predicament and I almost couldn't pull him back on the dock
because I was laughing so hard. His first words on being pulled to safety
were "Well that didn't go quite the way I planned".
He has a badly strained shoulder but there are no hard feelings. I will be paying much closer attention to his Grey Goose intake in future however(I stuck to having one beer) . He seemed to enjoy retelling the story almost as much as I did hearing it told.
I spent the night on board and although Sunday was equally beautiful I stayed in port and did some minor sail cover
I think the new marina is just what I needed to be able to get in more sailing. It's about 10min from leaving the dock
to raising the sails
and last week they got me out of the 38ft slip and into a 30ft which will save me about $45 a month.
Sunday morning I found a Starbucks within a short walk and TacoCabana for cheap
breakfast. The West Marine
is close as are a couple of more moderately priced suppliers. I took my bike down to the dock so I can get in some riding instead of driving the truck.
I think I have found a new home port for a while.
Turtle seems to be happy too..................m