to back it up.
My first sail with my new boat brought some changes:
- I had only used a winch once and never a self-tailer (but I had read about them)
- never used a windlass (but I had read about them)
- never dealt with chain (but I had read about it)
- never had through-hulls (but I had read about them)
and it was a 150 miles delivery
in December with my 13-year old as crew. Small craft advisory. Gale warnings.
I did have 23 years of sustained and extensive small boat expereince all over the Bay, I had sailed all of the geography numerous tims before, and book learning
I did have 2 engine
failures and a through-hull failure (seal compartment, thankfully). I had to re-reave the traveler and reef lines underway when they jammed. We changed the huge roller furling genoa
for smaller one at anchor
when gale wind
for the next day. We sailed into the slip at the end and without difficulty, the wind
turning cooperative at just the right hour. Some book learning
. Some smaller boat expereience, all coming together.
The story is on my blog ("Homecoming"), below. Except for freezing, it was a really good time. Unfortunatly, I have yet to get her out over night since... but very soon!
I don't have the missadventures I used to; I've made enough mistakes
to recognize them as familiar and have another plan.