So my wife and I are trying to be realistic about our approach to prepping for the cruising life. We started with the investment account to start building the kitty and I pretty much do nothing in my spare time but read about sailing and cruising and maintenance
So we recently bought a really funky old (1974) Catalina
22 with a 2 stroke
Suzuki 6HP outboard
, to learn with. We've now owned it a couple weeks and have been spending our weekends getting it cleaned up and ready to drop it in the lake behind our house. Tonight (friday night), after a really long week at work, we drive the hour and a half to the lake house and decided it was time for our maiden voyage.
Since we've never actually the boat (still unnamed by the way) in the water
, we decided to not mess with anything fancy like the mast
and actually make sure that it floats. So I loaded in the bare essentials and a cooler so we could motor
around, kick back and watch the sunset from the cockpit
of our sail-less, mast-less, old sailboat.
So, we drive around the corner to the boat launch and I back the trailer into the water
but of course it's not quite deep enough to float the boat of the trailer so I wade in and spend 15 minutes (literally) pushing, pulling, and prying it off the trailer. But hey, it's finally off the trailer and floating...time to swim around to the stern and climb up...hurry up check the bilge
. What do ya know, no water...woohoo. The motor
starts right up 2nd or 3rd pull.
So we decide the simplest thing is for my wife to take the truck and trailer back to the house. I'll putt the 10 minutes back to the house and pick her up at the dock
so we can get out and enjoy that sunset. Then it starts, or should I say stops...outboard is dead. I'm technically up against a lee shore and nothing I'm trying is getting it running again, since it overheated. Dammit, I'm close to that dock
...Thankfully I had enough sense to load that anchor
and prep it, just in case. Dig it out of the locker, lower it and make sure it's sufficiently set, well at least that works. Oh crap, sun's getting low...I made the decision to take the boat out with no lights. Well that's not completely true, there are lights, it's just they're not actually connected to anything because a previous owner has removed every trace of wiring
. I'm planning to get to that sometime....this winter or something. So I text the wife and ask her to come get me but the only vehicle we have with functional nav lights it in the lift
tightly covered, with the tower down, and that will take wayyy to long to get in the water. So I ask her to grab a jetski and a towline and tow me back home.
So she blazes back to me. I jump in tie a couple quick bowlines, swim back to the stern...damn the steps on this folding ladder suck. Time to weigh anchor
and wrap this sweet ass evening up. So here I am "cruising" back into our little cove in the new (1974) mast-less, sail-less, and now motor-less "sail"boat...The Flyin Hawaiin aint lookin so bad now...but hey guess what, the sun is setting and I guess this is my chance to get a little time on the tiller...whataya know that still works. So we drift up to the dock, secure the boat...actually at this point I think barge is a better fit...and finally crack open a couple cold beers and unwind...on the dock.
Not exactly what I was hoping for on the maidentrip but tomorrow's a new day (and all that crap). I'm hoping the problem is just a clogged intake on the motor (but need some daylight before I'll know) and who knows we might even go nuts...rig the mast
and bend on a sail or two...I've seen some great diagrams in a book or two...watched a youtube video or two...how hard could this really be???