After 3 years in the boatyard on a restoration project
on my old 40' Wharram
, the general concensus seemed to be I'd never finish and head
So when the snows came early in November it looked like another year in the boat yard was in order. Colder but brighter weather
meant I got my last jobs finished but the river had iced up blocking me from getting out into the Chesapeake.
A brief warm spell in the first week in December saw some melting and it was time to go.
A warm day and we kicked off from the dock
, in a grand (AMF) gesture I took her on a quick tour of the marina, waving goodbyes.....with my last goodbyes said at the haul out dock
, I heaved over the tillers over for a grand farewell down river to the Chesapeake.....
What was that?
In my grandstanding, I'd hauled her over a bit too sharpish and the dink hit one of the hulls......no big deal but by the time I got back on the tiller.....she'd started to slow down......to a halt......
shut off the engine
and realised I'd run her aground on the spoil area (not watching where I was going)...tried reversing off...no go
Well, they say if you've never run aground then you've never been anywhere.......a great start.........
Fortunately my buddy, the yards rigger out in the marinas
launch,saw my problem and had me off and away before too many saw......
Hi ho silver awaaaaay....Chesapeake and Florida
here I come.......