So, after several months of shopping
, we finally took delivery
of or Hunter36. I've learned several lessons in the process, but in the end, very happy that we have the boat.
First step, getting it out of Lake Union (Seattle). Thankfully we had a friend who volunteered as a line handler. After successfully negotiating two drawbridges, we approached the lock only to see that we were the last of several others in the small lock. surprisingly enough, we pulled right in without incident (the online video helped).
As we departed the locks, we stopped at Shilshole for some diesel
. Another excellent opportunity to practice maneuvering a new boat. The wind
was picking up but once I navigated through several other boats (apparently they have a Skipper school
there). Successfully pulled into the dock
only to be told that I had inadvertently pulled up in front of the unleaded pump. A quick walk of the boat to the next pump.
Now following the fueling, we had a 20+ mile journey to Port Ludlow. Of course the wind
was moving as if generated by our very destination
. So, 3.5 hours later we approached our destination
, still without sailing at all, we approached the port. Having never approached the port before, we took the Northerly rout around the rocks and headed into harbor.
The previous day, my wife and I had scouted our slip. We noted the width of the fairway with great pleasure. We observed that the boat in the adjacent slip was fairly narrow, leaving plenty of room for the initial approach. Now I am sure that many of you can identify with this, but for you others who, like me are just starting out, that fairway and slip gain a whole new aspect when filled with a 36 foot sailboat.
Lesson learned: lack of way = lack of maneuver. Add a wind against you and the boat becomes a singular entity of uncontrollable minimal momentum. Luckilly. I had done some studying and was able to safely adjust and to the predicament, and with the help of two volunteer line handlers, safely executed the docking
Throughout the process, I learned three things:
1. I have a lot to learn.
2. I can do this after 30 years away from my latest active boating
3. Boat people are awesome to one another.
Again, no sailing today....but tomorrow, I am on it! Will let you all know how it goes!