Towing a sailboat by way of rowboat and line in teeth is a lovely way to spend the day--- ok not really. but it is a way to spend a few hours without a breath of air in my sails
. Use your teeth when you need more adrenaline, then go see your dentist.
quick story, in an enginless 1958 spencer 28 hull
number 1, fiberglass sloop
I remember one occassion last winter sailing into port townsend marina in 30 knots of wind to get a haulout for a sale
. Came in hot at 6 knots on a beam with just jib
behind the jetty. My friend and I had pre planned this half enibrieated event before we left in wind. But when we looked at the slip by the haulout before we rowed out to his boat an hour away from the marina in a different town, there was 80 ft of dock
to come to. when we made a 90 to go strait downwind toward the haulout and saw a 50 ft sailboat with tire marks down the side we were more than suprised. So was he when he saw us. we dropped the jib
as planned and a 30 lb cqr
from astern with bare poles still moving 4 knots hooked the bottom and fetched lines to the dock
after she hooked. Then parallel parked her in a 29 ft opening on the dock. Now it may have been nice to have an engine
but being a mechanic
I know of to many engines that like to quit in lousy situations.
It is amazing to me the difference in mentality when sailing enginless. No matter what Ive tried, when sailing with neighbors who have engines, I cant escape the thought that its there. Sailing without brings to me a sence of relaxation more than uptightness. It allows me to give myself more time to wait a week for the wind to shift in my favor.
I watched a "sailor" try to start his outboard
all the way onto a beach in no wind and a nice current
, and a beautiful anchor
with a lovely delta
sticker on the bowroller. (He ended up using it anyways)
With no engine, and no destination
, anchors are your best friend. Ever use one in the marina?
More importantly, I believe sailing this way developes a sharp mind- Seamanship, is another word for thinking far ahead.... really fast.
what do you think,
sore jaw in wa.