Well, we got our first lessons on sailing our boat this weekend when we brought it from the private dock
it was on, down to the haul out
location. Lets say it was "interesting". In our favor... it couldn't have been better weather
... cool breezes, sunny skies, wind
going in the right direction, etc.
On the other hand, we found out that both our cats projectile vomit like Bill the Cat on a mescaline trip, and we both had a wake up call on how the heck we were going to store the necessary (now unnecessary) crap we were planning on bringing along. Oh, and we provided the daily marina entertainment by taking the boat down the wrong fairway, and then having to learn how to back up a full keel
boat that is 44 feet long with sprit and davits
, with the wind
to our backsides, in a fairway 55-60 feet wide.
No, we did not hit anything
Luckily, we called ahead and let the marina know what newbs we were with the vessel and they sent two very professionals to help spring us into place! My wife and I now have a new code word - "Herrington Harbor!" which means "oh crap" and then "use the spring line trick"
However, the majority of the trip was simply awesome. The 1st night we stayed in a fairly secluded bay surrounded only by a few other vessels. Anchored right the first time, bruce anchor
held tight all night in the mud (glad we have a washdown for the chain), and we slept pretty well. 2nd night, just around the corner into a busier bay and nailed the anchoring
again. Third day was a long motor
upwind (vomit time) for 6 hours, had the little parking issue, then managed to get all the sails
off and flaked no problem (mast is getting pulled tomorrow). It amazing what you learn about your boat just doing that.
Best yet, my wife and I had not a single
episode of yelling or marital distress! Maybe there is hope for us yet!