Last Saturday we splashed the Pearson
with plans to sail her to her new marina. However, Mother Nature had different plans as the morning was hot with only 3-5kn south westerlies; certainly not nearly enough to move the boat
loaded with cruising gear
under sail. So, the PO and I fired up the iron genny and started out for the marina with me at the helm
This is the first boat I really piloted with a wheel
, so it took me a little time to get the hang of not over steering
her and not thinking in reverse when I wanted to make a turn (haha). The 15" max prop moved her against the outgoing tidal current
smoothly and without noticeable vibration which was a reassuring feeling against my hands.
When we got to the marina entrance, the PO prepared the dock
lines while I made a few figure-of-eights and doughnuts to pass the time and learn how very maneuverable the boat was. I handed off the helm
to the PO to take her into the slip as I'm going to need a lot of practice before I am comfortable driving her bulk into that tiny, microscopic slot. At least, that's what it looks like to me now....
lines tied off, engine
shut down, and we're finally on the water
at our new home!!!