Hi, I moor my boat
in Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay in British Columbia
. The boats name, not yet applied, is Leaky Cauldron, an older 27 foot Catalina
- the Chevy of sail boats.
I did a lot of sailing about 15 years ago, but then my friends all grew up and got mortgages and kids
. Now as I head
towards old fart status - I'm 57 - I decided it was time to go play again. Like most older boats, there are a few issues that I've had to resolve to make the boat
livable and cruisable in our wonderful Pacific North West waters, the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and higher. Some of the tougher issues have been dealt with; like when I opened the hatch
to discover 8 inches of water
covering the entire boat, or when I went to plug
my fans etc to keep the boat free of mildew only to discover there was no shore power
, nor any power to feed my new chart plotter, radar
I have been sanding
to give it a renewed look, and replacing anything that looks really bad with new gear
. Slowly the bigger issues are resolving so on to the smaller issues, like re-bedded windows to stop leaking, a new bulkhead and re-bedded chain plate
- you know, all the usually stuff with an older cruiser.
I look forward to the new year filled with much anticipated sailing and I hope to begin near the end of February when the worst of our bad weather
is over with. Nothing spectacular to begin with, mostly smaller cruises to clean out the cob webs in my brain, and get back my sea legs and get our new pup - an English
Springer spaniel - used to the boat and let him get his sea legs.
I have been lurking in these forums
for several weeks now but just recently signed up. I look forward to possibly meeting one or two of you in the coming years on the water
for everyone bartender.