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Haul out

Monday (22nd) was haul out day, always a fascinating process to watch … and this time, by chance, we’re on the hard just as hurricane Irene is headed our way 🙂

After two years in the water, only a little slime, except for the propeller and shaft which were covered with barnacles. Managed to complete several repairs best made out of the water. Changed out the raw water thru hull valve and added a water hose adapter for winterizing; all other valves lubricated, changed out the alternator belt and heat exhcanger zinc (almost gone), and finally re-fastened the bowsprit stay properly.


The team at Diversified Marine worked quickly and the hull got cleaned and waxed and bottom got two new coats of paint – now to keep her this pretty! 

While all the work was going on, we got hit with a 5.9 earth quake, and with hurricane Irene predicted to come up the Bay by Sunday/Monday – exciting times !

Ready for Irene – all the canvass, sails and anything else that might be blown about was removed and/or tied down …………….

After 50+kt winds and a lot of rain …. the sun comes out again!

Sail to MRYC for the seafood fest

    Sailed to Miles River Yacht Club this past weekend with crew from the SOS club (Pam and Carl), along with about a dozen boats from the Chesapeake Catalina Yacht Club. It was a terrific feed with clams, mussels, shrimp, fresh corn on the cob and baked potatoes plus a whole lobster — all prepared and served by the watermans association – what an incredible meal, and what a lovely location!  We settled in on anchor just on the east side of the club where we found good holding and pleasant views all around.

                                                                                                                                                             We made the trip on Friday, a day early, to take advantage of ideal weather and a following wind making it a pleasant trip down the Bay to Bloody Pt    

…..a boost from the incoming tide took us up the Eastern Bay and around to MRYC.

    The sail home was delayed a day by thunderstorms and meant beating against head winds and adverse tide, but at least no storms…….so an uneventful trip.
    All in all, a good sail, great food and terrific crew!

    As a plus to the trip, a good friend arranged for crew spots on one of the log canoes for the races in Oxford – and their boat won! Check out the video at 

Kids Day out……

Saturday (8/6) turned out to be pretty good sailing weather despite the T’storm warnings- It was a sunny day for Lily, Greg and Sarah (Mom) with south winds from 8-18kts. 

Subtext here is turning grandkids into future crew! I think I have quick learners – just need to be a little bit taller 🙂

Greg                                                                                                                     Lily

…………………. From an earlier outing with Addison……….. 

                                         ……………we’re working on ‘attitude’