All smiles. That’s what we like. The lines cast free and not a boat on the horizon.
This was the first time we took the boat out since May 19th. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, you say? Yup, that was my response as well.
This has been the lost summer for us. Between an unusually heavy summer work load (we’re not complaining about that, especially when so many would gladly trade places with us), searing temperatures down on the water (the water in both the Potomac and the Chesapeake exceeded 90 degrees during the worst of it), a canceled vacation (done in by several business trips for Cindy), along with an assortment of family emergencies and visits… well, you get the picture.
We hope to keep Shearwater in the wet for as long as possible this fall, but at some point we need to put her on the hard, pull the stick and have some additional work done to the standing rigging and the mast base. If we can afford it, we also hope to have a bow roller installed along with the manual capstan we bought at the Annapolis Boat Show last year.
I know, I know… The sail cover is still on. We had gone out last Sunday to clear out the pipes of the engine and had hoped to get in a short sail afterward, but the weather didn’t cooperate. As you can see in the photo below, we had an ominous front moving toward us at a good clip and we didn’t want to get caught out in it.