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Haulout 2003

October 6, 2003:  The Last Sail of the Year

sail100603.jpg (41719 bytes)It was a beautiful fall day, and I had to take advantage of it.  The winds were quite light, and there was much drifting involved, but it was quiet, sunny, and relaxing--a great way to end the season.  With such light winds, I couldn't venture far, but enjoyed a pleasant couple hours just soaking up the experience, hoping that it might fuel me through the long winter ahead.

Back at the mooring, I stripped the sails and unnecessary rigging in preparation for the chore a head tomorrow:  mast unstepping.


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October 7, 2003:  Mast Unstepping

atdock1.jpg (21304 bytes)I had an 0800 appointment at a boatyard in the Royal River, a trip of about an hour and a half from the mooring.  This meant leaving early!  Because Nathan (Dasein, 668) was also unstepping and hauling in close conjunction with me this year (since Dasein was to be stored at my house), the two of us decided to carpool and bring the boats around together.  Since we needed to dinghy to the boats, we met in Yarmouth at the boatyard at about 0530, then drove in one vehicle to Falmouth, where we launched the dinghy and motored out to Glissando in the dark.  Once on board, I got the engine going and towed the dinghy back to the dock for later retrieval, then dropped Nathan off on Dasein.  By a little before 0630--with the sun still only an orange hint in the predawn sky--we were away, and motoring smoothly towards Yarmouth and the Royal River.

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sunrise100703.jpg (20562 bytes)It was a beautiful morning, but very cold--the thermometer at my house when I left had read below freezing, though it was significantly warmer on the coast.  Amazingly, sea smoke formed on the water, and before long I found myself motoring through low clouds just off the water's surface.  It was kind of cool, like the smoke on the stage during a rock concert.

 


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seasmoke3.jpg (52652 bytes)As I rounded the northeast corner of Cousins Island and made the turn in towards the entrance of the river, the wind picked up--right on the nose (cold)--and the thickness of the sea smoke intensified, making it difficult to see the water (and buoys and boats), although the shoreline remained clearly visible above.  Weird!  Despite my several layers and heavy coat, I was freezing, as I had not grabbed my hat and gloves from inside the boat, and going for them now, besides being too late, would have meant stopping the boat, etc.  I soldiered on, Dasein a few boat lengths behind.  I was glad for the map function on my GPS, as it gave me a clue where the buoys in the narrow, tidal river were.  Nathan later said that he could see my mast, even when the boat was invisible, and that helped him find his own way in.


atrrby.jpg (66385 bytes)We arrived at the dock just after 0800, only to find that the boom truck was broken down.  No matter...I had nothing else particularly planned, so we enjoyed a relaxing couple hours waiting for the crane to be repaired, after which both of our masts were unstepped with dispatch.  I spent some time removing rigging and halyards, and securing the mast to the boat for tomorrow's trip home.  Then, I left the boat on the dock overnight.


October 8, 2003:  Haulout

atdock2.jpg (55482 bytes)It was another early start, as Steve Morse wanted to pick me up at 0730, with Nathan right after.  So both of us got to the boats early, and motored the short distance down the river to the town landing.  Steve arrived 15 minutes early, and soon Glissando was on the trailer and standing proud of the water.  I hurried home ahead of the truck to prepare the barn for the boat's arrival.  Steve had some minor difficulty backing the trailer into the new driveway, but only because he had never done it before and made some miscalculations as to whether he could do all the twists and turns in one go.  (No!)  


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glisbarn1.jpg (45546 bytes)But he made it in with no serious problems, other than straying too far onto the soft grass on the sides of the drive, and soon Glissando was happily ensconced inside the new barn for the first time!  Wow!  As soon as the boat was off the trailer, Steve departed to return and pick up Dasein at the town landing, which he then deposited on the gravel pad to the south of the barn.  Finally, Steve picked up the Daysailor hull from the other side of my property and backed the hulk into the barn next to Glissando.  By 0900, he was done, and left.

I spent the rest of the morning marveling over the boats in the barn, and scrubbing the season's growth from the bottom of the boat.  This was a bit of a trick with the boat inside, and I first had to run some plastic sheeting around the boat to protect the electrical in the walls, the heater, and the shop area behind.  Then I ended up with a mess of green paint residue and water on the floor, which took some time to clean up.  It was weird at the end of the day to leave the boat inside the barn with all hatches open; I found myself fighting the urge to close them in case it rained!


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Why haul out now?  Isn't there more good sailing time in October?

Maybe.  But then we get forecasts like this one, for October 14-15, 2003 (excerpted from the NOAA marine weather site on Oct. 14)

STORM WARNING

TONIGHT SE WINDS 15 TO 20 KTS...INCREASING TO 35 TO 45 KTS LATE WITH FREQUENT GUSTS AROUND 50 KTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 6 TO 9 FT LATE. VSBY LOWERING TO 1 NM OR LESS IN RAIN LATE. 

WED SE WINDS 35 TO 45 KTS...WITH FREQUENT GUSTS AROUND 50 KTS...SHIFTING TO THE SW IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 12 TO 16 FT. VSBY BELOW 1 NM IN RAIN AND TSTMS. 

WED NIGHT SW WINDS 25 TO 35 KTS AND GUSTY. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 8 FT.

Not the kind of forecast that would make me happy if the boat were in!  Yuck.  Scary, when your boat is moored in an open and exposed anchorage like Falmouth Foreside.  No, I'm quite pleased the boat is inside the warm and cozy boat barn!

 


Glissando, Pearson  Triton #381
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