Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tucked in for the Winter

Me and Terri drove down to Muskegon to put on the cover on Sunday. Beautiful weather, and we thought we gave ourselves plenty of time to get the job done, but by the end we were racing the sunset. Finally after three seasons we've gotten smart and written on the cover which end is which so it will avoid us lots of messing around next year. See you in the spring Fanny. Hopefully you get more chances to play in waves next summer.

(photos) (top) tying up the cover on the bow of fandango (bottom) the view of the marina looking west towards muskegon as we were about to leave just before sundown

Monday, November 2, 2009

End of the Season

We came down on Sunday the 25th of October and took the sails down. Much quicker operation than in years past, although the headsail was a little stubborn at first. The boat got pulled out of the water on Friday the 30th. Need to get out before the snow flies to get the cover on her.

Not a great year for sailing overall. The weather wasn't always cooperating, and several extracurricular activities got in the way in the early summer. No overnights whatsoever this year, and we didn't sail more than a mile or two from Muskegon lighthouse at any point in the summer.

On the plus side, we did sail down the channel several times, and one time at record speeds. We got a little bit of work on the woodwork done. Thinking of letting it go to unvarnished teak just so we can keep up with it better. Got three of the four curtains hung. Got to mess around with the diesel engine and change the impeller (before breaking a bolt and having to call in the calvary). Got to call on the vhf and get rescued by a tow boat. Almost but not quite got up the nerve to sail into the slip a couple times. Hopefully next season will be more adventurous.

Would like to take an extended sail for a month or so sometime, and try and get as far north as the Manitou islands. Would still like to try anchoring a bit more (need to get a suitable dinghy). Terri is talking of maybe getting a mooring ball next year, or maybe checking out other marina's. Would still like to try sailing across Lake Michigan, either to Chicago or Wisconsin.