Friday, October 29, 2010

End of the Season

Our plans for getting in some October sailing didn't pan out due to weather and a nasty flu bug that kicked our ass for most of the month. We went out this afternoon to take the sails down. One more trip out in November to put on the canvas boat cover, and make plans for winter projects. I think I'll work on refinishing the door panels and reworking the interior table/cupboard situation, and Terri is talking about perhaps adjusting and cleaning the sail cover.

We talked about maybe taking a full month-long trip on the boat next summer, which will need to incorporate a dinghy of some sort, and it will depend on Tim's music schedule (maybe I can plan a series of 'lakeshore' gigs for one month during that period), and of course, a lot will depend on how finances will be next summer. My original 'five year plan' for moving out 'onto the boat permanently' seems to have fallen by the wayside, and at this point, I'm not really sure what the future brings. I wouldn't mind doing some sailing up around the Beaver Island & Mackinaw archipelagos, and the North shore of Lake Huron, and I'd still like to tackle a 'lake crossing' at some point. Whether that means moving closer to the water, or something even more drastic, only time will tell.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October Fall Sail

Been beautiful fall weather all this week, but since Tim has been down with the flu the past two weeks, there hasn't been much opportunity to go out to the lake. Feeling a little better today (although still not 100%), Terri and Tim drove out for an afternoon sail. The breeze was fairly light when we started out around 2, so we motored over to the marina for a fuel fill up (Terri at the tiller at both the exit from the slip all the way over to the marina), and then we headed out to the big lake to see what the sailing was like.

The swells were pretty large at times, but not unmanageable, and we managed to get probably 4 knots on a beam reach as we headed west/northwest out into the lake. After a while, we turned around and headed back, and the sailing was much more comfortable and fast paced on the return trip, with not having to fight the waves to make forward progress. We also managed to sail all the way down the channel (although the last 100 yards were at a snails pace). Once back on Lake Muskegon, the breezes were pretty steady at about 20 mph, which in Tim's weakened state felt like a bit much to handle, so after a quick reach half way across the lake, we doused the sails and motored back to our slip to call it a day.

Hoping to get one more trip in before taking off the sails for the year.

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