Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Sail

Tim Terri and Lady went out for an extended afternoon sail on Saturday. Got to the marina around 1 and finished up around 6. Winds were fairly steady from the SE around 9-12 mph, and Terri handled the boat from our exit out of the marina until we got out on Lake Michigan (mostly on a run with just the mainsail, and we managed to sail all the way out the channel), at which point we set up the auto helm (or what we call "robosailor") and headed approximately 3 miles out to the southwest, eating our picnic lunch and enjoying the light waves and pleasant breezes. Turned around and kept the robosailor at the helm for most of the return trip, and then raised the headsail for part of the return trip, getting up to probably our top speeds of the day around 5 knots. We were only able to sail halfway down the channel before the wind died on us, and then we had a slightly embarrassing moment when the boat did a 360 on us when the wind backfilled our headsail and the engine we had just turned on couldn't compensate for it, and then Tim took over the helm for the return trip, doing several tacks across Lake Muskegon before we hove to, flaked the main and sailed for a while on just the headsail, then furled that and motored back to our slip. A pleasant afternoon with very little diesel motoring, and mostly competent sailing. Had a few discussions again about selling the boat, and the concept of perhaps chartering up north a couple times a year instead of owning/paying marina fees/upkeep.

To be honest, not sure what we can get for our boat, it has several cosmetic issues (brightwork has not been kept up, starboard winch is functional, but probably needs some maintenance as it is a bit loud), a few deck leaks and cracks (mostly over the aft bunk), but on the other hand, it is a good vintage 'old plastic' that has the original sails, a newer diesel in good shape with few miles on it,and a brand of which there aren't a lot of on the water anymore. 1967, hull #10 Chris Craft Cherokee sailboat in Muskegon Michigan for sale. Make us an offer.

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