Winter Hibernation

While picking up my kayak from storage, I saw Garage Sail for the first time in over 6 months.  All winter long, during every blustery winter day, I wondered if that was the gust that will shred my cheap tarp and send the various ropes and bungee cords flapping away.

Alas, after all the worrying, it was just fine.  All intact, and only the thinnest of the bungee cords were stretched out.

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Of their many benefits, the cover’s main purpose to keep the sun’s rays from attaching the boat.  Just like missing an area of your shoulders with sunscreen, the cover had settled and pulled back from covering the upper end of the mast (again).  That area is now has a rough texture due to damage of the epoxy/protective varnish.  Wrapped some scrap sail cover material around the mast for now – got some epoxy repair in my future.

Now with May flying by it is time to get the sails back on and her out on the water!

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Boating in Minnesota

A few months ago we packed up and moved from southern CA to the greater Minneapolis area.   Took the opportunity for a road trip, 2K miles through some really cool desserts and mountainous scenery.

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While a friend was towing my Garage Sail east through Nebraska, a cop pulled him over.  “Why you pull me over?” he asked.   It was because he had never seen a boat like it and he simply wanted to check it out.  One really annoyed friend, but seems a great story to me!  Despite the mileage, the boat survived just fine.  Amazingly clean actually, though a few flat surface had a nice layer of dead bugs that easily wiped off.

Lakes.  So many lakes here.  The first lake experience was a small lake around the corner with my older Mill Creek 15 – first time in years taking it out as MN certainly seems better suited for it than the Pacific Ocean.  Second time was on the St Croix River.   The concept of being able to kayak down 10+ miles of a calm (it keeps on going – that just where our car was), flat river while never having to even worry about dragging on the bottom just doesn’t seem possible coming from drought plagued California.

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Got the more spacious boat (all relative here) out a couple times to nearby Lake Independence.  The first time out I was worried, being Labor Day, that the lake would be chock full of motor boats going every which way.   Though there were plenty of boats, was not a problem at all.  Not to say that the boat doesn’t stand out here, with comments such as “so what do you do when you need to go back up wind?”, but still a great lake for an easy afternoon sail.    The next time out was with fellow pocketship builder Larry & his wife on another beautiful day with the start of some fall colors.

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After the past few years of zoning out to the mention of boat “winterization”, I am finally taking notice.  Soon she’ll be all wrapped up for winter.

 

 

 

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Moving East

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After almost 4 years back in California, we are now moving to the Minneapolis suburbs. With all the work of packing up and moving your household, sailing time had become a bit more scarce. Not to mention blog writing time. Garage sail all packed up with sails, cover, outboard etc all stored down below all ready for the long drive.

Looking forward to getting settled and exploring at least a few of the thousands of lakes out there before the cold sets in. No more winter sailing posts from me!

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