Arr! We took to the high seas last week and cast out for a day sail or two.
Yup, we went sailing! Ahhh! So relaxing and boy was the water nice. Actually got the Rocky Comfort out three times. I’m amazed at how easy it was to put up the sails. Last year it felt like I needed to think everything through much more. This year it was just second nature.
My new little friend even joined us, everyone this Travelocity Gnome. He was a gift from my mom and will be traveling with us for a while.
Isn’t he just the cutest!
It happens at some point in every boat’s life when the time comes for a fresh coat of hull paint. Well the old Rocky Comfort was definitely due for some sprucing up. However the thought of repainting a boat just seemed so overwhelming but Josh assured me (after some internet research) that it was actually quite manageable. It also helps that we had six people around to share in the task. Josh and I were the first to arrive and in about an hour had the hull sanded of remaining paint. When we took her out of the water last year, a power washer did most of the work for us.
Our reinforcements arrived just in time to get going with brushes. As it happens there were only four brushes so the lovely Traci and I sat back, chatting about her upcoming wedding. The entire process only took about four hours; to sand, paint and clean up. Hopefully we will be putting her in the water soon but it looks like we picked the only day over 65 degrees to paint. I know summer is coming but I’m also leaving soon to launch a new tour and would like to log some hours on little Rocky. It was so sad last year to have only been out twice. We do love sailing and truly enjoy sharing it our small but growing group of friends in Michigan.
It took almost four hours to get our sailboat out of the water yesterday. In the winters we dry-dock at the same marina we use in the summer. I had planned on being there an hour and a half. We arrived on time and took the sails off and packed up the other goodies that don’t stay on the boat. Then shoved off and headed for the lift. Boy was I surprised to find two other vessels waiting there to be taken out. So after sitting around for over an hour it was our turn to move in. I posted a time-lapse video of it coming out yesterday. That was one of the easier parts; we then had to load it onto our trailer. That is what really takes so long. Moving it a bit here and there to get it nestled in for a long winter’s nap. I’m not really complaining about the care they took just about how slow it all went. Oh well, the harbor guys are a hoot and put us into a great spot. We’ll easily be able to check on it over the winter.
For one last pic, we don’t actually heel over this hard all the time but it sure is more fun to take pictures this way.
Before leaving for home we had a little time set aside time to take out the sailboat; unfortunately we also had to make a little time to fix a snag in one of the lines. A few weeks back the line for the main sail got away from our partner Nathan and went straight to the top. There is only one way to get it down and I was not volunteering. It’s a good thing I’m married to such a brave man. He was willing to strap into a little harness and get hoisted by a crane to the top of the mast! I took these shots while safely seated on the deck.
After wrapping up that little errand we took old Rocky out for a lovely little sail and made it back just before the rain came. Hopefully we will have a chance to go out a few more times before it is time to but her to bed for winter.
I’ll tell you what floats ours, Lake St. Clair in Michigan. That’s our sailboat, we decided to buy into a partnership of this O’Day weekender. The other owner, Nathan, is someone we work with and truly enjoy spending time with. I have no experience sailing, there aren’t too many places in Central Illinois to sail, but Josh enjoys it and we were looking for something that would make our time in Detroit a little more enjoyable. As you might recall our company is based in Michigan; we often spend weeks and weekends hanging around. I am already looking forward to getting out of the office today and getting in the water.
Luckily the partnership also comes with lessons. The former partners are the Bunchs, we traveled with them on Lincoln Tour. If you want to meet Nathan then hop on over to the blog his girlfriend Traci writes. Might be fun to here the other side of sailing stories.