I had to move the boat from the State Marina by the 31st, and
since we're not around this weekend, I brought her to a friend's
lagoon to spend a week or two until I figure out to whom I'm gonna
give the honor of hauling Bay Rhumb for the winter.
Cormorants are nervous birds. They see you coming,
and unlike seagulls who stay put and almost dare you to run them
over, panic and take off flying or dive under and re-emerge
fifty yards away, all the while looking for a tasty mouthful.
Steaming westward into a very stiff breeze. I'm not real familiar
with this channel and will cut the throttle soon to avoid being
thrown over the wheel if I unexpectedly hit bottom. Panning North,
then South, it hits me: summer's over, and except for the few
sailboats to the South, there's nobody out this October Tuesday
Nestled snugly in her temporary berth, I tied up Bay Rhumb
and installed a couple of bumpers to fend her when the wind
invariably shifts to the Southeast. It's nice to have good friends
with such nice accommodations.
See you in a week or two.
Only other thing I needed to do before heading home was to
drop Charley's spinnaker pole off at Beaton's.
Any excuse to swing by my favorite boatyard is a good one.
I counted at least five A Cats in this shed, along with several
smaller 'filler' boats. Yep, summer's over.
In any other place, this little skiff would be rotting away, but it's
obvious by the looks of this one that there is full intention of
restoration. I'd still love to know how that boat on the right
made it up here from Mississippi.
It amazes me how some of these boat owners choose to get
the work done in the fall, rather than waiting 'til spring to decide
whether or not there are enough funds to do so.
Deep pockets. Deeper than mine.
I'm thrilled that Tom has decided to expand (I originally said
modernize but that would be something I prefer he didn't do)
and build a bigger office and ship's store building. As stated earlier,
there are enough deep pockets around here to keep an
old-fashioned place like this operating for a long, long time.
I just hope that they make it look weathered like all of
the other sheds surrounding it.