829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A long six months

Against a gentle Northeast wind, we motored out and
 anchored at Tice's Shoal, in the lee of Island Beach
State Park.  There we unbagged our freshly mended sails
and rigged Bay Rhumb.  Baywoman at the helm with
her SF hoodie on (again thinking of you O Docker).
I've been warned that before the bimini goes back
on the frame, the rust (on the stainless steel frame;
that kills me) will be removed by me with some wonder
solvent whose name I can't remember, but it's a catchy one.
And it works like a charm.
Finally, after remembering how to rig the lazy jacks
yet again, without winding up in a colossal tangle,
we set sail and headed back west, home to the State
Marina in Forked River.  I think we'll be happy there.
But backing into the slip sucks.  I'm putting in for
a berth with a finger pier next year.


  1. Nice varnish job on the handrails!

    At least you got out there, which is more than I did this weekend.

    I still don't know why floating docks and finger piers are so much less common back east than here. I wonder if the winter ice makes them less practical in some places.

    Or is it that bare pilings make better use of limited space?

  2. Boat looks unbelievably well-scrubbed and looked after. (Not so under the waterline?) I love those electronics. Just spent $600 on trying to get VMG displayed on deck to resolve countless crew arguments.... Learning to back into my slip, too. (BTW, good photography!

  3. Looks like a loverly day. Perhaps I should try backing in the Lido 14.

  4. Probably more about the space than the ice, O Docker. And thanks about the varnish. The most work we've done to date before launch.

    Doc: The previous owner was way more anal than we are, or should I say than I am. She scrubs up nice, and looks showroom clean without too much effort. Not bad for being 25!

    PB: I often wish I had a 14 foot dinghy. Not that I'm complaining. I'm a lucky fool, no doubt. I'm just sayin.....

  5. It's a great feeling, isn't it?

  6. Boats are all about good feelings