829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Moving Day

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.


  1. That video clip is actually the iconic San Francisco waterfront. I recognize it.

  2. To my eyes, Bay Rhumb looks as if no funds, scarce or not, have been spared looking after her. I'm rather glad she's not berthed next to my abused rig. I'm not thinking I'm budgeted nearly enough to keep up with her standard.

  3. 2nd try at this comment...

    I love the pictures you keep sharing of the boatyard. it looks like an awesome place to visit (and then spend hours there). I agree it'll be neat if they can match the weathered look with the new buildings.

  4. Dave,

    Tom will use cedar shakes on the building. In a few years it will fit right in.