829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Born Again

I walked behind the Travelift with the dregs of the paint can in my 
hand, waiting for the guys to stop and allow me to patch the six 
unpainted spots where the boat sat on the jacks all winter.

I felt as if I were walking in a funeral procession, taking slow, 
measured steps, making sure not to get in the way of the huge 
blue frame that cradled my ship, rolling slowly toward the point
at which she would be lowered into her final resting place.
The few random people that were in the yard stopped and 
watched in reverence, as the behemoth crept the last few feet
past the boatyard dog, who was wandering aimlessly close to
 the rear wheel of the marina owner's pickup truck.  
No worries, he was leased.       

Far from a funeral, it was a rebirth a mere five months after the ship
was untimely ripped from the Bay's womb, having fallen short of 
fulfilling her Captain's dreams of sailing those waters well into the 
winter months.  That quest has begun again, today, with goals set anew.  


  1. Congrats Baydog, glad to see you back on the water. Have a great sailing season!

  2. Congrats.

    You seem to be blogging up a storm these days. Keep it going.

  3. Berth to berth, splashes to splashes, rust to rust.

  4. okay, silly question from the trailer-sailor - is it normal to paint those 6 unpainted patches right before your lower the boat into the water?

  5. Interestingly enough, they launch immediately after patching; it doesn't wash off.

  6. Hooray!

    Season opener at Sebago tomorrow, too.

    Interesting object spotted last weekend at the Midget Squadron in the Paerdegat Basin - a keelboat! The basin's first, as far as I know. I shall have to post some pictures.

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