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Yeah, it's gorgeous up here but it'll take your life if ya don't pay attention.

Thanks eryka, I believe you're always learning. Nothing wrong with making mistakes once.
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Did you find water in the bilges afterwards? Because if the boat is pretty tight in those conditions, she's pretty tight indeed.
Very little, about what we started with. We heard the pump cycle twice for about 5 seconds each time. No creaking or groaning. Just a loud bang when the boom's topping lift failed and spool out of the mast Saturday night. Me? I didn't hear a thing but the crew did. I'll just send my bosun up the rig with a new line this comin weekend.
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omigosh, Fantastic story. Sounds like you had a blast, and enjoyed every second of it. This is why Bob Bitchin of Lats and Ats says "Attitude: the difference between ordeal and adventure!!" And by the way, you write very well! I think you got your 20 dollars worth already. The one mystery remaining: how did your son sleep through it? O D on Qualludes?
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Good question. He's 18 and this was his first sail in saltwater. Of course, Twan, like most teenagers, could sleep through a nuke. He noticed he'd changed bunks and didn't think anything was seriously wrong so he went back to sleep. Sunday, when James and I went walking around, Twan (who's into Rap/Hiphop) put on an Enya CD and started reading "Sailing for Dummies". Ya have to understand, Twan HATES to read. If it's not SI or ESPN, he won't read. The boy is flat HOOKED now. Later he said he was never really nervous, just did what had to be done and had the shakes from adrenaline letdown later. Yep, he's well and truly hooked, like me.
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Charlie, great story, glad everything turned out OK. The entrance to that marina is tight even when it's calm, I can't imagine doing it in those winds. I was going to suggest that when you rounded Marrowstone you could have ducked into the bay there, but it is a tricky, winding entrance and with the wind blowing it might not have been a good idea. Good decision to not push on into Juan de Fuca and Rosario, I heard that it was just plain nasty out there. Welcome to the San Juans, hope to see you out there sometime. John
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Sounds like you had a good trip, and the boat is pretty solid. Good news all around...
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Okay, I'll fall on my sword and say it: In light of the thrashing that some other posters have been getting lately over over-confidence or irrational exuberance, did you have any qualms about taking your son on his first salt water sail in those conditions? Clearly you know what you are doing, but taking your new-to-you 45 y/o wooden boat out in those conditions for its ferry home, and having an inexperienced crew, might be pushing it. Still, it worked out.....
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Yeah, I thought about that but James has 10+ years of Great Lakes sailing plus a number of years out here so I figured we could manage it between us. Twan did great! They both did, in challenging conditions. Both listened to the "one hand for the boat and one for yourself" speech I gave prior to departure. We walked through procedure prior to shoving off as well.
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cc that. Glad it all worked, and look forward to some pics!
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Yeah, I gotta get away from the office and get a cable so I can at least get 'em in the box to play with. We're taking the ferry early so we can finish the trip tomorrow.
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