Last Man Standing
Join Date: Aug 2008
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I actually had a GREAT LFS yesterday...with a coupe of firsts...
The first first was our inaugural depoopination. It was the first pump-out of my newly plumbed head and Sailnet holding tank system. After doing all the work myself, I was sure that something would explode or not work correctly - but everything worked flawlessly. No smelly blue geysers, no busted fittings, nothin'. Very cool.
The second, and most important first was that it was just me and my two young boys on the boat. I wanted to spend time with them really teaching them about the boat.
The youngest (6) piloted us out of the marina under power and did a great job. He still does the major oversteering thing - which makes me nervous - but he's getting the hang of it.
We also practiced an MOB with him at the helm. Both boys did great, and got us within 5 feet of the victim.
The boys then dropped their lines and we drifted and fished for an hour or so...eating candy and practicing our cussing. The wind was really light - maybe 5 knots, so it was a very mellow day.
My eldest (10) took us back into the marina and actually docked the boat for the first time. I worked the motor and he steered...and did a GREAT job. Pulled us in like butta.
So, all in all, it was really a great day sailing with my boys. They both said that it was the most fun they'd had on the boat. That's what it's all about.
A lovely outing indeed.
S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Last edited by smackdaddy; 02-28-2010 at 10:19 AM.