Tartan 27' owner
Join Date: Jan 2008
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I love the way you all have such a great sense of humor.
At least birds will grow up and fly away. I still have a 1950's era fiberglass 14' day sailor that I keep in the woods way out on Long Island. The poor boat suffers most from disuse and the creatures of the woods called it home more then I did.
One season while getting her ready for some day sailing I found that a family of mice from the woods had set up shop in the boat. They seemed to like the styrofoam chunks that had been placed under and around the edges of the boat for flotation as they had chewed into it mightily. I chased as many of the little furry buggers off the boat as I could while painting and varnishing it. Once we launched the boat and my girl friend and I were out for a sail on a small bay near the Peconics we discovered that there was at least one little bugger still hiding out in the false bottom that was filling up with sea water - rats leaving a sinking ship except this was a mouse. I guess I bailed him over the side and felt a pang of regret for the poor woodland creature as it swam mightily for some point of land many yards away. I will never know if that mouse became a meal for a hungry blue fish or finally reached land with still new dangers for a small wet mouse to face.
In theory the boat was mine but it lived in the woods which the mice also lived in. Birds will eventually leave the nest but mice will call it home.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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