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Old 11-08-2011
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Last Sunset of the Season

I'm sitting in the cockpit watching the sun set on Forked River for the last time this season.

The music is mellow, the beer is cold and I can smell the pork stew simmering down below. The orange sky is reflected in the ripples in the water. During the summer there would be a parade of boats going up river from the bay this time of night.

Tonight the only other person in the marina is my neighbor winterizing his trawler and the river is empty. In fact most of the slips are empty and the boats already hauled. A surprising number never went back in after Irene.

This was a weird year for us. We launched late as I ran into problems on a couple of big boat jobs. Weird weather, storms, floods, an earthquake and a hurricane making landfall a few miles south of us -- then petering out as it came ashore only to make a wreck of towns north of us. Aren't storms supposed to weaken when they come ashore?

At the end of the season, just as we got into the October weather I like best we broke a motor mount ending our season for anything other than hanging at the dock. We haul tomorrow and I'll start taking the galley apart to do the motor mount next weekend.

It just seems like this year never really got started before it ended.

C'est la vie

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Jim,

Sounds like a nice wrap up. I will have to do without the beer and food going solo today. Headed out for another day on the water. The weather has extended the comfortable sailing this year. Our last sail will probably be Saturday and haul out Sunday. It is time to get on the hard but staying in late was a good decision this year. 60's yesterday here on Mt. Desert Island.

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Jim,

Next year will be here in no time for you. One of the reason I moved to the Chesapeake from South Jersey is the extended sailing season. We are planning on winterizing Dec 15.

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Come on folks! Sailors are supposed to be a hearty bread, don't any of you guys have a sense of adventure? This is me last year in the neighborhood of Elk River/North Chesapeake Bay area December 18th.
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Hmmmmm I am trying to figure out what lights to put on my boat Turkey day weekend, so I can put her in the "holiday on the docks" program that goes thru the weekend after new years! take a new years day sail maybe, then start races the 2nd or 3rd weekend in January............I hauled out presidents day, first time in 3 yrs.......

Boy am I glad I live in rainy seattle.........now how does the perry como song go?!?!?!?!?!?
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Going to try and keep the boat active this Winter. Thanksgiving, four boats are heading upriver 3 hours. We're smoking a Turduken, will have all the trimmings and will take over an island for 3 days. Taking the boat out of the water sounds too depressing.
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You know, perhaps a generous offer such as the OP's will actually come my way when I'm ready to quit working and I'll be able to go on an adventure of a lifetime. Something to hope for.

In the meantime, I'm having a blast on my humble little boat.
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