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Re: Just purchased a beautiful 1976 Pintail 14
Who knew that I would be Loving a 1969 MFG sailboat?? Life is interesting, or, well...boating is.
On my centerboard case there is no hole for locking. Mine just has the line that you must tie off on the side of the case.
My maiden voyage on the boat was a 2 hour wonderfully surprising experience. My girlfriend even agreed to come with me! Wonderful steady breeze on the Hudson River out of Saugerties, NY. that was three days ago.
So... yesterday, during my 2nd sail on her, there was a pretty serious wind out of the north west that was messing with me and keeping me on my toes.
I was looking at the stays and thinking to myself that I might add a couple more .... to make sure this old boat could stand up to my kind of sailing. About 4 minutes after I went through that thought process about the stays, one snapped near the deck sending the whole shebang into the river, sails, mast, boom. As a big powerboat passed me by without so much as a wave I gathered up everything and under the power of the smallest electric trolling motor I could find for her I humbly and silently found my way back to
my marina on the Esopus Creek. That was the first time this ever happened to me. Getting dismasted in the middle of the river in a raging wind. I'm glad I didn't notice the quickly approaching HUGE tug with barge until I was underway, because that would have made me really nervous! Pintail is a 14 ft. boat. To me it seems much bigger. I guess because of the width.
p.s. Do adults really need to have a list of smiley(and vomiting!) icons to decorate their words??! Bizarre to me.