Tartan 27' owner
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1st sail this season.
To counterbalance the "My Horror Story" thread I'll post about my first sail on our Tartan 27' this season. We have owned and cared for her for over 10 years so we know where her warts and moles are and where and when she shines.
She has been in the water since April 15th yet we have not had a chance to go sailing yet. Since launching we have spent about 4+ days working like a dogs on the port side deck re-core project that is largely completed, except for the cosmetic part. Today was a day for sailing rather than working and toiling.
Sailing, despite the low cloud cover and drizzle, despite the fact that we crossed the 1:30 start line 10+ minutes late we had a nice sail and it was great to be back out on the Hudson River. Today was one affirmation of why we own foulies, or foul weather gear. Our boat sails so nicely with a clean bottom and the engine works great with a clean prop. The genny I repaired by 30+ hours of hand sewing over the early spring held up fine too. None of these occurrences were accidents, as we knew what had to be worked on and fixed well before dropping the mooring lines today. The only last minute chore I did was to secure our danforth anchor to it's rode on the bow so we had a plan B or C if needed. Plan A worked out just fine and we even crossed the finish line within sight of the boats that did cross the starting line at the beginning of the race.
Since this was a race in local water and we have been doing this for nearly 5 years now there was not that much thought we had to put into all the complexities and nuances of just doing it. If it had been a transit to another location a lot more forethought and planning would have been involved.
I'm not sure if there is a moral to the story here but one thing is for certain: that after X years of owning, sailing and fixing up the same old boat you certainly get to know her and get comfortable with what she can do.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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