My dad often told me there was salt water running in my veins. You see, he and his father were merchant seaman. I chose an engineering career, but now that it is over, I'm going back to sea (sort of).
I remember in my early teens, sailing those Dhow dingies at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. Later my best friends was the son of the Seaport curator. We had free run of a lot of boats then. My favorite was a gaf-rigged wooden Catboat. Boy couild that gal heel.
Then came college, my marriage, my career, and raising 3 children. Soooo busy
. Boating limited to a 16 foot Starcraft Skiff (20 hp outboard). I know, a "stink pot". Eventually kids grew up enough not to need me as much and was able to buy a old O'Day Javelin. Great fun. Didn't care much about it's looks. Had a hugh home on 4 acres with salt water access via a cove. Would frequently slide it in. Had a hinged mast (homemade). Would sail to railroad bridge, hinge mast down, paddle or drift to other side, raise mast and main, and off i went. Usually jib was up shortly. Even trolled and cought bluefish from it. Eventually, sorry to say, career was destroyed (wrongful sexual harassment acusation - acuser later admitted), and of course my marriage of almost 25 yrs.
Well, I'm happy to say that the LORD has restored what the locust had eaten. Now own my own home (no mortgage) about 15 miles inland in southeastern CT, remarried to one of the 10 most GODly women I have ever met.
Went on recent vacation to New Hampshire, where I rented a Cataline 16. Wife said she would try it. She liked it, and saw how much I did, that she agreed to let me look for a sailboat of our own.
Now we own a O'day 22. Antique I guess, built in 1973. Seems in good shape, but a few (hopefully) minor problems. Have a leak or leaks in the superstructure that keep things very moist below. Going to replace the plywood bases of both aft bunks, while systematically, fixing what is leaking. She's sailable now, but want to get her fit and comfortable enough for my lady. How about that, now I am attched to 2 ladies.
Bought a new trailer so we can travel and sail various places. I'm particularly interested in Naragansset Bay in RI, and perhaps an overnighter to Block Island.
Well that is where I'm at. Any constructve advice is welcome. I do not want much to do with negative people. Would really like to meet other folks with similar boats.
"The Joy of the LORD is my Strenght"