Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Monson MA.
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For the under 15ft. lake and pond folks. Walk of shame.
Hey all, 5th time out with the Zuma this morning. Weather guy said breezy, headed out early to beat the powerboaters. Was trying a new pond I saw on the map. (Quabog Pond, Brookfield Mass.) First look, big, only a couple fishermen out on the water. Boat launch on North side, wind from the west. Launch the boat, paddle out about 30 yards an raise sail. Off on a nice beam reach, till I hit the weeds. Lots of weeds. Pulled up the dagger board since I had almost come to a complete stop, and I was off again. But, as anyone who's reading this is probably thinking, I'm probably going sideways more than forwards without the dagger board. (weatherman was correct, NICE breeze) Rudder catching weeds at this point too. Long story short, ended up dropping the sail to slow my steady progress to the even more weedbound east side of the pond. Weeds so thick I could barely paddle. Got to the North shore, got out, grabbed the bow cleat, and started the "walk of shame". Pulled that boat through lillypads and every other aquatic plant in water up to my waist, against the wind. Other than a better recon of the pond, what could I have done differently?