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I'm glad the water here isn't "chunky". As far as I am concerned, we have had our winter here in 'Bama. It happened sometime in November and it was awful. The temperature got all the way down to the low 40's!!. Jeez I hate cold weather. January has arrived and February is a short month. As far as I am concerned, March 1 is spring and it's just around the corner. I can't wait. Thank the Good Lord, our marina doesn't close. They do cut off the water at the dock, just in case, though. I'm not going to be able to go out tomorrow (eye exam), but we are going out Saturday. My son, the Marine, says that that's as close to being a sailor as he wants to come. (No offense to any Navy guys, but you know how Marines are).
As far as why I started sailing in my mid 40's is simple. I've built and paddled wooden canoes for years, and still do. I'm working on a 19.5 square stern now which will go to my brother up in Tennessee. During a trip to the boundary waters area in Canada we canoed about 100 miles and during that time we rigged up a sail made of rain gear and extra paddles. It worked pretty well for going downwind. After returning home I rigged up a small mast and sail for another of my canoes. It won't point very well but it's a lot of fun. I managed to buy a 14 foot open sailboat from a friend and began experimenting with a jib and mainsail and got thoroughly addicted. Now I eat, sleep and breath sailboats. My wife says that she's going to stage an "intervention" to aid me with this addiction, but so far I have resisted successfully.
We went out yesterday to find a marina closer to home. I think she's catching the bug as well.
Thanks also for the kind comments concerning my son's service. He's my HERO.
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