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I'm back home, although there were times when I thought I wasn't going to make it home ever again.
I thought this short story would be amusing to some of the forum members.

All the best,

Gary :cool:
Gary,

It is great to see you posting again, and and even better to hear that you were out on the water again. I deeply saddened that you had such a rough time out there and are hanging up your boat shoes and selling the boat. You are one tough old bird if you can sail 142 miles in 5 to 6 foot seas and 25 to 30 knot winds no matter what point of sail you are on.

It sounds like you were around the corner from my home on Mill Creek off Whitehall Bay. I missed the chance for a Travelin-easy sighting.

Hopefully, you will be able to get some decent sails in before you need to part ways with your beloved Morgan.

Best wishes,
Jeff
 

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Today, the weather is absolutely beautiful, but not for sailing in the bay;s upper reaches - not a breath of air, which is often the case since I purchased a sailboat more than a decade ago.

After being busted up on my last excursion by a rouge wave, I decided to hang it up, sell the boat and do other things. Thought I would share this quick video of the trip with the good folks on this forum.

My Final Voyage - YouTube

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G Man

You are always welcome on Haleakula when you need your sailing fix

It isn’t about always owning a boat that makes you a sailor at heart, and you can’t take the sailor out of the person.

Call us anytime

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We arrived at the boat at 2:30 today with dog in tow. Too bloody hot to go out right away, so we took it easy in the A/C for a few hours. We then headed out, uncertain if it would be just an evening sail or a night on the hook. Wind sensors showed it was dying in Chester River, but picking up in the Bay, so we did a broad reach toward Magothy and arrived in 2 hours and decided not to turn back. Since we wanted a very dog friendly area, we headed to Dobbins Island, where we quickly dinghied to shore so the dog could burn off some energy before nightfall.

There’s just a hint of a breeze, so the wind scoop helps. A fan does the rest. The missus doesn’t like sleeping in the heat, so tonight will test her limits. Temps are supposed to drop in the morning, but no breeze, so it should be a pleasant motor home tomorrow.

 

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I feel like we got a bonus this weekend. I left work a little early on Friday and the bride and I took a lovely evening sail. Plenty of breeze and not too hot. Pulled back into the slip right at dark. Too damn hot and no breeze on Saturday but yesterday I walked over to the sailboat to tidy up from Friday nights sail and I'm feeling a decent breeze. I finished my chores and walked back to the Hatteras and asked my wife if she'd like to go for another sail. She said sure and said let's see if Bobby and Caryl want to go. They live in the townhouses right at the marina. They were excited and we met at the boat 30 minutes later and off we went. What a treat of a sail. It was a little warm leaving the harbor as we were almost dead down wind but once we rounded Ft McHenry and hardened up a bit the breeze cooled us off. Winds built steadily and we were loving life on the broad reach. Winds continued to build so we ducked behind a bit of land and I put a reef in so our guests wouldn't be uncomfortable on the beat back to the harbor. It was a good move because we'd have been a bit overpowered in the gusts. As it was, we were perfectly balanced with a light touch on the helm. Sailed her right back to about 1/4 mile from the slip, dropped sails, and put her away for the day. I love those kind of sails.
 

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Left late Saturday for the Corsica... Beautiful moon lit night under power, almost zero wind. Woke up Sunday, grabbed some coffee and went to get the anchor up... What's that on the anchor roller? Just a two foot water snake hahaha. It did not want to leave the boat hahaha. Suppose it had to slither up the chain and parked itself firmly under the furler. It was great entertainment for the kids. Motored all the way until we turned West after the green can. Short sa as I choose to lower the headsail and take it in for service. The storm we got knocked down in a couple weeks ago did some damage. It was time anyway... The sacrificial dacron UV cover got shredded in the 50+ winds we had...

I sold my ripped old light air 150 to a bag maker person so I forgot... My only other sail aboard is the storm sail... Ugh

Pricing a new sail for the light summer winds... I have a 135, should look at a light 150%? 145%?? 160%???

Chesapeake Sail Makers will tell me haha
 

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Left late Saturday for the Corsica... Beautiful moon lit night under power, almost zero wind. Woke up Sunday, grabbed some coffee and went to get the anchor up... What's that on the anchor roller? Just a two foot water snake hahaha. It did not want to leave the boat hahaha. Suppose it had to slither up the chain and parked itself firmly under the furler. It was great entertainment for the kids. Motored all the way until we turned West after the green can. Short sa as I choose to lower the headsail and take it in for service. The storm we got knocked down in a couple weeks ago did some damage. It was time anyway... The sacrificial dacron UV cover got shredded in the 50+ winds we had...

I sold my ripped old light air 150 to a bag maker person so I forgot... My only other sail aboard is the storm sail... Ugh

Pricing a new sail for the light summer winds... I have a 135, should look at a light 150%? 145%?? 160%???

Chesapeake Sail Makers will tell me haha
Love Chuck and Jay at CSM. Good prices too.
 

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I feel like we got a bonus this weekend. I left work a little early on Friday and the bride and I took a lovely evening sail. Plenty of breeze and not too hot. Pulled back into the slip right at dark. Too damn hot and no breeze on Saturday but yesterday I walked over to the sailboat to tidy up from Friday nights sail and I'm feeling a decent breeze. I finished my chores and walked back to the Hatteras and asked my wife if she'd like to go for another sail. She said sure and said let's see if Bobby and Caryl want to go. They live in the townhouses right at the marina. They were excited and we met at the boat 30 minutes later and off we went. What a treat of a sail. It was a little warm leaving the harbor as we were almost dead down wind but once we rounded Ft McHenry and hardened up a bit the breeze cooled us off. Winds built steadily and we were loving life on the broad reach. Winds continued to build so we ducked behind a bit of land and I put a reef in so our guests wouldn't be uncomfortable on the beat back to the harbor. It was a good move because we'd have been a bit overpowered in the gusts. As it was, we were perfectly balanced with a light touch on the helm. Sailed her right back to about 1/4 mile from the slip, dropped sails, and put her away for the day. I love those kind of sails.
Hey John, "Freedom" looks like a mighty nice home! That's really "living the dream" to have a huge PB to live on the water, and a nice sailboat to jump into whenever the wind picks up.
 

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I feel like we got a bonus this weekend. I left work a little early on Friday and the bride and I took a lovely evening sail. Plenty of breeze and not too hot. Pulled back into the slip right at dark. Too damn hot and no breeze on Saturday but yesterday I walked over to the sailboat to tidy up from Friday nights sail and I'm feeling a decent breeze. I finished my chores and walked back to the Hatteras and asked my wife if she'd like to go for another sail. She said sure and said let's see if Bobby and Caryl want to go. They live in the townhouses right at the marina. They were excited and we met at the boat 30 minutes later and off we went. What a treat of a sail. It was a little warm leaving the harbor as we were almost dead down wind but once we rounded Ft McHenry and hardened up a bit the breeze cooled us off. Winds built steadily and we were loving life on the broad reach. Winds continued to build so we ducked behind a bit of land and I put a reef in so our guests wouldn't be uncomfortable on the beat back to the harbor. It was a good move because we'd have been a bit overpowered in the gusts. As it was, we were perfectly balanced with a light touch on the helm. Sailed her right back to about 1/4 mile from the slip, dropped sails, and put her away for the day. I love those kind of sails.

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Hey John, "Freedom" looks like a mighty nice home! That's really "living the dream" to have a huge PB to live on the water, and a nice sailboat to jump into whenever the wind picks up.
We thought we might be able to enjoy the sailboat a bit more and so far it is working out. We've been out 10 times already this year where last year we got out a total of two. We were planning on moving the sailboat to a marina closer to the mouth of the Patapsco this season but having it at the Anchorage gives us two parking spaces. If I can figure out a solution to the parking we may still consider it. I'd love to be able to do single overnighters to Rock Hall or Magothy but it is 2 hours to the mouth of the river at 6 kts. We have a new rescue Pug who has taken some trips with us and is really good on the boat. I'm anxious for some cooling in the fall to be able to take him overnight. He came "pad trained" so even anchoring out won't be a huge issue. Hope to see you in RH soon.
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Thanks Rick and Gary the debris on the Delaware last week was due to a flash flood on the Schuylkill River. Flooding along River Road in Lower Merion Montgomery County and Bartram's Garden docks damaged on the lower Schuylkill in Philadelphia. They lost all row boats, the Army Core of Engineers recovered 10 but 6 are still missing.

Bartram's Garden dock is a free dock open sunrise to sunset on the Schuylkill and available for visits to the gardens by boat. 9ft water depth at low tide on the main dock, very shallow to about a foot on the kayak docks.

John Bartram supplied the great estates of Europe with exotic plants from the colonies in the early to mid 1700's
 

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We arrived at the boat at 2:30 today with dog in tow. Too bloody hot to go out right away, so we took it easy in the A/C for a few hours. We then headed out, uncertain if it would be just an evening sail or a night on the hook. Wind sensors showed it was dying in Chester River, but picking up in the Bay, so we did a broad reach toward Magothy and arrived in 2 hours and decided not to turn back. Since we wanted a very dog friendly area, we headed to Dobbins Island, where we quickly dinghied to shore so the dog could burn off some energy before nightfall.

There’s just a hint of a breeze, so the wind scoop helps. A fan does the rest. The missus doesn’t like sleeping in the heat, so tonight will test her limits. Temps are supposed to drop in the morning, but no breeze, so it should be a pleasant motor home tomorrow.

HA! Your dog wants to kill you...
 

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Went to the boat at 10 this AM....already 94 out with 75% humidity . Turned of the refrig to defrost it. Was back home in the air conditioning by noon.

We were going to raft up with 4arch this weekend, but both of us decided no way so we are doing a land raft up in the air conditioning at his house. We only live 5 miles apart.

Tomorrow. Bathing in the air conditioning at home.
 

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Is anybody out today? We stayed at home - too hot. I might go down this evening and spin the prop for awhile. Maybe it's just superstition, but I like to think that it rids the prop of any barnacle larvae that might otherwise turn into hard growth. I also have a few other things to do down in the cabin. But we're not leaving the slip.

I do have a Facebook friend who is doing the BCYA Race to Baltimore right now, and apparently is in the lead for her class.
 

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Is anybody out today? We stayed at home - too hot. I might go down this evening and spin the prop for awhile. Maybe it's just superstition, but I like to think that it rids the prop of any barnacle larvae that might otherwise turn into hard growth. I also have a few other things to do down in the cabin. But we're not leaving the slip.

I do have a Facebook friend who is doing the BCYA Race to Baltimore right now, and apparently is in the lead for her class.
I read your post yesterday and decided to walk out to the Tartan and spin the prop. I was out in the heat for about 45 minutes and that was plenty! I'm not sure if spinning them actually helps but I feel better about it! Last year, because we barely used the boat, I got so much growth on the prop I literally could not make more than 1/2 knot under power while taking it for a short haul. Thankfully it is a sailboat and I could sail it to the marina for haulout. :captain:
 

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Greetings-

We went out w some family Friday night, had 10kts from the S while coming out of Whitehall Bay, dropping to 6ish in Annapolis harbor proper. Was just us and the beercan racers out there. Went back to Whitehall and anchored for sunset dinner and swimcall; the breeze felt great and the dark n stormies felt better as defense against the stifling heat.

Supposed to repeat the evolution Saturday w neighbors, but no breeze so even less motivation, we rafted up in the neighbor's pool instead. One can only be so hardcore.

Both definitely beat our original plan to hit up Eagles' Cove then Rock Hall this weekend. That would've been...unpleasant.
 

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Greetings-

We went out w some family Friday night, had 10kts from the S while coming out of Whitehall Bay, dropping to 6ish in Annapolis harbor proper. Was just us and the beercan racers out there. Went back to Whitehall and anchored for sunset dinner and swimcall; the breeze felt great and the dark n stormies felt better as defense against the stifling heat.

Supposed to repeat the evolution Saturday w CG neighbors, but no breeze so even less motivation, we rafted up in the neighbor's pool instead. One can only be so hardcore.

Both definitely beat our original plan to hit up Eagles' Cove then Rock Hall this weekend. That would've been...unpleasant.
Are you located on Whitehall or Mill Creek.? Haleakula is on Whitehall Creek
 

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Mill, a few piers up from Cantler's. Liberty Call ('88 Pearson 31-2 wk) is new to us this season and the 1st mate, dual-hatted as Admiral, is new to sailing (definitely not new to outdoor adventures in general). We make sure to get underway at least once during the workweek and then weekends. I've convinced the mate that we HAVE to sail at least that much or else the marine growth will overcome us (not entirely false). :)
 

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Despite being quite anxious about the heat, the girlfriend and I decided that the hopes of a slight breeze on the water was still better than the definite heat bowl of Washington DC! And that turned out to be an AMAZING decision!

Headed out of Cadle Creek ard. noon Saturday with the plan of going to Annapolis to meet up with some friends. It was slow sailing out of West River but after passing G"1A" the breeze picked up and all of a sudden the heat wasn't that bad anymore and we were heading towards Thomas Point at abt. 4.5 Knts. Rounding Thomas Point it was a broad reach towards Annapolis. We passed R"4" ard. 3 pm but due to the heat we decided to sail around and enjoy the breeze for a few hours before ending up in Annapolis and picking up a mooring ard. 6 pm.

Hailed the Annapolis Water Taxi and headed into town for ice cream and later drinks!

The morning breeze Sunday kept us cool, but by the time we left ard. 11 am the breeze had died down and we had to motor to G"1AH" before there was enough air so we could slowly make our way down the bay at abt. 2-3 Knts. Made our way to High Island in Rhode River to drop the hook where it was time for a cool down swim and pack up the boat before being safely back in the slip in Cadle Creek ard 6 pm.

Two days of beautiful sailing and plently of sun! 5 gallons of water was consumed to stay hydrated, but I'm 100% certain it was a better decision than staying in DC!
 
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