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Two Thoughts

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I took what will probably be my last sail of the season yesterday. I had two thoughts that I would like to share.

1. Anything that is sold as "marine" should float.

The night did not start out well. I was trying to reattach a stand-up block on the genoa track when I slipped and the block was launched by the spring and is now at the bottom of the river. Yes, I should have tied it to the boat before starting. But for the price of "marine" gear shouldn't EVERYTHING float?

Edit: Ok, Ok. Anchors and other ground tackle stuff should not float.

2. I am sure that after dark is absolutely my favorite time to go sailing.

It was just a great day out, even without one of the genoa blocks. I got to try my cheapo painters-pole-whisker-pole and I was really happy with the results.

I started with very light wind so I thought it would be a great time to try out a dead run without much risk to my person if (when) I accidentally jibe.

Some time after dark the wind shifted and I was able to take the pole down and make about 4.5 to 5.0 knots on a close reach back to port.

Perfect weather, perfect sail choices and great way to end the season.

Losing the block was a small price to pay.

Thanks to everyone on sailnet for all the helpful advice. It has been a great season!



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Looks like a lovely evening.

I don't think "marine" means any more than "more expensive". And some of that stuff probably shouldn't float, ie, "marine anchor" ;-)

Enjoy the off-season. It's just getting nice down here, and the real "season" will start.
A couple of more thoughts re; "1. Anything that is sold as "marine" should float."
A) anchors
B) chain
C) lead line
None would work very well if they floated.
The only thing that floats when I buy marine is my money as in floats away...
Happy you have a good last sail of the season to fall back on as you wait for
water to get soft again.
What no ice sailing up your way?
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