I’m living aboard in Vineyard Haven Outer Harbor on the hook, running my inverter to keep this Mac Book Pro charged. I lovingly call it my “Amp Eater”. I’ll need to fire up the Yanmar soon to keep my aging house bank alive… a cycle that repeats itself daily. The 80 watt panel I bought can keep up with my Isotherm on a sunny day, but the laptop is just too much. I’m researching wind generators, and hope to get one soon… who needs a website?
Despite the broken foot, I got out for a second sail last week when Rosie and Darrah came down for a visit. Rosie soldered my radar cable connector at the mast base for me – he’s good with that sort of thing. We ordered a beautiful Amphenol 14 pin connector, that was large enough to work with fairly easily. It’s a Military Spec connector, and looks like something straight out of M*A*S*H*. Four hands makes precision soldering a whole lot easier.
We got out for a glorious sail the next day, in 15 knots and sunny blue skies. Avacado, Havarti and mustard sandwiches, along with Darrah’s homemade pickles filled our bellies with delight. We sailed east past Edgartown and Cape Pogue, towards Nantucket. I decided we should sail until we could see Nantucket, then we’d tack round and head home. Once past Cape Poge, we were in unhindered open ocean, with no land to heat up the breeze. It got chilly and a little swell began to pick us up gently, then lower us down carefully between the small, yet long peaks. As I gazed forward wondering what Nantucket would look like, trying to recall its features, I noticed a patch of tan colored water, and thought — odd… Then suddenly I realized tan water = sandy = shallow! I grabbed the chart and took a look. “FOUR FEET – WHAT THE ?!” Indeed, out past the point in what should be deep ocean water between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket there are shoals-a-plenty that are often in the single digit depths. Well that was close enough for me, “Ready About!”, and homeward bound we set our course. On the way home we sailed by Valora, a daysail schooner, which Teresa captains. We tacked round and took a few pics for their brochure and print ads I’ve been working on. One of their passengers snapped a quick phone-photo of Elizabeth.
Finally back to some sanding and varnishing this past week… boy did that feel good. I missed the old 80 grit, and paint brush routine. Glad to see the coamings begin their journey towards 10 coats. 2 down, 8 to go. I’m using Epifanes Rapid Clear, for quick build up. I might try a top coat or two of Bristol Finish over this…not sure still.
Another finally… the name! It’s official now. Still homeport-less, but that’s OK. It’s slightly crooked and off center, I really have a hard time when there’s no “command-Z”, but I figure it’s just perfect as is. BCC Mommy is alive! Elizabeth is my mom’s middle name. I’m looking forward to sailing down to Stony Brook Harbor soon to put some flowers on her memorial in the rose garden at Knox.