We have just spent the last four days on board our new boat. And what have we learnt? The thing leeks like a bloody sieve!!! But we had a very enjoyable weekend despite the drips… and waterfalls! The ex owners came to visit to show us how to work some of the gadgets which was helpful. We were going to go out for a sail around Tampa Bay but a storm blew in and those plans were cancelled. When the rain started hammering us a the dock we used every towel and tea towel we had on board to put under leaks. Cali thought it was great that there was a gusher coming out of the mast. That amused her for 30 minutes or more.
Once the rain cleared we thought screw it, we’re taking her for a spin.
|The sun isn’t touching those lips|
There were looming clouds but we took our chances. We motored out of the river and finally got out to the bay. We were doing 4 knots in 5 knots of wind without the main sail up. We aren’t very qualified sailors so what did we do??? Put the mail sail up of course. NOT A GOOD IDEA. I think the boat rotated around about 3 times trying to get the blasted thing up. Then the wind dropped to 2 knots with us cruising at 1 knot. The kids weren’t happy, it was hot, humid and dinner time. Down went the main and the other sails and the motor went on.
We were almost at the dock when we knew we might be in a bit of trouble. The thunder and lightening was right ahead of us. We went from 2 knots up to 25 knots in about 10 minutes. We needed to dock the boat. Hmmm 51′ of boat in a slip with no port pilings and a $500K+ yacht to the port of us.
…. We did it! With grace! And with a 15 month old hanging out the cockpit. Smooth!!! We were extremely wet and tired but felt like we could enter the next Syney to Hobart.