Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Moving the boat!

Well today we attempted and notice I say "attempted" to put the boat together and get it in the water.  Well we went to the Kerns to pick up the boat.  It was a beautiful morning and it was so great to see Julie and her beautiful flowers.

After a quick visit with Julie I joined Mike back at the boat to help him load everything back on the boat so we could get on the road.

The boom and sail bags needed loaded.
Mike secures the mast for transport.

Once everything was loaded we were on the road.  We did though stop for lunch at Tony's Coneys so that we didn't get the "hangries".  I must say I thought about our dear friends Susie and Roger when we stopped here for lunch since the last time we were here we were with them.

After lunch we headed up to Alum Creek.  We intend to leave the boat up there until we leave for New Bern. This way we can get some time on the water and figure out how the new boat works.  We made it up to Alum Creek with no trouble.  Since we have only put the sailing gear up once last year after we bought it we knew it was going to take us a little time to get this accomplished.  
We arrived to the storage lot to work on the rigging.
Positioning the mast 

The First Mate hanging on to the Jib Roller to keep it from falling to the side

Both of us up top

We spent a good 2 hours working on getting all the rigging up and put together, when everything was up and stable we tugged on one of the lines on the mast and it completely snapped off.  UGH!!!!! so way up at the top of the mast is this small white rope dangling while the other part is lying on the ground in front of me.  Mike and I both looked at each other and said "oh that can't be good".  So since neither of us were going to shimmy up the mast, it had to come back down.  So down it came and we realized that the line was a simple clothes line and it had rotted being out in the sun all the time. So the Captain made the decision that we would put the boat in it's parking place and head home. Since we had been gone since 9:00 a.m. and it was now going on 4:00 p.m.  As they say "tomorrow is another day".  So tomorrow morning we will head out to West Marine to get a new line and then head over to the boat and try it again.  Hopefully tomorrow we will get it in the water.  

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