The reason I haven’t spent much time on the water is because I’ve excommunicated myself from the Rock ‘n Row. My marriage has been struggling for a couple years. To give us both time to pick up the pieces, I’ve moved off the boat.
I once asked for feedback and constructive criticism about this blog on the facebook page. One reader recommended that I not make it so personal, that I should focus on the sailing more. I know Stormy has struggled to separate blogging about his personal life from blogging about his sailing too. I’ve decided not to separate the two because I can’t. Boating is my personal life. Everything in my life has played second fiddle to the marching drum of my desire to live a life of self sufficiency and voluntary simplicity on a boat in the San Juan Islands. I am a haunted man. I could no more quench this desire than make water run uphill.
…Fast ForwardI wrote the above entry in July. Fast forward a month. I am now sitting aboard the Weasel P, my new 27 foot US Yacht sailboat sloop. As I write this, I am anchored in Echo Bay of Sucia Island. I’ve just spent the last week hauling the boat, fixing structural cracks in the hull, and giving her several new coats of paint. Now I’m enjoying my first solo trip on her.
I haven’t blogged in a long time and I’ve missed it. Blogging is an outlet for me, but it’s also a way to capture the adventures of my life. I want my life to be an adventure, and I want to share my successes, failures, frustrations, and epiphanies with others. I miss interacting with my frequent readers, too. This summer, I had hoped to share my success and failures, but all I seem to have experienced are failures.I sold the Rock ‘n Row to my ex-wife for $1 so that I could get my name off the title and thereby allow myself to move on and get a new boat. I didn’t expect to find a new boat so quickly, but I was able to scoop up this US Yacht 27 for only $3,800. It’s got good sails and a great outboard. The interior is roomy and comfortable. My first sail boat, the Sea Muse was a US Yacht 25, so I knew that this boat would be a great sail and I had a fairly good idea of the structural issues to look out for.
The biggest problem I ran into with the Sea Muse was the rudder. It had split at the seems and so that was the first thing I checked when I got the new boat hauled. Sure enough, it was just starting to split. I ground out the seams, filled in the gap with fiberglass, and recoated the top with new gel coat. I think I got to it just in time!The previous owner had also run the boat aground a couple times. There were stress cracks on the keel and the starboard aft hull. Only one spot was actually leaking water into the polyester fiberglass. Again, I ground them out, replaced with epoxy fiberglass where necessary, and recoated the cracks with new gelcoat. I’m no expert, so we’ll see if my fixes get the job done when I get her hauled in another couple years. I’m pretty sure nothing I did could have made the problems worse though, so I take solace in that.
I’m not fond of the name Weasel P. I’ve never re-christened a boat, but I think I’m going to do it this time around. I’m open to suggestions! Please leave a comment if you have an idea for a good boat name.
Now that the dust is beginning to settle from the demolition of my relationship and I have a good, seaworthy boat, I’ll start blogging a lot more. It sure feels good to sail again!I am also on the hunt for work. My ‘cruising kitty’ for the summer has dwindled, despite a serious lack of cruising. I’ve basically set myself back two years. I need to save money and fix up the new boat. I’m now starting to set my sights on summer 2015 for a solo expedition up the inside passage. I’ll write more about that, you can be sure.