The Boatist

Sailboat Ownership, Translation Work and Tales of Minor Adventure

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Sailing a Dirty Bathtub

The first sail of the year on my boat was like sailing a dirty bathtub in sloppy waters.

Sailing in Peniche
Family visit from Canada: my brother Luis (a sailboat owner) and my nieces Erika (a sailboat owner) and Michelle (an adventurer).
We motored out of the port nose-punching the waves at 2.5 kt, raised the stay sail, unfurled the jib, killed the engine, after which Erika shouted, "Yeah, we're doing it!!" But we were doing it so slow I had to start the engine to tack.

Erika has a sailboat on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife Canada where it's so inhumanely cold I can't even imagine doing anything there other than complain until they ran me out of town in disgust.

Anyway, except for some sunshine, the conditions were all wrong (unless you compare it to Yellowknife): 10 kt SSW wind; lumpy west seas; a dirty bottom and and an encrusted propeller. We had fun anyway. After all, day-sailing is more about doing it than speed. 

Changing the topic - or maybe not, depending on how you look at it - I fell in love with a Frances 26, online of course, despite the fact that I'm already married to a Corbin 39. 
I know she's small, but big enough, full of style, easy to handle and built for cruising...and affordable to own. There's a Morris Frances 26 for sale in Portugal with an asking price of €29,000. 

I wish I could say more, but I have work to finish. In the future you might be hearing more from me because a small but significant change has happened.


  1. Why do you have the knack of leaving us dieing of anticipation for your next post??? Jeeez!
    And you went sailing! I haven't been out on the water in 7 months and it's driving me nuts! And that Frances 26 looking real sweet doesn't help the matter.
    That does it. I'm slapping on some antifoul and launching as is!

    1. Hey, don't launch without attaching your tiller first..:).
      To add a little spice to the "event" I talked about, which will simply give me more free time, a potentially bigger event took place yesterday that might mean, big freedom. Can't talk about it until it becomes a reality, if it becomes a reality. Until then, still slaving away.
      We want to see Zoot in the water.

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