How often do boaters see a sailboat full of chicks? Not often, I would guess. Here are some pics of my crew this past weekend. We had a blast! 🙂
Here are some photos of the interior, I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted these yet. I only have pictures of before I moved aboard, which is good I guess because my stuff isn’t in the way. It’s definitely looking better as the months go on!
Here are pictures from my trip back with one of my favorite neighbors Charlie. Charlie is the Marina Grandpa. He’s great! He has taught me a lot about sailing and absolutely loves going out in the Bay. We always have a great time going out and heckle each other along the way.
On this trip, I dodged shipping containers, their tug boats, power boats, ferries, other sailboats, all just trying to get out of the Alameda channel (reason #1 why I will never live there!). It was a beautiful day, and although I didn’t see any wildlife this time I did work the tiller AND tacked by myself not only for the first time by myself, but the entire five hours of sailing! It was a great sailing experience, and my first maiden voyage as the captain of my ship. Can’t say that every day 😉
As you probably know already, the haul out is complete and I am back home. Here are pictures from the last leg of the haul out. The last week was mostly waiting for the shrouds to come in for the rigging (these hold up the mast, and were in really bad condition) and for the mast to go back up.
For the final results: my new shrouds are on, the mast light works, the VHF antenna has been installed (now I need to install the VHF radio!), the thru hull was re-sealed and no longer leaks, the rudder works as good as it can for now (although it is “dying”), the keel was re-sealed and the keel bolts were replaced, and the bottom was painted. Phew! I spent as much as I spent on my Jeep, so I’m OK with that investment. The majority of the work that was done will not need to be re-done for years.
I survived my first haul out! Wahoo!