Original posting date was July 23rd, 2006
I am no longer to be considered “The guy who used to be Sailor but his boat wouldn’t float anymore so now he’s not sailing.”
No, from now on, I’m back to being “Sailor, the guy who was Sailor and then wasn’t for a while and now he is again.”
To wordy, you say? Oh, ok. Just call me Sailor then. As of this morning, after trying out H.M.S. Pinafore , an O’Day 22 that you can see here.
I met the owners at the dock again, this morning at 0930, and we sailed her out, and a ways up the Hudson. Fair north wind, very low cloud cover, splatterings of raindrops every once in a while, just to keep us guessing, and it was wonderful.
She’s lighter on the helm than the Venture is, and very much more stable. This boat is set up for single-handing, as a cruiser (rather than racing), which suits me just fine. The equipment list is amusing, in one way, for a 22 foot boat; on the other hand, the prior owner sailed her to Block Island, not once but several times; and I guess, if you’re going to take a 22 foot shoal-draft sailboat on a 40-hour coastal cruise, you better have the right equipment.
She does- lets see: 3 sails, all in good shape; A 9.9 hp engine, spare tiller, spare rudder; solar panels to charge the 40 hour battery; GPS; VHF Ship-to-shore; auto-helm autopilot; alcohol stove; sink with pump water; porta-potty; four bunks; flares, raft, 6 brand-new pfd’s (life jackets) in their wrappers still.
She comes about like a dream, which is such a nice change from the Venture, which was often a struggle in light air, to bring her head around. Running is easy, very solid feel with the fin keel. On a reach, she’ll heel just enough to build speed, before stiffening nicely and you get the feeling she can stay just so, for as long as you’d like to go.
So, I’ll meet them again on Tuesday, to finalize and arrange for a pickup time; I have to get in touch with a friend and have him drive my truck back across to the boat club, and then I need to arrange to pickup the trailer at some time as well.
What then, you ask? Well, there’s all the “fun” little things, like arranging the lockers just so, and learning the most efficient points of sail and all.. so basically, what then is I’m gonna be sailing again!