Today on WhataShipIs.com: Sinking, Silliness, Size, Scotia, Sinks, Styling, and more Silliness.
A Sinking Feeling
Okay, okay it was sort of a dumb thing to do. But, like most historically dumb things it seemed like a good idea at the time.
I used the dinghy as a wash basin today to scrub a dirty spare sail. This left several inches of wash water in the bottom of the dink.
Option A) use the manual bilge pump and wear out my arm pumping for several minutes or B) pull the dinghy drain plug when I got her up on plane and let the water run out using gravity. Option B sounded like less work, so off I went on an errand with the dink happily draining itself on the way.
Enter the unexpected interruption. Friends on a nearby boat waved me over to chat and, yup, I did not put the plug in. Water inside the dink slowly rose as we were deep in discussion; 6 to 8 inches deep before I noticed it and inserted the plug. Too much water prevented Option B, so Option A was the fool’s reward.
New Acquaintances from Near and Far
Since George Town is a major funnel point, we’ve met many new people. Among them are Bob and Patty on Moon Shadow, a Lagoon 400 catamaran whose home port is Prior Lake, MN. The boat is actually from Florida and is massive compared to Endeavor. Although Moon Shadow is only 6 feet longer, it is almost 10 feet wider! She weighs almost 3 times our boat.
Nova Scotia natives Rob and Barbara, on Riff Raff, joined us for sundowners on Endeavor and cemented our resolve to visit Cape Breton in Nova Scotia on a future trip. They live in Baddeck, on Bras d’Or Lake and offered assistance when we visit. I’ve read much about the area and it is on our bucket list.
Luckily, I appear to have no lasting effects from the Sow nipping my butt a few weeks ago at Staniel Key:
Water on Endeavor only exists by hauling it from town or the occasional rain storm. To conserve water, we use a squirt bottle next to each sink. It is surprising how much water goes down the drain when the faucet is used for brushing teeth, quick washes, rinsing dishes, etc. At home I used to leave the faucet running while brushing my teeth. Having a resource go from magic to manual has changed my habits.
Ride ‘Em Cowgirl
Peg has developed excellent dinghy technique, taming the bucking bronc with panache.
At Long last, I finally got a good picture of a turtle here at Red Shanks!