Saturday, November 19, 2011

Loggerhead Club & Marina - the wind finally abates this evening

Notice the loooong walk - we're in the upper right corner
The winds continued to blow all day at 20+ kts but they seem to finally slowing down tonight. It's hard to work outside on the boat in such winds and waves so we mostly stayed inside. We did get an invitation from Joe Mastri and his friend of many years, Jim Hatch of the Catskill Yacht Club, for dinner out at a local buffet. It was nice to see a familiar face after these months.

How can you get excited about Christmas tress in 80 degree weather!
Meanwhile, the goal at the dock is to make the boat safe for the next 1 and 1/2 months regardless of the weather. So each of the forward cleats are double tied, the middle cleat is tied to fore and aft cleats on the dock, the after cleats are tied off on either side to a piling and the middle cleat on the other side is tied to the aft piling - all this to keep the boat secure and not touching anything. So I spent a lot of time just watching the boat's motion, trying to see how it moved as the wind and waves played with it, trying to convince myself that I had correctly anticipated the extremes of movement. Who knows? Hopefully it'll be okay until January.