This is what's left of the impeller on our seawater intake. Replaced now, and engine is working. Hopefully that's the end of it. You think?
Thursday, June 26, 2014
|Looking up from our bow, the main out and the gennaker. Thank you, Eunice for getting this beautiful shot!|
|Crew on the bow (Lto R): Janele, Matt, Chris, Thia|
|Crew: Anne, Janele, Matt, Chris|
|Crew in the cockpit: Emily, Fowler, Beth, Captain Steve, Eunice (sorry, I didn't get Eunice very well).|
|See how the water is so glassy, you almost can't tell where the water ends and the sky starts? That is because there is nothing blowing across it!|
|Though there was not much wind, we were able to fill the sails. Dad was a big help, trimming the mizzen. Though I think that hat clashes with our sails.|
|Mom jumped in wherever she could help, mainly working lines, and trying hard like us all not to overheat!|
|Janele found a solution to beating the heat: swimsuit! I guess if we fouled our prop on a trap, she'd have been the first to go in and inspect. :)|
|We got to see a beautiful sunset.|
|Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire the sails.|
|As the sun set, the clouds formed, and foreshadowed what would come later. We got quite the storm, but fortunately it came after we were safely tied at dock. That was a whole other adventure, though.|
Monday, June 23, 2014
|The first time we got to fly the gennaker was in this race. What fun!|
|That is Fortuitous on the right, leading from behind, but having loads of fun! We were by far the heaviest boat in the fleet. We were racing our home!|
Friday, June 20, 2014
I am counting today a lesson in economics: the girls are painting the pergola of their fabulous vocal teacher, in exchange for private lessons.
It turns out they are good painters, and now that the oppressive heat has broken, this is a pleasant way to spend Friday.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This evening, we got to see an amazing lightning show. I thought it was a lot of heat lightning, more than I'd ever seen.
It turns out it was more than that, about an hour after we went to bed, I was hearing thunder. So Fowler and I headed out to batten things down (no storms had been predicted, so we hadn't prepared), we could feel wind picking up. After the few minutes it took to secure everything, a storm had come up: Fowler and I were soaked.
We stood in our pilot house, listening as the rains fell, the winds kept increasing, and the hail was plinking off the hatches. We heard our dock lines stretching as the winds pushed us as far from the dock as they would let us get. Mom and Dad had come up to offer help. It was quite a storm!
Then as quickly as it had come up, the winds started to die down, rain let up, and FORTUITOUS was no longer stretching her dock lines. We waited a long while, to be sure we really were secure, and the storm died down.
Everyone went back to bed, it was now probably 2 AM. I lingered, not able to settle down. There was still lightning flashing in the distance, and it would light up the bay. I looked out the window, and saw, lit up by a flash, a houseboat 50' off our beam. As my mind tried to process this (did I really just see a boat) I called to Fowler. He didn't come right away, and I called again, when I realized it indeed was a houseboat, adrift, floating toward us! Uh oh!
Sparing the details, we were able to fend it off, then get it to the dock behind us and secure it. There was no one on the boat, I suppose they are in for a big surprise soon, because I don't know where it came from.
I will say this: seeing that boat out the pilothouse windows, lit up only by flashes of lightning, will go down as one of the freakiest sights in my lifetime!