End Of The Season 2010

 

As it is with all things, the 2010 sailing season drew to a close for all but the most hardy sailors.  There are those very few who sail during the winter when there is no ice on the water and the wind is reasonable.  It's a melancholy few weeks late in the fall when the sights at the marina are of folks who are busy "cleaning out" their boats, removing things that will freeze or spoil over the winter, taking down sails, winterizing engines and water systems and covering up their boats.  Every week there are fewer boats in the water and more and more "on the hard".  There are a small number that remain in the water over the winter but most are hauled out.

Contact with boating friends that we see and talk to virtually every week during the spring, summer and fall are often put "on hold" until it is time to reverse the process next spring and begin getting boats ready to "splash" for the new season.  "See you in the spring" or some variation thereof, is often heard and said. There are some, however, who do maintain contact during the short, cold days of winter.  The various boating clubs typically have at least one meeting or event during the winter.

The activity and the number of the people in the marina slowly decreases until it becomes a somewhat lonely place during the winter. 

It begins with a few boats whose owners, for whatever reason, end their sailing season shortly after labor day and as the weeks pass the boat yard fills until by the end of November all but a very few boats are "on the hard".

MaChusla covered for the winter.

Most of the slips are empty.  This year the weather turned cold early and ice formed on Middle River and Frog Mortar Creek.  Usually the ice does not get very thick.  The water in the picture above that is not frozen over is near "bubblers".  Bubblers are fans that look like boat propellers attached to powerful electric motors.  These units are placed well below the surface of the water and function to bring warmer water near the bottom to the surface.

The tide is down in the picture above and you can see the action of a bubbler.

The dingy dock and Frog Mortar Creek are pretty much iced over except where the bubblers are working. The tracks in the snow are evidence that the ducks are moving around.
The two pictures above illustrate that slips that do not have a bubbler ice over.  Notice the break in the ice in mid river where a boater decided to go out.
Empty slips and empty beach chairs.  This small beach area is part of a restaurant on the grounds of the marina.  It's a very busy and crowded place on weekends during the season.  The chairs look a bit out of place with the snow. 

 

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