2011 - The Lost Season
|Spring of 2011 was late arriving and
then seemed to go on for an unusually long time. Cold
temperatures and frequent rain slowed boat work to a crawl.
Almost all of the work that needed to be done on Ma Chusla was on the outside. A brief break in the weather in March allowed just enough time to get the bottom sanded. Cold and rain prevented further progress until mid April and then it seemed as though it rained at least every other weekend. The projects that needed to be completed included painting the bottom with anti-fouling, compounding and waxing the hull, repainting the boot and cove stripes and, the biggest job, stripping and refinishing the external teak. None of these jobs could be done in the rain and further the teak needed to be dry to sand and refinish. Flag halyards and new life lines were installed by the marina staff.
Spring suddenly turned to a hot, hot summer. Much of the work, then, was done in sweltering heat. The wisdom of boat ownership was frequently questioned during this time. Ma Chusla was finally "splashed" on July 11th. The only remaining tasks were to thoroughly clean the deck and cockpit and wax appropriate areas. The very hot weather and a problem with the water supply to the dock slowed these tasks also.
|The season wasn't a total loss. Of the good things that have happened to me over the past several years, being mentioned in the October issue of SpinSheet is the best!! Click here to see a scan of the article. I really like the last couple of lines. The writer is a friend whose boat is just across the pier from my first boat Serenity.|
The only boat in the marina flying a West
Virginia state flag. My vacation, week 1. bad Traffic on Middle River -
Photo by Eric Macom Maddie relaxing on Serenity
- Photo by Eric Macom Raft up with Serenity. Photo
by Eric Macom Sunset - Nov 20,2011 Foggy morning.
Maryland Marina Nov 21, 2011. Next
Finally in the water.
This has just not been the best of years for
boating. That's an understatement. From my perspective,
this has been a downright lousy year for boating. Work that
took much longer than planned, weather that was either rainy or very
hot and humid, frequent severe thunderstorms, a hurricane near miss,
monsoon rains that caused record flooding and, inability to recruit
crew has resulted in a frustrating season. I waited to take
some vacation until September thinking that the weather would be
cooler and winds better. I did not count on torrential rain
that lasted all week and caused serious flooding which washed all
manner of junk into the bay making sailing an obstacle course. The
water was so muddy that it resembled chocolate syrup. I
gave up in the middle of the week and went back to work. Two weeks
later I planned another week of vacation. Rain, thunderstorms
and no crew to be found. Back to work at mid week. If
all of this sounds like whining . . . . . . . . . . . it is.
The frustration continues. For a
third time I attempted vacation and sailing. For a third
time the weather did not cooperate. In addition to rain,
the temperatures dropped into the 40's. 2011 has become
the "lost season" although as I talked to a couple of guys on
the pier over the weekend it was apparent that their outlook was
much different than mine. I mentioned the season coming to
an end. Both, almost simultaneously, said "the fun times
are just beginning" meaning that the winds are better in the
late fall and early winter. Of course those winds are cold.
They are, apparently, far more hard core than I.
A four day weekend the first week of
October. The weather was beautiful but unfortunately
the little wind that existed kept disappearing. Sails
were up and MaChulsa ghosted along but most of the time the
iron genny kept her moving. No matter - being out on the
water was fantastic.
The end of a good day - - finally!
For the sailors looking at this - cockpit items and lines were
purposely scattered about.
Pretty boat - Photo by Eric Macom
MaChusla approaching raft up. Photo by
Raft up with Serenity - Eric and
The only boat in the marina flying a West Virginia state flag.
My vacation, week 1.
Traffic on Middle River - Photo by Eric Macom
Maddie relaxing on Serenity - Photo by Eric Macom
Raft up with Serenity. Photo by Eric Macom
Sunset - Nov 20,2011
Foggy morning. Maryland Marina Nov 21, 2011.