I had sincerely believed that I was going to get a chance to crew in the Classic Mariners regatta in Port Townsend this past weekend. Unfortunately, family matters intervened and I needed to stick around the old homestead. Life happens all the time. It seldom consults my scheduled expectations. The winds were very light around here so maybe I didn’t miss much.
My last post spoke of possibilities for acquiring a sailboat through the local marinas impoundment auction. I am still hopeful enough that I have done some further investigation into the condition of Misfit. I called the Port Authority to see if they had any idea what condition the Mercury outboard on the transom bracket is in. Of course they didn’t have a clue. The man I talked to said it was alright if I went down to the boat and had a pull on the starter rope, which I did. Hallelujah! It caught on the third pull and ran like a clock. Having a good little engine like that is certainly a plus. I also had a chance to rummage about in the boat and answer some more questions. The chainplates do not leak and the bulkheads they are attached to are perfectly sound. I found several headsails in the forepeak. I’m liking this little boat more all the time. Everybody cross your fingers in unison… Right… Now!