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. Â Unfortunately, Â family matters intervened and I needed to stick around the old homestead. Â Life happens all the time. Â It seldom consults my scheduled expectations. Â 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. Â I am still hopeful enough that I have done some further investigation into the condition of Misfit. Â I called the Port Authority to see if they had any idea what condition the Mercury outboard on the transom bracket is in. Â Of course they didn’t have a clue. Â 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. Â Hallelujah! It caught on the third pull and ran like a clock. Â Having a good little engine like that is certainly a plus. Â I also had a chance to rummage about in the boat and answer some more questions. Â The chainplates do not leak and the bulkheads they are attached to are perfectly sound. Â I found several headsails in the forepeak. Â I’m liking this little boat more all the time. Â Everybody cross your fingers in unison… Right… Now!