Prep Continues

Preparation continues in getting Cricket ready for the water.  I have finished with checking everything, but I have a few items to purchase before launching.

A friend, Capt. Doug, says I overthink everything.  His view is simple, put the plug in, load the sails, hang the motor…then drop it in the water.  Therein, lies the problem.  Capt. Doug has done this countless times  and me…well, if we count the first time I put Cricket in the water…that would be one.

Until now, the only other sailboat we owned, stayed in the water.  Just load the supplies, do a check on the essentials and throw off the lines.  Now, with the plan of getting the boat in the water in place, I realized, I haven’t thought through getting the boat out of the water and back on the trailer.

Today’s high was 94 with a heat index of 102 and calm winds. Certainly, not the time to hoist a boat for the first time.

Well, it’s back to work tomorrow, so Cricket will have to wait a few more days.

One of the great pleasures of getting Cricket ready is being at the marina with my camera.  Yesterday, I had the chance to take a few photographs of boats and birds…but especially, the sunset.


Photo 1: Sunset from Mobile Yacht Club Marina, Mobile, Alabama.
Photo 2: Mobile Yacht Club from the pier.