Cruising down the Florida intercoastal during the first week of December was extremely COOL! I had never been on an actual sail for several days. It met all my expectations and more. What a wonderful vacation! And I got to be the captain because the hubby couldn't make it. What a lot of responsibility!
I learned several lessons from the great voyage. One of them is that when you take a tool, or really, anything, from its place it is really for the best if you return the tool TO that original place. I don't normally do repairs at my home, and my hubby knows this rule. I didn't but I definitely do now after major wasted time looking for things I needed IMMEDIATELY!
I also learned that when something gets wet, it is very unlikely to dry out other than in an electric dryer (something which a 27 footer doesn't come with....natch). It was the first part of December and very humid. Not really cold. So everything just stayed wet. Other than the one wet suit that fit my son (who is disgustingly thin!). My solution to this is that I will just bring more clothes and have dedicated ones that will get wet and can stay wet.
The other thing I learned is that dinghy wise....you get what you pay for...meaning, of course, that the cheaper the dinghy, the more wet you will get when you use it. And the thing is fairly hard to control sometimes....oh, and MAKE SURE you check the patch kit....and that it has glue (NOT just the plastic patch) in it too....we didn't and when we sprung a leak due to a ragged screw on the back end of the Owl, when we opened the patch kit, the instructions CLEARLY said you needed to provide your own adhesive. Not helpful when you are on the water and need a patch immediately!
Despite the very small snags, it was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to do it again with some other sailors and boats in May.
Hope everyone is staying safe and dry. Fair winds!
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