“Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.” ~ the river Rat to the mole: The Wind In The Willows. Rat is a classic Boat Bum!
I am taking the day off, sort of, and rereading the book The Wind In The Willows and this time, I really, really understand Rat. Anyway, the sailing school season has ended and I’m switching gears to get into the groove of the off season. I’ve got a couple of invites to go visit friends in the Exhumas, to help friends move a boat from Mexico to NC and I may or may not take them up on it. I’ve got lots of projects to catch up on: boats to mend and sell, setting up our first bi-annual cruisers/sailing get together. Looking for a spot and some buddies to jam a little. So most of the winter this year will be spent here in eastern NC, freezing my arse off.
Jane and I just got back from delivering a 40′ Jeanneau Sun Fizz from Baltimore to Clubfoot Creek. A couple of our students bought their dream boat and while taking class they also fell in love with Matthews Point Marina. I can’t blame them, it’s a great facility and a fantastic home port. Tom, the owner and another student from a last year helped us bring it down. We did an overnight from Baltimore to Norfolk, actually, about 30 hours. We left Norfolk and went down the “ditch”, through Coinjock and on to Manteo. It’s the first time I took the route through Manteo and down the sound and it won’t be the last. Found another great marina in Manteo, I’ll write about soon. Then after a day stuck in the marina due to really low wind driven tides, we did another overnight down the Pamlico Sound, through the rain and fog. A great ride!
So I’ll be updating here on the Boat Bumz blog this winter. A lot of my friends are off cruising and most of them have blogs so I’m going to set up some links to those blogs as well. Feel free to make suggestions if you know of someone out there living their dream and blogin’ about it and we’ll share the love. Also lots of resource links, we acquired a Kindle this year and now all of our Coast Pilots, Light Lists, American Practical Sailor and much more are on it. I’ll get a link up to a zip file in a day or two. And an article about crappy wifi service in some marinas and how you can boost your signal for practically nothing!