Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alberg 30 Cruising

Well once again September, October and November have gone, and in the Chesapeake area that means three months of moderate temperatures, generally good winds, and plenty of sailing. The only down spot for the Laughing Gull was hitting a rock going into the PSA creek - there are only two rocks, the other one is in Rock Creek! The engine water pump had gone, and I had managed to sail all the way into the creek - only to cut the corner of the island. We were hard aground on an ebb tide - it was almost a long stay! We got pulled off with the help of Larry Morris on Solstice.

Speaking of helping Albergers, I lowered the mast for the first time this year. We used the A30 A Frame, and had a crowd of helping hands. The value of this association is (in part) the advice and help that you get from the various members - there is virtually nothing that has not been done before by a member. If you have a question, reach out on the mail list or over the phone. During the winter there is nothing people with an old boat hang up like to do more than see how others have done it, provide their opinion, and lend a helping hand.

The boat is now out, and I have a small chunk of the bottom of the rudder out - what to use as filler? Let me know.

As we head into the winter months, we invariably start thinking about next year. What spots on the Bay have we not visited? Should we try for the ocean? Do I need a bimini? How do I keep the beer cold longer? These are all issues that can be discussed one way or another in the winter seminars. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them. I was thinking perhaps of a standing rigging discussion as I will be replacing various bits and pieces while the mast is down. Let us know your thoughts.

I say "us" as Ray Meyer will be taking over as Cruising Commodore next year, and he will be arranging the seminars. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

I think I will finish with the words of them Eastport Oyster Boys - http://www.oysterboys.com/ (summarized somewhat). You have to admire these guys for just not taking themselves too seriously:

""A good hat, a good dog, a good boat

A good hat can keep you cool when its not
A good hat can keep you warm when its not
Keep your brain all safe and dry
when the rain falls from the sky

A good dog will be your very bestest friend
A good dog will stick with you through thick and thin
They won't bust when you come home late
Give you a big kiss and then they'll shake

A good boat is all you need to get around
A good boat will take you where you are bound
She will take you near and far
When you are there you are where you are
A good boat is all you need to get around

Let's consider women for a minute
They'll judge you by your hat and how you look in it
If they like the way you float your boat than you hold her tight and don't let go
As long as your good dog aint agin it.

A good hat, a good dog, a good boat""

Well we all have the good boat. I recommend the Tilley as the appropriate hat for that mid summer sun, and as far as the dog - I recommend getting one that likes your wife!

Hey don't give me a hard time - the previous Commodore copied entire chapters!

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