Archive for the ‘Inland Sailing’ Category

Illinois River Float Trip (Sailboat Style) and Other Musings

July 27, 2010

Wow what a weekend!  Yes it was hot but when you are on (and in) the water everything seems mo betta!  I went to the boat on Friday afternoon just to prep and visit with no one in particular.  After ensuring that the boat was ready I had to return to the home HQ to ensure the “dancing girls” were okay and fed.  I don’t like leaving them for multiple days, as it appears they have taken a disliking for their food and water when we are absent.  Yes the Admiral is away as well visiting a friend in Santa Barbara, CA.  So I have “dancing girl” duty (too bad there are eight legs instead of four).

Anyway, Saturday dawned and in due time I was off to the boat for a weekend raft-up in Sallisaw Creek.  The afternoon started with great anticipation as several boats headed on out, among them Rhapsody.  Well anyway, when I arrived GC Enchantress (you remember:  the “Gender Confused” vessel) was already in Sallisaw Creek with guest aboard.  They were swimming and I didn’t want to invade on their privacy so I anchored off a bit.  Some short time later GC Enchantress decided to head on back to the marina.  She was worried about her deck getting wet (they are in the midst of a major re-fit to include re-doing the teak deck).  So we waved and exchanged “air horns” as she headed back in. (more…)

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A Million to Four! Such Odds!

June 27, 2010

Long Have I looked with anticipation to the first Full Moon sail of the season.  The anticipation was only accentuated by the knowledge that I would be away from the Good Ship Rhapsody for the next three or four weeks.  The forecast was great with the first day of temperatures below 100˚ in several weeks.  The forecast high for the day was 89˚, but the temperature was slightly higher than that and there were thunderstorms throughout the area and the afternoon winds were very tempting, however the goal was a “Moonlight” sail, so patience was the word of the afternoon.

Somewhere around 1400 the good ship Rhapsody set out for an anchorage which would serve as the jump off point for the Moonlight sail.  It’s only a short trip to the old boat ramp in Sallisaw Creek and from that vantage point there are two very important advantages.  First, the bass boats have to slow down or be headed to that location and slow down, thus avoiding some jerk blowin by you at full tilt boogie.  Secondly, it’s a short hop back into the lake for the sail. (more…)

Boats, Constellations, Friends & Mayflies

June 13, 2010

WOW!  Well I needed to do some work on the boat, to be specific, I wanted to mount a new RAM Mount to hold my solar panel.  This new mount would allow me to position the panel in any position needed to optimize its exposure to direct sunlight.  BTW I love my little solar panel.  For my purposes and boat use (mostly weekends aboard and short stays at anchor) this thing is great.  Both batteries fully charged every time I step aboard!  Anyway, that’s a different tale.  And then there is the Echo Charger!  But that too is another story! (more…)