Goin' South

Cruising the eastern seaboard from Maine to the Bahamas.

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What's that?

28 March 2011
Puffin is tied up in Spanish Well and its crew is comfortably and contentedly ruminating on the day ahead. Overhead a buzzing sound has become quite apparent. It looks like a parasail. But a close look shows no towline to a boat below but instead we see a little engine tied to a lawn chair and someone sitting in it, or so it seems. (banner picture). For someone like myself not comfortable with heights, I would ask why anyone would tie a motor to his back, sit on a bucket of gasoline, cling to a little sports parachute and convince himself he's having fun.

In the event that something goes wrong, there is a large likelihood of not being home for supper!

I tried to imagine the takeoff. One runs pell mell across a lawn somewhere, chased by a lawnmower motor with a propeller and hopes for the best? Or does the little seat have wheels under it like a shopping cart and you carom down pavement hoping to be aloft before you tip over or meet one of the area's ubiquitous golf carts.

And the landing.... As you coast in and land, are you running like a hamster on a wheel because you forgot to turn the engine off?

I have several qualifiers for a sport to be truly fun, aside from being safe. And one is that you should look reasonably cool doing it. This doesn't cut it.

I look up and I don't see fun. I see all the things that can go wrong at 500 ft and the pain that inevitably ensues from a fall from there. But I am nonetheless fascinated.
Vessel Name: Puffin
Vessel Make/Model: Kadey-Krogen 39 Trawler
Hailing Port: Solomons Island, Maryland
Crew: Bob and Nancy Anderson
Former sailors Bob and Nancy moved to the comfort of trawler life 4 years ago. They are recently retired after cruising the Maine coast for 9 summers. They headed south to the Bahamas three winters ago and returned to Chesapeake Bay. [...]
Extra: Spent many years sailing the Chesapeake Bay and on Lake Champlain.
Puffin's Photos - Main
17 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Just a few of the birds along the Saint Lucie - Caloosahatchee Waterway
17 Photos
Created 27 February 2012
A few shots of Cumberland Island
14 Photos
Created 22 January 2012
Miscellaneous photos of Brunswick and the marina there
20 Photos
Created 15 January 2012
Travels around Sonoma County
20 Photos
Created 28 October 2011
Pictures from the Air Show at Patuxent River N.A.S.
28 Photos
Created 6 September 2011
Pictures around Georgetown
15 Photos
Created 20 February 2011
A collection of older albums from this trip
13 Sub-Albums
Created 18 December 2010
A small collection of some of the fabulous birds along the waterway.
35 Photos
Created 18 December 2010
Mostly Bob, Nancy and friends doing different things at different places
33 Photos
Created 4 November 2010