I suppose this entry announces the end of my summer adventure. Mabrouka's back in Ballard, temporarily some 50 yards away from her old slip at Stimson Marina. My friend, Len, has kindly allowed me to raft up to his boat, Molly Bella, until I can find a slip for the winter. Thanks, Len!
Saturday I awoke with ants in my pants and it only required that I complete my daily reverence to the coffee gods before I cast off from the Tyee dock. Even as I did so, I was being encouraged by the wind to sail, so up went the main and mizzen as soon as I was out in open water. It wasn't to be, though. The tide and wind direction and strength, villains that they are, were only teasing again and it just didn't make sense to sail with only half a knot made good in the direction I wanted to go. So I motored across the sound and made my way in through the locks.
Since then I've been fiddling with odd jobs on the boat and looking for a winter slip. Slips are there, but not for live-aboards. If you don't remember from earlier blogs, my deal is that I am going to help Seaton Gras work on the Merry Maiden
in exchange for slip rent.
I'm excited to be able to contribute on this project. The Merry Maiden is a part of sailing history. Although I couldn't take up the mantle of my family's generations-old service as officers in the US Navy, I feel like I carried on the tradition in a different way with my career as a naval architect and my lifelong passion for sailing. In over 35 years, though, my profession never carried me toward yachts, certainly not toward hands-on work in wooden yachts. I suppose that was a dream of mine from the beginning that never really surfaced above the need to make a living, so to be able to finally indulge it in retirement is a real pleasure.
Seaton took me over to his storage lockers the Saturday I arrived to show me around the upcoming projects. It made me realize why Merry Maiden is floating about a foot above her waterline. There's an awful lot of her sitting in buckets and boxes and piles on land. Seaton knows what it all is, where it all is, and where it all goes, ...stanchions, Charlie Nobles, funnels, dorades, trim, and shelves.
So, stay tuned. I should have some interesting projects to share with you in the coming months.