Haul out done---Cutlass Bearing is Okay!
01 September 2009 | Port Townsend
Okay so we hauled out for about a half hour and had the cutlass bearing inspected. The issue is, unless you're a diver, you really can't check the bearing while the boat's in the water. So...we had the specialist look at it after we brought her out. He said he couldn't see any real problem with it...so with a cheer (Yessssss!) we hurled the boat back into the water and beat it to the fuel dock.
BTW Sandy did all the docking today...perfect job of bringing her in, doing what I call the magic loop (starting the boat into a tight turn...hitting reverse and bringing the fan tail around...and suddenly...plop perfectly in place to relinquish control to the dock handlers who had to do nothing but pull her back in. Oh I forgot to mention, we have to come in backwards to the lift because our rigging configuration and our boat doesn't back up well...in fact most sailboats don't back well...they're designed to only go forward.
Anyway...Sandy did and excellent job coming both in and out of the haul-out trough...the fuel dock was next and it was a piece of cake after that.
We took 48 gallons....pretty embarrassing for sailboat (should only take maybe a gallon to two ha!)...but we wore appropriate bags over our heads and fueled up anyway. Next time we fuel up we'll get a little better idea of milage. Boat's, by the way, meausure milage in gallons-per-hour not miles per gallon. So if we're doing 6 knots for one hour and we burn 1 gallon of fuel...well you get to do the math...soon we'll be back up to our 300 gallon capacity...can hardly wait until we fill the bill on that one!!! (Let's see...300 gallons at $3.00 gallon)...just give 'em all your money and be glad it's not $5.00 a gallon!!!
Fortunately, we are a sailboat, and theoretically at least, we're supposed to be using the wind and not the iron sail. Our turn is coming...we alway get better milage out of our sails than our engine.
So tomorrow it's off to Poulsbo (we made that decision today) to check in and get some more things done to the boat...until then...we're going to nap alot :)