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NO IT IS N OT THE DEAD OF WINTER April 16, 2012

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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It is amazing what a 30 mile per hour wind forecast will do to a popular anchoring and camping area. There are a few campers, one group of power boaters rafted up and 2 sailboats and 2 cruisers. On a good weekend, there are 30 boats anchored and too many campers to count. It can get noisy, but it is a well protected place to anchor.

Oh, the wind, 22 knots was the highest I saw. We sailed Saturday with just main and staysail. Not in any hurry, on a broad reach making 5 plus knots. Sunday was the same with the wind out of the SE. We ran with main, mizzen and staysail. Made two tacks on the way home and ran around 6 knots. We did heal about 20 degrees a few times. Does not make the Mate happy, but the boat was very quiet. She did a good job securing for sea.

Her arm is improving. Had her cranking the staysail winch. Good exercise.

Cap rail and rub rails have there annual coat on. I have to finish the cockpit. I have been waiting for the canvas man to come and measure, so I can take down the enclosure and bimini. That is to be done today. We are getting a new bimini. This one is at least 6 years old, has been re-stitched a few times, and is beginning to fall apart around the bows. It is time.

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