While we are still very much in the learning phase of owning and sailing tenalach
, I have been more than proud
of both Chuck and I. He is learning a ton about being a captain and paying special attention to how tenalach handles herself in certain situations. With this knowledge, he has been learning about the prop walk, not rushing the docking, and therefore we have had success. I am proud of myself as a crew member with my strength to move the boat (or grab a line and pull us over), and my ability to jump from starboard to port side to assist in docking WITHOUT tripping, hitting myself, or causing a bruise. We have even successfully docked her with just the two of us!
With that said, we had a challenge on Sunday!
It was gorgeous weather for the first weekend in December, sitting around 60-70 degrees, and finally had some wind. The last couple of days we were able to sail, there was NO wind. So we got a crew together, including Chuck, myself, Kathy and Dave (they live aboard as well), and Chuck's high school friend David. We sailed with only the mizzen and the jib out about 1/3. tenalach
was performing great
, and this was the first time we had sailed without the main up. With her being a ketch rig, it is nice to have the options of different sails to put up and take down.
Everything went smooth until we came to the docking. We had a great set up, but the wind was blowing us forward into the main dock and we were unable to put her in reverse to back into the slip. We were getting concerned that we would run aground since we had not been that close to the main dock before. Before we knew it, the wind had blown us parallel against the pylons on our starboard side. At this point, we had attracted the attention of another captain and he was there to help. Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do yet.
So we starting walking the boat back with ropes and using different pylons. We were able to pivot off of a pylon to slightly back into a slip (not ours). Once we did this, we put her back in forward to head out to the channel to try again.
We are in the middle of turning around, still fighting the wind at this point, and the engine dies
! No sputtering, no warning, nothing. Just dead!
So here we are, all 43 feet of delightful boat floating in the middle of the channel and floating towards another dock and other boats. Our first thought was to anchor (as we didn't have a lot of options at this point), and so we started this process. Then the captain who was watching us shouted to us that we were floating towards an open slip if we could just help guide ourselves in there!
By this time, there was 5-6 other individuals on the docks helping us with boat hooks, throwing anchor lines, offering eyes, and lending eyes to watch all the boats around us! SO VERY THANKFUL FOR THE BOATING COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY OUR FRIENDS AT SOUTHALL LANDINGS MARINA!
To make a long story short, we got all tied in, made some new friends, and definitely earned an adult beverage. There was no damage done to any boats, and we all learned a lot of lessons.
Mike is also a diesel mechanic, so he went to check on the engine and said our fuel filter was clogged. Monday evening Chuck replaced both the primary and secondary fuel filter, yet the engine was still not running. It turns out we had sucked up a piece of algae
from the fuel tank and that was stuck in the line. Once we cleared the line, we had the engine purring like a kitty! All is well!
Dog Pictures Just Because!!!
|Enzo high fiving dad!|