Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Sailing Season 2011 is on!

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With another warm weekend day ― again supposed to reach almost 80 ― I had to take Chip Ahoy out for a sail. As with yesterday, there was very little wind; still to 5 mph from the NE forecast to shift later to the SE but not increase by much if any.

When the launch dropped me off aboard, the sail boat that's been moored nearby since Hurricane Irene was still there, but had makeshift cribboards installed. (The companionway had been wide open.)

The sea was virtually flat, but there was enough breeze to sail, if slowly. The horizon was hazy, there wasn't much boat traffic at all.

I saw a strange boat as I ghosted along, a combination of power and apparently sail; a mast, roller furler, and rigging. It blasted by, did a couple donuts behind me then blasted away. What a strange hybrid.

As I approached Misery Island fog it was apparent that was rolling in nearby Bakers Island wasn't visible. As I slowly approached it moved in, so I decided to come about and head back toward the harbor. By the time I'd picked up Chip Ahoy's mooring the fog had stopped spreading once inside Salem Sound.  (Sep. 25, 2011)

What a day this extended summer October day turned into. The forecast of sun and in the low- to mid-eighties for this Columbus Day three-day weekend was too much of a gift to not jump on, so this morning I called ahead to Brown's Yacht Yard in Gloucester and made a reservation for a slip for two nights.  (Oct. 8 - 10, 2011)

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I've been waiting for the weather to settle so I could get out and begin stripping Chip Ahoy in preparation for its imminent winter haul-out. All week it's either been raining heavily or too windy gusts to 45 mph. Finally, today looked like it would be as good as it's going to get: overcast but with wind from the west at about 10 mph, quite cool, reaching maybe 60, but it's late October and not going to get any warmer.  (Oct. 22, 2011)

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Chip Ahoy, covered for the winter of 2011-2012. (Nov. 22, 2011)

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With Chip Ahoy emptied, down to a bare hull under tarps, it's become a bit crowded in here but it's only until spring arrives.

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It's never-ending ... but Sailing Season '11 has concluded.
Onward to Sailing Season 2012!

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