record-breaking, extraordinarily mild winter with very little snow, the big day
to uncover Chip Ahoy arrived, earlier than usual —
a month earlier than last year. Today was sunny, the temperature
climbing into the low-70s, and more of the same is forecast for the week
tempting over the past few weeks to act sooner, but I didn't want to
jinx the weather pattern — after all, we've
had blizzards as late as April 1st a few years ago (the April Fool's Day
Blizzard). With this extended forecast I could restrain myself no
longer; today was time to pull the boat out from its winter repose
beside the house and get it uncovered. Vaughn McGrath's mast and dinghy
for his C22, "French Curves," has been stored here for the winter too.
winter I had but one tiny project, refinishing the tiller. It still
needs a last coat of Cetol but no rush.
the covering and uncovering rituals become easier, quicker. Practice
makes perfect and this tenth spring went smoothly.
I don't have
much on this year's
"To-Do" list to make Chip Ahoy ready for
launching — "by Memorial Day Weekend"
looks like a sure bet this year, if not sooner. This will be only the
second time I've achieved that goal. (Mar. 18, 2012)