SWALLOW floats engineless in a slip at Port Townsend. I’m happy to be afloat but frustrated being tied to a dock.
Dock life is expensive and doesn’t provide the solitude I crave. As I write this a beeping electronic alarm on a neighbor boat intrudes the quiet peace of the morning. (I checked and if it is a bilge alarm no boat is obviously sinking.)
The problem with the Honda outboard has me frustrated, as I already took it in for service and it wasn’t fixed, and stuck. It also leaves me with a nagging doubt about the motor when it is returns from the shop. There will be a nagging doubt that it will work when needed. There is also a growing hole in the bank account.
I’m still learning SWALLOW’S behaviors – both under sail and motor. Her full keel results in behaviors much different than the boats I’ve been sailing the past fifteen years. The new sails will allow (or force as I spent a lot of $$ for them) for more sailing. Until I get more tiller time I’ll be uncomfortable with the possibility of a motor failure if I’m in a confined area.
The other nagging issue is I’m in a temporary slip and the owner of the space returns in two days (Tuesday). If the motor isn’t working I must move.