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On the Uses of Powerboats

Okay, perhaps I should grudgingly admit that perhaps not all powerboats are useless evil pollution-causing chop-inducing wastes piloted by malicious idiots.

I took my Frosty out for a sail this afternoon (Sunday) on the bay, with the goal of sailing from the southern end of the bay out into Lake Ontario before turning around and sailing back. I got as far as the Bay Bridge (Route 104), and was sailing along nicely on a deep broad reach in about ten knots of wind, with only a light powerboat chop, when my mast suddenly broke. There wasn't a sudden puff or anything; the wind pressure was fairly steady, and I was moving along about as quickly as a Frosty ever does, when the mast abruptly snapped at deck level. *crack* *plop*

I took the sail off the mast and stowed it under the foredeck, and unshipped and stowed the rudder. I was about to start paddling to shore with the daggerboard, towing the spars behind me, when a passing powerboat (with an entirely non-evil couple aboard) spotted me and offered help. The Frosty is small and light enough (LOA: 6', weight: 37 lbs) that it was easy to simply pick her up out of the water and carry her -- sideways -- on board. We planed home at 20 knots, and they even fed me cheese and crackers and iced tea.

Now I need a new mast, which is no big deal -- a Frosty mast consists of a 10' length of closet pole, and closet pole is sold in 10' lengths. And I need to drop by the Orange Box tomorrow anyway to buy plywood for Shrike's deck and a belt sander to fair the epoxy that I applied last night.



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Sep. 14th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
so sorry to hear that! glad to hear you're ok
Sep. 14th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)
Tisk Tisk....
No Paddles or Oars....

Gonna get some ?

Sep. 15th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
see? even powerboaters can be nice. ;) I'm glad that couple was there and able to help you. That was very nice of them.

See, not all powerboaters are like the kid who ran over my grandparents' fishing boat while they were in it.

Lots of powerboaters are like my family--always offering a tow to anyone who needs it, helping fix things on the spur on the moment, helping bail, etc. And I always knew from a young age to yield right of way to sailboats and to never cut to close to them at high speeds--if necessary to get near them at all, we idled. I know there are lots of idiots on the water, though. Those are the same people who, while on land, cut right in front of a semi on a rain-soaked highway, then slam on the brakes.

Anyhow... no paddle/oar? Even we kept a paddle or two on hand. ;)

Sep. 15th, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
i b'lieve that whilst i was pickin' up that other stuff, i'd be findin' me an oar, too. ::nod::
Sep. 15th, 2003 10:06 pm (UTC)
I understand about paddles and such, really I do -- and, in fact, I do own a single-blade paddle to carry aboard the Lightning. But the daggerboard on the Frosty is long and skinny, and is just as easy to paddle with as an actual paddle is, and it's a 6' boat we're talking about, with a < 3' cockpit. There really isn't anywhere to stow a 4' paddle where it wouldn't be in the way.

I bet that the Frosty would work reasonably well if paddled Mouseboat (or kayak) style with a double-bladed paddle, except for being unusually tender. But there isn't anywhere to stow such a thing, unless I carry detachable blades to bolt on the boom, or something like that.
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