November 28, 2007
Hello, there! It's been a while since we've updated, but it's been a very busy couple of weeks on SARABANDE!
For one, we finally pulled our mast and it went much more smoothly than
expected. Also we made kind of a cool discovery afterwards. When the
crane lifted the mast by the intial two feet or so, about 6 cups of
what can only be characterized as "mast droppings" came raining out of
the open end in the cabin. It looked like salt, but neither of us
dared to taste it, and this reluctance is comforting evidence that we
are still sane. We'll never know, but it was probably a mixture
of salt from ocean spray and corrosion from the aluminum. But none of this is the cool discovery part.
After the mast was dealt with, Alicia was cleaning up this pile
of droppings and found a coin, heads-up, buried underneath. We've
heard about this superstition--that a coin under the mast brings good
luck-- and have no intention of tampering with the good fortune our
ship has had so far. The coin will be polished and placed under
the mast again when we restep. And we'll probably add a shiny new
one of our own for good measure. We are firm believers in
nautical superstitions, and this one seems especially important since
it was already in place.
With the mast
pulled, we filled up our gas tanks and then guided our denuded boat
into her new winter slip. Pictures of the whole thing are here.
We're sharing a dock with some really
great people, so this winter purports to be a fun and memorable one.
Living aboard a boat during a Northeastern winter is such a
trial, filled with a million little inconveniences and a few really big
ones, so it's nice to have good folks around who understand.
Keep that luck flowin', little guy! Good work!
Thanksgiving dinner on the boat turned out really well, all were
stuffed, and a monster batch of pet food took care of most of the
leftovers (Brian was a little sad about that). Here are a few pictures from our little feast, mostly dealing with turkey logistics.
This Sunday looks like it's going to finally be WRAP DAY, even though
the weather looks like it's going to be somewhat crap (snow already?!).
Still, we're excited to use the flamethrower, known to it's
gracious owners as "The Dragon", and it'll be nice to be cozy in our
tight little plastic drum afterwards.