We were glad to be back aboard the boat, but it was still covered with white shrink-wrap, the windows blind. And that was the first change we had to make. We carefully marked the plastic that had done such a good job of protecting us through the winter, hoping we could use it as a pattern for the cover we'd make for the boat for the next time we were going to winter in the north. Then, with scissors and knives, we neatly sliced it and emerged from our cozy little cocoon. It had taken about a week's work to enclose ourselves in November, and just a few hours to shake ourselves free in the spring.
|Seeing a big bright new world -- I felt kinda like this as the shrink-wrap plastic came off!|
But now, there's energy around the boatyard again. People coming and going, putting sails back on, painting. Boats launching, the empty dock beginning to fill up again. Time to think about getting into sailing mode. But just when I thought it was safe, winter gave us one last hurrah:
|Photo by Helen McAdory|