Sailing; the reason why

…Of course, like all good sailing adventure stories, it has to start out with a project! Right after we got back from India, on our first trip back into Bacon Sails, we found what we needed for the one project left to do on our dinghy, S/V Tinker: the rub-rail. The material is made out of some really tough nylon with a fitted industrial foam core and it’s manufactured by a company that makes it in pre-cut, very expensive lengths. I (Dena) took a last long, lingering look around the back room of Bacon’s after a satisfying poke-around through the whole store and there, on the very top of a shelf, rested a loosely coiled length of exactly the rubrail we’ve wanted since the Mainers showed us how it’s done. The price? About 10 bucks. For that alone, I (James) am happy to go back to work for them! Fastening the stuff on is a pretty big deal if you do it right, and we did. Stretch and pull the material into position, measure from the last fastener, place the finish washer, drill the pilot hole, and screw. Stretch, measure, drill, screw, about a hundred times, and all on our knees. But… …It’s definitely worth it. Fixed a few other smaller issues that we had from our last sailing adventure… …And then we went sailing! The winds were kicked up strong from the south and it was a good thing too, because we were about to discover how incredibly fast the local crustaceans can devour an unprotected sailboat bottom. She lumbered out of the slip, as if we had rudely awakened her from a Sunday nap after a big ‘ol meal. We knew something wasn’t right because, even after we got all sails aloft with the engine pegged at 3200[…]

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