I arrived in Northern Florida after meandering my way along the East Coast waterways from Lake Champlain. I was broke and looking for work so I could fix my boat and venture beyond the protected waters of the Intracoastal, but it was still far too cold even that far south. I made a little bit of money and had two choices: I had enough to stay there one more month if I kept chasing job leads or I could keep going and chase leads at the next place, which happened to be the Keys! It was warmer in the keys. The few nights before that had been below freezing. I figured if I was going to be broke and looking for work I might as well be warm.
I readied the boat for passages south! Albeit intracoastal passages, they were passages nonetheless on this voyage of sorts! My newly constructed dinghy was launched, I had replaced my parting topping lift, wired an LED light for the galley, and was closely monitoring my through hull leaks. In the unlikely event of some through hull failure I had bungs at the ready and was going to be in the keys where it’s so shallow you can easily run aground before the boat would ever sink. With my sketchy standing rigging still no worse for ware I was essentially ready to go anywhere on the inside!
I wasn’t sure what this journey would bring, but I figured closer to a place where I could work on my boat so she was fit for the ocean! For more adventure! For… the sea! Instead my eyes were opened to what was right in front of me. An adventure in its own right!
Emily, keep going girl! There are always adventures in front of you, and right underneath your keel! Don’t get grounded unnecessarily unless the boat is sinking!!
If you are ever back this way, I have (used, but stout) standing rigging from a Catalina 30 that would be plenty long enough for your boat..you just need to cut the wire and add the appropriate fittings at the bottom, probably. Send me and email and I will ship them to you!
-Shawn from Solomons, MD
Shawn! Glad you are keeping up. Some of the posts are a bit behind timing wise! I was able to replace my rigging in West Palm Beach when I came BACK from the keys, but that’s a different story ! Thanks and I’ll be back on the ‘Peake one of these days!
Where to and what adventure next?!
Currently on the hard and refitting the boat for Bahamas and beyond during the hurricane season!