Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Winter Storage 2012

The toys are put away for the duration

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2012 has arrived, the New England winter if not snow is upon us, and Chip Ahoy and all its equipment is safely tucked away until spring arrives.

Fitting everything indoors was a bit of a squeeze, as usual. One corner of the living room is chock full of cushions, boxes of equipment and supplies, cabin compartment coverboards, etc.  The radar reflector, Windex, and sail battens hang above the picture window (with the covered Chip Ahoy just outside).

On the front porch hangs all the running rigging, my life jacket, fresh water jugs, "all-purpose bucket," and assorted paraphernalia. Beneath on the floor are more boxes of equipment not effected by cold, and my toolbox.

Outside, alongside the house, Chip Ahoy hibernates under its mast, PVC skeleton frame, and well-secured covering tarps. The boat is empty but for the charcoal briquettes and Bounce dryer sheets to absorb and kill potential musty odors.  As usual, I parked the trailer clear of possible falling branches. (The C22 mast alongside belongs to Vaughn McGrath's "French Curves," stored in my yard for the winter.)

The working sails and spares are folded and stored in their respective bags; along with the sail cover they're packed into an upstairs closet. The two 12v batteries are in the laundry room hooked up to the battery charger. The Honda 8HP outboard has been tuned-up, winterized, and stored out in the shed ready for spring.

I don't have much for winter indoor projects this year; just refinishing the tiller once again. Come spring there aren't a lot of time-consuming projects either, so it should be a relatively early launch hopefully again, "by Memorial Day Weekend"!  (Jan. 3, 2012)

It's never-ending ... but Sailing Season '11 has concluded.
Just get through the winter, then onward to Sailing Season 2012!