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

-- The Great Autumn Blizzard of '03 --

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"The Great Autumn Blizzard of '03" started late Friday evening (December 5-- over two weeks before the official start of winter) and raged until late Sunday, December 7, dropping over two feet of snow on us here in eastern Massachusetts.

Gale force winds gusted to 60 knots and higher.

All things considered, "Chip Ahoy" fared relatively well in about the worst we can expect in any given winter storm -- even if it's still fall. I knocked off the excess snow after I took these photos.

It's days like this that I again wonder just what I'm doing back up here!

What a contrast from our cruise down to the Florida Keys, where I lived from 1979-1984. I took this shot of our "Idle Hours II" in February of '79 in a Marathon channel just off Boot Key -- after living through "The Great Blizzard of '78" up here produced my vow, "Never Again!"

What am I doing up here -- I know better ?!?
It's never-ending ... and the best times have ended again for now!