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

Sailing Season 2012 is over

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Today officially brought the end of Sailing Season 2012. For over a week I've been planning to get out to Chip Ahoy and begin its unrigging in preparation for hauling out, but the weather and events have been in the way. Today I completed that step; Chip Ahoy is ready to be pulled out and trailered home.  (Oct. 13, 2012)


Today I brought the trailer over to Fred J. Dion's Yacht Yard in Salem, across the harbor. They plan to bring the boat in, haul and drop it on the trailer, and unstep the mast next week.  (Oct. 20, 2012)


With Chip Ahoy home and parked out front the winter unloading began, which seems to become a slower process each year, complicated this fall by the projects I've got going on my 'new' house, of which I'm now the proud owner for the past year. Now with the boat parked out front, I can't get the front steps replaced  until I move the boat  but I can't move the boat alongside the house until I get the roof over it repaired; sheesh new logistics (and costs) as a homeowner too.  (Oct. 26, 2012)

Finally the boat is emptied, winterized with charcoal briquettes in the lockers and Bounce dryer sheets scattered around in the cabin to keep it relatively fresh below. At last it was ready to be moved alongside the house and covered for the duration.

I recently had problems with the Blazer the rear shocks needed to be replaced desperately. My parts order arrived on Wednesday; I had them installed on Friday after Thanksgiving Day. The roofer advised that the boat wouldn't be in his way when he shows up to fix the roof. This morning I hooked up the trailer to the stabilized Blazer and moved the boat. I called my neighbor, Bob Donovan the contractor; told him the front steps are clear and ready for his crew to go to work replacing them.

The firewood racks are stacked and covered the wood stove is becoming more necessary on a daily basis, at least in the mornings and at night. Winter is approaching for sure; I'm cutting it close this year getting the boat covered before the first snow.

As I did last fall, I cancelled the boat insurance for the winter as of November 1st why pay for six months of insurance while the boat's parked in my yard? The agent's argument is I should have coverage if a tree falls on it. I told her it won't be parked under any trees. Ask me about the insurance coverage scam up here in the north on an empty wintered boat parked on land in your backyard some time!

Before I was done today, I pulled out the PVC skeleton frame from its summer resting place behind the house and covered the boat with it. The wind was blowing strong today out of the west gusting to 33 mph so I put off trying to cover it with its large tarps until tomorrow.  (Nov, 24, 2012)

With a threat of the first snow in the forecast, on Monday (Nov. 26) I covered Chip Ahoy (above). Getting the tarps over the skeleton frame and secured in a gusty breeze took Barbara's help, after losing it to the wind once. The lawn-cutting guys showed up the next day for the fall clean-up, blew all the leaves out of the yard. We didn't get the predicted snow on Thursday, but the first dusting of the winter arrived this morning.

One of the eight wood racks is already empty but what remains of the three cords of firewood ought to get my through the winter as usual. Chip Mate the Dinghy is still covered having not used or uncovered it over the past summer. It gives the wild turkeys some shelter during their daily visits.

Chip Ahoy is battened down and ready for the coming winter, just waiting for spring.  (Dec. 1, 2012)

It's never-ending ... but Sailing Season 2012 is over

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