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

Preparing for Sailing Season '04
The April Fool's Day Flood


Yesterday, April 1st,  we got over 7 inches of rain -- 4" more than the one-day record we hit in 2001 during Hurricane Allison. At least it's not the two feet of snow we got on April Fool's Day 1997!  Had it been 6-7 degrees colder, the weatherman said, it would have been and that would've translated into 4-5 feet of the cold white stuff before drifting.

The little depression in my backyard has turned into a growing lake. If this keeps up as predicted -- with another nor'easter due on Sunday followed by yet another storm working its way across the country and due to arrive later next week and stall over us as usual -- I'll soon have beachfront property and can build my own dock for Chip Ahoy. Ah, "spring" in New England -- better known in these parts as monsoon season -- has arrived after a long, hard winter.  (More photos and news reports from the day after the deluge.)