Date: 18 November 2013. Quite the Sight.
You know the boys give me heck sometimes because, well,
because they can but I've got to tell you there's something great about
the freedom that comes with a
trolling motor. I passed the half century
mark quite some time ago and believe me, I'm about as physically phfittt
as anyone over 50 can be. And no I do not eat health foods, figuring at
this point I need all the preservatives I can get!
Specifically, the lack of strength means I do not have the
power to pull a cord and start an outboard. And rowing looses its charm
after a stroke or two. For me a motor is simply the best/easiest way to
get from the boat to shore in comfort and style. Well, maybe not "style"
but, well, let's just say I'm quite comfortable:
And yes, that's a gimbaled drink holder behind me -- alas,
empty but there none the less. The solar panel is across the forward seat
and I'm fully loaded with coolers of ice and groceries, plus water.
Skipper is no doubt aboard and doing laps under me and around the dink.
She likes that -- when she's not at the bow that is.
With a parasol I can be shaded and cool while exploring
rivers and by timing those with changing tides can explore a long way
without battery power worries. Yes, there are oars in the dinghy but there's
something very relaxing about puttering along and looking at the shoreline
while the motor quietly takes me and Skipper on long trips to see the
Living aboard a boat is fun and it's great to explore in
Seaweed, but those tiny tributaries where draft is an issue (either air
because of overhanging trees, or depth of less than 3') well, for that a
dinghy works wonderfully. Sure, there are times when I'd like a go-fast
9.9hp and one of those rubber marshmallows but mostly I'm grateful to be
able to get out here and actually see the birds. You can't do that with a
For instance yesterday I saw three pelicans flying by, and
the one in front had half a fish hanging out of his beak. The other two
were chasing him along -- they flew fast and furious and I didn't see how
it all ended but do know that pelicans can be just as opportunistic as
And about pictures... there is of course the natural
tendency to take pictures so we can share with others the things we've
seen. Goodness knows I like to show the places I've been and things I've
seen. Here are three that won't win any awards:
A solitary coot hung out near Seaweed for
Several dolphins played near Seaweed one
A large flock of pelicans flew in and
feasted one morning.
The afternoon of the dolphins I was trying like crazy to
take pictures with my cell phone when I realized that I was being stupid!
Yes, instead of actually enjoying the moment and just watching, I was so
wrapped up in getting photographs that I missed much of the action.
From that day forward I take pictures with less attention paid to sharing
and more to living and enjoying the show nature is putting on for me.
One dolphin that day swam right toward my window in the
galley, ducked under the boat and came up on the other side. No video
could have captured the event as well as my mind's eye and I'll treasure
the fun the dolphins appeared to have playing near Seaweed. How fortunate
I am to enjoy this life -- and you can too. Just remember:
You don't need the biggest and best boat on
Start small and enjoy transforming your boat while cruising.
Each of us out here enjoys the same sunrises and sunsets.
The "big guys" do have great platforms for life afloat, but I've got to
tell you there's a simple joy in owning a small boat. And once the new
diesel is installed, my mileage is going to be amazing. I can't wait!
Thursday I'll go to shore and check on the progress.
Side Note regarding new diesel:
She's been lubricated and each day (two or three times per)
the engine is cranked over. Yes, she has a crank start -- at least until
the starter is bought. But the good news is that Jerry at Just Right
Marine says we've got compression. [And this gem will "sip fuel" too, so
that's excellent news. My friend Bob has an MD11C and says his uses less
than a quart per hour -- can you imagine?!?] Plus parts are readily
available though when I checked on Friday or Saturday there was a question
on if the parts needed could be bought in America or if we'd have to order
from England. I'll find that out the next time I go to shore.
Such is life on the waterfront. The evenings are getting
cooler and autumn/winter is arriving. Thank goodness for my 12-volt
electric blanket and Coleman
catalytic heater. They make
staying warm easy though I confess that I'm anxious to head for the
equator. When I get and stay warm, I'll stop.
Do you use a standard outboard or a trolling motor?
How big is your rowboat, and do you ever row it? Or, if equipped, sail?
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