Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spending Money

There's a smell of spring in the air. All over the northern hemiblogosphere boaters are getting ready for a new season. Planning upgrades. Working on boats. Spending money.

Out in California EVK4 has been buying some new running rigging for his Newport 28 and in Massachusetts litoralis is building a trailer and buying new control lines for his Laser. Carol Anne from Five O'Clock Somewhere in New Mexico spent the weekend driving a third of the way across the continent to collect the Etchells that her husband bought her for Valentine's Day and Derrick in Wisconsin has bought a new Acuta kayak. Tim in the UK, who has been repainting his Enterprise, took a trip this weekend to the RYA Dinghy Exhibition in London to buy some of the cheap stuff on sale. Dan from Adrift at Sea has been buying all sorts of goodies for his Telstar trimaran - flares, GPS, windvane, boom brake, watermaker, drogue ... you name it, he's bought it. And the college sailors at Bowdoin have been meeting with their coach to talk about goals and working out in the gym.

Yup. Everywhere boats are being readied and money is changing hands. The new sailing season is almost here. Sailors are getting excited.

So what are you buying Tillerman? Thanks for asking.

Bah, Humbug! You can't fool me. Just because we've had two sunny days in a row doesn't mean that spring is here.
Oh yeah, I know the spring Laser frostbiting season starts on Sunday -- and I will be sailing. But it's only March. The water will be very cold in Connecticut. It's still drysuit weather in these parts. So I'm buying what I really need.

More thermal underwear
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7 comments:

bonnie said...

Thermal underwear! Oh boy!

Adrift at Sea said...

But Tillerman, if you're not out sailing in a drysuit, why do you need the thermals??

Tillerman said...

I wrote ..."the spring Laser frostbiting season starts on Sunday -- and I will be sailing. But it's only March. The water will be very cold in Connecticut. It's still drysuit weather in these parts. So I'm buying what I really need. More thermal underwear."

I thought it was self-explanatory. I will be sailing on Sunday. It will be cold. I need warm stuff to wear under my drysuit.

Pat said...

Oh, the agony - - Carol Anne got back with her boat Sunday, dropped it off, and went sailing in 75-degree weather and the gentlest of piffling 2 to 4 knot breezes. But, cheer up; the forecast for the coming weekend is for 15 to 20 knots and a more seasonable 55 degrees or so. And, today, I managed to spend ONLY $300 on Carol Anne's boat. Pat

Pat said...

Could you take a look at my post on "When to Cancel the Race" and see if it makes sense to you. It's based on inland lake racing, where some of the boats are smaller and not set-up for really heavy weather. Pat, desertsea.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

thermals?

Tim said...

My wife says I have already exceeded mmy sailing budget for the year.

Oops

Silly me I must have left a zero! or 2.

Tim

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