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.