Playing in Tampa Bay
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Maiden Voyage
Re Metau - Playing in Tampa BayStretching the Sails
December 2006
 
We decided to put boat projects aside and stretch the sails! We invited some friends from our dock, Pete and Amy. They were familiar with the area and suggested we make way for Egmont Key.

This was truly our first shake out sail, given that our sea trial was hindered by fog. We motored over to the fuel dock to fill up, and as the sun glistened down through the water and lit up our prop we noticed a thick layer of barnacles had grown there. Living in the fertile river made our hull a perfect breeding ground – no matter how good the bottom paint was. Scraping was added to our to-do list, as we sped down the river at a brisk 3 knots.

Pete at the Winch

We raised the main for added momentum (ohhh—3 1/2 knots) and reached the bay in about 45 minutes. Then it was time to raise all the sails and really see how she handled. The balance was incredible, smooth and steady. Don was able to lock the wheel on a course for long periods of time. Pete was a great help with handling the sails, and Amy knew the course by heart. It was a relaxing cruise with great company aboard.

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