My daughter had just graduated from college, so she and I took the first road
trip to Connecticut to check out the boat. I took hundreds of close up pictures to
show Don, but as soon as I stepped foot on the deck I knew we had found a gem.
Don and I returned to Pawcatuck the following week, and he fell in love with the
vessel just as I had. We scheduled the survey, launch and sea trial for Memorial
Day weekend. A third road trip to Connecticut in a month was not something I was
looking forward to, but we did enjoy some fantastic sea food.
The survey turned up some issues with equipment, but nothing we couldn’t deal
with. The hull was sound, the engine was in good shape, and the sails were new.
She was seaworthy and provided us with lots of opportunities to learn her mechanics.
a certified captain aboard during
the sea trial was required by the seller. We had some trouble scheduling the
captain that was recommended, and so settled on Jay, who owned the marina where
the boat was being stored. We were warned that he wasn’t a sailor, but we
really just needed someone to navigate us down the river.
~ The Binnacle ~
The day of the sea trial dawned with
thick fog. Our schedule was tight as we had planned on returning to Ohio that
afternoon. Things began to clear by noon so Jay gave us the go ahead and expertly
motored us out to sea. The closer we got to the mouth of the river, the thicker
the fog got. Once in open water, visibility was about the length of our boat.
But Jay grew up on this river and could have navigated it blindfolded. We were
so thankful we had hired a pilot with the skills to do exactly what we needed
for the sea trial - keep us from running aground!