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All growing up, I spent time on boats with my parents. And during that time we had many many… “adventures”. Whether it was running out of gas in the middle of Lake Powell and having to manually tow the boat to shore, or getting stuck in a storm, it seemed like we always had something going slightly wrong.
Now that I am a boat owner, these small mishaps continue, and I haven’t been able to decide if it is simply ME that is bad luck, or if it’s just a normal part of boat life.
But, whichever it is, we have definitely seen our fair share lately. Hopefully the more we learn and the better we get, these mishaps will become less and less.
The past two weekends have seen three, and this is the story of the first.
We went out for a sail on Friday, May 25th, with the intention of arriving back at the marina after dark, but when we flipped the switch for our running lights, they didn’t work. So then we were racing the sun to get back. We made it, and Tyson spent the next couple hours doing electrical work to get them working again.
With our lights successfully fixed, we headed out for a long sail on the 26th. It was a beautiful sail. We went about 40 miles, which was our longest sail to date. I did get a bit seasick, but it was still a great day.
But it all turned scary at the end.
Coming back into the marina at 10:45pm, we saw the Sunset Cruise boat (a large dinner cruise boat) docked in her usual place, with her running lights on. Nothing unusual, we could see both the green (starboard/right) and red (port/left) running lights, meaning she was facing us. Then, in an instant, all we could see was green. It took us a second to realize what had happened, as it was hard in the dark to make out what was going on. The boat had swung out in front of us broadside. The next couple minutes were a blur. I hollered at Tyson to hit hard reverse, which causes our outboard motor to pop out of the water, and you have to hold it down with a foot. We were fighting the current and wind, so much so that even with full reverse, we were staying stationary, rather than going backwards as we were trying to. Fortunately, Sunset was able to swing back into place fairly quickly and we could go back into drive. Tyson threw it back into gear, but we still were quite close to the boat with the current, and it took all three of us (Cole, me, and Tyson) pushing off of the boat to keep from colliding. In the end, we avoided disaster, but it was was a scare.
Lesson of the day, RUNNING LIGHTS ARE IMPORTANT!
Without them, we wouldn’t have seen Sunset, and they wouldn’t have seen us. I am just extremely grateful it wasn’t worse.
Part 2, HERE.
As you know, we try not to have too much food waste. Which means when we get green onions at the store, after we use the tops, we put the white parts with the roots in a cup of water so they can continue to grow. And boy do they grow. This was about 4 days growth.
Crazy right? They were getting out of control, but I didn’t want to just chop them off and toss them. I love having dried chives for cooking because they don’t require refrigeration, so I figured I would try the same with onions. But I don’t have a dehydrator. So to Google I went, and found that you can just set them in the sun and let nature do the rest.
I had to make a “pan” to dry them on because we got rid of all of ours in the move. (No point in having pans without an oven).
Set them out, went for a sail… 5 hours later….
Boom! Dried onions. I’m stoked. It worked exactly as I hoped. Now I don’t have to worry about the onions getting wasted. Happy day.
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