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Along the Lakeshore: July 24

A nice service, rabbits, boats

Curt, Patrice and Hannah came up last weekend to attend the service for Ann. Curt has always griped that the sails on my Cal 21 are worthless and sailing with them is frustrating. They are so bad, that during one of the Columbia Cap races in the past, he had a bunch of children and a couple of ladies on board and he managed to fall out of the boat. After climbing back on board, he got a bit serious about sailing the two races. The results were combined and he managed to finish fourth overall. But in his mind, of course, the boat was and still is no good.

This year I bought a new jib, main, and spinnaker from North Direct. Jay sailed the boat over the Fourth of July weekend and said the new sails are super. The spinnaker arrived a week later, but I’m sure it will also be great. I find it a bit hard to move around the Cal 21 these days, but I think I’ll get out if the wind is good and the sun is not too blistering.

Problems with the outdrive in the Samuel Clyde, precipitated by a marine event several years ago, have finally been fixed and it runs quite well. I was already about a month behind schedule because the paint job was not finished until just before the last week of June. Then, we discovered the universal joint problem.

I’m very grateful that Brinson Marine worked on the Fourth of July. They almost had the boat repaired, but there was a noise coming from the new outdrive. It turned out that the driveshaft that slides into the engine was about 7/8 inch too long and caused the problem. The supplier of the new outdrive located my old carcass in his holding area, removed the proper driveshaft and had it expressed it up to me. The boat was ready on Tuesday, July 9 and Bill and I splashed it that afternoon. I got a last few details finished and we took it out on the following Sunday. Everyone seemed to be happy and the boat finally seems to work just fine.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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