Tuesday, July 9, 2013
sailboats, floating and otherwise
A little more information about the boats on the water this past Sunday. BayDog, also known as Dave, tells me the red hull is a San Juan 21, a very fast boat. The owner, whose name I do not know, did tell me a little about the boat's new outboard. It is a propane powered Lehr four stroke. He says they use small propane canisters which last about an hour and a half running time. He was clearly a big fan of the outboard and his enthusiasm had me interested too. I started doing a comparison on cost, fuel capacity, etc, but when I checked their website I could only find a 2.5 hp with a short shaft. Spartina requires a long shaft. So I think my next outboard, hopefully before the summer is out, will be a Honda 2.3 four stroke, with a long shaft.
And below is Rich's Sea Sprite, an Alberg design with a full keel. It's a beautiful boat. They tie up at the marina on the Portsmouth waterfront - I expect I'll be seeing more of them this summer.
And below is one more boat from, quite literally, the river. This boat had been anchored in Craford Bay for the last several years. I may have seen some people row out to her in a canoe a few seasons ago, but I may be confusing her with another boat. In any case, she was a derelict. During one of the storms this past winter, maybe Sandy, she went submersible. Someone had marked her with an orange buoy, but she was still a hazard in the bay. I was happy to see her being hauled away to the refuse pile.