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Happy Camper

August 31st, 2015

Mr Chiots is a happy camper, yesterday we got a sailboat from a friend. He’s been wanting one for a while, he did a lot of sailing on this type of catamaran in high school. It’s a Hobiecat 16.
We went to our friend Joan’s house and got the boat in the water. Then we loaded up all the sails and the mast on it and our neighbor came to pull the sailboat to the boat launch.
We loaded it onto the trailer, but of course it wasn’t quite that simple. Mr Chiots and I went down to Joan’s house a few weeks ago to check out the trailer and pump up the tires. When we arrived yesterday one of the tires was flat. Thankfully, Joan had a compressor and we pumped it back up. We crossed our fingers when we loaded the boat on it and headed home. Taking back roads and watching the trailer.
Luckily we made it home without issue. Mr Chiots spent the afternoon putting it all together, checking to see which parts are missing and what needs fixing. There probably isn’t enough summer yet to get it out on the water this fall, but by next summer it should be ready.

Have you ever been sailing?

4 Comments to “Happy Camper”
  1. Joan on August 31, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Looks like Brian is having lots of fun with it already!

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    • Susy on August 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

      He spent all afternoon rigging it up and making a list of parts he needs to buy.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on August 31, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Way to go! That is a fun new toy for y’all :) I’ve had many different boat rides but no sail boats. We did spend the night in a friend’s sail boat tied to their dock as a spare room, that was pretty cool.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on August 31, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Susy, I have towed a sailboat for my cousin when she got one given to her but “oops” didn’t have a hitch on her SUV. I don’t think she ever got that one on the water before she traded up for a better one and had a hitch put on her vehicle. Never really had the desire to surf the waves on a sail boat. I’m more of a motorized pontoon fishing boat kind of a guy. I can see the Brian is like a kid in a candy store. I’m sure we will hear all about his excursions next year. In the mean time he can have fun playing with the boat.

    Have a great time watching the kid and his boat day.

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