They came and took her away yesterday. (See my previous post about how our sailboat got trashed.) We had many adventures in Puget Sound and she always got us home safely. Sucia, Patos, San Juan, and Stuart islands were our favorite spots. Our son even sailed with his wife and two year old son on the Canadian side to visit Pender Island.

Fargone was a Lancer 25 sailboat. It was 25 feet long with an 8 foot beam and had a fixed weighted keel. She was a steady, solid boat and a good friend.

You served us well girl. Thanks for the memories.

Here’s photos of how they managed to pick her up and haul her away:
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Some of you may have read my posts on sailing, such as this, and this, and this. Well, a March wind has stopped all that. My poor little sailboat is no more.

We had 8 trees fall in a 67mph wind and one of them took her out. There is a certain irony in all this… the name of our boat was Fargone. Now it truly is Far Gone.

She was a good boat. It’s like losing a best friend. The good news is we had insurance. The bads new is she was totaled. I’ll miss her.

But… we hope to find another boat soon. It will have to be a fixer-upper because cash is tight. But I’ll be back out on the salt water soon.

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I pushed the boat away from the dock and watched my son Guy, his wife Sarah, and my grandson Kristjan sail off to a 5 day trip through Puget Sound and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

The boat needed a lot more fixing then I”d realized. My electrician son fixed all the lights and installed a new bilge pump. We also built a safety net all around the boat to protect Kristjan.

After nearly two days repairing the boat and waiting for good weather, they finally got underway.

As I watched them leave the slip and head out I was reminded what a wonderful blessing they are for me.

I am thrice blessed as Guy’s Dad, Sarah’s Father-in-Law, and Kristian’s Afi (Icelandic for Granddad).

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