Things seldom go as planned, but they do seem to work themselves out.

Last night I rented a truck so I could haul my boat 30 miles south to get the motor mount put on. Simple right? No.

The sun was setting fast, so I only got one side of the hull buffed (to remove oxidation). I had to turn my attentions to hitching up the boat for next morning’s journey. The other side would have to wait until the weekend.

I got the boat strapped down tight and went to hitch up the truck. Also easy, right? No.

The 2” ball on my hitch was too high so I needed to attach it to the other side of the ‘L’ bracket to lower the ball. Easy, right? Ah, no.

The large nut on the ball was too tight and I didn’t have the right tools to release it. My vise grips were too small. So, I had to wait until morning to buy a new hitch.

I’d hoped to be to town by 8am, but after stuffing supplies into the truck, doing last minute checks to make sure the boat wasn’t going to slide off the trailer, buying a new hitch, hooking up the truck, and searching for my lost wallet, it was 9:15. This put me into town at 10:00. Late, but still good.

The drive to town should have been relaxing, right? No.

One tire on the boat trailer was low and I didn’t stop to pump it up. I took the risk because I was running late. I stopped at a rest stop to check the tire out. It was warmer than the other, but not too much. So I spent the rest of the drive glancing at my mirror watching the low tire. My trailer is a single axle, meaning it only has two tires. Getting a flat while towing a 4000 lb. sailboat is not a good idea.

I got there okay though. And, after all the rush, I spent a goodly part of the day in my truck waiting for the mount and motor to be attached to the boat.

Then I hauled the boat to the wharf where it will be launched on Monday. Between now and then I have to finish the buffing, attach the remote throttle, clean & dry out the bilge, install the starter battery, charge my main battery, build a bed frame, make a new hatch door, and clean & stock the boat.

No one told me pleasure boating would be so much work. I’m pretty sure that once we’re underway and heading to the island, I will forget the hassles of preparing for the trip.

Whew!

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Getting closer to launch day! The sailboat is cleaned, bottom prepared for painting, scuppers cleared, and my son is fixing the electrical systems tomorrow.

The new outboard has arrived. We’ll be picking it up this Thursday.

She’s an old boat and requires a lot of work but my wife and I will be sailing the islands soon.

Yay!

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I’m getting sooo much done on my boat. It looks like I’m actually going to lauch next month.

I feel great. Only had two down days in the last three weeks. Leuk is giving me a break and my other health issues have abated as well.

I’ve cleaned up the deck, cleared the stopped up scuppers, removed the old remote throttle, taken off the old outboard, scrapped the adhesive from old graphics, got a new vent for the hatch, and lots more. Yay!

We’re having early Summer weather and I can smell the salt air. (I live inland so maybe that’s my eager imagination.)

Life is very good right now.

 

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lancerOur sailboat still isn’t launched, but we’re getting closer. I have to scrub the boat down; buff the sides back to a shine (the fiberglass was oxidized when we bought it); build a bed frame; do the bottom paint; put a new hatch vent on; and clean out and restock the cabin. Oh yeah, and the scuppers (cockpit drains) are plugged.

Hmmmm… doesn’t sound like I’m really “getting closer” after all.

We’ve ordered a new propane powered outboard. It should arrive next week. It will be a bit of a trick to mount because I have to attached the remote control throttle, electric start, and cables.

Our goal was to launch May 1. Well, we obviously missed that one. So now we are aiming for June 1.

We plan on doing a lot of sailing and camping this Summer. I feel good and hopefully will for some time. Leuk is giving us a window of opportunity and we plan on using it.

Until next time… may a firm wind be at your back and a warm sun on your sails.

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FrogThere were flies, dead ones, all around him. But he didn’t move. He just sat there and if left alone would have starved. The frog relied on movement to catch his prey. If it didn’t move, it wasn’t dinner.

Are we like that frog? Are we surrounded with blessings all around us but don’t see them?

It is easy for me to get wrapped up in worrying about what sort of legacy I will leave when I’m gone. I guess this is especially punctuated by the possibly of a shorter life than planned. What sort of lasting difference can I make in the world?

I search for meaning, blind to what’s standing all around me.

My children are adults now, raising their own children, my grandchildren. My legacy flows through them to their children and long after I’m gone it will continue on to newer generations, not just from genetics, but more importantly from the lessons my wife and I passed on.

This is not to say I was a perfect father. I wasn’t. I’d like to go back and fix all sorts of mistakes. So, yes, I do have regrets, but they are far outweighed by the pleasures of raising my children. Despite my screw ups, I hope they see some good examples they can pass down to their own children.

As I see it, a man should strive to make a difference in this world, but he should never miss the difference he has already made.

Our most important legacy is our contribution to the souls around us. You can write fine novels, make inspiring movies, preach mighty sermons, become the President of the United States, but if you haven’t done something to help others, you haven’t accomplished anything.

The most important goal a parent can have is to leave his child a little step up. Not in money or possessions, but a bit more confident, loving, and caring.

Your legacy? You already have it. It is all around you.

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