March 11, 2004

It was a dark and stormy night...

This is so strange and charming—Alan Sullivan is on his boat, on anchor-watch on a stormy night with a power-failure, he's worried, he's wishing he had put out two anchors, OK........... and I'm reading along with his adventures almost in real-time in the comfort of my home here on the other side of the continent! And that didn't even seem noteworthy to me, until I thought about it just now...

Four in the morning. The batteries showed some bounceback once we turned the engine off; there's still enough life in them for us to turn the starter after daybreak--I hope. But I've been up all night because of the weather. Lenticular clouds warned of wind yesterday afternoon. I should have heeded them and insisted on placing a second anchor. Tim ridicules my caution, and I sometimes let him talk me out of doing the right thing. Now I've been up all night on anchor watch. After dark the wind went up to twenty knots, and it veered about sixty degrees, exposing our position to increasing chop. Three of the five boats here moved west a couple of hundred yards, seeking calmer water. There's a half moon overhead in starry sky, and the light is pretty good. The chop is annoying, but I could sleep if the second anchor were deployed. It's the real risk of dragging that keeps me awake..

Posted by John Weidner at March 11, 2004 1:28 PM
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