It’s Not ALL Work

While I was back up in Evergreen I started looking at use sailboats on craigslist and narrowed my search down to two small racing boats (as disappointing as it was due to the many trailer ready cruisers available under 5k). Don’t worry though, I took careful note of the beauty of used boats in the middle of the country.

  1. These boats are old but in really, really nice shape due to only having ever been used in freshwater and
  2. They all have really nice trailers due to them being uses primarily on lakes where people don’t have homes and water-frontage. Plus the trailers are only used in freshwater so they are all in really decent shape as well!

One boat was up near Denver, an “International Fireball” which is a fast looking boat, it has a really extensive racing fleet and heritage, it looks like it would keep it’s sailors on their toes, it’s small, and has a trailer. The other boat was a Coronado 15 which was larger, almost half the money, both boats have trapezes but the Coronado came with a harness to use with the trapeze. The Coronado has a smaller racing fleet but would be easier to learn on and teach Adrienne as well as have the space to take friends and just have fun for the day. We settled for the larger boat, the Coronado. The day after I got back to Montrose from Evergreen, we went and met the guy and bought the boat for $400…boat and trailer. What a deal!

Rigging and getting ready to launch our new boat for the first time at Blue Mesa reservoir.

Rigging and getting ready to launch our new boat for the first time at Blue Mesa reservoir.

Getting ready to go sailing.

Pulling the boat out of the water at the end of our first day of sailing.

After sailing, on our way home, the light was absolutely perfect for some photos.  Here Adrienne got a picture of me taking a picture.  The body of water in this photo is where we were sailing all day on our new boat.

After sailing, on our way home, the light was absolutely perfect for some photos. Here Adrienne got a picture of me taking a picture. The body of water in this photo is where we were sailing all day on our new boat.

Here are some photos of us sailing it the last couple of weeks. It’s such a great addition to our collection of toys. The first day we sailed it on Blue Mesa and the second the boat hit the water the wind died completely and the water looked like glass for about 20 minutes. Then, the wind slowly kicked back up and we had inconsistent wind all afternoon that never dropped below 15 mph and exceeded 25 at times. It turned out to be a challenging first day and really worked us hard. The second day of sailing was at a state park closer to home in Ridgway Colorado. We brought two cigars with us that I had bought for my father a few years prior in New Orleans. He used to smoke a cigar or two a year but has since quite completely, so after seeing them sit for over a year I decided I aught to just smoke them for him. On our second outing in Ridgway, Adrienne and I smoked them and here are some photos; I would never promote the smoking of tobacco products but it’s hard not to comment on just how bad @$$ I look smoking the cigar. The photos bear a close resemblance to the commercial images for Dos Equis beer. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, look it up.

I don't always smoke cigars, but when I do, I'm always on a Coronado 15.  Sail responsibly.

I don’t always smoke cigars, but when I do, I’m always on a Coronado 15. Sail responsibly.

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Our new rig.

Our new rig on Ridgway reservoir.