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Plotman posted 04-22-2010 04:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Plotman   Send Email to Plotman  
I got a relatively gentle reminder to always be prepared Tuesday afternoon. We had unseasonably warm temperatures - in the low/mid 70s, so I decided to take the boat out for a spin. I wanted to check the plumbing for a wash-down pump I had installed and some bilge pumps I had changed. Yes, I could have checked everything right at the ramp without even pulling the boat off the trailer, but how much fun is that. Plus I convinced myself I needed something from the hardware store, and it was way cooler to go get it in the whaler than have them send it over on a ferry. So out I went.

Had a gorgeous run over to Bayfield, and walked to 100 yards from the dock to the store. In the 10 minutes I was in the store, the wind freshened a bit and there was a chill. By the time I got back to the boat, no-waked out of the basin, ran the 3-4 miles back to the island and pulled the boat, the winds were 30+ knots out of the north, and the thermometer on my truck read 41. Good thing I have a nice layer of natural insulation under my shorts and T-shirt.

Only after the boat was on the trailer did I remember the ratty old fleece and raincoat that I keep in the console for just such an occasion.

20+ years on the big lake, and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly things can change.

Buckda posted 04-23-2010 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
So jealous right now....6 more days....then I'll have a Whaler again...
prj posted 04-23-2010 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Cooler indeed! I took the Outrage out yesterday as well, for a jaunt around the harbor and a quick look outside. Ostensibly, to check out the performance of my "modified" KeelGuard, the hole I drilled in my lower unit and the mast I rigged for my planer boards. Really, it was just a nice opportunity to go for a ride in the boat...

Temperature on shore wasn't as high as you guys saw up there, we were cool at 50 degrees or so with a gentle breeze out of the NNE. Out on the lake, a watch cap and gloves were required as the reported wind chill was 32 degrees.

Keep it warming up in Bayfield, we've planned another trip to the Apostles on the first week in June.

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