it was the middle of May, a very hot and humid day. Herman
got it in his mind to put the sailboat in the water. It’s
part of our spring ritual.
first had to blow up the tire on the boat trailer which
has a slow leak, which over the winter had totally flattened.
We keep the boat in the back yard and cover it with a tarp.
A very large tarp which my aide, Terry, had brought to us.
the first thing he did after blowing up the tire was attempt
to put the trailer on the back of his Ford Explorer. Once
he did that, it was a matter of backing out and all the
way down to the beach. After several attempts and much commentary,
he unhitched the boat trailer from the back of the Explorer
and backed the trailer out the drive way by hand. That way,
he had a straight shot across the road to the beach.
down at the beach, he shifted into four wheel drive, and
continued backing into the water. Trouble is, our beach
goes so gradually into the water that although he backed
until his exhaust was under water, the boat was still not
this point, he enlisted my aide, Terry to help. She couldn’t
believe how cold the water was. Remember, this was in mid
May. Once the two of them managed to get the boat off the
trailer, we decided to go on a maiden voyage around the
also tell you, Herman and Terry put up the mast, which is
no easy feat. Somehow the guy wires always get tangled up
over the winter and never seem to be the right length to
snap in place.
carried me into the boat and placed me in my chair, which
is bolted to the side of the boat. This chair was Herman’s
invention to give me back and side support. It’s a
basic plastic resin chair with the back legs cut off and
it really works for me.
was a beautiful ride and we discovered a couple of new houses
that had sprouted up since last fall. It seems to me that
every available foot of lake front has been utilized. So
I feel all the more fortunate to have our piece of beach.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"