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    Launching Herman’s Sailboat

    So, 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.

    He 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.

    So, 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.

    Once 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 afloat.

    At 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 lake.

    I should 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.

    Herman 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.

    It 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.


    "Kathryn 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"