A Sad Day for Boating
It was this past September 22nd, the first evening of
autumn, according to the weatherman. It was a beautiful
morning and Herman told me he was taking his last sail
of the season.
wearing a bathing suit and sitting on the beach with Terry.
Herman did in fact take a nice long sail, then beached
the boat right behind me and lowered the sail, boom and
mast. His sail is in sad shape, and he took that in separately
to measure it for replacement.
on the internet and have yet to find the right sail as
of this writing. But the saga continues as Herman had
to get his boat on the trailer and bring it across the
road behind the house where it will sit until next summer.
Herman has always had difficulty backing the trailer down
the driveway into the lake, so he actually walked the
trailer down to the lake this time. Terry helped him by
holding the front of the trailer and Herman waded into
the water to attach the rope to the front of the boat
and crank it onto the trailer.
all sounds fairly simple, but nothing is ever simple when
Herman makes a project of it. In the process he had to
get a long stick to push the boat onto the roller when
it came off one side. He also had several tie-downs because
he was afraid the boat might come off the trailer when
he accelerated up the beach to the road.
was guiding Herman the whole way across the street and
told me later that she was really nervous the boat might
fall off the trailer when Herman bumped over the crest
of the beach onto the road. Thankfully, no such incident
occurred, and no one got hurt either.
yet to name this boat, although it comes with “Sunbird”
written on the side. But that is really the model name,
not a personal name. But I like anything with “sun”
in it, so we may just leave it.
this is part of the seasonal ritual. After the summer
people leave the lake, Herman takes his boat out and we
take our Adirondack furniture off the front deck to get
ready for colder weather. Soon Herman will service the
snow blower and we will look forward to winter’s
coming in earnest. We already have our fuel locked in
at a higher price than last year, and our wood supplier,
Al Gessinger, is on alert.
get ready for the fall season, my favorite time of year
besides summer, I hope you are greeting the change of
seasons happily. Have a happy Halloween tomorrow!
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com