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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

Rainy days in paradise


Yes, it even rains in paradise.

But rainy days are also good days. It’s relaxing, that patter of rain on the awning over the cockpit, the realization that it’s one of those days when even the ducks are walking, and “…you ain’t goin’ nowhere”.

But there are projects, of course. One of the books I brought with me to the boat this year is called “The Rigger’s Apprentice”. As you’d expect, it’s a mighty tome, hard covered and 400 pages of pretty much anything you could want to know about rigging, lines, knots, etc. Including how to “Whip” (secure with string) the ends of your heavier lines aboard, such as halyards, sheets and dock lines.

Thrilling, isn’t it?

But we’re anchored off a wildlife preserve at Sanibel Island, FL, where the dolphins, brown and white pelicans, Great & Snowy Egret, Herons of several types, Rosette Spoonbills and Terns come to feed, the mullet jump like show horses, and the Ospreys lord over it all.

It’s a nice spot to work on my marlinespike seamanship.

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house, we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

7 thoughts on “Rainy days in paradise

  1. We used to call that “whipping.” “Serving” was the application to standing rigging of one of multiple layers of protection. But if “The Rigger’s Apprentice” says so, who am I to argue?!? Whatever you call them, yours are lookin’ good!

    You guys are missing a most summer-like autumn…

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    • Both you and friend John (who’s a pilot for the US Navy for the BIG ones in St. Mary’s, Georgia) pointed out this discrepancy, and I’m embarrassed to report that I goofed. Should have gone with my gut, which said “Whipping”, rather than “serving”. I went back to the book and eventually found the 1/2 page in which he talks about whipping – and es, that’s what I was doing!


      • If I had a nickel for every time *I* goofed! At least your friend John had the decency not to call you out in public!

        So why does a Navy pilot know about archaic sailing terms? It’s hypothetical, don’t answer…

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      • Should have specified – John is the Harbor Pilot for the navy at King’s Bay. Strictly surface NAvy as far as I know…


  2. Ah – *harbor* pilot. Well, there you go – if I had read that carefully, I would have figured that out for myself! My nickel, please…

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  3. Rainy days can be quite cozy and relaxing, especially when you have an interesting project to work on.

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    • They can… But then this one turned into tropical storm Phillipe, which was not so fun. ‘Teas a rough night, but after me moved it got much nicer.


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