Our plan was to head out to Greenport, Long Island for a Friday-to-Monday weekend but the weather looked poor, so we stayed home. Nothing wrong with that, as it turned out.
Dock mates Bob and Diane's flowers looked great and ours will too, as soon as we get them going.
Saturday afternoon was devoted to watching our neighbors Lou and Janie put up the top on their Four Winns. They do this every year and it never gets easier. Beautiful boat but the snaps never get easier to put back on.
It never did rain but we were glad we stayed around. Sometimes, just spending time with others on the dock is really fun. Over the years, we have gotten to know each of them and it is nice to spend some time just chatting and seeing what new toys we have all accumulated. This year, it's a new electric grille. Frances wants one and we suspect, she'll find one at a great price.
Cocktail hour on A-Dock arrived at 5 PM under a nice bright sun. If you are reading this, have a boat and sometimes take a drink, these pictures probably won't look any different than what you have experienced. It's so nice to catch up after a long winter and a wet spring.
Our friends John and Joanne have new Lab puppy. What a great addition to the dock and she shows every indication of being a great boat dog.
Sunday dawned gray and cloudy but there were still lots of things going on on the dock. Frank and Barbara wanted to install a Rudder Position Indicator on their 351 Silverston and as soon as the engine hatches went up, the guys gathered, me included.
These things aren't easy to install but Frank figured it out even though he was going to have to make up some parts that the manufacturer didn't include.
We couldn't let the day pass without doing something useful ourselves so we tackled cleaning our inflatable, which we hope to use next weekend. It was really filthy, having not been cleaned since last year.
A half a bottle of "Magic Roll-Off" and some serious scrubbing with a scruffy pad and the old dink looked good enough to use.
Looks pretty good, huh?
Next it was time to move our dock mates Sue and Ron's nice new hard-bottom dink from our dock to the Norwich boat launch so they could could put it on their trailer and take it to have the Weaver davits mounted.
I volunteered to run the boat with Sue as my co-captain. This would be an adventure over uncharted waters but Ron and Sue trusted me. We boarded and gave the 1992 Tohatsu outboard engine a pull on full choke. Off she went and on the second pull the engine idled perfectly.
We had some difficulty getting out from behind their boat (long story, not worth detailing here) but soon we were out on the big water.
Truth be told, we only had to run about 300 yards to the boat launch but it was still a fun cruise. We stopped briefly so that Frances could take these pictures.
Speaking of Ron, we celebrated his birthday on Sunday. Despite his expression in the photo below, Ron is a very observant and funny guy. He never seems to miss anything and always has a quip that is expertly delivered. We were surprised that he agreed to wear the birthday crown, but he did.
Happy birthday, Ron!
Next weekend is July 5 so we'll be at the dock and once again, not cruising. A-dock is always fun though and it appears that it will be pot luck and fireworks on Friday night. We're bringing chili so there may be fireworks in us as well as over our heads.