I’m back from my one-week busman’s holiday (vacation) single-handing a borrowed boat on a whistle-stop tour of the Bay of Fundy.
Sable is very different from Morgan’s Cloud, and I had not single-handed in many years, so I learned a huge amount, particularly since, although there was not a lot of wind, the Bay of Fundy is always a challenging place and that doubled down when the fog came in thick and stayed that way for the last two days of my cruise.
Nothing like navigating in zero visibility through the Reversing Falls and Saint John Harbour to sharpen my senses and get me thinking about navigation best practice and gear. More on that in a future post.
The good news was that the first few days were in benign weather and, further, since it was a cruise in company of our local station of the CCA, I had good friends and fine mariners keeping a weather eye on me while I figured Sable out.
Talking of my ride, what a sweet boat. Full keel with attached rudder, based on the Owens Cutter first built in 1944. Sable, herself, was built in the middle 60s as the Hinckley 41, and is simply exquisite, with detailing that only a few top end builders of the time have ever lavished on a boat.
Also, Sable is small, seriously small. Don’t let 41 feet fool you. She is only 29 feet on the water and 10 feet wide—think less volume than a Westsail 32. So I learned a lot about smaller boats. More coming on that, too.
But, first and foremost, a huge heartfelt thank you to my friend David for entrusting me with his beloved Sable.