Summer is here, and we are OK with that

We had another really fine day at Camp Kieve for our end of the iceboat season meeting/get together. I was fortunate and made it to the meeting just in time for Bill’s sharing the years highlights. I did get there a bit on the late side, the drive getting there was a bit more leisurely than I usually drive as there were many Sunday drivers on the road, and I just joined the crowd. 

The main reason that I am making this post is that after the meeting we were all treated to much good food, and I did not bring a thing to share. I did leave Camp Kieve with half a loaf of pumpkin bread and a donut on a plate. I had donut with my coffee this morning, and look forward to having toasted pumpkin bread with my coffee the next few days! That is basically what got me going on this post.

After the meeting yesterday I took the opportunity to drive to Belgrade to do another spring thing. Back in the 80’s me and Harrison Richardson had an old wooden sailboat that was a terrific sailing vessel, a Camden Finn boat was the design, not sure if that is even the proper name. But, being an old wooden boat that we were not going to restore, it did take on water. I kept it floating by rotating a 12V deep cycle every two weeks. I then sailed for the Bahamas in November on another boat, leaving the battery rotation responsibility to Harrison. Long story short, the boat sank. When I returned from the Bahamas, I dove and recovered what I could from the Finn boat including the mast. I subsequently used the mast as flag pole at our place on Great pond. 

I then designed a pole with a luff rope like appendage that goes up the sail track in the mast. On the upper half of the pole is a brass tube that has a jewel type thing in the tip that allows it to rotate freely. The luff of the flag can be pulled taught, as seen in this photo. This flagpole is a bit out of the ordinary so I stop in Belgrade and hoist the flag in the spring, and lower it in the fall. 

I was also able to visit with family during my stop in Belgrade, get a fish tote full of topsoil, and eat more good food cooked by others. Hope you all had as an enjoyable Sunday as I, and my post is understandable and interesting to you all, Dave 

The tip of the actual mast is just below the rotating brass tube. Works great as shown.

About David Fortier

DN sailor since 1988
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