Launch day

I impulsively got the boat in the water today. Didn’t wait to paint the bottom. Just gave the battery a quick charge, screwed a skid plate into the skeg of the dinghy, spliced on a new paintaer, hooked it all up to the back of the car and ten minutes later discovered my new Stearns waders had a leak in the right boot.

Boat started right up, slick as could be, so I towed the dinghy out to the mooring (still in summer mode without a winter stick because I stayed in the water so late last December the mooring guy could’nt service it), tied it off with a bowline on a bight, then tightened down my hat, zipped up snug and floored the Honda for a quick tour of the three bays.

I brought the Flip cam and even tried some narrated tour for those faithful readers who have no clue what Cape Cod looks like in late March. The wind noise is wicked and the image is all over the place.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Launch day”

  1. David, wonderful post on “Launch Day” I’ve always wondered what the bays looked like and I think your hat with ear flaps is quite manly.

    Keep it up., I may buy a flip cam my own bad self.

    How much do the houses that were on your left after you passed the bridge keeper cost? 3 or 2 Mill?

    Good stuff.

    Jim

  2. David,

    Read your blog before. Spent my first 28 years on the Cape. Lived in Marstons Mills, Hyannis. Often traveled your little route by Crosby’s. My family goes back to the first comers in Barnstable. Often return in the summers to “renew the mud between my toes”. One of my grandfathers lived in Cotuit all his life. The other was a waterman from Marstons Mills. If you rake quahogs in North Bay and find any bricks with LFH on them, you’ve found his old clam beds.

    Great tour – I’m jealous.

  3. David –

    What a nice tour. I yearn to get back to the Cape.

    Osterville – my grandmother told me that it originaly was called Cotachest from what the natives called the area. Then, when oysters became the industry of the village it was named Oysterville. She claimed that someone made a map and left out the “y” and that it has been Osterville ever since.

    We still call the boatshop area Crosbytown.

    Cheers,

    Jim

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