|Removing snow from the boat (photo taken by Donna A. Briedé)|
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Seaford (2/20 &2/21/2015)
As regular readers might have seen, we have had a harsh weather week these past few days. It snowed on Monday and temperatures went below 10 degrees Fahrenheit (or -12 degrees centigrade). Yes for us southerners that is cold! It was that cold that it froze Back Creek where our boat is located. As I mentioned previously, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website mentions that seawater freezes below 28.4 degrees and our measurements showed the ice surface was 28 degrees; indeed cold enough for saltwater to freeze. Expecting rain on Saturday night, I thought it was prudent to at least get a lot of the snow of the boat, in the hope to let the rainwater runoff easier and keep the inside drier.
First getting on the boat was an adventure. She was stuck in the ice. Thank goodness we were able to pull her forward a bit and I was able to push some of the snow of the bow with my snow shovel, thus taking some of the weight of the bow and loosening it enough that I could pull it over. Now getting on without slipping and going of the other side. I did succeed, and got most of the snow pushed of. I only slipped once and thank goodness I fell right into the cockpit and did not need to try to swim in 28 degree water. The snow was nice and soft. I tore off the handle to the companion way hatch on my way down, but at least I've got something else to work on this winter.
It is always good to be at the yacht club. I’m seldom alone; there is always someone working or at least visiting their boat. This was also the case on Saturday and actually on Friday as well. The advantage of membership of a group such as this is comradery and friendship. It is a great place to hang out. We humans are social animals and need others around, despite my regular assertion that we men are all monks and rather be alone.