The Pacific Northwest has been suffering a heat wave recently. Hoping to beat the heat, a friend and I went out sailing the other day. A wise choice as it was cool enough on the water to actually enjoy a magnificent day!
I had forgotten to top up the fuel in the outboard's massive 1/4 gallon tank before leaving the dock, and we were just exiting the Snohomish River when fuel starvation struck. As I bound towards the motor, jerry can in hand, I looked up and, much to my surprise, saw a Devlin Winter Wren bearing down on me. I recognized her instantly, Nil Desperandum, with Captain Larry Cheek aboard. Larry wrote about his experiences building Nil Desperandum, and reading his blog provided both motivation and a voice of sanity when I was building Solitude. I've met Larry and his wife briefly in person and been aboard Nil Desperandum twice at the Wooden Boat Festival. And now, here he was, circling his boat around me, asking if I needed help! What a small world! Thanks for standing by to render aid, Larry!
Fortunately, I was quickly able to splash of gas into the tank and get the noisemaker up and running again. Shortly thereafter, the engine was silenced again, this time deliberately, and my friend and I were enjoying a great day sailing!
|Nil Desperandum, under sail. Larry is modest about her, but she sure is a fine looking boat.|