We have been out and about in our dinghy quite a bit this weekend; back and forth to barbecues on shore and dinners on friends’ boats. We have noticed a bit of a problem that when arriving back at the boat, in the dark, after having consumed one (or more) alcoholic beverages, our knot tying abilities seem to disappear. So what typically happens is that, upon bumping into the transom, Rebecca ties the dinghy painter to the boat with half a dozen knots of various descriptions. After she gets out I tend to repeat that procedure, not wanting to wake up to find our dinghy has floated out into Lake Ontario. Our solution to this, which we began using a few weeks ago, is that right after we launch the dinghy we attach a carabiner to the transom rail and tie a loop in the dinghy painter. Now, instead of having to wrestle with 50 knots to untie in the morning, we just have to unclip one clean and simple loop.
This post is coming to you from our boat, peacefully anchored in Stella Bay. I hope the windlass works as we are anchored in 35 feet of water!
PS: Today’s blog post title could also have been describing our boat speed yesterday, which at one time was, yes, zero knots!