Gittin Ready

We’re at a less than 40 day count down, which sounds sort of Biblical, after all Noah built the Arc in a similar time frame and all we have to do is load her up and go.    Turns out going is pretty complicated with winding down from jobs, getting the house prepped,  arranging endless paperwork….  We started a list on a long motor back from the Little Choptank to Annapolis.  As satisfying it is to cross things off, we just as often turn the page and add more to the bottom line.  It is exciting though, and we actively ponder what is going to be completely different than what we envision and what we will miss the most.    The boat definitely feels like home now though and my perspective when shopping or being out runs to “could I wear that on the boat” or “do we need another of that on the boat”  or “is a $50 frying pan Debra recommends for the boat really worth it given my cooking ‘skills'”, versus that would be good for a client meeting or court, or the dining room would look fresher with this or that.  We celebrate little accomplishments like figuring out how to winch the dingy onto the foredeck (I do the winching, quite a work out) and having Kevin point out that this is what I need to do if he falls overboard and incapacitated to the point that he can’t climb the ladder and I have to winch him back aboard.  (Really going to try to avoid putting that in practice.)


At the beach now immersed in family and the dog, enjoying the noise and having everyone around me.  Going to miss that I know.  Looking forward to meeting new friends on the Rally and the waterway.

A bit about our sailing vessel –


Radiance on a mooring ball in Annapolis Harbor
Radiance on a mooring ball in Annapolis Harbor

Radiance is a Sabre 38 Mark II.  She is hull number 156 and was constructed in 1989.   We acquired her in 2012 and have sailed her around the Chesapeake Bay in an effort to hone our seamanship and convince her and ourselves that we are prepared for a longer adventure.  Our experience leads us to believe that she was well taken care of by her previous owners.

Some important numbers that limit or enable our travels –

LOA – 38′ 8″   (think length for you landlubbers)

Beam – 12’4″  (think width)

Draft  – 4’4″ with the Centerboard up. 8′ with the centerboard down (think depth)

Air Draft – 58’6″   from the waterline to the top of the VHF antenna on the mast.  (think height)

Displacement – 16900 lbs. (think weight sort of)

Sail Area – 690 square feet

Hull Speed – 7.5 knots

Engine – Diesel; Westerbeke; 33 hp

Fuel – 45 Gallons

Water – 105 Gallons

Holding Tank – 30 Gallons

These are important to determine where on the water we can sail or motor, which anchorages and marinas we can visit, the bridges we can fit under, the weather we can tolerate, and how long we can be underway.

There are many other variables that are also important to consider such as wind, waves, current, tides, and weather,