We had a storm last night that blew some cooler air into the area, so we got out on the bay for an hour and a half late this morning without suffering heat stroke. There was already a fair amount of boat traffic – not our favorite time to be on the bay – but the conditions were nice and we sailed pleasantly until I sailed out from under the shore breeze in Herring Bay.
In fact the sailing was so calm, it put some people to sleep.
I recognized some of the boat traffic. This boat pictured below is Beau Vent – an Islander Freeport 36. This Bob Perry design is probably one of my favorites. Although we are very happy with our Watkins 27, I would be sorely tempted if a good deal on an Islander Freeport 36 landed in my lap.
I really like the big windows and the roomy accommodations. 9 feet longer than our boat, and untold greater volume, yet still this boat is basically a boat for two people. You can accommodate a third, or a fourth if they are a couple, but not comfortably. There are berths for four, but it’s hard for me to imagine over-nighting with that extra couple on board. Here is some more data on the IF-36 if you’re interested.
As we ran out from under the breeze, we were plagued with flies. This I cannot tolerate, so we dropped sails motored for home. Once back inside the arms of the bay, the breeze returned, but it was too close to lunch time, and the heat was increasing. There was a grilled cheese sandwich and a nap in my afternoon plans.