We are still daysailing and over-nighting on Cay of Sea. The days are cooler – we’re wearing jackets and sweatshirts out in the weather – and the nights are chilly. When sunset arrives the temperature falls quickly, and it’s a relief to get the anchor down and start dinner. The start of dinner is exciting on two levels: that means the stove is going to warm up the cabin, and we get to eat soon too – we often have a pretty late dinner when we cruise, so we’re hungry. I usually light the big trawler lamp, which gives off a lot of cozy warmth.
Sleeping in the V-berth is cozy too. Our bottom layer is the cushions, of course, and on top of that we lay a thick comforter. Bottom sheet and top sheet are the next layer, then one or even two sleeping bags for the insulation on top. We’re never cold like this. Only on really cold evenings do I consider leaving the lamp burning on low. I’m always very careful to cross-ventilate the cabin when I do so. It doesn’t take much to feed the lamp and keep the air fresh for breathing. The cabin warms quickly in the morning with coffee-making and turning up the lantern.
We enjoy such great sailing in the fall. While we motored across the bay on Sunday afternoon due to light winds, our return yesterday couldn’t have been better. Wind on the beam at 10-15 knots and brilliant sunshine equals two solid hours of brisk sailing with the boat hovering near hull-speed, but never over-powered.
I’ll probably haul out in six weeks, but until then we hope to get in 3-4 more nights on board. Then the projects begin again!