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With our health department mandated self quarantine over from the Whooping Cough (yeah, I was shocked to find out that damned disease is still around, too!!) Shelly and I jumped in the “X” and took off to the mountain for some much needed out-of-the-house time. We strung our ENO up between two trees and whipped out our ASA books to dig back into buoy’s, signals, slowing on a reach, and heaving to.

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The slowing and heaving we get pretty easily since we’ve had quite a bit of experience with it sailing our Hobie (even though we didn’t know that’s what it was called then), but I do have to admit that buoys and markers confuse the crap out of me. Well, the both of us really. But I guess that’s just one of those things that we’ll just have to memorize and make flashcards for.

I can’t say the 3 hours on the mountain top was all studies though. We did spend a while playing footsie and talking boats.

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I could feel my face burning though so we drove back down the mountain and crashed a local Mexican restaurant for chips, salsa, and queso dip. And more boat searching.

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That’s a new listing for another Tartan on Yachtworld. We just keep coming back to that boat for the layout and numerous other reasons. What we don’t know is how well she holds up at sea. Digging around on the Internet yields mixed reviews — like every other boat we research. We need an expert!

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