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Thanks so much for sharing your precious memories!
On Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 12:44 PM Priscilla Wheatley <wheatleyp@...
I guess I will have to call myself an "admirer" of the Flicka. I am the original owner of Cadenza, hull #387. She is listed as a 1989 because the hull was pulled in September 1989, but she was built for 1990 because the original very dark navy gel coat was a 1990 color. I purchased her at Coveside in South Bristol, Maine in 1990 and singlehanded the Maine coast through 1999, my last year sailing. I worked in Boston but moved to Maine in 1995. I sold her around 2002 and she was relocated to Eggemoggin Reach (Penobscot Bay), was painted and spruced up. I don't know anything beyond that until I had the intense desire to start seriously looking. Last night I hit pay dirt! It looks like she has spent years in the Great Lakes. I wasn't one to spend a lot of time on maintenance. Insurance covered her in the water from May 1 to November 1 and I wanted to sail every day I could. April was the month to get ready to launch including painting the bottom, sometimes in view of some crusty snow under a tree. She went overboard for the first weekend in May and came out by 10/31. I'm glad to see she is in good shape, carefully refurbished and maintained. I found a lot of my old messages on this board. What memories!
I'm a real single-hander. I rarely took anyone with me. If you knew how to sail I made you sit on your hands. The more you know, the more likely you are to upset established routines. 2 guys screwed me up at the Camden Yacht club trying to help me tie up. I did have a great crew member, sister of a Crealock 34 owner, for the race at the Rendezvous at Christmas Cove. We handled 35-40 kts in 1999 when a lot of the bigger boats motored to the lobster bake. I have giant pewter loving cup and still remember leaving Mike Mitchell (Coveside's owner) well behind our wake.
My signature cruise was in 1998, when I turned 50, to Passamaquoddy Bay part of which is in New Brunswick. It was about 6 weeks in August and September, hurricane season. I added a Bruce anchor and rode to the CQR. I found the special flares recently in the garage I had installed radar a few years earlier, added a handheld radio to the built in. I stuck with handheld Loran because GPS was inaccurate by about 1/4 mile, which is dicey along the rocky coast. I spent several days in Lubec because I knew the harbormaster, which was a good break to rest, do laundry etc. I studied up on the area and planned carefully for 20 foot tides, wicked currents, and a real whirlpool that had to be avoided. I toured Campobello (FDR's home), then went to St Andrew's (NB), and spent many nights anchored in gunkholes. Last stop was on Grand Manan island, part of NB; the international border goes straight down the middle of the channel. I hit a following current when I left for home and made over 8 kts over the ground!
I still have a few things, including the bronze Lewmar winch handle which I took home so I wouldn't lose it overboard. I also have the original tiller which has some delamination, and I found the extra key for the Yanmar. I carry pictures with me, along with some of my horse, Speckles, purchased in 2001 when I still owned Cadenza. There are few of me and my Porsche from the 70s-80s, on the track at Watkins Glen.. Dad taught me to sail on a little pond on Cape Cod when I was 6 and 2000 was the first year I didn't sail at all. What drove me to pursue 3 oddball hobbies (for women, some would say) was undiagnosed bipolar disorder. It's taken care of now, but my horse and I are still at it: I'm 71, he's 25. Saturday a friend is taking me to a lecture of sorts about Maine lighthouses, most of which I have seen from the water, never the land.
More Cadenza gear will surface without a doubt. I don't throw out useful things unless they have turned green and liquid in the vegetable drawer. I still have the stainless fittings and fastener kit Take Care!!!
Thanks for letting me reminisce!