Keeping busy through the Holidays

Last week I went to Phoenix, AZ, on Holiday.  Spent time with my folks and also met up with my friend Gary for a day.  Had a wonderful time sailing on Lake Pleasant under a fair sky and with fair wind.

A great day sailing on Lake Pleasant, AZ.

A great day sailing on Lake Pleasant, AZ.

Returning to Colorado I find that Winter has come in force.

Blowing snow in Golden, CO.

Blowing snow in Golden, CO.

The temp was about 25 degrees this morning.  As I type this post the reported temp is 11 degrees.  The forecast low tonight is for -7 Fahrenheit, with the high on Tuesday a sweaty zero degrees.  When this all ends there should be 6″ of new snow on the ground.

This weather may bring visions of the Overlook Hotel from the movie ‘The Shining’.

Fictional Overlook Hotel from the Stephen King classic 'The Shining'.

Fictional Overlook Hotel from the Stephen King classic ‘The Shining’.

The reality is work continues like any other day … though during a really large storm Matt & I hide the fire axes.

Being the first day after a Holiday I’ve spent a good amount of the day returning phone messages and emails.  In addition I’ve put some planning effort into the upcoming Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan (Jan 16-18 ’15) and the Strictly Sail Miami Show (Feb. 12-16 ’15).   I have also been confirming shipping dates for Sage 17 parts ordered before my week away.

Matt is busy putting the final touches on a Sage 17 that will have deck and hull joined in a few days.  He has also been putting together trophies for the Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan.  (Posts and detail pictures to come on trophy making and boat decking.)

Two Sage 17s being assembled and regatta trophies being made.

Two Sage 17s being assembled and regatta trophies being made.

The Sage Marine shop is well heated so inside jobs are not a problem.  When the weather cold and snowy coordination is needed with Mother Nature.  I have installed and raised Sage 17 masts in sub-zero temperatures.  Yes, warm gloves and a good jacket are required.  I have also assembled a boat trailer when the thermometer bottoms out.

The most challenging weather related item is wind.  Summer, Winter, hot or cold it isn’t safe to raise and lower a mast when the wind is blowing hard and gusting.

The reality of winter weather in Golden is it doesn’t stay bitter cold for long.  In a few more days the temps will be up in the 40s with full Rocky Mountain sunshine.

– Dave

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