This is how you make sure that your sailboat with a 55’ mast makes it under the first bridge of the Intracoastal waterway.
You fill up the diesel tanks.
You fill up the water tanks.
You fill up the beer tanks! ; )
And then, when she is sitting quite a bit lower in the water — without her keel in the mud —
check the bridge height, again,
check the charts,
check the tides,
check the moon
Our first stop up the ICW was a Do-It-Yourself Boatyard where we took Summer Love out of the water to do a final check before heading on up to Chesapeake Bay.
As we drew closer to the first bridge I started to fret.
What if my calculations were out?
What if my conversion from meters to feet was inaccurate?
What if the mast hit the bridge?
What if the wind vane hooked on an electrical wire?
What if the masthead light hit that concrete beam?
But it didn’t.