Sailing Mango

Sleeping On The Boat

This post was from the Summer of 2012. It is fun to go back through these posts and remember the wonder times we have had with our little orange boat in just the last few years.

Last Friday night we decided to shake out the boom tent, and spend our weekly Friday night ritual of pizza and a movie on the boat.

The boom tent is pretty interesting. It is held in place at the back with twist snaps. There is an oval grommet on the tent, and a corresponding oval pin attached to the hull that rotates. Insert the pin, twist the top of the pin, and the tent stays attached to the boat. Along the sides and front of the boat the tent is held on with velcro loops through the toe rail or around a stanchion. This is nice so that you can get the tent on and off the boat very quickly. There is plenty of ventilation and windows. The back of the tent has a zipper down the middle with windows on either side. On both sides towards the back of the tent are two flaps held in place with zippers. These zippers leak when it rains, so we will need to rig some sort of rain fly next time. The windows forward of the flaps are large and let a lot of light in. See that dock light just behind Mango? That light is on all, night, long. Another good reason to have a rain fly.

One drag is that you cannot get to the foredeck while the tent is on the boat. I had to get the gas can out of the stern lazaretto (stinky), but had to step off the boat and onto the dock to put it on the foredeck. At an anchorage, I would have had to peel back a few pieces of velcro first. Maybe not such a pain as it seems, but good to be aware of.

It's a bad picture, but there are parts of the kids in there, as well as Kristen. For a really small boat, I was surprised that all four of us could watch the movie in comfort. It started to rain while we watched the movie, and afterwards Adam and I took EK and Kristen home, and then returned to sleep on the boat.

See how thin those 70s era cushions are? They feel that thin too.

Here you can see the rain on the window to the left, and the towel hanging to the right, ineffectively blocking out the light from the dock light. No flashlights required this night.

One thing we discovered is that the boat leaks at the chain plates. Fortunately I put all of my dry clothes just underneath, so that the little shelf that runs around the inside of the boat would be dry. Good thing I like walking around town in my PJs. So that will be another project - rebedding the chain plates. I have to move the lower shrouds back ten inches anyway as part of a safety bulletin that Ranger issues in the early 80s.

Next stop - weekending over to Kingston. Or maybe if we get really crazy, Poulsbo!