We hauled the boat out of Flathead Lake, and winterized her for her stay “on the hard” over the next 7+ months. It’s always a bittersweet (mostly bitter) moment to see Spindrift swaying like a stranded fish above the lake, knowing that we’re saying goodbye to sailing the blue-green waters beneath Montana’s beautiful peaks.
This fall’s haul-out was even more poignant, as it’s the last time we’ll sail Spindrift for years. Her owner, John, lives in New York City, and has generously let us share his family’s 1975 Paceship-26 for the past 6 years. He’s looking for new friends to share and maintain the boat, since we’re heading out on our adventure before the next Montana sailing season.
Luckily, the bitterness of saying goodbye to Spindrift is offset by the sweet, sweet knowledge that next time we set foot on a sailboat it’ll be in warm, salty, southern seas!