Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Goodbye Nimda!

Just this past week, we sold our sailboat Nimda. She was named after a computer virus by Steven in 2002 . . . so you can imagine what he was dealing with at work at the time. : )

To the right you'll see me, perched next to Nimda after a swim in the St.Lawrence River -in the Thousand Islands, Canada. It was August of 2006, and Steven and I had sailed (on one tack? I think!) from Wolfe Island to Hill Island where the 'Best Man' at our wedding and a great friend to both of us, Garth Gibson has a cottage. It took us a number of hours . . . I think it is 35 miles between the two islands, but we had a good wind and a great time. We will always remember that trip and the storm on the way home! We did get home fine and I learned a bit about sailing . . . . .
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Steven bought Nimda in 2002 when he was a bachelor and spending most of his summers on Wolfe Island where his grandmother was born. He first saw the hull, which I have now learned is the boat without the rigging, sails etc, at a boat show. He fell in love with it. He was not planning on getting a sailboat that year, but this boat, a Creative Marine 'Skimmer 25' would not leave his thoughts! He purchased one in 2002, and it was the boat Nimda. He calls it a'camping sailboat' and we used it that way. The quarters are small, but nice!

Here is Nimda in full sail. Steven is sailing, taking his cousins out for a spin. So beautiful.

But below, is how I will always remember Nimda ~ at the dock, in front of the Big House (Steven's grandmother's house) on Wolfe Island, with the HUGE Canadian sky behind the boat and the small aluminum motor boat 'Buzzy' in front of her. I love the fact that Steven painted the Canadian Maple leaf on top of Buzzy, after it was damaged in a storm and re-built. Buzzy is one of my favorite boats, and Steven has been taking Buzzy out on the St. Lawrence River since he was a kid. That is Kingston, Ontario, in the distance.

Another photo of Nimda is below, in her new home with her new owner in the Clearwater, Florida area! I am down in the same area right now, visiting with my parents. Our friend Mike Corrigan who owns the Wolfe Island Boat Shop, sold the boat for us, trailered it from Wolfe Island, Canada to Clearwater Florida, and took this photo. Unfortunately, we just were not using Nimda enough to warrant the cost of storage and upkeep, not to mention getting her ship shape each season when we only have one or two weeks a year to use her.

Here's Nimda, now living in Florida . . . .

These days, Steven prefers to borrow the 16ft Melonseed sailboat that my father built beautifully with strips of wood. My dad stretched the 15 ft plans when he made it. This hand built boat is spectacularily beautiful, and people always comment on it. Once we ended up in the tail end of a parade in Cape Vinvent, NY on the way to Wolfe Island. The Melonseed was trailered behind us and another one of my dad's handmade canoes was strapped to the top of the car. The people there for the parade were clapping & smiling. Steven absolutely loves how the Melonseed handles, as he does all my father's handmade boats. Below you'll see a couple of photos of Steven & the pups sailing the melonseed on the St. Lawerence river in front of the cottage on Wolfe Island, and then another picture of him taking the sails down in the rain after docking.

Another beautiful boat!

I think we will still be sailing the Melonseed for quite some time. It is named Wind Dancer . . .

Good bye to Nimda!

You were really a great boat!

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