We decided to take it slow on our first non weekend… We got in our new (old) dinghy – a little green thing with a 2.5HP outboard on it. Planning to sell the sailing puffin – just didn’t quite cut it… Wechugged out to Toodle-oo! with a plan to go to Potter’s Cove, just a couple of miles across the bay at the top end of Prudence Island – and we’d be by ourselves, with no reason to get off, so we decided to leave the dinghy on the mooring… We left at 4:30pm.
Nice little sail with no need of engine and we anchored in the busy cove – surrounded by countless power boats and the odd sailboat. We were pretty certain the power boats would leave before dark – which they did, leaving a nice quite spot. It was nice to decompress in the cockpit as the sun went down.
The evening was rather foggy and by morning it was wet (as expected) so before the heavy stuff set in, we decided to high tail it back – arriving at the mooring at 11:30.
The dinghy was there – but no engine! Some bugger had raided the dinghy in the past 20 hours! We’d only owned the thing for 3 days! When we stopped in at the Harbormaster’s office – they said they’d seen the motor on the dinghy at 9:00am that morning – commenting that neither was registered! So someone had filched the thing in less than 3 hours! Bastards!
What a way to start retirement!