While we were in San Juan we learned about the ferry that crossed the bay to Cataño.
There’s nothing much to see in Cataño unless you want to go to a bona fide grocery store or tour the Bacardi factory.
The ferry is caught on the south side of San Juan near the docks where the cruise ships come in. (Apparently Charlie and I just missed seeing the cruise ship that slid into and sunk the dock is San Juan.)
We were supposed to buy tickets but didn’t realize it until we were in the line to board. The gate guard let us board anyway.
We cruised cross the bay — about 15 minutes — and disembarked at Cataño.
We walked about a block away from the docks to a large statue of a Taino Indian statue at waterfront park .
Our final destination was the grocery store where Charlie purchased all kinds of coconut-flavored items: coconut water, coconut macaroons, coconut meringues.
We walked back to the boat dock building and this time purchased tickets for our return voyage.
Please note that the tickets were 50 cents and 25 cents respectively. We could have cruised back and forth all afternoon at that price.
We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the cruise.
Now it’s time for Tyche to move up to the driveway so she can be hitched to a truck. Once again Charlie hooked her to the mower but this time the wheels started to spin since we’ve had a little snow. He knew the snow would be a problem so he shoveled the backyard. That’s right, Charlie shoveled the grass.
But the mower still was not heavy enough to keep from spinning its back wheels. So after the recent ice storm, rain and thaw. Charlie tried again. Due to the wind and rain and warm weather and soggy ground we’re stilled moored in the yard.
Have you been storing something for so long it thinks it lives with you?
A very nice couple and their young son and their Old English sheep dog came to look at Tyche a few months ago. They were just getting into the sailing game and for my money the Ensenada 20 is a great starter boat for day sailing and extended cruising in protected and larger waters.
1977 Ensenada 20 (draft and displacement varied by model year)
174 sq. ft
91 sq. ft
83 sq. ft
Draft (keel up):
137 sq. ft
Draft (keel down):
294 sq. ft
PHRF (little data):
288 – 317
Cabin space is enormous for a 20 footer. The couple especially wanted to see the boat because they feared a twenty foot boat was very small and instead came away with the impression that it was both adequately large and spacious enough for their family of four. The pop-top (in the up position in the photo below) is great but catches the jib sheets when up while underway and limits visibility. So if we’re cruising we generally put it in the closed position.
The swing keel provides stability and minimum leeway while sailing close to the wind, yet minimal drag when running. It’s very handy in shallows since significant keel is still exposed below the hull when fully retracted; it provides good stability in light winds and reduces swing when anchored. The swing keel winch is conveniently located just behind the cabin hatch in the cockpit.
The kickup rudder is a real benefit not just when the bottom is shallow but also when some rocks or submerged logs have made their way into the channel. We can also leave the channel before deeper keeled boats because the Ensenada can go just about anywhere.
The mast is of very heavy constuction for a twenty foot boat therefore spreaders are unnessary. Even with the added weight the mast is not difficult to step.The heavy tabernacle and shroud placement eliminates side swing during mast raising.
The foredeck is extremely large and unencumbered. A great place to lounge while underway or at anchor.
The young couple really wanted the boat but felt, after looking at her, that she was larger than they expected and a boat was a lot of responsibility. So while we’re ready to say “Bon Voyage” Tyche is still available.
Do you have a hobby which requires big equipment? Is storage a problem.
Finally, oak and walnut logs for Pottery Barn knock-off tables. SOLD!
It’s really amazing the things we have around The Glade. We don’t even know where some of it came from but we’re eager to simplify. If I could post 5 Craigslist items each week in 137.5 years we’d have only the things we love and the items needed to live.
Our sailboat, Tyche, is still up for sale. In the mean time Charlie decided to make a new hatch (the door into the cabin) using the old one as a pattern.
The hatch cover is made in three parts of 3/8 inch plywood which slide into a groove in the opening that leads from the cockpit to the cabin.
The new plywood sheet was not large enough to lay out the sections adjoined like they would be on the boat so we staggered them to make the best use of the wood on hand.
Charlie and I each took a hand in cutting out the pieces. Some were straight cuts, some were beveled . . .
and some had to be finished off with a jigsaw (or in this case, a Sawsall).
Each section is beveled to fit into the next section so water cannot easily infiltrate between the sections.
In addition a batten is screwed onto the back of each section of plywood overlapping the adjoining one to further dissuade seepage.
I painted the hatch cover with exterior paint to further protect it from the elements.
After cutting the hatch cover and attaching the battens, Tyche is now secure from wind and water. The sections easily slide into place and are further secured by the pop-top which allows headroom while in the cabin and security when the boat is docked.
Great job, Charlie! I’d love to check it off our “To-do List” but alas, it wasn’t even on the list.
Do you get sidetracked into projects that you never see coming? Do you put it on the list so you can check it off?
My sailboat, Tyche, hadn’t been loved for quite some time. Of course, she lives in a pretty glade but, seriously, boats belong in the water. We have no water nearby and so she’s become a dirty lady.
With the help of this handy machine, cleaning her up was not as painful as we thought it would be.
It’s cool, it’s clean, it’s . . .
Charlie enjoys powerwashing so I let him do the honors. He started at the bow.
Then Charlie and his powerful magic wand hopped on board.
Again I alert you to the technique.
Finally power washing finished, we turned our sites to the cabin which was full of spider webs. I used a wet-dry vacuum to clear out both the spider webs and any water that had accumulated. Since I was doing it I forgot to take photos. Then Charlie took bucket and rag and wiped down the interior bulkheads.
In the meantime I washed the cushion covers and here’s the result.
Tyche was the Greek Goddess of Fortune, Chance and the non-predictable. We’d call her Lady Luck. She was the personification of Hope, Luck and Wealth, a capricious dispenser of good and ill fortune. She was portrayed holding a double-sided rudder that could steer men to good luck or bad. In archaic Greece Tyche was considered to be the daughter of the god Oceanus and ruled the religious beliefs of sailors who often had to rely on her. Tyche was, therefore, also revered as the savior of sailors from the dangers of the sea, thus the association with chance and luck.
So I thought it really a terrific name for a boat.
This Tyche is a twenty-foot 1973 Ensenada sailboat. The Ensenada 20 is a great sailboat for day sailing and extended cruising in protected and larger waters. She sleeps four.
This boat has sailed the Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries. The beauty of the Ensenada is that although she has a 4-foot draft when the centerboard is down; pull it up and the draft is only 12 inches which allows cruising back river areas and places other boats can’t go.
She’s a great gal, more like a goddess. Tyche even comes with her own trailer. It won’t be long until she’s ready to be turned over to a new owner.