Maiden Voyage of C~Horse, our 22′ C~Dory Cruiser
We finally had our first opportunity to put C-Horse in the water, which was pretty important, because we brought her home by way of Indiana without ever seeing if she floats…she does. 😉
Now, I must confess, when it comes to boating, I am strictly the first mate. Mr. Padilly, with over 40 years of sailing and boating experience, is truly the captain. But I have my jobs to do, and one of those is handling the vehicle and trailer at the boat ramp.
I must admit, I was a bit nervous with the C-Dory because of her size and because she is the first motor boat I have handled (I’ve only worked with sailboats and kayaks up until now), and most of the boating accidents I’ve seen happened at the boat ramp.
But as it turned out, there was nothing to worry about. She slid off and onto the trailer with little effort, under the master handling of her captain, and she was very easy for me to pull out of the water (the part that always makes me nervous). In fact, our old 17′ Montgomery Sailboat took more effort than this 22′ C-Dory.
As for our first cruise – wonderful! It was a Saturday on Lake Conroe, a day we typically avoid because of all the weekend boat traffic, but with school back in session, it wasn’t too crowded, and the weather was great! The temps were in the 90’s, which made for good swimming weather, so we headed to our favorite spot in the lake, an area we call The Swimming Hole.
After our dip in the water, we motored to the far north of the lake, which is something we haven’t been able to do in a long time because the mast of our sailboat does not go under the FM 1097 bridge.
The north part of Lake Conroe is bordered by the Sam Houston National Forest; gone are all the homes, bulkheads, and restaurants that line almost every inch of the lake below the FM 1097 bridge; making the north side my favorite part of the lake.
I look forward to spending the winter months up here when the Eagles hang out. In fact, one of the reasons I loved the C-Dory is her enclosed cabin with heater stove! Most boats on the lake are exposed to the elements, and built for summer fun (i.e. skiing, swimming, tubing, jet sking, etc.), so during the winter months, there are very few boaters on the lake. The C-Dory will give us many opportunities to boat in the colder months, and feel like we have the lake to ourselves.
We thoroughly enjoyed our fist day on our C-Dory! When it was time to head back to our marina, we were treated to this beautiful Texas sunset. A perfect maiden voyage indeed!