Monday morning I’ll tow the Shackleton northward toward Maine. Yes, I’ll be towing her with my 1999 Toyota Camry — there’s no need to snicker!

I decided that I didn’t want to leave Das Boot in North Carolina after all. I figure I’ll spend the summer with her and bring my other boat, the Bluebird II, back down to North Carolina in early August. I’ll store the Shackleton up there and imagine I’ll get some tips from Mainers on how to properly maintain a wooden boat in northern New England.

Didn’t seem right to enjoy the boat I built for such a short amount of time. Besides, she’s got a new lower unit on the motor — had to replace it after I hit a submerged rock on Lake Allatoona …. but that’s another story.

I’ll be in Elkton, Maryland, this week for a family reunion. So, expect some pictures of the Shackleton on the Chesapeake Bay. Tally-ho!