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The Endless Summer

It is the first Tuesday of the summer and Bruce and Maggie have it off together.  They've been anticipating this day for months:  getting out on their boat, The Stowaway, away from the world of the winter jobs and into the world of sun, laughter and gentle breezes...and love.

Bruce and Maggie are really in love.

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Bruce had wanted Saturdays and Sundays off this summer but one of his co-workers insisted that she had been promised the weekends.  Apparently the young lady hadn't entered this on the schedule because she was in Mexico at the very time holidays were being arranged and life is tough for some people.  And so, half understanding this, our hero gives his Saturdays away.  

Coolers overflowing with iced wine and Porterhouse steaks, Maggie and Bruce arrive at the boat, ready and eager to get off the dock... sail anywhere, maybe drop the hook in Montague Harbour and listen to the mating Otters screaming their heads off in the privacy of the shoreline driftwood. 

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Maggie:  "Ready to cast off honeybunch."

Bruce:  "Okay, I'll just be a sec...just going to look under this board."

Looking under the board - a very big mistake on Bruce's part.  There is no reason to do this insane thing and he knows it the moment he does it.  They have owned Stowaway for three years and he has never before felt the need to pry it apart before., but for some unfathomable reason he lifts the board and peers down into the dark and mysterious bilge.

"I'll just be another five seconds," our little bilge detective calls out as he reaches down into the icy depths and tears the wires off the bilge pump.

Whoops...

It's at moments like this one that we learn valuable things about ourselves.  Bruce now knows that he is an idiot.

Needless to say, there's not a whole lot of chitchat going on between the lovebirds during the ride home.

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It is now the second Tuesday of summer and Bruce and Maggie are as excited as anything to get off the dock. The destination is Silva Bay.  Ah yes, Silva Bay in the Flat Top Islands: the friendly Pub, the blissful sunsets and the almost guaranteed evenings of passion.

Maggie is untying the stern line when she hears her husband's voice coming from somewhere deep in the boat.

Before taking off, Bruce's only task is to put the coolers forward and start the motor.  He does the coolers, but when he goes to start the motor he decides to do what his friend Charles always does before a trip...he checks the Valve Tappett Clearance.  "I'll just be five seconds," our self destructing hero calls out to his wife.

Needless to say, that night husband and wife don't even get out the Baby Names For Sailors book they borrowed - the subject never comes up.

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This summer is the most beautiful in anyone's living memory with most of the gorgeous weather appearing on Tuesdays.  Tuesdays three through nineteen are very productive ones for Bruce and Maggie.  Bruce gets to know the fellows up in the Marine Supplies Store intimately and always returns to Stowaway with arms full of parts and another new joke for his wife to enjoy.

Maggie, on the other hand, spends the time boning up on her knots...what with all the tying and untying of mooring lines it seems to be the natural thing to do.  She is getting particularly adept at doing a fast, strong noose.

The last Tuesday of the season is one of those breathtaking September spectaculars that brings boaters to their knees in thanks and Bruce and Maggie have big plans to atlast celebrate one perfect day and night together on their boat. The couple will anchor off Sidney Spit, row ashore with the coolers, spend the day on the warm sand sipping wine and reading their books and the night cuddling together in the embrace of the gentle sea. 

Maggie has just released Stowaway's forward line when Jerry from two boats over walks up.  Jerry has heard how handy Maggie's husband has become around boats and needs him to have a look at something.  "It will just take him five seconds,"  Jerry promises Maggie.

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Needless to say, the drive home that afternoon is a chilly one, which seems odd to Bruce because the air outside the car is surprisingly balmy, almost tropical.  He is definitely feeling his neck a little bit this time, but comforts himself with the knowledge that his wife has brought something home to keep her occupied.

On the car seat beside Maggie is the well worn "Knots When You Need'em"  book and a good heavy length of nylon rope.

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plc Barnacle

  



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