all’s well

Old and new trailer

I took the day off Monday and headed to Titusville while considering my options for resolving my stranded boat and trailer. I called a towing company and found that it would be $175 to get a flatbed truck out there to haul the rig into Titusville for repairs. There is a well known marine shop in T-ville which I planned to consult with.

The Gheenoe boat, a Gheen-designed canoe. But just off the highway on the outskirts of town is the Gheenoe boat factory and I stopped there first. Gheenoes are a well known boat in these parts with a unique super-stable hull design that was invented by a NASA engineer who quit the space industry in the 1970’s to develop a line of boats. I stopped in at the plant to see if they sold trailers. I had photos of my predicament. They carry only one model of trailer, and it was well suited for my boat. And they offered to go out to the beach with me to get the boat swapped and set up a new trailer.

It went just fine. The big risk was that the axle would give way entirely and the boat would crash to the ground, but it didn’t. With three of us, we had enough muscle to make the boat swap. This trailer is a big upgrade for me, and it does tow like a dream.

All for less than $900, and I was contemplating replacing the trailer last fall anyway. I only regret that I sunk some money and time into replacing parts instead.

Oh…almost forgot, the other cool part is while hanging around the Gheenoe company I chatted with this old guy and showed him my boat photos. Turned out he was Harley Gheen – the NASA guy who designed the innovative hull!

broken axle

I went fishing for the first time in a long while. When I pulled the boat this afternoon, the axle on the trailer broke. It sill rolls, but the tire will shred, and it may break clear in two which would be pretty bad. So for now, its stuck out at the Canaveral sea shore, and I’ll take tomorrow off work and see what I can do.

I took a banana with me this morning.  I will never ever allow another banana in my boat.


Update: The coach and teammates have insisted Gina join them on the spring break trip to Philly! Injuries or not, she is still part of “the Team”. awesome!

This could be of great assistance to Gina, especially for travelling and for school. We probably need doctor permission, but it sure looks more comfortable than crutches.

folding knee caddy

stress fracture

Stotesbury07045-01Daughter Gina has been training – hard – with WPHS crew since the beginning of the school year. The full-blown racing season begins this weekend with a meet in Tampa. Gina’s prospects with the varsity girls lightweight boat were excellent.

Yesterday afternoon, we went to an orthopedic clinic because she’s been having shin/ankle pains in her left leg for about 8 weeks. She’s seen the WPHS physical trainer, and also a massage therapist about it. With coach’s permission, she discontinued the runs with the crew team about 5 weeks ago in order to see if it would heal up.

After a long wait at the ortho clinic, we got the x-ray results about 6pm last night. It appears to be a stress fracture in her tibia, and the doctor fitted Gina with a boot and crutches with orders to stay off the leg. We’ll have an MRI in the next few days to confirm the diagnosis. There’s a possibility that it may be a stress reaction in the bone and not an actual fracture, but its still fairly certain that she is not going to row anymore this season. That means no spring break training trip to Philly, no State championship, no national meet in Tennessee, and no Stotesbury Cup on the Schuylkill River.

This is a big blow for her sophomore year – thank goodness we can look forward to 2 more varsity years, but that is small consolation right now as our whole household adjusts to some changed expectations for the next couple of months. Wish her well; I know from experience that crutches are a major pain! Gina plans to still attend practices and support the team as best she can, and she should be a bit more mobile in just a few weeks.