A shake down cruise in cold weather, burr!

By Capt. Bill Watkins

It was twenty-eight degrees at my home in north Vidor when I left for Sabine Lake. It was not going to be a pleasant day for breaking in a new boat but my friend Richard Decker had taken the plunge and purchased a new 2200 Pathfinder center console and that was the day for the shakedown cruise. The weather report for Tuesday was not a pretty picture so we just decided to suck it up and forge ahead. I was pleasantly surprised when we got to the Causeway landing on the south end of Sabine Lake. The air temperature was a balmy forty-six degrees and the sun was coming up bright and shiny. I quickly put on all the clothes that I could wear and still be able to move around but once we started off across the water I realized that it wasn’t quite enough. Two pairs of sweats, tee shirt, heavy sweat shirt, thick long sleeve shirt, a thick coat with a hood and some not adequate gloves completed my layering.

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