From the Favored End...
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Boatswain: Chris McBride

As Barefoot's Boatswain, Chris McBride keeps the club's pontoon boat "Favored End" in good working order.  Here are the latest updates:
 

2022

May

  • Favored End will be used by the Race Committee for the Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Regatta on Sunday, May 22nd.


April

  • Favored End made it's 2022 debut as the photography platform in the Around (Lake Lanier) Alone race, Sunday, April 10th.  The day before the race, Favored End was taken out to verify a couple of marks and then had its 20 gallon fuel tank topped off.
     

2021

October

  • For this year's Barefoot Open, race committee members Chris McBride (Boatswain) and Peter Maurer (2018-2019 Commodore) were on the lake (way too) early both Saturday and Sunday, setting up race marks in Flowery Branch Bay for the closed courses. Guys, your early mornings and hard work were much appreciated!

September

  • Favored End hauled Barefoot volunteers and trash for the September 25th LLA Shore Sweep.

  • Favored End was used September 11th in an advance effort for Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep. Favored End easily towed 3 large and heavy dock floats to Shady Grove Campground, an advance pickup site. Several bags of trash and recycling were also hauled away. The plan is for us to again use Favored End for Shore Sweep day, September 25th, 2021.

  • Fuel was topped off afterwards to be ready for the next haul.

July

  • Favored End was used by First Saturday Cruise participants to raft up and watch University Yacht Club's Independence Eve fireworks show. Many thanks to Norman and Lee for taking her out with 5 crew. FE was also fueled up for the outing.
     

June

  • Replaced the fuel gauge and sending unit. (Chris dryly added "The wiring, unaccountably, is fine.")


May​

  • Favored End was used by Race Committee for the Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Race.

 

April​

  • Installed a solar panel w/feed to the batteries to keep them consistently charged.

  • Load tested the batteries, replaced one.

  • Rechecked connectors throughout the system for short circuits.

  • Replaced the anemic 5 watt panel with a 15 watt panel as it had before.

  • Still need to get the gas gauge working. Next on my list.

  • Favored End was used (and fuel topped off) by Race Committee for the Around Alone Race.

January

{As needed}

  • Favored End checked for needed maintenance.

2020

December

  • Main power switch works fine and the batteries are good and charged.

  • Radio is working again having fixed ground line.

  • Dock lines need replacing in 2021.

October

Favored End was used by Race Committee for the 46th Annual Barefoot Open Regatta. Replaced anchor lost during the BFO (well, it was in duty of a good cause!).  Many thanks to Peter Maurer and Jack Schoer for providing the replacement anchor, chain and rode. The replacements are much appreciated!

2019

October

Favored End was used by Race Committee for the 45th Annual Barefoot Open Regatta and the 10th Annual Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Race.

September

Favored End was used to haul away abandoned tires off of the shoreline for Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep.

June

Thanks to all of the hearty souls* that came out to help repaint the deck of Favored End:  Chris McBride, Tom McBride (son), David Bryant, Gillespie Kirkland, Peter Maurer, Joyce McIntosh, Jack Schoer, and Ron Spiers.