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Elephant Butte, New Mexico

19 November 2015 - 08:25 PM

After delivering dinghies to Park City, Utah and Seattle, Washington I had to take a southern route back to Florida because of a snow storm on the shorter route.​

While driving on Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff, Arizona I passed a truck transporting a keelboat. Pinched stern area, so probably a 1970's IOR design. The transom's home port was Elephant Butte, NM. Now I know that is on Interstate 25 between Albuquerque and Las Cruces and in the middle of the desert.

Curious, I went that route and stopped. It is a dammed up lake formed from the Rio Grande river. Pretty big, although quite low due to drought.

What was surprising was there were more boats of all types around houses and on lots there than I have ever seen. And I'm from Florida! There were 5 keelboats in the 24 - 30-foot range in the water at the marina.

So, what is the sailing activity there?

Anybody on SA know?

Dave Ellis

Tampa Bay, Florida