The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity on the David B as we get ready for our 2013 season. It started with our annual haul-out the first week of April, when we painted the hull and pilothouse. This year was a challenge, as it rained every day we were in the yard. Luckily friends and family came to came to help us paint between rain showers. I’m not sure if it was pity, the offer of beer and pizza, or the chance to drive a rented scissor lift that got them onboard for a day of painting in the cool and threatening weather, but I was grateful for the help.
I continued to paint trim after we went back into the water, and Jeffrey finished building a custom refrigerator and freezer. In years past we had two chest freezers on the back deck. One was modified so that it ran at refrigerator temperature. They weren’t the prettiest things, but they worked, and every couple of years we needed to replace them. Now, I have a new top-loading refrigerator and freezer built into the front of the pilothouse. It looks great and works wonderfully, and it’s amazing how much it seems like a part of the boat that has always been there. If you are ever interested in building your own refrigeration system, check out Nigel Calder’s Refrigeration for Pleasure Boats. It’s been on our nightstand for the past few months and was the go-to guide for this project.
As April ended, the rain ended, too—at least for a little while. If you’ve ever spent any time in the Northwest, then you know we have fantastic spring seasons, which make for great boating. Our first outing with the David B this year was a dinner cruise. A repeat passenger had asked us for more than a year to do this trip. I’ve been reluctant to do any trips fewer than two days because it takes quite a lot of time to put on a four-hour cruise, and I admit that I was shy to let her know that it was going to be an expensive evening. It turned out to be a lovely experience, and she brought a wonderfully fun group that got to enjoy a fantastic sunset cruise around Bellingham Bay. It was also nice for me to get back into the swing of cooking on the boat and to try out a couple new recipes that I’d found over the winter.
Stanley Paris embarks on what he hopes will be a record-breaking voyage.
The 85-foot Domicil aims to become Curaçao’s first year-round, crewed charter yacht — and a submersible is part of the experience.
A week aboard the 154-foot Usher includes use of the owner’s 54-foot Eastbay.