Since the sunny weather was looking like it was going to hold and the David B was looking beautiful, Jeffrey and I decided to join in for the Bellingham Yacht Club’s Opening Day of Boating Season festivities on May 4. Earlier in the week, my parents had offered to come help us load firewood for the cook stove and do any last-minute cleaning, painting or varnishing, so they were pleasantly surprised when I told them we were going be in the boat parade. I did let them know that it wouldn't be all fun and no work, as we still needed to go over to the loading dock after the parade and crane a pallet of compressed logs onto the boat.
My 76-year old mother-in-law learning how to drive the scissor lift.
The parade was fun with its Kentucky Derby theme, and several boats took things seriously. One had a starting gate and towed a plastic horse, and several boats were festooned with folks in big, floppy hats. We didn’t have time to do much more than fly our signal flags, but just taking the David B out for the day with family and friends was a nice way to begin the summer.
We leave on Friday for a 12-day Inside Passage cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska. I still have plenty of groceries to load, and Jeffrey has a couple of small installation projects to finish before our first passengers arrive on Thursday night, but overall the wild ride of spring outfitting is done, and I welcome a new season of cruising on the David B.
Richard Branson, a young and colorful British tycoon, sets new transatlantic record in 72' monohull.
The 72-foot Sunseeker Eagle II is available for charter at Christmas in Nassau.
Stanley Paris embarks on what he hopes will be a record-breaking voyage.