RE: Memorial Day weekend boating
The Carquinez Coot was placed in Oakland Estuary waters today around 10:00 a.m., haven been off-loaded from the container ship YM Cypress a few minutes earlier.**Jim Dewitt, Bill Kimley, and I boarded that Coot from Dick Horn's chase boat.** We quickly disconnected the four crane cables*and started our trip to the Richmond Yacht Club's marina for commissioning.* Shortly after passing under the Bay Bridge, we saw our first waterbird.* It was swimming about 30 feet*distant and was a Coot!
We made a sidetrip to the Emeryville Marina to purchase fuel at $5 a gallon.* Continuing to Richmond, there was a good deal of bow spray heading into small-craft-warning headwinds, so the windshield wipers got some practice.
Upon arriving at the RYC marina, we began washing the boat.* There was a lot of diesel soot from being near the stern for 6,000 miles or so.* We also assembled the mast and installed the radar radome.* More washing, raising the mast, and hoisting the sails is planned for tomorrow (Memorial Day).
Jim DeWitt and his wife Sally*invited us, as well as Don and his wife*and two other Coot-admiring*couple-friends of Jim and Sally,*for Chinese take-out dinner.* The meal was excellent and hospitality was warm.
Would you believe my Chinese-cookie fortune said "A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships were built"?