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Old 06-28-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Why in the world did I buy a boat?

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We've been planning our 4-day trip to Angel Island for months.* We had never taken our boat this far in one trip and looked forward to exploring new waters...and salt water at that!!* We'd travel in tandem with our friend, Gene, in his 42 Jefferson Sundeck. *It's a 55-mile trip that would take us just under 7 hrs.* We needed to time our departures well to get maximum benefit from the tides.* We knew we had to get there on Thursday to get a chance at a mooring for two boats.* Plus, having two full days on the mooring would allow us time to relax with our daughters and their boyfriends between our travel days.*
The Admiral and I would travel via FlyWright and the kids could join us via ferry to the island.* We scheduled Segway island tours for everyone for something unique and fun to do together.
We spent Wed night aboard in preparation for our 0800 departure.* We enjoyed an early shove-off at 0745 in near perfect conditions...bluebird skies, light winds, mild temps and an ebb tide pushing us down the San Joaquin River toward the San Francisco Bay.
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The Admiral kept our log updated with our ETAs and ATAs, which she seemed to enjoy.* We planned a rendezvous with Mark in his new sail cruiser, Carquinez Coot.* I looked forward to seeing her on the water and getting some photos for Mark.* We met as planned and got some great shots of his beautiful vessel, with full sails slicing through the river chop near the Benecia Bridge and the Mothball Fleet.*

After a 10-minute Coot Shoot detour, we continued our trip toward what I figured would be the roughest part of the trip, San Pablo Bay.* Since the predominant wind is SW and the ebb tide flowed in the opposite direction, this shallow bay is notorious for its rough, albeit predictable, conditions.* This day did not disappoint...we encountered 4-5 foot headseas which the boat handled very well.* There was plenty of spray and I even washed the anchor a few times, but no waves crashed over the bow and most water shed nicely...except for about 2 cups in the flybridge console that began dripping intermittently over the autopilot panel.* That was easily handled with a towel and resolved by closing the door securely.
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Upon arrival we found the first two moorings open.* I grabbed the first one with my Happy Hooker.* I had thought through the process many times in my head before arriving and it pretty much went according to plan.* The hooker tool requires some finesse that I lacked the first time, but I quickly learned and recovered.* Within a couple minutes, bow and stern lines were secure.* The next hour was spent setting up dinghy, kayak and drinks.* We had arrived!!

Over the following two days, we enjoyed touring the island via Segways, hiking, oysters and IPAs at the cantina and lots of good food and great company.* It's nice to know that our 20-21 year old daughters still enjoy vacationing with the parental units!



On Sunday morning we started our trip home at 0730 to be able to ride the tide home to our marina.* We took advantage of 1-2 kt flood tides to push us upstream which trimmed* 30 minutes off our enroute time to the island.** As I referred to the chart plotter tidal charts along the way, we remained at the same point of the tidal chart, in effect, surfing our way upstream.* Even the Admiral got excited by the 10 kt SOG.*


We enjoyed a great weekend with new electrical, lighting and sanitation systems on board working as well as expected.* Never quite found the time to install that new 22" HDTV, battery monitor, or Balmar alternator...that will have to wait until next week. *
But the best part of the week was the time spent with family and friends having the time of our lives...the look on the admiral's face when she mastered handling the docking lines with accuracy and confidence...the smile on my daughter Teresa's face as she glided almost silently on her Segway...the calm and beauty experienced with my daughter Laura on the top of Mt. Livermore as we took in the 360 degree vista of the bay area.* THIS is why I bought a boat!!
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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Looks like you answered the question nicely. Nice pics.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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Why in the world did I buy a boat?

Fly,

We've made the SF to Sac trip many times in our Catalina 27.*It was such a pleasure to finally get to the "warm waters" of the Delta and drop the hook in a slough.*We always seemed to get our butts kicked between Carquinez and*The Brothers on the way back though.* We would often duck into*the marina at Benicia or Martinez to wait for the tide*to turn. Ocassionally, we had to dodge the submarines coming up San Pablo Bay going to Mare Is.

I*also live in Sacramento now, but do my sailing on Folsom Lake. I really miss the*Bay though. I loved going to Angel Is, Horseshoe Cove, Sausilito, Pier 39, Jack London Square, etc.* I know some folks don't agree, but San Fransisco has got to be one of the best boating waters around.*

Thanks for the story and pics, brings back fond memories.*** KJ

ps* The Coot looks great.*


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Old 06-28-2011, 11:22 PM   #4
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Hey Al and Gene, I like your choice of canvas color!* It matches my sails!

It was fun to be a part of your adventure.* And thanks for the photos/videos (and so*changed*my avatar).


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Old 06-29-2011, 04:38 AM   #5
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RE: Why in the world did I buy a boat?

Yes, what a trip, and so interestingly recorded. You must feel a real sense of satisfaction from all that, and the great pics. Well done, and yes....that's why we buy our boats. It's not every day we can go out, sometimes weeks or months go frustratingly by, or even every time out, that we can do such an all round great voyage, but when you strike a beauty, it makes all the other less spectacular ones fade into past memory. Rather like when you hit that one fantastic shot in golf. It's what keeps you coming back. Well done.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:46 AM   #6
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Looks great. You should start a blog at Blogspot.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:03 AM   #7
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RE: Why in the world did I buy a boat?

LOVE it! You got some awesome shots!! The shot of your friend's jefferson looks like it is out of their catalogue! Love mooring bay shot too- and cool vid. Looks like a great trip and fun times. Super glad you shared!
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:34 AM   #8
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RE: Why in the world did I buy a boat?

What a great report!

Those pics will really piss off us Pac. N.Westers though... what no rain??

My only other thought is you need to rename the thread to:

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Old 06-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #9
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Extremely well done. Wish we could see more of these trips in the same manner.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:56 AM   #10
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Maybe the moderators should make it a requirement of our continued access to this site that we annually post a photographic report along the lines of "What I did on my summer (winter, spring, fall) boating vacation (trip, excursion, weekend).
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:41 AM   #11
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What an awesome trip..thank you for sharing.
Flywright looks plenty proud sitting high in the water.

The Delta looks like a great place to be boating, sure could be fun to try sometime.

Excellent photos and video (btw thats nothing for a Californian)
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Maybe the moderators should make it a requirement of our continued access to this site that we annually post a photographic report along the lines of "What I did on my summer (winter, spring, fall) boating vacation (trip, excursion, weekend).
*Now that wouldn't be fair. *How would those of us who don't have a boat but are working towards one, be able to learn from all you masters out there. *Sometimes as almost all of you have pointed out, Life gets in the way and you can't get boating for a period of days, months or years. *It is forums like this that keep the spirit alive.
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What a super presentation of a real boating event! I got the message clearly, and you're so right!! I think some of us might have difficulty upstaging your great time, especially since you didn't remark about a single delay or stop to "fix". Maybe hearing "Why you bought a boat" is "Why we're members of this site"!
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*Now that wouldn't be fair. *How would those of us who don't have a boat but are working towards one, be able to learn from all you masters out there.*

******* I certainly understand your concern but should the rest of us have to wait for

******* the ones that don't have a boat, to get one?


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Maybe the moderators should make it a requirement of our continued access to this site that we annually post a photographic report along the lines of "What I did on my summer (winter, spring, fall) boating vacation (trip, excursion, weekend).
*Now that wouldn't be fair. *How would those of us who don't have a boat but are working towards one, be able to learn from all you masters out there. *Sometimes as almost all of you have pointed out, Life gets in the way and you can't get boating for a period of days, months or years. *It is forums like this that keep the spirit alive.

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******** There you go! Problem solved!

******* Not only do These IG guys have a good eye for great boats....they are very witty too!

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******* Not only do These IG guys have a good eye for great boats....they are very witty too!

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with that title I was expecting something bad to happen!* I am so glad it was all good times!* We will be arriving*at Delta Bay Marina / aka Brannan Isle Marina on Sunday.* We will be up there every weekend in July so we will look for you.* I want to try out the food at Riverboat.
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*Yeah, and objective, too.

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