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Old 09-27-2010, 10:58 PM   #1
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WOW.....what a weekend we had.....

Finally, got the name put on the boat (see pic); made the switch in berths so now we come in bow first, and went on our very first cruise.* Actually we are so new at this we motored around the "safe" harbor, practicing, practicing and more practicing.* Then we went out about a mile or so into open water and OMG what a thrill.* We saw two dolphins breakin up through water and it was fantastic.* I probably sound like a real goober to most of you salt of the sea trawler guys, but I had to share this with someone who'd understand my sheer delight.* Threw in a pic of my hubby Rocky at the flybridge helm, happiest I've seen him in years.* Only negative thing I encountered was my life vest, gonna have to find something different.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:32 PM   #2
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That is what it is all about! The first cruise on a "new" boat...lifelong memories for sure. I can still remember the first cruise of our previous boats and the fun and feeling it was, particuarly the first time out on our first cruiser. Now- time for your first time to anchor out and grill dinner and watch the sunset!
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:40 PM   #3
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Woodsong: Already????? You sure???? Not even sure where we'd go...LOL. Time to get out the maps I guess. Who'd think you could get so excited about something like this at our age, what a delight.

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You are fortunate to have an outstanding landmark to find your way home.





So, beyond exploring Monterey Bay, do you anticipate further exploits?
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:35 AM   #5
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Congrats on the first cruise! I believe even the most seasoned cruiser gets a thrill out of watching dolphins swimming alongside.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:03 AM   #6
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RE: WOW.....what a weekend we had.....

Hey, Rocky....way ta go. I like the look of that name. We are just in the very process of negotiating with a signwriter to supply our boat name to place on the stern, as it had to be sacrificed with the paint job. I am thrilled with how Lotus has come up. All Sunday, when I was down painting inside the gunwhale, (the last area left to do), people walking by on the dock kept stopping and saying things like, "Wow doc, she looks like new....or "I was just saying to my man here how good does that boat look?"....and other similar comments, so I guess it was sure worth it. How did you get the name - separate letters, or fixed in a tacky backed strip? Also did you put it on yourselves or get a pro to do it?
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:31 AM   #7
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Mark: I see you are familiar with Moss Landing and you're right, great landmark.

Peter: We ordered the name through Capt'n John's Boat Lettering as he advertised a higher grade vinyl lettering. Reviews/Comments on his site from customers indicates lettering has lasted in excess of 8 years, hope we get the same results. We put the lettering on ourselves and its really pretty easy to do. Letters are fixed on a backing paper with a film over them and backing has the center already determined for you, so you match that center up with the center of your transom and tape the center (like a hinge) and apply one side at a time. Complete instructions came with lettering, and we followed it and it came out great. Took about 30 minutes to do the whole thing.

Steve: I was really hoping to see some whales, but guess we weren't out far enough for that, but the dolphins were a huge treat.
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AWESOME!! Love how the name turned out!**I love seeing dolphins.* Seeing whales, at least close, is kind of scary to me as I have read too many stories of rammings and what not. * I prefer the whales a little farther off!

Re life vests,*first of all, I applaud you for wearing one!* If you can, borrow some different ones and see what you like.* One of our friends has a waist pack inflatable and I may get one for calm conditions inside the bay.* I have a "kayak" style that zips up that is nice if it is cool as it is insulating and it is like wearing a back rest/pad so it makes for comfy lounging.* I also have two different auto inflatable ones (I had to buy a second one with a built in harness before we sailed to Hawaii).* The spinlock deck vest is VERY comfortable to wear but it is pricey.*
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Hey Jennifer, thanks for the compliment on the name. I'm pretty pleased at how well it turned out.

Whale ramming??!!! Had no idea they'd do that. Maybe I don't want to see one up close and personal after all. The dolphins were spectacular. The previous owner of our boat told us they went out occasionally to whale watch, but discontinued that activity after a whale went underneath the boat and he felt quite confident it was intending to upend them, but surfaced on the other side and went on about it merry way. Interesting.

I was going to start another thread, but maybe will just ask here on this one. Whats everyone's choice of vest? I know...the one you'll wear, have heard that time and again, no concerns of that with me, its the 1st thing I put on, and and the last to take off. Jennifer, what brand kayak vest to you have that you like? Anyone else out there feel free to chime in.
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Yeah, you gotta watch out for those denizens of the deep.

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re PO's whale fear, that is EXACTLY what I am talking about.* We have had two encounters like that and are permanently freaked.

I have a west marine kayak vest.* Depends on your figure if they are comfy or not.* the more "boyish" you are they better they fit.* So they work fine for me.*

it is a lot like this west marine action reflex vest $49.99 (I've had it for several years)*

If I don't want the padding and insulation I prefer an inflatable as they are light and comfortable.


this is the waist pack I am thinking of ($89.99) but it is manually inflatable so you must be conscious to deploy.* I would only use that in VERY CALM and really hot conditions.


what do you have now and what do you dislike about it?
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After Jennifer's post, I googled whale encounters and this one came up. Don't ya know those folks were crappin apples, beyond scarey. I'll take to dolphin watching I think....LOL
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I'd heard those people are suspected of harassing the whale to try and get a good photo as apparently / supposedly they knew the photographer and it seemed a bit much of a coincindence he managed to capture that image randomly????* too freaky, even if they were trying to "provoke" it, who would expect THAT to happen!!
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Jennifer: Thanks for supplying the pics. Currently, I grabbed a vest the POs left behind, as it did fit, zips up and has a collar, which I didn't like at all, made me hot. The biggest reason I didn't like it though was the fact that when you sit down, it pushes up and chokes me, or at least I feel like I'm getting choked. And, I don't think its pushing up because its too big either, as it zips perfectly, wouldn't want it any looser or tighter. I may just have to go into West Marine and try some on. Someone told me COSTCO carries life vests too.

Regarding the whales going under a boat, that would permanently freak me too. Our little CHB isn't all that big, not that that would matter much, not too many boats could handle a whale, except maybe a freighter or something along those lines. In googling whale encounters I read alot about the damage commercial whale watcher boats do, they drive the whales to shore sometimes; guess my point is its not necessarily the whales fault but us humans, We give these mammals no peace whatsoever.
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Just read your post Jennifer. Precisely my point, they harrassed it and suffered the consequences of that harrassment. Bet they think twice about taking photos in the future. If that happend to me, I think it might permanently keep me off the water!!!!
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Had it happen to me.**The whale was wider than my boat is long.
On another thread, on boaters on the go it was discussed.

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Skipperdude: Tried to find your thread, however, not able to find it, would like to read your whale story.
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To keep this whale thing in perspective, I think it pretty clear the whale just misjudged it's breach. I suspect the reason is they navigate and identify where things are by sound/sonar. I don't think it is entirely coincidental that most whale/boat collisions are with (silent) yachts. So, don't be scared, just keep your distance, but if they do come near, have the engine on idle in neutral, then they will know exactly where you are.
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I just saw an article on the photo, in Soundings, I think it was. The story they have is that the photo was taken by a guy on a whale watching tour boat and the sail boat just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.* There is supposedly a series of photos following the whale breaching and sounding.
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Skipperdude: Tried to find your thread, however, not able to find it, would like to read your whale story.
Look in Voyagers and boaters on the go* Humpback whales.
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