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Old 08-10-2017, 10:03 AM   #11
Durant F
City: Pembroke
Country: Canada
Vessel Model: Helmsman Camano among several
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 534
It truly is a small world for boaters.
Last fall I helped a friend take his boat S from Kingston Ontario down to West Palm Beach Florida. While loading the boat at 7:30am in Kingston preparing to depart, Jim taps me on the shoulder and says "I think those folks know you". I look over and Mike and Sue from "Island Flyer" that I've known for many years cruising southern waters were up N cruising in Sue's boat. Was too funny meeting them in such a different area.
Last week Andy and Cathy joined me for drinks aboard Emma B while I was docked in Nanaimo, their home town. They too are sourthern water cruising friends.
Some of the friendships we make are special. Jim and I hit it off instantly when we met years back. Come to find out we have the exact same birthday (different years) I met up with he and Deb often in the Abaco's and it was always fun. They had an offshore ketch that sailed beautifully. About 4 years ago they sold the ketch and bought a great lil Albin trawler so they could trailer to different places.
He powered across the Gulf Stream to the Abaco's with it and we had many a good visit there that year. I clearly remember him pulling anchor in Black Sound on Green Turtle Cay to head back home and thinking "hope we get to meet again". We kept in touch and both he and Deb wanted to see the beauty of the PNW. They launched in Bellingham WA and we met up last night anchoring in Garden Bay, Pender Harbour. Seemed odd to turn into the bay and see "Rum Blurr" anchored there. (Love the name) My anchor was barely down and they were over for...yes...a few rums, followed by a BBQ steak dinner.
It truly is the friendships you make along the way that is the best part of cruising.
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