For this Winter season, we don't have any real cruising plans. But we are getting out for day trips on nice days. We have twice circumnavigated Bainbridge Island, which is a "three hour tour (a three hour tour!)."
We took out good friends Tom & Kathy that had never seen the island from a boat other than the ferry.
Came across this brand new commercial fishing vessel. Captain called me to advise they had a net in the water. They were doing sea trials.
Took our daughter for a cruise too! Last time we were on a boat together it was our 21' family ski boat.
Ah, if only it didn't rain every day in Seattle, right?
Angela got some nice shots of herself for Instagram.
Sporty little Ranger Tug enjoying a fine January day.
This last shot isn't from the boat, it's from our backyard. Such interesting lighting, I just had to throw it in for you.
Very special to welcome Will and his wife on board Mahalo. Will is the investment banker that helped me sell my software company. I had known him for 5 or 6 years before entering into a contract with his firm. He never pressured me to move forward until we were ready.
The "process" as it is known, went down exactly like he said it would. And partially because his firm as such a strong reputation for only representing excellent companies, we had many great options for selling to private equity firms.
This sale is the sole reason we can afford a boat like Mahalo. That makes Will a VIP for sure.
If you have a mid size company you want to sell, get in touch with me and I'll connect you with Will. His firm is the best for mid sized companies.
And of course we had a couple of Manhattans as that was our go to drink when going out to dinner with all the prospective buyers and so on.
Was a great day having him aboard.
Always a great day when you have a beautiful lady on board. In this case, 95 year old Ruby! She is sharp as a tack. And she's from Spearfish, SD! One of my old buddies married a woman from Spearfish back when the population was only about 1,000.
Ruby is the mom of one of my boating buddies. Was so great having her aboard. She says her favorite thing about Mahalo is the wood work.
I asked her the secret of such a long life. She pointed to her head and said "It's all up here!"
We had some great chats, what a love. Many more wonderful years, Ruby!
Bob has a friend named Eric.
Eric likes boats!
Do you want to meet Eric?
This is Eric.
Eric thinks Mahalo is fun!
Do you want to the boat Eric drives?
This is the Noordam.
Eric likes big boats too.
Eric is famous.
When little airplanes fall out of the sky into the ocean, Eric rescues them.
Eric has many friends on the boat.
And that is his new friend, the little airplane pilot.
It was fun going on a short cruise on Mahalo with Eric.
We saw a pretty sunset.
But then it got late, so Eric had to go home.
Let's go cruising again another day.
Kayaking around the Genoa BC bay was interesting. Lots of old things to look at. I gave all these images a Sepia treatment to create a mood. What was that TV show? Oh yes, Gilligan's Island.
Classic! This is at the west end of the bay which is where the small town is. Rustic.
I think this old gal has been anchored here a while.
Now it's getting good. This felt like the marine equivalent of Deliverance or something. I was listening carefully for a shotgun to rack a shell. Fortunately no one seemed to be around. Or at least awake. These old floating shacks are in the east end of the bay. Like, the Danger Zone.
Ahem, I'll just get my shot and keep moseying along.
Pretty sure this was their prior abode.
These are phone shots. Next year I'm going to get a real camera to take out on the kayaks. Something like an Olympus TG-5 Tough, or whatever is the next generation.