Well this was pretty special. Deb and I have been looking forward to this for an entire year. You see, we attended last year's event, but we didn't have Mahalo yet. She was in South Lake Union being commissioned and not ready for the trip. So we stayed in a condo, while most attendees were on their boats!
Encore is the latest Endurance 658 in our waters. Like ours, highly customized around the owner's desires and cruise plans.
And in fact a christening party was held. Wait, that's wrong. They called it a "Yacht Mitzvah," how awesome is that? That's Geo from Hampton as the Rabbi, I guess. "To the sea, the PERILOUS sea!"
Weather was a bit different than our christening party held in September of 2018 with rain bucketing down.
Sometimes they really wedge them in here. They were going to put Mahalo in one of these slips, alongside an Endurance 720. I got the boat about 2' from the dock when they realized it just wasn't going to work. No prob, got another slip. They do such a nice job at Roche.
Some great shooting at sundown, although we didn't have the usual spectacular clouds. That 720 is a gorgeous spec boat, so if you are in the market, contact me, I'll get you a special deal.
I told Tom this image was "a sign." He needs a little "churchin' up" as my grandma would say.
They feed us incredibly well at these events!
And provide great entertainment. This is a married "dueling piano" couple. I won a $400 gift certificate by completing the next lines of a song "with tangerine trees and marmalade skies."
Although I didn't get a picture of him, each year they have a magician who is just incredible. Always new tricks. A lot of them just boggle the mind.
We also do a "tender run" over to Westcott Bay Oysters. It's a fun race, of course. And once there, such a gorgeous spot. Great new owners Pat and Bob. I had dinner with Bob in Fort Lauderdale in 2017 when they were in the looking stage.
Biggest Weber grill I have ever seen. Like 6' across.
Oysters are just the beginning!
They also have Coast Guard Auxiliary members around to do Vessel Safety Checks. We passed easily (I just have one follow up item). Having this sticker makes it less likely you'll be boarded for CG safety checks.
Mahalo tucked in for the night.
Well, you get the idea. It's three days of partying with old friends and new friends. Checking out the new boats (and used boats new to the new owners). Fantastic place, great group of people.
I'm closing with this image even though it really was part of the first day. We cruised up with three other Hampton boats that came out of Seattle. The weather was foggy/overcast until we go to San Juan Island and then of course it just turned beautiful.
I told Neil on Encore to follow us in, it was his first time there. And then the lighting and scenery was just right, for this shot. I radioed to Neil that I got a great shot of his boat and he replied "I'm never going to forget this."
Which is kind of a metaphor for boating here in the PNW with great boats and great friends. Unforgettable.
Until next year!
Not quite over our jet lag, we are prepping Mahalo for our first real cruise of the year. Tomorrow we head for Roche Harbor and the annual Hampton Rendezvous.
Last year was a blast although since Mahalo was not ready yet, we stayed in a condo. Will be good to be along with our boat and the many new friends we have made.
I put our tender in the water at our dock and she fired right up. Gotta love those Yamahas! Roche Harbor here we come.
Easter Sunday was a "chamber of commerce" weather kind of day. Beautiful blue skies, 5 kts of wind. I watched the Windy app for a few days before, comparing it to the actual weather, and it was spot on. We invited some friends, shoved off around noon, and by 1 pm had beautiful sunshine.
On a previous trip in the South Sound, we had notice how nice this area was just North of Des Moines. This is a large area, very deep water. We motored to it and shut down, didn't even anchor. Just drifted.
Lots of fun beach houses to check out in this area.
With people on different diets, I made two "noodle-less" lasagnas. Lots of veggies, but also meat sauces. Beef on the left, chicken on the right. The one on the right used only faux-cheeses. Both were great!
After lunch we motored up to West Seattle and then Elliot Bay. It's still a dream come true to see the Seattle skyline through the windshield of our Mahalo.
When we got up to Elliot Bay we caught a glimpse of this monster. Geez!
All in all a great way to spend Easter here in the PNW. Everything is different now having such a nice boat!
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.