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!
There was a slew of warranty and other work being done on Mahalo while we were in France. Convenient, right? We thought the boat would be back home by the time we arrived at home. As this is boating, we had the inevitable delays. The generator auto start project was still underway.
Yikes! Seeing your boat all torn apart is kind of like seeing a relative being operated on.
It will all get better soon. I'll do a post on the auto start project once it is completed.
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.
Sorry about the lack of blog posts lately. Deb and I have been in France for three weeks. We did two weeks in Paris and eight days in Provence.
In Provence, we based out of Aix, and did day trips. The first trip we did to the French Riviera was the charming town of Cassis. Great vibe, boats coming and going, lots of fun restaurants and shops.
Traditional Cassis fishing boats. The white wines in this region were delicious.
I had been to St. Tropez, Canne, Nice and Monaco on my last trip to this region, some THIRTY SIX years ago (Yikes!). St. Tropez was the closest so we decided to visit there. Looks like another fishing village, right?
That is, until you start taking in the many Super Yachts there. We aren't talking about some trawlers here! I think that tender is about as big as Mahalo.
This tender is so huge, I don't think it goes in the mother ship. They probably just have crew ride along. They came by the quay I was standing on and lo! They are teaching about a 10 year old kid to drive it. It has bow and stern thrusters! Lucky young guy.
Yes, I bet it is a magic carpet ride.
I guess that "Big Red Dog" gig paid pretty well, huh?
Walking along another quay I happened upon Skyfall. It turns out I was walking next to perhaps the owners, or at least the captain and his wife. I slowed down to observe and after they boarded they were handed hot towels by a stew. Ah, the life! I'll have to arrange this on Mahalo?
Actually the boat that interested me the most was this beauty.
Hang on a minute. Wow, this one was quite appealing as well. The builder is "San Lorenzo" which is also the town where I first lived in California after being born at the Alameda Naval Air Station. That blue/white/black combo looked great.
I have flown those helicopters, Robinson 44. However with just a few lessons I can't even land on grass, let alone the back of the boat. Still, hmmm. After some consideration I decided that given the chopper's paint scheme doesn't match the boat, I'm not making an offer, after all.
Saving the best for last, may I present "Sailing Vessel A." Built and owned by a Russian billionaire (of course). Incredible striking lines. You can look it up on the Internet and see pics with the sails deployed. I'm hoping it is more open inside that it appears from the outside.
Time to return home to Mahalo. As one of my good friends says "there's always someone with a bigger boat!"