Friday, June 11, 2010

Boating - Part II

After spending the first couple of years in the slip we decided that we needed to branch out and start doing some boating. One of our dock neighbors was a commodore of a yacht club and talked us into attending one of their events to see if we would like to join. Well, we attended and fell in love with the people and the club. We joined Delta Marina Yacht Club and started boating in a big way.

The first cruise out we attended was Tower Park Marina. Getting into Tower Park is difficult at best. Trial by fire is what we decided and sure enough it was trying. We managed and after having that cruise under our belts we felt more confident. It was still a very big deal to go anywhere though.

The next big challenge was Caliente Isle Yacht Club on Bethel Island. All summer long the wind howls (I mean HOWLS) through this area and it takes a lot of know-how to get into and out of this club. Every third boat has to have an anchor out that's how windy it is. We didn't do well. It was horrible, but we weren't the only ones that had trouble. That didn't help much, but some. It was during this cruise that I was asked if I was interested in going through the chairs of the yacht club. As you all know I said yes.

The next challenge was the bay cruise. This annual event in done during the end of September for about 10 days. The first year we passed as we thought it too daunting for us fairly new and inexperienced boaters. The second year we went as far as Benicia Yacht Club. About the midway point to the San Francisco Bay. It wasn't nearly as scary as we thought it was going to be.

The next invite we got was to check out a private island to see if we were interested in becoming members. Many of our yacht club folks belonged to this island so we decided to take a look. Well we loved the island and joined right away. This has been a very big learning curve in our boating. Many folks want power and water hookups when they go somewhere in their boat. With this island you don't have either one. We learned what we could do and what we couldn't do to stay at the island for sometimes a week or more. The only power you have is your generator. One of the best things we did was joining our island.

We are just now starting to learn how to boat. We still have lots of apprehension every time we go somewhere, but not nearly as bad. We do know one thing...we love our boat.

Current Whereabouts: Pittsburg Yacht Club
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  1. I love reading about your love of boating and how you got where you are now. Who knew you could join an island?!

    I'm surprised that you're still apprehensive, but over-confidence can be a dangerous thing sometimes so good for you!

    Is there more? I hope there's more!

    Big hugs xo

  2. You are definitely very adventurous--our biggest difference. I do not like anxiety. Your husband really did great going from knowing nothing about running a boat to where you are now. What a fun adventure! Glad you are able to enjoy it so much!

  3. Great story about a great pass time. I'm glad that you have found something that you love to do.
    Me, I'm still a working stiff, but I think 2011 will be my last year.
    Have a great week-end.

  4. Woof! Woof! WOW n How COOL! Would LOVe to you join you? Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. Love, love hearing about your beginnings and adventures!!! I love tagging along, wherever y'all go. Can't wait for the next installation of the story:)

    Big hugs, honey...

  6. Thanks for sharing this glimps into you life.Hugs.

  7. Practice does make perfect.

    Great photo.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. i just love these glimpses into your real life! your boating life sounds dreamy! i am so happy for you and zane!

    smiles, bee

  9. I bet you do love your boat. It's gorgeous, and it helps to have others to enjoy it with - and an island! Have a great weekend!

  10. You joined an island? I can see where boating could take up a huge chunk of your time and provide a lot of enjoyment and adventure.

  11. What a great adventure you have had so far and should keep having. How much fun is that to Join an Island?? What a great thing to do. I bet you are glad you made the choice of the boat. It sounds like you are getting quite good at steering the boat where it is supposed to go.
    It is a lot of fun reading about it.
    Have a super week end.

  12. Love island hopping. One of my favorite things to do is to hit a different island every night and camp on the beaches. We go floundering by night and boating by day. It's great!

  13. Joining an island, that sounds so cool. Loving your boating stories. You must be having a blast.

  14. No wonder you love it - it's perfect and so are you're description! Thanks again for sharing and a Happy Weekend to you ;-)

  15. Current Whereabouts: Pittsburg Yacht Club Wow I had no idea you two made it all the way over to the East Coast. Wow your getting to become really good, hehe

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  18. What an adventurer you are. I am afraid that I would get sick on the water. I loved hearing all about your love of boating.

    The private island sounds heavenly.

  19. I LOVE your adventurous spirit!
    You are really living life! How wonderful for the both of you!
    Yachting like this is not something most people do, so it is VERY interesting!


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