been drinking. We're fine."
And that was the point. Even at 2:30 in the morning, while drinking, if you are at anchor you should be able to recite the state of the tide and other details. The wind could come up, an anchor could break loose, all sorts of things could happen and you'd better know what's what so as to keep the boat and crew safe. I consulted the tide tables and the chart, did a few calculations, and made my report. "Thanks, you can go back to bed now."
I visited Port Madison many times after that and had many nice little raft up parties here. Now I've returned on our big boat, our house in fact. We've come full circle.
I knew we had reciprocal moorage available here with the Port Madison Yacht Club so we crept into the narrow bay, dodging all the mooring balls and boats. We found the PMYC floats and headed around the back side to look for the reciprocal dock. Nosing into the crowded assembly of floats, I spotted what I thought was the marked space for guests. It was full. Well, not totally full. There was about 15 feet of open space on the end. So that's where we docked the boat, 15 ft of the bow, with 27 feet sticking out behind. Not bad for free moorage.
Last weekend we helped out with the Washington Yacht Club Snooze and Cruise event. Traveler carried a bunch of gear (stoves, grills, awnings, pots, pans and supplies) and had a novice crew of 7 guests aboard. Here are some photos of the crew.
While we were not the fastest boat out of the gate, I think we were the most fun boat. Everyone on the boat got to take the wheel and we sailed almost all the way out to Blake Island. I believe the club had 60 people attend with about ten boats of various sizes. On Sunday we returned. Our route took us through the locks and five sets of bascule bridges that had to open for us. After we unloaded gear and crew I felt sad to part from our sweet guests. They lingered then finally left us alone at the dock.
A couple of days later Connie and I left the boat in reciprocal moorage at Kingston while we delivered the truck back to Olympia where it will spend the summer under the care of Connie's son, Ezrah. We met with Rick and Ada of the charter business Mystic Journeys on their Islander Freeport 41, Clara June. Over chili we signed a purchase and sale contract and discussed details on how Connie and I were to take over their successful chartering business. We'll come back to Olympia in August and start that transition. So it looks like we've got a nice little business to keep us busy for a while in the oncoming years. Almost all the business is in June, July, August so we'll still have time throughout the year for other adventures. We are psyched!
Meanwhile, here we are in Port Madison, a great place to layover between guests. We've got Julie aboard right now.
Just met a man on the dock here at PMYC who invited us to come back later today because they are having a race. So it looks like we'll be running across to Shilshole to pick up Dineen and will bring her back here for the race! Maybe we can be the committee boat. Folks are very friendly here.
Then on Friday we bring Connie's daughter, Tesla aboard. What we do is nose into the pick-up/drop-off dock at Shilshole and do the crew swap. Let us know if you want to come aboard sometime soon!