Thursday, April 19, 2012

Of COURSE we'll take the upgrade to the 35ft Yacht

This is what you think of when you say "I'd rather be boating"
Last weekend we were excited to spend the day out in a boat that one of our friends found through one of those deal sites. This was originally supposed to be a 22 ft boat, however we showed up a bit early and Chris went in to talk to the woman behind to counter to figure out the details. He walked out a few minutes later with the biggest grin on his face after he'd convinced the lady to upgrade us to the 35ft yacht for the same price because of all of "our" boating experience. 

Chris at the wheel
After we were given a tour of the 2 bathrooms, 3 bedroom, multi level boat, they asked if anyone had any boating experience to which I figured saying that I had "a lot" to would mean they let us take the boat.  Everyone else was conspicuosly quiet at this point, but they believe us and he gave us a push off the dock and we headed out into beautiful Pittwater.

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Lion Head 

This is a bay which has the ocean on the right hand side and also connects to our old boating area of the Hawesbury river.  

John taking a turn at piloting

We putted along at the measly 10 knots that the boat was goverend to out of the bay and into the river and then pulled up into Refuge Bay for some relaxation and to try our fishing rods.

Linton getting ready for the mooring catch, Hannah on hand with directions

John piloting us in to a mooring, Amy and Simone averting their eyes so he doesn't get nervous
 Unfortunately the size of the boat was a bit of a hinderance to the fishing, however the newcomers to the sport were quite thrilled with their first catches. 

Hannah's first fish

You touch it!

Hold it closer to the camera so that it looks bigger...
After feeding the tiny fish around we made our way back to the dock, which was the part of the day that I'd been dreading all day.  Why oh why don't they just put this thing at a mooring?!  Apparently I was the only nervous one, and the docking mission actually went off perfectly against all of my expectations.

Back at the dock, safe and sound

Although no monster fish were caught, any day boating is a great day, and when you can do it in a 35 ft yacht it's even sweeter.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if you two still keep in touch with other old RPI alumni, but I'd like to point out that I haven't heard of anyone who's got a better lifestyle going.