Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Charter Day 3 - Our Boat-tel

It's nice to have some wind to sail...but this was getting a bit ridiculous. Hurricane Sandy was continuing to give us high winds, in the 25 gusting to 40 knot range.  Probably just as well though...given yesterday's experience.  No sailing today.

Now that we've had a chance to calm down and reflect on the prior days events, we talked about "the plan".  While she wasn't 100% on the idea of living full time on a boat, she definitely wanted to go sailing again.  The whole "when you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on" attitude.  Just not today.  One decision appears to have been made though.  We will probably be getting a catamaran and not a monohull.

St. Pete Pier with the Vinoy Marina Behind

Since we were going to be in port all day and I have an old friend that kinda lives in the area, it made sense to see if we could get together.  He hadn't been to St. Pete in a while so it was a good excuse.  So after visiting the local farmers market, we met up with my friend and his daughter.  We showed them our accommodations (my wife started calling our boat/hotel the boat-tel), took the $0.50 trolley tour of downtown, and then went out to the St. Petersburg Pier for lunch.  It was good to see them again.

And to try to give this post a little sailing content, here's our "boat-tel".  The Catalina 309 "It's About Time II" chartered from Sailing Florida.
The Saloon Looking Aft
The Saloon Looing Forward
The "Master" Berth
"Tiny" The Head

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