One of the reasons that Jeff wanted to move to Washington was to be near the water. He loves water and wants to own a boat, go fishing, explore the Puget Sound and more. As with many of his past dreams such as snowboarding, I humored him but essentially ignored him figuring if he wants a boat he’ll get one.
Last fall, we had the opportunity to go out on a motorized boat in Port Everett. Wow, needless to say I was hooked. Despite being chilly and hungry, I didn’t want the experience to end. I was in love with the sea. Since that day, Jeff and I have had many conversations about boats and how were we going to get one.
We already have access to a speed boat that can be used on lakes, but really isn’t big enough for Puget Sound. In preparation for owning a boat, we purchased a Yukon in November in order to tow future boat literally putting the horse before the cart for once.
Whenever we can we go to either the Port of Edmonds or the Port of Everett to look at boats and walk along the beach. Recently we were discussing how expensive it will be to pay for gas and I suggested that we give owning a sailboat a try.
Jeff found the idea intriguing. So after looking for how to learn to sail, I discovered the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) on Lake Union in Seattle. They have everything including three locations with one on Cama Beach on Camano Island. In addition to basic sailing lessons, they also have advanced lessons, private lessons, boat owning lessons such as sail repairs and even boat rentals. CWB also provides free public sails on Sundays at their South Lake Union site.
Jeff and I made plans to go this past Sunday and woke up to snow on the ground. So as not to disappoint us, I decided to go anyway. We got all bundled up and went down to sign up (we were the only ones besides one other couple and some hardy volunteers).
We ended up sailing on the Admirable which is a 114 year old keel boat with an original mast and a lively history including Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River and later in Alaska. The captain, four volunteers, and Jeff and I ended up with a very personalized 75 minute intro to sailing trip around South Lake Union.
The wind was from the north and not very strong, so we were going fairly slowly for the most part. A couple of times, the sail caught the wind, and we glided fairly quickly. A couple of the volunteers and the Captain entertained us with tales of the Lake and sailing in general. The volunteer staff of CWB were absolutely awesome and made us feel welcome and excited about learning to sail.
If my socks weren’t wet from tramping around in the snow looking at all the boats in the marina, I could have stayed out on the water all day. I have since ordered waterproof boots and Jeff gave me an extra set of rain gear that he had from work. So next time I will be wearing neon yellow with reflective tape. Despite looking like a giant bumble bee, I will be dry and highly visible when I fall in the water. Notice that I say when and not if I fall in the water.
Lessons in the future will cost about $340 each which is relatively inexpensive. I don’t think that we will have saved the money for this until late summer. In the meantime, we plan to do at least one more public sail and maybe a private lesson or two which is much cheaper.
Normally Jeff and I are very different people. He’s an extrovert, I’m an introvert. He’s physical and I’m a bookworm. Finding things that we both like to do has been difficult. So I’m extremely excited and happy that we have found something to do together.
Our long term goals include buying our own sailboat and trailer for day and weekend trips and even some longer trips after exploring the Sound and the Northwest coast.