Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Friends with boats

Let me tell you a little secret. It begins with a sweeping generalization which I'm pretty sure is right on. In every marina there is at least one eager boat owner that is looking for someone to go sailing with him. It doesn't matter that you know nothing about sailing, he'll take you anyway, and if you bring beer he might even let you take the helm.

Meet Helmut. He's been working on his boat for 15 years, buying only the molded hull and doing everything else to his specifications. He launched the boat last year and invited us for a sail this weekend.   We didn't have any beer, but  he let us bring the dog, and take turns at the helm anyway.

WARNING the following sequence of events took place to remedy the previously mentioned beer situation, and is NOT to be attempted by your average drunk. These men are professionals!

 It was Helmut's words of wisdom, however, that set the tone for this trip. He said, " I don't want to get wasted, I want to remember this shit!" So thanks to the beer delivery guys, we enjoyed a few cold  brews and lived to remember everything. BTW if you're wondering, Bud Light Lime tastes a LOT better then it sounds.

So for all you armchair sailors,  don't despair. You don't need a boat. Take a stroll around your local marina. You're bound to make a friend.


Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Great pictures! Looks like Chopper enjoyed himself too. Great advice ... we're planning on going to the weekly races soon in hopes of being part of the crew.

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Nice! We have had ice cream sandwiches and a bosun's chair delivered to us. Beer is good too.

Laura and Hans said...

Bringing beer aboard is a requirement of our guests! But that delivery looks like a lot of fun. BTW, Hans' father's name was Helmut and he too loved sailing.

Travis and Maggie said...

thanks MLC, I'm finding that its kinda hard to take a bad pic of a sailboat.

Oh God Heather, I don't think i would like having a bosun chair delivery, that sounds not good.

Laura, furlers vs. hank ons might be a contentious subject, but beer is something all boaters can agree on.
Make beer not war? Hmmmm...