Thanks to Beth Mohr for this beautiful tropical shot taken during a lunch stop at Sandy Cay, BVI while on a charter!
A lone sailboat occupied the harbor when we came around the point. From a distance it looked traditional, hearty with a double-ender appearance. I slowed down as we passed astern to admire her fit and finish. A Tahiti ketch design built of steel, it could, and probably had, logged thousands of cruising miles. The stern read Port Townsend, WA. “A boat like this would fit perfectly in Port Townsend,” I thought while glancing back towards our bow.
Two days later when we returned from a hike, a gorgeous 70-foot powerboat had increased our two boat party by one. Her gracious owners enthusiastically invited us to join them for the Seahawks game and they were fantastic hosts. With a large flat screen TV, comfy couches and every amenity of home, it was a great time and fun to hear tales of their many cruising adventures. And though all three boats in the harbor were quite different, it just proved once again that what you have aboard to suit your vision of cruising comfort is entirely up to you. Because when you’re actually out here, nobody’s keeping score.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
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