Odds ‘n Ends

This is not our yacht. Photo By Pline, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
Hi everyone!

I thought today I’d bring you up to speed re: what’s happening in our lives that’s boat related. Here it is, in no particular order:

1. I passed my boating exam! Yay! You can now rest easy that I won’t ram into your boat when I’m out cruising the waters, as I’m down with the Collision regulations. Now, don’t go worrying about hubby, he’s also legal, but he didn’t have to take the exam since he already took the course (lucky him). He was a real trooper though, and went to all of the classes with me (when he was in town, that is).

2. We’re registered for a new boating course. It’s Maritime Radio and is only three nights – much shorter than the last one. This course will provide us with a restricted radio operating certificate, or something like that. I’m looking forward to the class because I never did learn when to use Mayday versus Pan Pan in the boating class. I don’t want to get the two mixed up. Once we’re finished, we’ll take a bit of a break from boating courses for awhile.

3. We’ll probably be heading out to BC for a couple of days (I won a trip!) towards the end of Feb. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to scope out potential boating location #1 while we’re there. We’ll also get to check out a Canucks game as part of the prize winning package! Whoa, it just doesn’t get anymore exciting than this. Unfortunately, the prize package is just for me, so I can’t bring hubby into the hospitablity suite at the game 😦 I will be sure to text him and send photos showing him how great it is. He’ll appreciate that.

4. We waded through snowbanks to enjoy a social evening hosted by the local Power Squadron chapter last Friday. Two couples shared their adventures sailing on the Westcoast last summer. Looked like great fun, and it made us both wish we were there.

5. We haven’t checked out any new boats, nor have we had anymore interest in the house … soon, soon.

Well now you know what we’re up to. BTW if you did buy us that boat for Christmas, I think there’s been a mix up at the dealership, as we haven’t received a call about it yet. You might want to follow up on that.

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Would-be Boat Owner

Hi everyone, as Christmas quickly approaches, I thought I would help all of you out by providing some  “boaty” Christmas gift ideas.  Oh, you know just in case you were looking for a gift for a beloved boater in your family.

Actually, I’m not seriously suggesting that you should get these for us, so go ahead and put your wallet away 🙂

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  • A survival suit.  With one of these puppies, we could fall overboard, and bob around happily until help arrives. 
  • Drogue see my earlier post in which I discuss this wonderful device: https://boatlady.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/transatlantic-crossings-part-i/
  • Lounge wear – you know, so your boat friend can lounge around on the boat.  I know that’s what I’ll be doing.
  • Fancy glasses – that is drink glasses, not eyeglasses.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen – for those among you that like to give practical gifts. 
  • Earplugs – “Why?”, you ask.  To drown out the moaning of the skipper’s seasick companion.
  • T-shirts (Mine sould read skipper, and hubby’s should read Crew).  Oh ho, wouldn’t that be fun on Christmas morning.
  • Gravol &/or motion sickness relief band.  For obvious reasons.
  • Marine GPS – so we don’t get lost on the way to visit you.
  • Weather walkie-talkie – oh yeah – I’ve seen one of these.  It gives off an alarm whenever there’s a nearby weather warning.
  • Not a cat.  Just in case you thought cats and boats go together.  And besides, we already have one.
  • A yacht.  Go ahead and get your wallet out again.  We’ll take this one. 

    image from http://www.bostonyacht.com

Have a wonderful Holiday Season everyone!