Preparing for the boat’s arrival

I finally found moorage for the boat! It’s hard to find moorage in Seattle, especially now since boating has become even more popular thanks to Covid social-distancing. I’ve been contacting marinas since the Fall and every marina either has waiting lists that are at least 6 months, and even several years long, and other marinas don’t even bother having a waiting list because they’re so lengthy. To make the moorage situation in Seattle even more difficult, Seattle Parks decided to renovate two of the three marinas they run so those marinas are closed down until October.

I was worried that I’d have to get a trailer, park the boat somewhere and put it in and take it out of the water every time I wanted to use it. I got lucky and found a slip yesterday and even better, it’s covered, so I grabbed it immediately. Renting the slip requires insurance for the boat and I got that today too. All of this is a huge relief to me.

I talked to my Cranchi sales rep and he sent me this photo of the shrink-wrapped boat on a rack at the shipyard in Italy just before it went onto a ship to cross the Atlantic. Thanks to the Evergreen debacle in the Suez Canal, worldwide shipping has slowed down. It was tentatively scheduled to be here on May 15th and is now scheduled to arrive in Seattle on May 23rd. Realistically, it’ll probably be a few days later than that and then it’ll take a few days to get it from the Seattle shipyard to the dock where we receive it.

Palm Spring(s) Break 2021

Our first airplane trip since Mexico in 2019 took us to Palm Springs for Spring Break for the week. We rented an Airbnb with a pool and mostly stayed at the house by the pool, ate dinners outside and did very little else. It was a nice to have a change of scenery and warmer weather.

I was concerned about taking flights during Covid but they were short flights and everyone at the airports and on the planes were very safe, wore masks and everything was contactless.

Before we went to Palm Springs, Seattle was still chilly and I was wearing sweaters. While we were away, Seattle changed to warm weather and it feels like Springtime.

I passed my Covid test

All 5 of us passed. We took tests so we could spend the weekend with friends who need to be extra safe because their daughter is in a strict school “pod”. The tests were super easy: pull up in your car, take a swab and swirl it in each nostril and give it back. It took about a minute, was painless and cost nothing. And there are those who think government can’t do anything right. 🤷🏻‍♂️

If it was done as a commercial business it wouldn’t be free, so less people would do it which would make everyone less safe, and there’d be incentives to falsify results to be the most popular service (“get tested by us, we have more negative results than anyone!”), making everyone even less safe.