Sometimes there's no good reason to get in your boat and go out for the day; other times, you know you can't miss learning something and having a good time along the way. Both, of course, are equally good reasons to untie your dock lines and shove off.
If you have any doubts about this, the report and photos I just received about the recent Beneteau raft-up in La Playa Cove on San Diego Bay hosted by South Coast Yachts will put them to rest.
Barrett Canfield and his team, who are the Beneteau dealer for the San Diego area, love the annual Beneteau Rendezvous, at Two Harbors, Catalina in August, which draws over 100 boats. This year, they decided to get a head start in April. Here are some excerpts from Barrett's report:
"The boats began to arrive at noon and by 1 p.m. there were 11 Beneteaus ( and one Baltic 42....all are welcome!). The goal was to educate the owners and guests on boating safety and also introduce new marine products, all while enjoying the idyllic cove of La Playa with new friends.
We started with a talk by Fayette “Bubba” Severence who is well known in San Diego as “Mr. Sea Tow”. He advised the Beneteau owners on “How to avoid a call to Sea Tow” and other topics such as clearing customs after sailing to Mexico and proper VHF radio protocol.
Kevin English, who is the new Raymarine Rep for Southern California, showed off the newest Raymarine C90 Wide Chartplotter and Lifetag System, demonstrating these new products on a brand new 17’ Caribe Inflatable, thanks to Mick, Joe, and Chris from West Marine & Port Supply in San Diego.
We offered a mast-climbing session for those who have never been aloft, and a few new sailors got a great view of the cove and the raft up from the second spreader of our new Beneteau 37.
Danielle, from Seaforth Boating Education (SBR) in San Diego, gave a talk on “Checklists before you leave the dock” and helped the owners and crew prepare for their next departure.
Of course, after any good day of learning on the water, one must be rewarded with new friendships and a nice cockpit that seats 8 to 10 comfortably. Thanks to Joe and Nancy Alcorn of the Beneteau 49 Sail A Vie for forcing us all to stay late and enjoy a glass of wine aboard their new boat. This raft-up was only meant to last for the afternoon, but we measure it’s success by the fact that 24 hours later the boats were still there, rafted up, with laughter sounding across La Playa Cove.
Barrett sounds surprised in his report, but I'm thinking, once onboard, why would anyone feel the need to go home? Barrett has plans for another raft-up in mid-May. Write: email@example.com