SUNDAY 27 JULY 2014
Journey: Boyz’ house – Striped Rock, Solomons Island – Stoney’s, Broomes Island – Boyz’ house
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Conditions: bright, sunny day; pleasant to hot
Vessel: 260 SeaRay Sundancer
B wanted me to practice captaining a twin screw vessel, in preparation for our new boat, so he had me captain the entire day. I’ve already captained their 320 Searay Sundancer but I had never docked with twin screws. I encountered no problems docking at Striped Rock as we docked at the end T-section.
September Song met us there. I thought they’d come on Half Note but, surprisingly, they drove. After lunch I asked if they’d want to meet us up at Broomes Island, but they declined.
I again captained up to Broomes. Once there I had to dock in a slip – much more difficult than pulling up to the end of a T. With a single screw you use a lot of turning of the wheel while shifting. With twin screws, however, you don’t touch the wheel and instead shift each screw independently. I docked completely on my own and did a GREAT job! Not to sound arrogant, but, I wasn’t really surprised.
A band played in the tent area – which I didn’t care about so I sat at the bar. In the middle afternoon someone brought out a couple of cornhole boards. A lot of people went out to watch various people play in the grassy area.
By late afternoon I needed, and wanted, to leave, as I’m sure did Eric and Lori. When I went to B to say it’s time to go he snottily snapped, “NO! No one is leaving!” Eric didn’t want to argue with him so we walked away.
A bit later I mentioned I needed to go. Again, almost like an angry 3-yr old having a tantrum, he replied, “NO!”
At this point I’m getting angry because I no longer have control of my movements. After over an hour I had had it. I told Lori we need to go; she said she tried. I told her if that’s the case we are NEVER NOT having our own boat because I do not want to ever again be held hostage. Obviously Lori could see I had reached the end of my patience. I don’t know what she said to B but we were soon underway with me at the helm.