Sunday, March 4, 2007

Sybarite

My step-dad longed for a boat.  He talked often about owning a boat.  As a young man he had worked as a crewman on yacht. He worked in ship yard building boats. During WWII he joined the merchant marine and carried goods around the world.

After the war he stayed on land, became a finisH carpenter and the assistant to a contractor...but his heart was still at sea.  He wanted a boat...but  did   not   get one.

When I inherited his money.  I GOT A BOAT.

I bought a twenty five foot Albin cabin cruiser with a little diesel engine that would cruise, full speed, at a merry six and half knots per hour. It took two hours to reach the channel islands.  It took an hour to go to the nearest marina...from Oxnard to Ventura...six miles up the coast.  I could have bicycled faster.

But leisure was my pleasure.  I often motored out and anchored behind the breakwater, and just lolled in the sun and breeze.  I watched other, bigger, fancier yachts go by.  I joined the Power Squadron, a group of power boat owners.  We did civic projects around the harbor and motor boated locally on weekends.  We taught boating safety.  There was always something to do.

     My Albin Cabin Cruiser                         Captain Chuck in 1990

At Christmas we decorated someone's boat and entered the Parade of Lights around the harbor. My apartment had a deck and dock and my boat was moored by my doorstep.  I had only to step out my door, onto my boat and go on a merry cruise around the harbor. A typical cruise would be from my dock to the ocean, out to circle a freighter anchored waiting to enter Port Hueneme, back to a restaurant for breakfast, and then home.

The Sybarite made a neat guest bedroom.  When overnight guest came to stay, I would give them my room and sleep on the boat, gently rocking in the main cabin.  The Albin had an aft cabin, too, that could sleep one or two folks.

There was more to my fleet.  I had a row boat with an outboard motor, and a two man sailboat.  I was very nautical.

 

3 comments:

garnett109 said...

You amaze me friend, a man of many of hats you had to be in the navy?

jckfrstross said...

you where a teacher and now a sailor wow

Deb

tellsg said...

Yo ho ho!  I am glad that you achieved your step dad's dream with his legacy.  My stepdad used to love sailing and at one point he had a little sailing boat and then got a boat like yours on the local marina in our village.  He suffered from terrible swelling on his legs due to having prostate cancer but
he used to drag himself on it almost to the end of his life.  He had athsma and found sleeping on it better than being at home.  He even managed to sail it up the River Lea to the marina near Tower Bridge with the help of a friend the year before he died.  He had a great social life too with all the people at the boat club and I can still remember his pride and joy in his little boat.  Very handsome picture of you Chuck!  Hugs.  Terry x