There was a meteor shower scheduled for Saturday night, so I decided it would be a good time to take Tosca out on her maiden voyage.
Destination: Decatur Island.
I finally felt like I had enough done that I could safely take her out. I had new chain, new anchor line, a new anchor, navigation set up on my tablet. I had new dock lines and I had stocked up on yummy treats.
The super responsible side of me didn’t feel completely prepared. I still needed to fix the head, get an inverter, install a horn… and the list goes on. But, I’ve been told by many a person, when it comes to boats, the list always goes on…
So, it was time to take her out. It was her first time leaving the dock since I brought her over to Friday Harbor and it was my first time going solo on a boat… any boat.
Needless to say, I was super excited!
Leaving the dock made me nervous because I had never actually dealt with docking on my own and I didn’t want to damage my boat or anyone else’s. I asked a dock neighbor to push me off so I didn’t have to experiment with the quarks of going in reverse in such close quarters.
He pushed me off and Tucker and I were officially on our way! I left Tucker down in the cabin because the last thing I wanted to worry about was him going overboard! He enjoyed the trip lounging in his life jacket, laying on his favorite blanket.
As soon as we left the dock, I brought up the route I had set in Navionics only to find it had changed since the day before and was trying to take us across Lopez Island (instead of around), so I canceled that and decided to navigate using the charts instead.
We experienced a full range of weather and currents during our short three hour trip. It was sunny when we left, clouded up pretty good about 30 minutes later, and even got foggy and on the verge of rain as we were approaching Decatur (I was getting a little nervous that the horn I didn’t have would be needed if I didn’t get there soon). Note to self: keep a coat nearby. I wasn’t comfortable enough to leave the helm and go below to get a coat out of the locker.
The plan was to raft up to Chris’ boat when I arrived so I could use his head and electricity. I ended up catching up to him as we were approaching Decatur so I waited for him to get settled in his anchorage before we rafted up. As soon as we had settled in, the clouds disappeared and the sun came out so we were optimistic about the meteor shower that night.
Unfortunately clouds rolled in late that afternoon which prohibited any chance of watching the meteor shower, but that night as we were chatting in the cockpit, a baby seal decided to make it its mission to get in my dinghy. Ultimately it didn’t work out for him, but it was fun to watch!
All in all, our maiden voyage was a success!