to browse the photo galleries of this trip.
So after lots of work on the boat in the Napa Valley Marina we plunked her into the water
. Then we did lots more work. Some of that work is listed on the Projects page
Then we started moving. First around the Napa River, then when the rain was supposed to stop (May) down the Napa River to Berkeley. Dan and Joe did that trip, which went very well and was a successful maiden voyage. Pics from that trip are here. It ended up raining again in late June (!).
We day-sailed the boat out of Berkeley for the next month or so, learning the ropes in the windy SF bay and reorganizing much of the boat. This included many trips to the marina's 'dumpster mart' where enterprising shoppers made off with our unwanted items within an hour or two. One man's trash....we opened up lots of space (and still could bear to get rid of more stuff). I was consoled that these things that were formerly moldering in our lockers would now molder--I mean would now be of use to others.
Next we made the big (to us) trip out of the Golden Gate, which in our minds signified the start of our cruise. By this point we'd canceled our slip, moved out of our house, and were living on the boat.