Captain Roy Raurd
Luckily, we were smart enough to hire a captain, Roy Raurd, to help us get our new boat from Anacortes to Seattle. I was miraculously able to find live aboard moorage on East Lake Union. It was almost directly underneath the I-5 bridge. Our slip was in between 2 house boats on a dock with 5 houseboats total. Getting our boat to our slip was going to entail parallel parking, an almost 40-foot boat, down a narrow, water alley way, in between the 2 house boats and alongside a large building, which occupied a private rowing club called the College Club.
We knew our, “Captain Ron,” as I kept referring to him, would be pivotal in helping us get to know Epiphany, and learn vital information on how to maneuver a sailboat through the inland waters of the Puget Sound. We had to go under a few bridges, into the locks and on to Lake Union to get it safely to our moorage in Seattle, not an easy task even for the most experienced sailor.
Captain Roy showed up at our boat at 6:00am sharp. We had been up late the night before overwhelmed with moving our entire apartment to our storage unit in Anacortes that day. Of course, when we got finished at 10:00pm, we imbibed with a few too many glasses of wine. Nonetheless, we both jumped up in the morning to the task at hand, and prepared for the journey south.
Captain Roy asked for the key to start the motor. I had put it in the Captain’s table the night before. When I went to get it, it was not there. I vividly remembered putting it in the table, I couldn’t figure out what had happened to the key from 1:30am to 6:00am. Bill insisted that he NEVER even saw the key the night before. We ran around like chickens with our heads cut off looking for the key to start our new boat, trying to look somewhat organized in front of the Captain. We never found the key. I thought to myself, “That’s it!” We hired a captain to take us to Seattle and we lost the key in a 5-hour time frame. We are not cut out to sail this boat down the coast, or for that matter, anywhere.
Meanwhile, Bill remembered there was an extra key in a backup box just in the nick of time, and we were able to start the motor and carry on. We shoved off from Anacortes around 7:00am. I would highly recommend if you buy a new boat, and don’t know the ins and outs of it yet, to either hire someone, or find someone that you know with experience, to help you learn the ropes the first day out. I can’t tell you how invaluable Captain Roy’s coaching has been for us just in that one day’s time. The $500 we paid him for that day has been priceless, and well worth every penny. If you keep reading future posts, you will soon grasp just how important our time with him, that one day, continues to be for us.
Half way through the La Conner Channel Bill and I quickly realized we didn’t bring warm enough clothes for our journey through the cold waters of Puget Sound. Once again, Captain Roy saved the day by outfitting us with water proof socks, hats, gloves, and sweaters to make us more comfortable for the trip. Before Bill put the gloves on that Captain Roy gave him, he kept his hands in his pockets trying to ward off the numbness. Come to find out, in his pocket besides his numb hand was the missing key from the night before that he NEVER saw. Every day we learn that being a boat owner is so humbling……
After arriving in Seattle around 8:00pm that evening we then had to turn around and drive Captain Roy back to Anacortes. It was quite a push for a few days, but all worth it to get our new boat where it needed to be so we could move on to it and continue to prepare for our new lifestyle.
Thank you Captain Roy!