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a dinghy love affair

I prefer to NOT shop online, however, it’s the easiest way to find good quality stuff by being able to read user reviews. I bought this dinghy at the recommendation of a neighbor. I knew from day one that it was going to change things for us, but I didn’t realize how much fun it was going to be!!

here we go!

Bear loooves posing for pictures, and trust me when I say this is just the beginning of his love affair. There are three different bladders on this dinghy (compartmentalized incase you snag a hole the entire thing won’t deflate) so one by one I pumped this baby up. It’s quite a work out, and the main reason I will leave this thing inflated at all times rather than blowing it up before use. I use this thing on a regular basis, and because it stays in the water I also have to clean the bottom on a regular basis. The growth after a week generally isn’t too bad though. And dog hair.

inflating the three bladders

One thing I realized soon after I got this is that the dogs are pretty comfortable in it! I trust Bear enough now so we don’t bring his life jacket anymore. He doesn’t seem to mind either way, really.

We now use SuperSonic II (It’s a “Seahawk” brand. I’m from Seattle. We lost our beloved basketball team years ago and I don’t think I will ever get over it) dinghy to do laundry, row over to visit people, or take a trip to the doggy park. It’s so much more convenient, it’s a nice workout, it gets us out on the water, and from what I’ve heard I’ve inspired other people to purchase the same dinghy or start using theirs more. Now we’re at the point to where people recognize us as “Oh, didn’t we just see you rowing?!”And when Bear doesn’t want to eat, he wants to go for a row (and jumps in all by himself: I usually hold the dinghy for them so that it won’t slip away as they jump in). Brave little toaster!

The main reason I got this dinghy was to be able to get to shore when anchoring out. Now we just need to anchor out somewhere and really have some fun!!!!!!

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alex’s birthday

Four boats and 16 or so people made it out to Ayala Cove at Angel Island this weekend for a neighbor’s birthday bbq bash. It was a nice smooth sail over in my neighbor Ken’s 1964 Cheoy Lee, and before I had even gotten onto the island I passed another neighbor who also sailed over but not part of our crew.

He and his friend were going to hike to the top of the island, and being that was something I’ve been wanting to do for ages I invited myself along. It was beautiful, and totally worth it even in the wrong shoes! We made it to the top of the island and back in 2 hours and some change. Six miles total. There was even food and beer left over when I got back down!! 🙂 🙂 Couldn’t have asked for more really.