The fleet grows! We took possession of our new tender today. I figure since we are in a superyacht marina and we need to keep up with the crowd, we’d need to get a new support boat. While our others (the one that came with Discovery and the sailing one for the kids) are dinghies,the new one is a tender. This appears to be the name given to the boat that provides support to the yacht …
Our new tender is 30ft and has a modern 30hp engine. Our yellow dinghy is a 10ft boat,also with a 30hp motor. The new boat is electric start, has a proper steering wheel and is much,much bigger, while 3 ft doesn’t sound like a lot, this boat is about 40% larger than the previous (longer and wider). It is more stable, much easier to drive, dryer and more comfortable for longer trips.
We realized the previous day that we really needed a boat that Michelle (and the kids) could drive … when we got stuck outside of the broken bridge, Michelle didn’t feel comfortable making the long trip to get the kids in the yellow dinghy. Tiller steering of a “big” motor is tough and trying to pull start 30hp s not easy … so the new boat, our family car, meets all our requirements … it is Michelle’s SUV … funny how the kids get a new boat, Michelle gets a new boat, and I get the 10yr old beater, nothing changes.
The afternoon that we got the boat, we all went for a ride out to Marigot Bay, about 8 miles there … Jaci drove the whole trip,truly looking very comfortable at the helm. We went out of the lagoon and headed to see the main Marigot waterfront … somehow the conversation of man-overboard came up, and I volunteered to demonstrate … stripped down to my boxers, which garnered a bunch of laughter (not sure I was comfortable with that), I “fell” in …
Amongst the laughter, they went through the steps; 1. never, ever take your eyes of the swimmer. If you lose sight of them, you may never get it back. So a couple on board just pointed, and laughed. 2. The driver (Jaci), slowed the boat, and steered back to me. 3. Kate rigged the ladder (yes, our boat came with a boarding ladder), 4. Jaci brought the boar alongside and I climbed on board … as the sun was setting now, we headed back to Discovery.
We turned on our lights (boat has these) and ran the 8 miles back … about 300 yards from Discovery, the engine quit … turns out, I forgot to fill the boat … so now with 300 yards to go,we pulled out our paddles and made it the rest of the way … I tried to explain this was planned, so that we could do a full test of everything on the boat … but no one believed me.
About 30 yards from Discovery, one of our superyacht neighbors decided to come over in his dinghy (the tender was up) and see if we needed help … he figured that with all the laughter and smiles everything was Ok, and turned back. We thanked him and kept paddling <g>.