Thursday, August 9, 2012


It's the best weekend of the year in Seattle, it's when everyone wants to be on a boat, it's when the blue angels soar against the Seattle skyline, it's SEAFAIR and we LOVE it!!

This year we rented a 38' SeaRay for the weekend, it was a gorgeous boat!

We headed out around noon and picked up friends along the way...I was a bit paranoid about the boat not being we used this zodiac
Friday evening we enjoyed food and games on Lake Washington.  We then spent the night on the boat at the dock because it is illegal to anchor in 99% of Lake Washington.

Saturday morning we hit the water again, picked up friends, and started our day.  It was a crazy day as it was last year and as it probably is every year.

Once we were in all the chaos of what is 'Seafair', we lost the awareness that is needed by all boat owners as did the boat owners of the boat we hit.  Yes, we struck another boat.  It wasn't that bad although it sounded as if we needed to start yelling "Mayday!"  In the process of getting too close to the other boat, I decided to power on our engines and get us out of the situation....this didn't work out too well as we had a float in the water connected to our boat by what other than rope....and this rope immediately was sucked under the boat and wrapped around our propeller.  Now, we are sitting ducks.  We don't have engines to move about the massive amount of boats and the wind is pushing us downstream at a rather fast speed.

This means we are now yelling at the next boat, trying to get their attention to let them know that we ARE going to HIT them.  They cannot hear us, nor do they see us coming so Russ jumps off our boat and swims to their boat to warn them of what's coming.  They get their dock hooks and we have ours and we avoid collision by pushing against each other until the wind finally carries us past their boat.

Luckily, they had goggles because of course we didn't (we were out for a day of sun and fabulous), not swimming in the freezing water and pulling rope from a propeller.

Russ and Davis save the day by pulling the rope off our propeller mean while I am on the phone with vessel assist and trying to lower our anchor!!  Yes, this all happen in 20 minutes of complete chaos and I NEVER want to repeat it!!

Oh yeah, and the police were involved.  But that only makes the story longer so I will leave that to your imagination.

After those crazy 20 minutes, we maneuvered through the tangled web of boats to a bigger spot so we could enjoy the blue angels flying without worrying about hitting everyone else on the water.

This is what the day looked like in a picture story....there are no pictures of the 'crazy 20'

 Luckily this was not the boat we hit :)  This boat's name was THOR
 Jet pack man, I so want to play with one of these!

Thanks for reading and Happy Seafair!!

1 comment:

samborn said...

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