But we did leave the next morning, with 11 electricians and carpenters working away all through the four-hour trip from Sarasota to St. Petersburg. I put all my concerns aside during the smooth ride north, and enjoyed being back on the water again, the first time in our own boat in almost two years.
Here are some photos from our trip:
|Captain Dennis takes her out onto the bay|
|Heading up the Bay to St. Pete|
|Under the bridge we go!|
|Spruced up for the Holidays|
|The Mondo Booth|
The next three days passed in a blur of people, questions, hellos and goodbyes...we had well over 2000 signatures in our log book. It has been a long time since a new catamaran name came onto the market; the response was really overwhelmingly positive. All six of us were busy every minute of each day, chatting with people, explaining, discussing our decisions - so busy that we didn't have any time to go visit other booths! It was very satisfying to experience such validation in our choices.
Here are some photos from the show:
|Bumfuzzle Presides over the Crowds|
|Custom Cockpit Decorations|
|The Joys of Boat Ownership!|
|Cockpit at Dusk|
|Heading back to Sarasota|
|My First Lunch for the Crew!|
|My Life in Space Bags!|
|Plugh the dinghy goes on the stern|
|At Marina Jack's before our Test Sail|
|Test Sail under Way!|
After so long working at making this dream a reality, it is very hard to believe it will finally happen, yet it is. Our next blog posting will be from underway!
|XYZZY on the Bay|