Yesterday the good folks at Passage Nautical had a Boat Show and Wine Tasting at their Jack London Square location. When we first moved to Jack London Square in 2006, we just stumbled into one kind of by accident and then they turned into one of our favorite things to do in the summertime on a pretty day.
Girl, what the heck is a boat show and why are you so weird? you're probably wondering.
Think of them as open houses for the public to come and check out boats for sale or charter, sometimes go out for test rides or attend seminars or get a taste for boating classes if they're being offered, all with light refreshments to tide you over while you browse.
The goal is twofold: Introducing interested folks to the boating world and selling boats, of course!
We need a boat like we need a hole in the head, but it's fun to window shop and a fine time of year to finally take those sailing lessons we've always meant to. I grew up with an uncle who sails and M has always loved boats, so it's been on our bucket list for awhile now.
Part of why we went to yesterday's show was to see the boats we'd go out on for our lessons. There's a teeny little ASA First 22 for the first few weekends out on the estuary, and then you upgrade to a big, beautiful Beneteau Oceanis 35 for going out on the bay.
Just guess which one I fell in love with. (If our real estate agent sees this, she should be a little afraid. I COULD TOTALLY LIVE ON A BOAT provided I had climate-controlled storage for clothes on land somewhere close by.) I don't really care for the mainsail arch, and it turns out that I have very strong opinions about steering wheels.
I wish I could remember which sailboat had the massive steering wheel up above — I think it was about as tall as I am! — because I can't stop thinking about it. Don't ask me how a person could fall in love with a steering wheel (but I do faintly remember being very attached to steering wheels in the old VW Super Beetles I've driven).
Surprisingly, even I thought the Lagoon 450 SporTop catamaran cruiser was way too much boat for us. That is 45 massive feet with four levels and three staterooms, all with their own ensuite baths. It feels like a house and at $600K+, I guess it better! Still, it was a pleasure to gawk at and explore. I can't even imagine being out on the water with it, let alone manning it!
M fell in love with the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition 2016, which is more for racing and less for leisure, and it is so obscenely expensive that it costs more than twice the normal version that I like. (However, it could easily get one to Oahu in about 12 days if one was so inclined.)
We managed to talk another couple into popping by and after a light seafood lunch at Scott's and a flight of decadent reds from Law Estate Wines, they were chatting up a sales rep about power boat lessons, too! We wrapped up the day with another flight at the new Urban Legend tasting room and a tasty pie from The Pantry!
Let's chat about the outfit! Rules are for suckers and yes, you're damn straight I wore this crispy white J. Crew dress post-Labor Day. It got tons of compliments so I guess what they say about the bay is true. I had to take my beautiful braided nude and gold Dolce Vita 'Hexen' heels off to get on the boats for safety, but they're pretty much perfect with any outfit. The little vintage woven clutch is from Barrio Vintage, the beaded necklace is vintage, too, and the earrings were a gift from M!
Take a peek inside the cabins!
One of them had a platter with fake lobsters so naturally I air-kissed one for good luck. Please note the lobster accent pillows; they've spared no expense staging here!
We're 10 days into the September Dresses challenge and I've only managed to post on 6 of those. The whole thing is triggering my past attempts at NaNoWriMo but I'm gonna keep on keepin' on!
Confession: In all my years of blogging I had literally NO idea that the pros pay photographers for sessions where they shoot like a dozen outfits over the course of a half-day or a day, with hair and makeup changes, and then edit and post them throughout the month. Apparently, it's how the pro sauce gets made!
It's always just little old me with my remote shutter app or M behind the camera, and lord knows nobody dresses me or does my hair or makeup, but I just might take a friend up on her offer to shoot a few FFAFs for me. It must feel like so much less work!
Better dash since we've got at least six houses to go tour today, but let's be honest: I'd much rather be out on a boat.