Monday, May 26, 2014

Another fabulous day on the water -- 5/24/2014

Lyman comes to Stimson Marina, Ballard WA, to exercise the new Zuma, a 53 ft. Selene, and invites Herb and me to ride along. As he leaves his dock, we think fondly of Hayden Bay, tied behind.

Herb and I assist with the lines -- not that he needs us -- and he casts off, turning southeast, continuing down Salmon Bay, under the Ballard bridge and into Lake Washington Ship Canal.

The bridge ahead is opening ....

....for these sailboats with tall masts.

He invites Herb to take the helm -- what a wheel!  We cruise at a courteous 4 knots for a time.  We don't see a lot of traffic on this Memorial Day Weekend; perhaps everyone from here has gone outside to the Sound or islands.

We gaze in wonderment at the superyacht, Vava, docked so near us.  At 314 feet long, Jorge shared that a recent fuel bill was $400,000, and it would cost another $100,000 to fill it up all the way.  This is just so amazing to me.  I would like to have watched her being built.  Note she is a little longer than the dock....

Looks good on this side, too!

How many times have I said, "I love Seattle?"  How many photos of the skyline and Space Needle have I taken?  

Not enough...

As we pass Gas Works Park in Lake Union, Herb turns slightly to port, then starboard as we follow the channel toward Lake Washington.

We think fondly of Ivar's Salmon House, where before we had Willie's Tug, we stopped in for the best Clam Chowder ever and enjoyed watching the boats go by.

Montlake Bridge

Husky Stadium

And a nice view of the beautiful Hayden Bay enjoying a cruise!

Lyman knows this area like the back of his hand, and I think I am a little more oriented now.

What a fabulous day!

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Saturday, May 24, 2014


  1. So, the Vava is your next "tug", right?

    1. Uuuuuh,..... as my friend says, "We'd have to get a little ahead, first." LOL

  2. So, the Vava is your next "tug", right?