We appreciate the helpful comments/suggestions. The bay holds a special place for us. As a teenager my folks kept a small cabin
cruiser at pier 39 and I spent a good bit of time running around with friends. Probably one of the early experiences that pushed me towards the academy.
The Golden Bear holds a lot of history
for us. My Freshman cruise
was on the "old bear" on her last sail before layup
. A little steam ship with style and class. My senior cruise
was on the current
Golden Bear. In 1999 as the Golden Bear was returning from its summer cruise I spent the night out at the pilots station with the pilots and climbed onboard with the pilot as the Bear was coming back into the bay. As we came under the golden gate I hit my knee on the bow and asked my wife to marry me. (Probably would have jumped over board had she turned me down!
I'm reasonably competent on rules of the road, vessel systems, maneuvering under power, etc. Upon graduation I acted as a captain
on a 131' mission vessel, and as previously mentioned we have been doing power chartering over the years. However, both our 200 ton masters, and unlimited 3rd mates licenses are no longer active.......as our business became successful, and kids
, etc, we did not have the time to keep the licenses current
. They look nice on the wall, but that is about it!
Definitely planning on getting the kids
on the water
with us. Hopefully this weekend will start the process for them.