Angel Island

We pulled out of the slip on the ‘wrong’ side of Pier 39 and headed over to Angel Island.  Not 100 yards from the opening to the Pier 39 marina, we felt a little hiccup to the engine.

<>< sigh ><>

Back into the marina we go.  Rick adds a little transmission fluid to the old girl and lets it run a bit.  We think that was the problem, gotta keep the fluids topped off.  OK, that’s OK, we can deal with that.

I forgot to mention that I cooked dinner for the first time the night before.  Here’s a photo of our tiny set-up.


So, back out of the marina and off to Angel Island.  Lots to do there but we’re only spending 1 night, cuz we lost a day fixing the fuel pump on Day ONE(!)


The docks at Angel Island, pretty empty off-season


After docking we have a light lunch and hike around the park a bit.  They have done a great job restoring some of the buildings and providing insight into the lives of the people who were stuck there when it was an immigration and detention facility or as a US Public Health quarantine station – it was even a military fort for awhile.  Like I said before, a lot of history to this island.


Detention Center

You’re allowed to dock during the day but if you are staying overnight, you have to tie up to one of the buoys.  We’d never done that before.  I bet there was a YouTube video with best practices, but…oh, actually, Rick just told me that he DID watch a helpful video or two.


All went well at first.  You ‘pick up’ the buoy from the back of the boat (with this particular type, you put a rope through the metal loop at the top) and walk the line forward and tie it off at the front.  Then you back the boat toward the rear buoy and thread the rope through its ‘eye’.  Ha!  Sounds easy, right?  No, it actually doesn’t sound easy.  But I think it COULD be easy, just not for us, not this time.

Well, the current and the wind were against us plus Rick didn’t consider how much extra line is necessary at the front to be able to maneuver at the back.  After, oh, I don’t know, 6 attempts, back and forth and me hopping here and there trying to anticipate the way the boat is going, he finally gave up and added more line – like 25 more feet! – to the front.

Ta Da!  That was the key, you need lots of extra line at the front to be able to reach the back buoy, then you can snug it up once you’re tied to both.

There were 2 larger boats already moored, most assuredly the people behind those smoked-glass windows were raising their glasses to our ineptitude.  The best free entertainment is watching boats owners fail, right?  Try it on YouTube, tons of videos!  If you click on the link, fast forward to 1:42 for a few that made me giggle.

Finally, moored 😉


Ahhh, the boating life






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