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January 27, 2005

Delivering a 57

I had a unique chance to skipper a 5788 Bayliner from Seattle to Anacortes. Gary, who helped bring down CP from Tacoma to the SF Bay, had the opportunity to help John Ripley of Banana Belt Boats move his inventory back from the Seattle Boat Show. John is one of the very best brokers on the West Coast and really knows Bayliner Motoryachts.

The boat was much better than I remembered from the Ft Lauderdale show, but it was not for me. She rode very well and I loved the accommodations from the pilothouse forward. However, the salon with the galley down really didn't feel much larger than my 4788. If you like the layout, the 610 Mans are great and she was very responsive, very seaworthy, and had a great overall ride.

The photos is me underway from the 41 Maxum Gary was skippering.

January 19, 2005

Contra Costa New Vessel Ordinance

One of the key Delta counties just passed a new ordinance. There was a lot of worry that it was going to have really onerous and probably illegal waste discharge restrictions, but it looks like those morphed into re-iterating state law. There still are some really bad definitions of liveaboards (it would encompass my boat which could be a liveaboard but is not) and leaves the difference between anchoring and mooring poorly vague. It is certainly not as bad as I feared.

Update: Looking more closely, this has been postponed for voting once more. The CoCo Times had stated it passed, but I belive the Chronicle had a clearer arctice. The link above is the current draft.