You Know It's Time To Go...
26 October 2013
October 25. 2013
If you are a southern California boater you've either frequented Minney's Yacht Surplus or you have at least heard of it. Minney's, with its amazing conglomeration of everything and anything you could possibly want or need for your boat, is the stuff of legends. They buy, sell and trade all things boating and not only have great deals, but if you can't find something in your local marine store, chances are, you will find it at Minney's. Needless to say, Jay and I have been going there for years and we always find something that we can use for Cadenza. So today we took one last pass and drove the couple hours to Newport to see what we could find.
After walking through the entire warehouse at least once, we looked at each other with empty hands and said,
You know it's time to go...
when you can't find anything you need at Minney's,
when you've been spending an average of $200 per day for the last two weeks,
when your blog tells you it's time to update your GPS coordinates because you haven't moved in 30 days,
when you can't fit anymore wine in your locker,
when you have been to practically every seminar known to cruisers,
when you have seven GPS Nav systems, paper charts, a VHF radio, three hand-held radios, an SSB, a Delorme, an EPIRB...,
when you can't fit anything else on your boat,
when you walk out of the pharmacy, with an emergency supply of medications, and realize you have just spent $700,
when you can no longer see the water line you painted on the boat a year ago,
when your crew arrives,
when the costumes come out and the Baja Haha parties begin,
when your friends descend on San Diego to bid you Bon Voyage.