Blessed Lady

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My bon voyage is soon to continue

31 May 2014 | Chez Kathy's Bistro, Lake Union, WA
Roy / Beautiful PNW spring day all day
Karyn and Kathy at Chez Kathy Bistro on Lake UnionLast night provided some punctuation to my journey. My dear friends Karyn (with a "Y") and Kathy are paarrtaaaay gals, and they weren't about to miss the opportunity that my impending departure provided for a soiree. Mabrouka is to vacate her slip at Lee's Landing Marine tomorrow, June 1st, although Lisa Ordway, the marina manager, has been graciously casual about that date.

Lee's Landing has been a wonderfully fortuitous find for our winter stay and it's turned out to be among the best neighborhoods I've had the pleasure to be part of. All my fellow tenants have taken me in and called me "friend". Who could ask for more?

My original May 1st departure date from Lee's Landing had already come, gone, and then slipped to May 15th. That date, too, had gone by the wayside when I chatted with Lisa about staying another two weeks until I finished my pulley modifications, hopefully before May 31st. She didn't make me plead, just assured me not to worry. She wasn't advertising the slip, just waiting for serendipity to find the right tenant.

Although I was grateful, I have to admit to worrying about Lisa's management techniques and business acumen. Shouldn't she be standing at the dock, machete in hand ready to hack away my mooring lines and set me adrift while the next tenant hovered about waiting for me to leave? Then I twigged on how well her approach works. I'm sure my tenancy, however brief, was due only to Karyn's kind recommendation. And Lisa's in no hurry to replace me, patient to wait until the next "right person" comes along to join the neighborhood. It's very pleasant there, with everyone getting along and participating in the community atmosphere. I highly recommend it!

Please take a look at the Lee's Landing Marina pictures in the Photo Gallery. Here's one of them:
Mabrouka in her slip at Lee's Landing Marina

So Karyn prodded me to agree on a bon voyage party date, then followed up with me to see how many derelicts and miscreants I'd invited. We'd already decided I'd move Mabrouka the 50 yards from her slip and tie her up at Kathy's houseboat next door, so I figured the drunk and disorderlies could pass out on her decks. In the end, we had about 15 or 20 very well behaved guests pass through, sitting and chatting at Mabrouka's cockpit table or enjoying Kathy's lovely house and deck. She has a wonderful party setting that looks out on the eastern end of the Seattle Ship Canal, overarched by the Aurora Bridge.

I've posted a couple of pictures that I took at the party. Frankly I was too busy enjoying the people to spend much time with my camera. I did get some photos of the morning-after scene and our recovery session with coffee and my daughter, Lisa, so check out the Bye-bye Party section of the Photo Gallery, too.

Thanks so much to Karyn for the inspiration and Kathy for the venue. You've provided a great big exclamation point to bring the winter and spring to a close and start off on the next adventure.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
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On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
27 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
43 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 March 2013