Thursday December 27, 2012
Just before the holidays we had a comment on our website that said something along the lines of ‘Just found your website through your surveyor, we happen to be in the boat yard right next to yours, we’d love to meet up sometime‘. We love meeting new people, we’ve done it plenty of times through the website, and didn’t think anything of it when we set up the date. The couple that contacted us are Frank and Yu, and are outfitting their Hans Christian 41, Moitessier, living on the hard in St. Augustine until they are ready to leave. Yu has been working at one of the hotels in town to save up the kitty and Frank works on the boat with hopes they’ll be tossing off bow lines in late 2013. Setting a date to meet up for just after Christmas they let us know they have a car at their disposal they said they’d swing over and get us where we’d then run into town to grab a drink.
Giving directions for the 1/4 mile drive next door (no, really, we are that close to each other) they picked us up after dinner where we then told them since they were the locals we were at the mercy of wherever they wanted to take us. Jumping into the car we did introductions and they almost apologized for sending an invite to meet us over the internet. ’We didn’t know if you guys would be weirded out, some people you’ve never met send you and e-mail and want to get together.‘. We also then found out that they’ve spent all of their time getting their boat ready so they haven’t been out cruising yet to find out that’s how you meet half your friends. People you’ve never seen in your life that stumble upon you and since you have this huge common link you don’t think twice about a chance to get together and share experiences and revel in the fact that there are other people out there who are just as crazy as you are. So were we weirded out? Not at all. It’s how I met one of my current best friends that I now talk to every day.
Taking the car to the center of town and actually being able to grab a parking spot because of Yu’s access due to work, we headed out on St. George St, a cobblestone road shut down to traffic and is filled with bars and restaurants. They did have a certain place in mind to take us, but after getting lost in conversation and having passed it without realizing we just kept moving on to the White Lion, the place I had mentioned a few posts ago for having $1 tall boys on Monday nights. A few days late, or early, for that special but after finding a table in the corner as well as some relatively cheap beers on the menu. It’s always nice going out with another couple that understand your budget because they’re on it too, and you can share in the experience of looking for the best deal.
Before drinks could even come out we were deep in conversation about boats, mostly into all the work that has been put into Moitessier. Having spied on them through their blog (as everyone with a blog will do) we had already seen many of the projects that had been undertaken, and the beautiful woodwork Frank had a hand in. I still couldn’t get over a propane tank he had made from scratch and tried to think of an excuse of why Serendipity might need something similar just so we could have something that stunning on our boat. Trading all kinds of stories we found out about their wedding in Barcelona, their time spent living in New York City, and Yu’s previous career as a fashion designer. Upon hearing that I couldn’t pay attention to anything else boat and my mind wandered to cute outfits that could be made if I could wrangle up some fabric.
We must have been having great conversation though because before I knew it we had gone through two drinks at the bar and were making plans to go back to Moitessier for a look-see and a night cap. Feeling bad about finishing the alcohol of people we just met there was a quick stop at the gas station where Matt and I grabbed a six pack and some mini frosted doughnuts before we all went back to the boat yard. Climbing up the ladder to the deck it just felt like normal as opposed to stepping off a dock or taking a dinghy over. We got the quick tour of the boat, which felt twice the size of Serendipity. For the first round of drinks we all gathered in conversation about how we came into sailing and first boats we owned. Sitting at their settee (which is probably the size of our whole salon) we were able to look around and see the hard work they’ve put into their boat and how stunning it looked. Although they got a great deal on it and are putting in the work to make up for it, they are going to (and already do) have an amazing boat when they’re finished.
While the boys talked more boat, Yu and and I got lost in our bottle of wine and conversations of Theology. In my head I was sounding witty and astute, but going onto the second bottle of wine I wouldn’t be surprised if I was W. Bushing my way through the conversation, making up words and ideas that only made sense in my head. The conversation between us must have been very fatiguing since we were both ravenous and Yu needed to heat up some pasta for us to snack on while we went back to our conversation. By the time the last sip of wine was taken from the second bottle we opened my eyes were drooping and all of us were ready for bed. Giving hugs and saying good-bye Matt and I climbed down the ladder and Frank drove us back to our yard. Looking at the clock as we passed through the gate we realized it was four in the morning. Hopefully all that wine wasn’t making me miss signs to get the eff off their boat because it was getting to late, but I think all of us were having such a good time that none of us realized how late it had gotten. But if we can find new friends that we get so lost in time with our first night out, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of each other and it’s going to make our time here much more tolerable.