We have a guest blogger!
Ant here with details on ‘the boat’! Coupled with a lifetime dream of owning a boat, I chanced on the discovery that boats are roughly half the price here when compared to prices back home. After much research and driving Clare to the brink of insanity with trips intothe suburbs to view various boats, we settled on a 20 foot Maxum bowrider with a 5.0 litre Mercursier V8 inboard (yes gas is cheap here!) and stern drive unit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKPsdjGLjPM). This particular boat also happened to come with an upgraded stereo and wakeboard tower. :+)
We have discovered a program set up by the San Diego Port Authority called Dock and Dine (http://www.portofsandiego.org/recreation/go-boating-on-the-bay/97-boating/695-dock-and-dine-on-the-big-bay.html) which provides 17 odd spots around San Diego bay where a free dock is available to tie up if you eat at the local restaurant. We are aiming to work out way through all 17 spots before our time here is up! Joes Crab Shack seems to be our regular so far due to the family friendly nature of the restaurant and undercover dock.
I have tested out the wakeboarding with a couple of mates including the resident Finnish military family and we are planning on taking the boat to the local reservoir (http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/reservoirs/elcapitan.shtml) in search of some flat fresh water. I haven’t yet got Clare behind the boat but I am sure when we have visitors, the inspiration will be there to get everyone up behind the boat. I am super happy that the boys enjoy getting out on the water and love going to see the seals that laze onthe navigational markers in the shipping channel.