Tuesday, June 23, 2015
My love hate relationship with boats....
Ahoy, all! Dana Mentink here. I just love the idea of boating, don't you? Sailing along over crystal clear waters, feeling the gentle rock and tug of the waves. Hmmm. That last bit is the problem. For a person who gets airsick, elevator sick, train sick and rocking chair sick, boats just move entirely too much. I have found a solution to this problem, a boat that doesn't sail! For my new release, Sailing in Style, I visited the Delta King parked (do you park a boat?) close by in Sacramento. This historic wooden paddlewheel vessel stays put, it is now a restaurant and inn. The owner was kind enough to give me a tour. What a lot of history packed into that one vessel. It was built in 1929 and plowed the Bay Area waterways as an elegant wining and dining craft, was pressed into military service during WW2 as a net tender, barracks and hospital ship. It sank in 1984 and was partially submerged for 14 months until the Coyne family bought and restored it. As I looked out the windows at the lovely Sacramento River, I thought to myself, "I've finally found the perfect boat for me, one that never leaves the dock!"
link to Sailing in Style: http://amzn.to/1K9ESAb
Do you have any fond sailing memories? I would love to hear some of your adventures!