We took Captain Christian's 5 - 7 p.m. cruise, then spent the night on his lovely 47-foot boot. You have to do this. The trip itself was lovely: we saw seals, dolphins, otters, jellyfish, pelicans, gulls, and an amazing sunset. (I've never been on the water for a sunset. Now I know why people rave. It is a "wow" moment.) Being out on the boat was so peaceful, and all the animals made it like being in the middle of the opening scene from "The Lion King," especially when a formation of brown pelicans divided seamlessly to avoid hitting the mast!
Our fellow passengers were lovely people, and Captain Christian gave us a great recommendation for dinner. But, staying on his boat overnight absolutely hooked us. There's a little otter that uses his boat to crack open mollusks, and I don't know if there's a more peaceful or safe feeling than falling asleep in a gently-rocking sailboat. Since the dock is like a gated community, folks all know one another. Christian brought us breakfast (you can have just about anything), and the entire package - - two-plus hours of sailing, staying overnight, and having breakfast - - was a great dollar value. Based on our experience with Captain Christian, we're taking sailing lessons to become certified (so we can charter boats such as his).
Note for folks who might be concerned about sea-sickness: sailing doesn't seem to cause the same problems for us as being on larger vessels. (We took a large boat to Santa Cruz Island and felt a little sick both going to the island and returning.) Sailing on Captain Christian's boat was entirely different. We never felt bad at all. To the contrary, the entire trip was a fantastic experience.
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