Kathy and Captain Mack were extraordinary hosts. From the moment that their beautiful sailboat glided up to the dock they did everything they could to make us feel it was "our" boat, if only for a few hours.
Friendly and informative, they had many tales to tell. But they also gave us the "run of the boat" and we went forward to enjoy the view from near the bow.
Kathy and the captain were constantly concerned for our comfort. "We have blankets." We didn't need them on a beautiful early November night. And they were almost insistent that we avail ourselves of "chairs". They even had an armchair style. But we found the deck comfortable forward, and the cushions in the cockpit were more than adequate.
While we were forward on the bow Kathy surprised us when she joined us with her Irish harp. Her playing was lovely. It was no surprise to learn she studied the instrument in grad school and had been with the Tampa Orchestra. What a nice touch.
As the sun neared the horizon the skipper queued up the Navy hymn. And then the former French horn player saluted the setting of the sun with an impressive blast from a large conch shell. I was invited to try, but demurred.
Then as we opened a bottle of wine we;d brought Kathy put out a nice tray of cheese, various crackers and more.
Our time aboard was over all too soon. It was infectious. It made us think that maybe we could live aboard a sailboat. A beautiful, romantic fantasy.
As the only guests booked, we had the boat to ourselves. But I am confident that Cap'n Mack and Kathy always make everyone feel very special when they are aboard.
We did not have dinner aboard. Something for next time?
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