Steve told me to start out this blog post saying, “Fucking Steve! He took me on his goddamn boat and got us stranded in the middle of the bay.”
There, I just gave away the punch line.
Yes indeed, I went to visit my ex-BF Steve at the Antioch Marina to take his boat out for a spin.
What kind of a boat it is, you ask? It’s a white one with triangle sails. I’m so savvy when it comes to boats.
Anyway, the engine wouldn’t start, the battery was drained, so Steve got a backup generator from his car and we proceeded to charge the battery. Unknown to us at the time is that instead of charging the battery, we had left it in idle. So he took me out to get some food and while the battery should have been charging, it was idling. Oh, and we left the lights on in the boat …. can you say battery drain?
Meanwhile, we loaded up on heart attacks at Hazel’s in Antioch where they serve this HUGE burger. Steve and I shared.
We got back to the Marina after dinner, discovered our snafu and fixed the problem. We went for a walk and chatted about everything from our family and friends, to Steve’s (sometimes) crazy ex-girlfriends. Me, not included. I think I get a special category of crazy – the lovable kind 🙂
Finally the battery was charged and the boat left the dock. Since neither Steve or I knew how to sail, we just motored around a bit as Steve got the hang of his boat.
About 45 minutes into our “sail” the engine came to a stop. We had run out of gas. We were drifting with the current. We laughed but a little part of me was worried. Do we call someone? Flag someone down?
Here we are in a SAILBOAT and we don’t know how to SAIL!! How embarrassing.
At this point, Steve remembered the generator we had brought on board to jumpstart the engine. THAT GENERATOR RAN OFF OF GAS. We could use the gasoline from the generator to power the boat’s engine. He used a sump pump to transfer the gasoline. Brilliant!
Before we knew it, we were on our way again. Motoring back to the marina.
To Steve’s credit, this boat is new to him and he didn’t realize that the gas gauge (which was showing full) was faulty. For a moment there, I did wonder if he was pulling the old “broke down car” maneuver to get me alone. Such was not the case…. but that’s a story I will leave for another blog post titled “I just can’t get any.”
So in the end, we had a lot of fun taking the boat out and about in the water. It’s probably the first time that boat has gone out in years. And it was fun to hang with Steve and hear his incredible life stories.
Running out of gas (when we had sails) made it a bit of an adventure, but nothing this sailor gal can’t deal with.
Mostly, this trip just convinced me that I really do need to refresh my sailing skills and learn how to actually use the sails on a sailboat.
Could’ve come in handy today!