December 2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 10:10 AM by A Rice   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 10:28 AM ]
Where do you sail your boat from? 

Not geographically, but physically.  

Personally, I think one of the coolest things about multihulls is that you to get a different perspective while sailing than you do on a more typical boat.  Don't get me wrong, on a cold day I like a cockpit dodger or an inside steering station as much as the next person but my favorite spots are far away from the cockpit or cabin.  The bow is a good hangout but the sprit is better.  The kids have figured out that it's big adventure to shinny out to the pointy end as soon as they see a freighter wake headed our way; wanting-but-not-wanting to get dunked.  Wish I could sail it from there!  Since I have not figured that out (yet) the all time favorite helm position for me is standing on the net rail with one hand on the hiking stick and the other on a cap shroud.  Floating above the water on a magic carpet.  Sailing upwind with breeze in the hair, an unobstructed view of the surroundings and maybe a small feeling that they should have cast your self instead of Kevin Kostner.  Magic in a way but more like a combination of wizardry and sentient animal.  Magic and magnetism.  

People like you and I are drawn to our type of craft and you have probably seen the effect yourself.  Tied to the dock you get random folks going way out of their way to see the boat.  Motoring through an anchorage they come with a sudden swerve like a lodestone to magnetic north.  One time a young man yelled at me from the Fremont Bridge while I was waiting for an opening.  Two minutes later he had run to the end of the bridge, through six feet of laurel hedge, down thirty feet of mud bank, across the bike path and out onto the rocks to get a closer look.  

You'll know your fellow multihull enthusiests when you see them and when you do, tell them about the NWMA.  Invite them to come along... to a meeting, to an event, on a sail.  Introduce them to the shared interests, diverse knowledge and fun that is the Northwest Multihull Association!

I look forward to meeting our new friends!

Your NWMA Commodore