Here’s another (see the last post below) enterprise I would have liked to engage in…a water taxi/sightseeing tour boat for Friday Harbor. It always seemed odd that for most of the 42 years I’ve lived here, there hasn’t been a way, other than the ferry, to get out on the water to see the area from that perspective. Now that problem has evaporated with Mike Close operating a boat and kayak rental business on the waterfront. He even has a Duffy electric launch for rent, a quiet, pleasant way to see the harbor.
One trip to Victoria, I looked up the owner of the fleet of boats over there and found I could buy a turn-key brand new boat for $55,000 with a fiberglass hull and little bullet-proof Yanmar diesel engine. That would be a fun way to meet people in the summer and pay for my retirement!
PS: These cute little boats were designed by Jay Benford, a world renowned naval architect, who used to live and work on San Juan Island. Odd, the things one remembers about people met decades ago. The one clear memory I have of Jay Benford was how fast he drove us in his VW bus from Gull Cove where he lived to Friday Harbor. I believe we were doing around 70mph most of the way! (The speed limit has always been 45mph on San Juan Island!)