They say everyone has a twin. Last week we had an opportunity to meet our twin……….. to our boat. Since being at the marina in Stuart Florida, we have seen many Island Packet boats, but one day last week, we had a couple dinghy up to our boat and introduce themselves and said they had an Island Packet 31, just like us. I should mention that Island Packet owners tend to band together just as Harley Davidson owners would. We have similar interests and can help each other with certain tasks. All boats have a hull number. These numbers have significance in that they have the year they are made, the number in which they were made and other things. As it turns out, our new friends boat was made two boats before ours.
As cruisers, it’s not uncommon to meet people and have them for dinner the same night. This was the case with us. We had our new friends, Bob and Carol over for dinner the very day we met them, which by now was a week ago. We showed them around our boat and they keep saying how much our boat looked like theirs. A few nights later we had the opportunity to have dinner on their boat. It was like being on our own boat. Everything was the same. It was so cool. We were able to get ideas from each other on certain things we had done to the boat to improve daily functions. I came away with some new ideas on how to sew some side awnings that will shield the sun, yet still allow you to see through.
Unfortunately I injured my knee about the same time and ended up coming back up to north Ga so I could see my dr. Our new friends have since moved north and when we return to Stuart Florida, we hope to move south. Fortunately they have a blog and I can keep tabs on their travels. I love meeting new people and meeting people that have the same tastes as we do was even more fun. Life is good