Experience Cruise to Bremerton

Lake Union Sea Ray ‘Experience Cruise.’ We love boating, and had never been on a ‘cruise’ sponsored by Lake Union Sea Ray for boat owners. So when our boating friends recommended it, we said we’d try it out, and are we glad we did!  We had good weather Friday when we docked in Bremerton (although I will say the current can run extremely fast through the new Bremerton Marina), and then good weather again on Saturday.

Friday night dock gathering. Sea Ray did a fine job of handling heavy appetizers and beverages on the dock as people aboard at least 34 boats arrived and met each other. We were checked in by organizer Kay Woltman, who gets ‘props’ for attention to detail for this event and a high level of planning. Everything went off smoothly. Sea Ray had a new, beautiful 50′ boat to show off with the Zeus pods for easy handling, and Sea Ray’s Steve Thoreson took out a number of people for an impressive demo cruise Friday night.

Saturday morning golf at Gold Mountain. After a buffet breakfast in the Fountain Room off the Puget Sound Naval Museum, (complete with keyboard player even!) the shuttles picked us up to take us to Gold Mountain for 18 holes on the Cascade Course. We had 4 teams — including one team of 4 women. What a great time, and we all hit the ball well off the tee. ‘Putting’ was a different story, but it was a great time and even better, our team won! (Of course, we were the ONLY women’s team).

Saturday night dinner and dance aboard the USS Turner Joy. How often do you get dinner aboard a battleship with dancing on the stern afterwards? The Turner Joy, the first battleship fired upon during the Vietnam War, is now decommissioned and located on the Bremerton waterfront next to the marina. Dinner in the Captain’s dining room was rather interesting with the slope of the ship’s floor, and then it was onto the back of the boat for music, raffle prizes, announcements and even dancing. Thanks to Curt Kruse of STAR 101.5 for mixing the tunes and getting everyone moving. And an even bigger thanks to Lake Union Sea Ray for sponsoring a fun event for local boat owners!

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