An epic event – the boat just splashed a few days ago on 6-26-20!

Renaming the boat from Party Central to Steel Away was met with a lot more resistance than you might imagine. Brent wanted the old name to be kept, even though the boat is basically new inside, and out. Shouldn’t she have a new name, more fitting of her giant makeover? I have never forgotten the stories Brent told of the Coast Guard boarding the boat off the coast of Florida in 1989, just after the paint was barely dry on the name.

We are mature adults now, retired with grey hair. We haven’t had a raging party in a long time. Couldn’t we find a name that has personality, while eliminating the potential for drawing unwanted attraction from the authorities? Steel Away seems to check all the boxes.

To make matters more interesting, we are in a pandemic. No one has been having gatherings indoors since March of 2020. We really wish we could have had a big party for the rechristening, but gatherings are being limited to 6 people. So, we had a small ceremony with my parents, our son, and his girlfriend…outside. We implored Neptune to protect Steel Away and keep her crew safe. We broke the bottle of christening “champagne” on the bow. We celebrated by having a bbq on the deck of the boat. We made the most of it and everyone had a great time…safely. To top it off, we were able to see 3 private fireworks shows from our slip. It was a great day!


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    Roger Koch January 25, 2022 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    A great 4th of July celebration and sailing in the bay. I will always remember it. Roger

    • Beth
      Beth January 27, 2022 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      It was a great day, even though we couldn’t share it with everyone. I will remember it too!

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    Tandora January 26, 2022 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I love the name! Clever and classy for such a beautiful boat ! 🙂

    • Beth
      Beth January 27, 2022 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tandora. As you know, it was a struggle to come up with a name that Brent would accept as well as the old one. Seems like Perseverance might have been a good one too 🙂

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