Matthew's boat, the Boathemian (clever, no?!?), is a 24-foot Bayliner that's perfect for short trips up and down the Intracoastal Waterway near his Boca Raton condo. We like to run up and stop for lunch or dinner at nearby dockfront restaurants, or cruise down and drop anchor in Lake Boca, which can have up to 200 boats on nice weekend days. We often invite friends aboard, too.
I realize how lucky I am to have such a regular opportunity, and I highly recommend grabbing every offer you might get to jump aboard a boat, even for just a few hours.
It's a great way to relax, unwind, let loose, and escape the pressures of everyday life. There's nothing like the camaraderie of the boating community: bobbing around in unison as the tides and winds change, diving in for a refreshing dip, knoshing on munchies, having a couple of cocktails or cooling sodas, listening and dancing to reggae and other boatish tunes, watching others partying aboard their boats, marveling at how the sun sparkles on the water like thousands of diamonds, and letting the cares of the world just drift away.