That’s what I learned reading the blog written by the crew aboard the classic megayacht Talitha G. She’s in Hamburg right now for some extensive yard work that should last through springtime. Considering she was launched in 1930 and completely rebuilt in 1994, a long yard period isn’t out of the question. Her masts and forward funnel, the latter of which cleverly hides some of her modern-day electronics and communications equipment, were removed earlier this month. Judging from the recent posts on the blog, some of which are uproariously funny, they’re having a good time in town, despite still getting used to the chilly temperatures. (Then again, chasing sunny skies and warm seas around the globe can do that to a person.)
And judging from the rest of the yacht’s excellent Web site, the crew has a great sense of humor overall, whether hosting their hundredth (yes, hundredth) charter of the year or going about other business. Click on their profiles, and not only will you be (pleasantly?) surprised to see that Fozzie the Bear and members of the Powerpuff Girls cartoon series work aboard, but that “despite having a poofy name,” one of the deckhands is “a grand feller.” You’ll also learn that the first officer, who had served aboard a few years prior and left, returned “after rather pointlessly attempting to make it in the real world without us. And very glad we are to have him back, as he’s not as grumpy as he looks. An avid cross dresser, Daan has often been mistaken for Carmen Miranda.” (I’ll take bets he makes one heckuva fruit basket.)
I’ve now added Talitha G’s crew blog to my “Links I Love” list, along the left side of this page. And hopefully you’ll bookmark it as a favorite, too.