Lucky cruisers know a fierce affection for their vessels. More than a home, the well found craft provides safety in the storm and magic carpet rides to adventures near and far. This affection translates easily to the boat’s designer who mixes science and alchemy to synthesize beauty and function. For Northwest Cruisers, Bob Perry has a special place in the boat wright’s pantheon. His credits include the Valiant, listed in the top 20 vessels with which to circumnavigate, Tayanas, Babas, and of course our vessel of choice–the Passport 40.
Each year, Perry and his vessels and their owners rendezvous in mid-August. Bob’s garage band plays as sailors swap tales and information. Sadness marked the 2012 Rendezvous, as Bob confronted the tragic death of his son, who Bob affectionately called Spike. As often happens, a new friendship formed through music making. Larry Byers, a singer song writer and Passport 40 voyager, asked if he could sit in with the band, and after playing a few bars, Bob gave Larry the nod. Rendezvous revelers enjoyed the new and old blood as the band played long and hard.
Larry continued playing with Bob and learned in time that Bob had been wrestling with a song, a song for Spike. Larry offered to complete the song. Song for Spike, completes the affectionate bond between vessel creator and seaman as it honors Spike’s memory and his father’s love.
Hear Song for Spike here. https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/store/music/album/larry-byers/it-feels-good/8d6kgx7j26jj