From the Favored End...
Boatswain: Chris McBride

As Barefoot's Boatswain, Chris McBride keeps the club's pontoon boat "Favored End" in good working order.  Here are the latest updates:



  • Favored End was used by First Saturday Cruise participants to raft up and watch University Yacht Club's Independence Eve fireworks show. Many thanks to Norman and Lee for taking her out with 5 crew. FE was also fueled up for the outing.


  • Replaced the fuel gauge and sending unit. (Chris dryly added "The wiring, unaccountably, is fine.")


  • Favored End was used by Race Committee for the Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Race.



  • Installed a solar panel w/feed to the batteries to keep them consistently charged.

  • Load tested the batteries, replaced one.

  • Rechecked connectors throughout the system for short circuits.

  • Replaced the anemic 5 watt panel with a 15 watt panel as it had before.

  • Still need to get the gas gauge working. Next on my list.

  • Favored End was used (and fuel topped off) by Race Committee for the Around Alone Race.


{As needed}

  • Favored End checked for needed maintenance.



  • Main power switch works fine and the batteries are good and charged.

  • Radio is working again having fixed ground line.

  • Dock lines need replacing in 2021.


Favored End was used by Race Committee for the 46th Annual Barefoot Open Regatta. Replaced anchor lost during the BFO (well, it was in duty of a good cause!).  Many thanks to Peter Maurer and Jack Schoer for providing the replacement anchor, chain and rode. The replacements are much appreciated!



Favored End was used by Race Committee for the 45th Annual Barefoot Open Regatta and the 10th Annual Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Race.


Favored End was used to haul away abandoned tires off of the shoreline for Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep.


Thanks to all of the hearty souls* that came out to help repaint the deck of Favored End:  Chris McBride, Tom McBride (son), David Bryant, Gillespie Kirkland, Peter Maurer, Joyce McIntosh, Jack Schoer, and Ron Spiers.