Step 2: All Aboard!
We were about to depart several times but people kept calling to say they were coming, and please wait. So we hung out on the boat and kept running to the gate to let people in.
Some people started grilling veggies up at the bow of the boat.
Before long there were a whole lot of happy people on board. It's a huge boat, 18 feet wide, seemingly about the size of a tennis court on deck. Our waterlines only got pushed down a an inch or two. The boat got more and more stable as the big vee-hull outriggers got wider waterlines.
It was warm out, the water of the bay was warm, and the wind was blowing toward shore, which would be a stone's throw away. Lists of other conditions relating to the safety of the situation ensue etc. etc.