Friday, September 9, 2016

Seattle August 2016 or Not Summer

While the Admiral was in Texas I drove down to Tacoma to see this Catalina 36 I found for sale on the C36 Owners site at  Foss Harbor Marina. It was pretty clean

But it had the Original engine and the owner who only owned the vessel for a year had no Idea how many hours were on the Universal.

While I was down there I also drove over to the Tacoma Yacht club to check out a trawler in a boat house. These boat houses are self contained barges and individually  owned by the boat owners.

They just hook them up to the dock with chains, and if they go to some other marina they just have a work boat tow the whole thing to the next spot!

A Southern Transplant for sure, the owners Admiral that is.

At first look I was very interested in this little ship.

This was the Trawler Straw that broke the Trawler Dreams Back.

They all have automated curtains that raise and lower with a remote.

A Tacoma View of Mt. Rainier.

Fleet Week but I have already been on lots of war ships, so I passed this one up.

But this one looks interesting, I never made it back for the tour.

August is the Height of Cruise Ship Season, There are 6 ships that cycle through here on a weekly basis.

Pokemaon Go is going crazy just a few days after it's debut.

I wondered why this Alaskan Fishing vessel was headed for the Port of Seattle, maybe to fuel up?


Usually the fuel barge comes to them, perhaps she is going to a terminal for repairs.

Nope, by that night Katie Ann was headed out of the Strait to Alaska I am sure.

This is every day stuff, several times in a 24 hour period two tugs towing a ship into port.

Finally Puffins Boiler is fixed and she is being readied for Public Sail!


These were the winds for Drew's 1st Sail. We departed at ten and he took the helm for the entire downwind leg to Gas Works Park., and then I Sailed us back to weather as the winds increased and he loved going FAST!

"I got this!"

They must have drove up from Austin.

Groovin on some Reggae, 

The Thursday evening Free concert's all all August Long at the SAM Sculpture Gardens, just two blocks away.
See: https://youtu.be/PcphhUmIChY


Then on Every Friday evening in August you just walk two blocks the other direction.
See: https://youtu.be/NVK9aPNBpOM

We are so incredibly Proud of our FIRST Grandaughter who lives in Austin and is starting her Jr. year in High School. She was in LA with her dad checking out USC for future reference.

Yet one More Amazon building going up.

Those segments are really big when your just a few feet from them.

Takes one small and one medium crane to build the big one.

These boys have put up and taken down so many cranes in Seattle in the last three years this is like building Legos.

That day is coming sooner or later.

Our Marina Eagle Harbor...sooner or later.


We have been wanting to return to Port Orchard. We docked Wand'rin Star just on the inside of this dock for our first Seatrial.

It is not exactly the way we remembered it but we were in a very different state of mind then.

Just across from Port Orchard is the Bremerton Navel Ship Yards, Way bigger from this perspective.

There are about three old Carrier type vessels over their, When we drove around to Bremerton to catch the Ferry you could tell they were long ago decommissioned and just being used for parts.


Takes a brave soul to take an old tug and turn it into the family cruiser.



We stooped by our marina to see how the new owners were coming along., Wow here is a creative way to make yourself a dingy dock out of PVC.

Our next Vessel will be moored in the slip right in front of that trawler.

Along the Gulf of Mexico you needed to keep a $100 worth of quarters to do the Laundry, up here you need them for the Showers. These Islands seem to be short on H2O.


Drew getting ready for his second Sail.

Seattle August 2016 

Or Not Summer in Seattle 2016. Our first two summers here had warm to even Hot July and August days. This year there were just a very few of those mid 80's to low 90-91 type days. That was just fine with us since the temps were more like 65 to low 70's and we do not have AC so sleeping at night was not bad at all this Not summer. Usually on the weekends there would be very little wind to teach sailing. This year there was always wind and plenty of it. The cooler days brought on by small weather systems moving through really providing perfect sailing days.
Big "D" went for his first and second sail and I was not surprised when he took the tiller and sailed all the way to the North end of Lake Union with just verbal prompts on a broad reach. He has now learned the verbal commands for tacking and jibing.
The boat hunting really heated up though as we kept busy every weekend trying to search out our next vessel. We even found one that looked just right so we made an offer on a CS 36 over n Liberty Bay. After several trips to Pouslbo the vessel failed the best intentions to buy her. The good thing though is a new vessel popped up on Yachtworld in the Port of Brownsville.
Syringa looks promising.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seattle July 2016

July 4th is the Official start of Summer in Seattle, after that every Thursday all summer long are the Free Thursday evening concerts at the SAM Sculpture gardens, complete with food trucks and Great Puget Sound Scenery, and the Tursday night Regatta right out in front in Elliot Bay.



This glass sculpture mimics the Seattle sky year round.

The Pond was very busy July 4th
see https://youtu.be/-p5BU1Jn77w

The 4th of July Wooden boat festival started off sort of low Key this year, but by the 4th it was hoppin!

I just snapped a few photos this year of vessels I have not seen at the event before.




Ginger, my sisters name.





When I first saw this I wondered if it was Stephen Ladd who wrote the book "Three Years on a 12 foot Sailboat, but no, it was another PNW saillor who built his own craft and I am sure he has some stories to tell.

Here is a very creative trimaran, the outriggers are two PVC pipes epoxied together at the ends. He says they work great.


Everyone can build their own.

The new CWB building is taking shape.

We spent another day at the locks.


A few Salmon were running.


The Argosy Tour boat locking through.

He got one.

Locks very busy in the afternoons coming and going!

Lots of flowers blooming around the grounds that surround the locks.


Purple Passion Flower




Wait what is that?

Blooming Artichokes!

And the Band plays.


first time to see the Blimp Goodyear Blimp over Seattle, we've seen a few others...

Roof going on today.


And of course the Extra Low tide in July.

Seattle July 2016

Summer 2016 is elusive, Seattle was fooled in May when there was about a week of summer like weather which means lots of sun and highs into the 80's, Even the official start of summer, July 4th was overcast most of the day and highs in the 60's. One benefit if all these mini lows passing through is great wind on Lake Union for teaching sailing. And, since most do not have air conditioning, the cool nights are much better to sleep by than those days where the temps move toward the high 80's.
Seattle is a great place to be this time of the year as the things to do list grows. Searching for our Puget sound vessel has certainly dominated my behavior but it is not hard to combine fun with the search. We schedule appointments to see a particular vessel early am and then have the afternoon to explore wherever we happen to be shopping for boats whether it is Anacortes, Tacoma, Gig Harbor or elsewhere.
We need to find a boat to see in Olympia, have not been there yet!


I went to visit this 37' Pacific Trawler recently...can't seem to get it out of my mind.