Thursday, June 8, 2017

Family Boats -- Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Willie's Tug is due for some sprucing up, so we make an appointment for 2P at Canal Boatyard to get done what she needs.  We leave the slip at Selene Yachts Northwest and cruise to the boatyard, also in Lake Union, for a haul out. 

Easing along the canal in a slight chop on a nice sunny day, I get a photo of the Mayan Queen. Bruce had sent a link to information telling that she was now in Lake Union.  At 315 feet, she is the second largest ever to enter the Lake.














Folks are enjoying relaxing in hammocks along the lush green banks of the canal. What a peaceful day, as we cruise along at around 4 - 5 knots.  

Arriving at the boatyard, the haul out vehicle lowers slings into the water so we can drive onto them.  We are then lifted out of the water.  The vehicle moves us forward and parks for the work to begin.  In the photo below Herb checks out a bow thruster and finds it OK. 

A yard employee pressure washes the bottom to prepare for the painting.



Now on the hard, she is put up on ‘stilts’ or braces, and Manuel from Selene comes to put  on a new coat of bottom paint.








We stay a couple of days for the entire process, and I am delighted to know that the Fred Meyer grocery and department store is just around the corner.  It is a great time to provision.

Surprise, surprise.  As I head toward the store, I see in the yard a boat with the same name as one of my G-g-daughters, Makayla Marie.  I text her a couple of photos, and knowing she is on a Caribbean cruise this summer, I jokingly ask her if this is the cruise ship.

















Herb has a chance to visit with the owner of the lovely wooden fishing boat on our starboard, Alsek, from Ketchikan AK, and learns he is heading back to Alaska soon to earn his living for the year.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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