Just back from back to back boat show weekends! Sounds relaxing, right? Sort of... There's a lot of prep that happens before the boat motors into the marina all shiny and clean. It's even harder to keep the boat clean when you're living on it. But somehow we were able to pull through and survive it all. Good times!
The first show was the Center for Wooden Boats, Wooden Boat Festival on Lake Union. A short ride from the slip, but when you're on the boat you're miles away.
All the way west on the I dock, the SWIETENIA. Check the reflection of the line in varnish. However, the line should not be in the water and should be coiled. Tsk tsk. We're slacking.
The bowsprit of the 130' schooner ZODIAC, shot through our hatch.
ZODIAC returning to berth.
30' SWIETENIA from the ZODIAC. Note the market umbrella. It was hot as hell.
ZODIAC mast & signal flags.
Feeding before 4th of July fireworks.
The park completely filled up for fireworks. But put that many people on this floating dock and it'll sink.
Note the bowsprit is nearly half the length of our little boat!
A homemade boat, varnished western red cedar.
Four days of working and then back on the water, this time headed for Port Orchard and the 20th Anniversary Chris Craft Rendezvous! Once you're through the locks, it's about a 2 hour ride across the shipping lanes, and watch out for ferries.
Elliot Bay and Seattle. I love ya.
Lola gets into the groove instantly.
Our cruising buddies and great friends' boat, Andy and Genevieve's Cinnamon Girl. Second and third boat on the dock this year, it took us 7 years of attendance to finally get some top billing! Yes.
Not a Chris Craft, but a Shain. Called a turtleback.
Had to show you: This is what happens when you stop taking care of the boat and leave it out in the weather. Our boat was approaching this state when we bought it. Sad. This old 50's Chris Craft is probably not coming back. It's a blue tarp special.
77 Chris Crafts this year!
Bear claw vents.
Even the chain is chromed. It's in the details.
PEARL, and nice details.
SEASCAPE, nice details.
MARANEE. Oh, the details. Jim and Margie actually have the skeleton key that locks this door. Nice.
The ULTIMATE in details. The corner chock, mooring bit, deck drain, stanchions, mounted in teak on SEASCAPE. Mmm.
It was hot, but we made it!