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D & D Nagle aboard MV DavidEllis
photo by Jenna T. Nagle
06/28/2015, Wrangell, AK (still on the hard)

Summer is here again. 2015 hardly seems possible but that's what the calendar says. The weather has been behaving like summer in northern CA since May, with extended periods of sunny weather, very little rain and fires north of Anchorage.

Final top/color coat is completed on MV DavidEllis with only the hatch and lockers covers awaiting their final coat. We chose to do nothing to the aluminum portholes, which are rotting away; simply a bridge too far for one winter's work. I'm thinking about replacing them entirely if I can find stainless substitutes to fit the size holes we already have. Anyone reading this have experience with 3D printing? Is there a plastic material, usable by 3D printers, which would be sturdy enough? The shapes certainly aren't particularly complex.

The Flag Blue finish hull color is spectacular. Everyday, admirers come trooping into the covered shelter where DE sits to ooh and ahh. You realize, of course, this has ruined me as a SE AK cruiser. I will never be able to put DE into a slip for fear of dinging the paint. Instead we'll be anchored off every town we visit, 100 fenders tied off the rails, standing guard with a shotgun to wave off anyone getting closer than 50 yards. Sorric, what have you done to me?!

We are now putting the boat back together -- cleats, rub rail strip, mooring bits, vent covers, the afore-mentioned hatch and locker covers, shorepower receptacles, and much more. We will skip the mast, stabie (para-vane stabilizer) poles and their associated fittings for this summer.

We hope to be back in the water in a week and underway towards Juneau in two.

Today we are playing hooky from working on the boat. Granddaughter Jenna is here and we have borrowed Don's jet boat "Miss Molly" to run down to the bottom of Wrangell Island and across to Anan Bay where one frequently finds both black and brown bears fishing this time of year. I didn't have the logistics quite worked out regards securing the jetboat while going out the trail to the observation area, so I stayed with the skiff while the girls went off alone. To pass the time, I've been writing this and just looked up to see a very small black bear at the water's edge about 15' away. Always something to see in Alaska.

In the meantime, July 4th in Wrangell is coming up, which is purported to be the best 4th celebration in SE (many SE towns claim this distinction). The ever-lovely Ms Dorothy is 'going local' in a big way and will be participating in a talent contest on the 3rd, clogging her heart out and submitting one of her knitting projects for the Exhibit. On the 4th the Wrangell Garnet Grit Betties will have a roller derby bout outside on the boatyard concrete (ouch!). One of the referees, of course, will be Knitty Gritty. It appears I've been roped into some non-skating officiating job, time-keeper in the penalty box I believe. Must be the corrections experience on my resume. (Oh boy, I'll get to hang out with the 'bad girls'!).

We've got a full schedule of guests, family, former co-workers and other friends. And many AK friends to re-connect with as we finally get underway on our summer wanderings in SE AK.

I realize it has become months between blog postings. If you wish to know what's happening with us in a more timely manner, and see many more photos, Dorothy and I are both on FaceBook and will be happy to 'friend' you if you send us a message. On FB I am "DavidEllis Nagle Boat" and Dot is "Dorothy Peterson Nagle"

photo by D.Ward, Ketchikan
03/03/2015, Ketchikan

Well boys and girls, this morning in Ketchikan, the capable folks at Peace hospital will try once more to put Humpty-Dumpty back together, again. A month ago, doing almost nothing, I injured my left shoulder (repaired 10-11 years ago, just before I retired). Turns out I tore loose one of two bicep tendons, leaving my bicep muscle flopping around where my 'guns' oughta be. And it may be that there's additional damage in the shoulder joint itself. This is all, no doubt, a continuing consequence of my full-contact life, but the injury/surgery/rehab part does get old. I don't intend this to come out as complaining as I'm very happy with my life, just not looking forward to doing this part again.
Progress continues on the good ship DavidEllis. The Rs are in the very kind care of the now somewhat famous GGB jammer "Stitches", back in Wrangell. And the ever-lovely Miss Dorothy is here in Ketchikan to do what she does best -- take care of me. Back to Wrangell tomorrow and "Knitty Gritty" heads for Wasilla with the GGBs for a roller derby bout and a visit with IDMT Senior Airman Jordanne Marie Stover.

Photo is last week's Ketchikan v Wrangell roller derby bout under the ever-vigilant gaze of referee "Knitty Gritty"

Not Summer In SE
Wx is not nice
02/05/2015, Wrangell, AK

Well, it was an epic summer. Great cruising around SE -- Ketchikan, Misty Fjords, Naha, Thom's Place, Juneau, Tracy & Endicott Arms, Baronoff Warm Springs, Sitka, Elfin Cove. Great buddy boats to cruise with -- Westerly, Shearwater, Honu & In Your Dreams. Great guests aboard DE -- Kate, Darrell, DJ, Bob & Sharon, Jordanne, Tjasa, Aiden, Anders, Christina, Ditte, Anne & Craig. Wonderful visits with friends around SE and of course loads of the sights that make Alaska visually stunning day after day -- whales, glaciers, otters, bears, the rare Sitka flamingo, orcas etc etc.

But now it's not summer. DavidEllis has been on the hard in the Wrangell boatyard since late September and is currently under a shelter that may or may not survive the gusting winds and heavy snow of the next several days. Virtually everything that could be unbolted, unscrewed or disconnected from the exterior has been and is stored away in a shipping container sitting at the top of a stack of three or is under the boat in bins. We've been through three rounds of spot sand-blasting to scour away rust issues then coated with Dimetcote and epoxy primer. The rest of the hull and wheelhouse are sanded and ready for an overall primer coat. Grateful to be past the sandblast part, down my back, in my hair, up my nose,tracking it into the boat, into my bed!

December / January, the ever-lovely Miss Dorothy and I were granted a month's parole and used it to see if our kids, grand kids and Seattle, Sonoma County friends were still talking to us and I'm happy to report that they are. Rusty and Rascal also appreciated a break from the long dark days on the boat in SE Alaska with mom and dad off the boat working all day and only a small run morning and evening. During that same period, I flew to New Jersey via a night stuck in transit at O'Hare, Chicago, for my Uncle Jim's funeral. Got the chance to hang with three of my siblings as well as many Nagle cousins. We also had a short but good visit with granddaughter Jenna who will be moving to Seattle in the spring to pursue her education in graphic arts.

Hopefully, the sandblasting was the low point of this process. We still have a great deal of work ahead of us before we are once again cruising about Southeast. Dorothy stays busy working in the boatyard office, helping out on DE and working out with the Garnett Grit Betties Roller Derby Team, for whom she referees and of course any number of knitting and quilting projects. Her derby name of course is "Knitty Gritty". Her birthday is tomorrow and she is getting a wood hand-turned yarn bowl to mark the day (from Jim Wright at Stonekettle on Etsy).

I seem to be snake bit since getting back to the DavidEllis. First a cold/cough/ache thing, then a few days ago injuring my shoulder and doing some damage to the bicep muscle. I'll see an orthopedic doc on the 16th in Ketchikan for these and other such silliness.

But first a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas for the World Rugby Sevens series. It's not Hong Kong, sadly, but it is Sevens, so looking forward to that, busted wing and all.

02/22/2015 | DanNC
She may be a duck out of water but she still is pretty!
02/22/2015 | DanNC
She may be a duck out of water but she still is pretty!

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