Blessed Lady

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Home again to Eagle Harbor

11 October 2013 | Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island, WA
It's Friday morning and I'm now back in Eagle Harbor. I've been fiddling with day-by-day blog entries to cover the last several days, but decided I was droning on with nothing really to say. I highly doubt that any of you are in need of daily accounts, so I won't try to relate the mundane.

Briefly, my brother and his friend, Louie, came down for breakfast Tuesday morning. That was good. I caught up somewhat with blog entries, getting Mabrouka finally down through the gales on the Straits of Georgia, south of the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and here to Gig Harbor. I visited the Harbor History Museum on Gig Harbor, ...highly recommended. Wednesday I motored across Commencement Bay to Tacoma where I took a reciprocal slip at Dock Street Marina and had dinner with a friend that evening. Yesterday, though I tried several times to sail, I ended up just motoring north and dropped anchor here in the late afternoon.

If there was any excitement to the day, it was to see one of the big Manson floating cranes wedged in between the docks at Eagle Harbor Marina, standing a giant's pose over the yachts that live there. It seemed better to stay out of their way, so I didn't go over by dinghy last night, but I did swing Mabrouka in close enough as I entered the bay to see that they had the old wooden tug, Chickamauga, being held afloat by their main hoist. I guessed she'd sunk at the dock and they were hauling her back to the surface so someone could patch up the leaks and remove the oil from her tanks.

The crane was gone by this morning, but I did putt over there to confirm my conclusion. Yup. I was right. Though still in her slip, she and some remaining debris were encircled by a floating oil boom, there was a variety of junk on deck, and her ports and doors were all open to let air circulate through her sopping interior. Her hull also seems to have suffered from the stresses of being hoisted back to the surface, with bulwarks and rub rails crushed in where the straps bore on her hull. So sad.

You can read up on the Chickamauga's storied past in this Bainbridge Review article. She'd been my neighbor at Stimson Marina and I even allowed the white bulkheads and red trim of her wheelhouse to charm me into indulging my romance with all things nautical with some early evening photographs.

The proud wheelhouse of the ChichamaugaHer present state belies the cosmetic treatment she'd received and the lack of care given to this grande dame has now proven to everyone that her 100 year old wooden hull needed much more than that. I have the vague suspicion that Stimson kicked her out, so it was with some interest that I'd seen she'd moved to Eagle Harbor Marina earlier in the year. She may actually have been in the very slip I'd occupied there some years before. The article referenced above implies that her condition was misrepresented when Eagle Harbor Marina agreed to give her a slip. This incident is apparent proof that old vessels like the Chickamauga can be a liability for a marina. I wonder what her future holds. My guess is that it's very short.

I found it very chilly and have hunkered down reading aboard Mabrouka most of the day. Odd, because its still in the high fifties. Just goes to show that it's time for me to be headed south and next summer will be none too soon. Though I'd anchored out yesterday, I've since moved to the Tyee YC dock. The first thing I did after tying up and connecting the shore power was to shut the companionway and turn on the heater. I'm much happier now.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
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On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
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Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
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Created 12 March 2013