Huzzah Cruising the Northwest

09 August 2018
01 August 2018
27 July 2018
25 July 2018 | Gorge Harbour, BC
20 July 2018 | Prideaux Haven
19 July 2018 | Desolation Sound
18 July 2018 | Desolation Sound
17 July 2018 | Squirrel Cove, BC
12 July 2018
09 July 2018
06 July 2018
25 August 2017 | Roscoe Bay
24 August 2017 | Tenedos Bay, Desolation Sound
21 August 2017 | Tenedos Bay, BC
20 August 2017 | Tenedos Bay, BC
22 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest
20 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest
18 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest

Yard Work

06 July 2018
To me, doing yard work is like going to the gym. It’s an awful lot of work for the few fleeting moments of positive feeling you get from doing it! But unlike going to the gym, the yard work I’m talking about doesn’t improve your health one iota. In fact, I wear protective eye wear, clothing and a respirator to minimize the health risks associated from doing it. And it’s much worse than pulling weeds, spraying Roundup or spreading beauty bark!
I’m talking about the boaters’ ritual of hauling our boats out of the water every few years for a bottom job. For those that have never seen it, a huge machine slips two straps under Huzzah and plucks her modest 28,000 pounds from the sea and deposits her on land. Then a guy pressure washers the sea slime and critters from her bottom before she’s relocated to a large sheet of black plastic 20’ wide and 60’ long. She sits on her keel with 8-10 metal stands positioned around her to ensure she doesn’t fall over while I sand the underwater surfaces and re-paint them with $300 a gallon copper paint. Everything about copper paint is toxic, and the Department of Ecology is trying to ban it. But for now however, it’s the only thing that works. So we all don our protective gear and a use special sander with vacuums to collect as much copper dust as possible. The real yachtie types with money hire this work out, of course. But for us DIY’ers, we do it because we can and we save lots of $$$. But we hate it!
So that’s what I did for three weeks this past June. The pictures show the net result, offer a glimpse into the dark side of boat ownership for the average boater.
Vessel Name: Huzzah
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 45.2 built in '99 for the BVI Charter fleet. Purchased in 2011 in Seattle, and began an extensive re-fit.
Hailing Port: Gig Harbor, WA
Crew: Gerry & Jody Gilbert
About: Retired professionals living the dream. Gerry & friends do the ocean passages, wife Jody & the kids fly in for the cruising. Departed the PNW for Mexico & So. Pacific September 2015, Returned to Gig Harbor July 2017 .
Huzzah \(ˌ)hə-ˈzä\ : an exclamation of joy, applause, appreciation — or shout of acclaim. Huzzah may be categorized with such interjections as hoorah and hooray. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), in the 17th and 18th centuries it was identified as a sailor's cheer or [...]
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