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We had a bit of excitement at the Marina on Monday. One of the Sailboats on B-dock caught of fire. When I arrived at the boat after work, it was fully involved and there were fire trucks, hoses and firemen all over the marina and docks.

A 30' Sailboat catches fire at Delin Docks in Tacoma.

A 30′ Sailboat catches fire at Delin Docks in Tacoma.

Fortunately, no one was injured and the damage was isolated to one 30′ sailboat. It was unoccupied at the time and if I had to guess, I’d venture that a space heater was left on and over heated or caused a fault in the electrical system!

For more information and a great video of the boat burning, please see the article in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Sea Eagle at Sucia Island with Mt. Baker in the background.

Sea Eagle at Sucia Island with Mt. Baker in the background.

After a peaceful night at Jones Island, we headed up President Channel (bucking the current) to Sucia Island, which is definitely the jewel of the San Juan Islands. Rounding the corner into Echo Bay, I was very surprised to see the anchorage was almost empty (Thursday @ noon in August). We headed over near the lineal moorage and dropped the anchor.

After pulling on the anchor to verify it was well set, we had some breakfast then lowered the large dingy to motor over to do some exploring on my favorite place in the San Juan’s. The all girl crew was excited to get some exercise and to see the entire island.

The crew at Ewing Cove

The crew at Ewing Cove

We walked over to Shallow Bay and admired some of the very nice boats that were hanging on mooring buoys in the bay. Then we hiked over to Fossil Cove and Fox Cove on the south side of the island. The girls were wading in the warm waters of Fox Cove and talking to a group of Kayakers that had just paddled half way around the Island.

We briefly went back to the boat for some Lunch, then putzed over to Ewing Cove, beached the boat and hiked from Ewing all the way to Shallow Bay. It’s a beautiful hike with stunning vistas of Echo Bay as you round each point along the trail. While stopping for a break, we noticed the rest of the flotilla arriving, even the two boats that had been missing in action in Anacortes for so long! Whoo Hoo!

After hiking back to the dingy at Ewing, we did some exploring along the north shore of Sucia and then putzed over the raft-up to say hello. A large group dinner was planned for the evening and we headed back to Sea Eagle to clean up for dinner.

Seals at Sucia Island

Seals at Sucia Island

Dinner Crowd on Sucia Island.

Dinner Crowd on Sucia Island.

Still here? Dinner was awesome and we didn’t head back to Sea Eagle until well after dark. Some idiot in a blue hulled sailboat anchored right next to us and sure enough, during the big Thunderstorms at night, drug their anchor. I was awakened at 4 AM to pouring rain and I could see that the other boat was clearly headed our way, so I fired up the main engine and pulled the anchor in the dark. NOT my idea of a fun time! We motored over to a spot near Ewing Cove and dropped the hook until it became light at 06:00, then headed for Roche Harbor to pick up Ken Houlder.

Skippy asking Gary, what's up?

Skippy asking Gary, what’s up?

Seals at Sucia

Seals at Sucia

The small gray logos on the outside of the bulwarks

The small gray logos on the outside of the bulwarks

We decided to add Sea Eagle’s name and logo to the front and sides of the boat. There was a nice Sea Eagle graphic on the transom, but you really couldn’t see the name of the vessel due to the indent. I called Eric Nelson at Tacoma Rubber Stamp and sent over the logo that we’d be using for our shirts. He scaled the logo up and cut out the vinyl.

The small gray logos went on the outsides of the bulwarks easily, fooling us into thinking this was going to be an “easy” boat job (finally!). Then we started on the Large black graphics across the front of the flybridge and the “fun” began. The compound curve of the flybridge and the big straight line all the way across the top of the logo I designed didn’t like each other much (moral, don’t let an engineer design artwork). After some head scratching, we hinged the vinyl side to side and rolled it out.

The large Black Graphic on the Front of the Sea Eagle

The large Black Graphic on the Front of the Sea Eagle

I think the graphics project turned out pretty well, but time will tell if I want to keep the big black and white logo across the front or not. The gray logos on the sides are a lot more subtle. Any opinions?

I also finally got around to changing the oil, plugs and filters of the 40 HP Honda on the large dingy. Just a few more jobs (and a few more days) and we should be ready for the San Juan’s.

Now where did that list of boat repairs go….

New Graphics across the front of the Fly Bridge

New Graphics across the front of the Fly Bridge

We spent the Cinco de Mayo weekend on the Sea Eagle and were fortunate to be able to catch up with Scott’s cousins (Debbie and Walter MacVittie). We hadn’t seen them in something like 25 years and really enjoyed entertaining them on our new boat. Especially since they came prepared with Margaritas and great attitudes. We are hoping to catch up with them again before the boat heads for the Great White North!

On Monday, Jeff Merrill flew in briefly, to do some training on boat systems. The Boyd’s seem to have a pretty good handle on how the boat worked, with a few Easter Eggs that Jeff had us searching the boat for. Jeff did a great job during the purchase of the boat, providing outstanding documentation and photos of every nook and cranny on the boat. If you’re in the market for a Nordhavn, Jeff is the guy to talk to. His service before, during and after the sale have been awesome!

Tuesday morning, we moved the boat over to a shipyard in Richmond for some repair work, before hoping on a plane and heading home after a long, mind expanding weekend. We’re both starting to feel at home on our new Nordhavn and are looking forward to bringing her home in the near future.

Janet celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the Sea Eagle

Janet celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the Sea Eagle