Lehua needs some new bottom paint, so we made an appointment with CSR, after getting some great reviews from fellow boaters via Duck Dodge and Cascadia Sailing Association. I’d called another boatyard and wasn’t too impressed by the conversation; they seemed annoyed that I didn’t know what the haul-out process was, even after I explained we’d never done it before. So, I began asking around, and CSR got hands-down the best reviews. I called them, and they were friendly and explained everything in a way that a new boater could understand. I felt great about it, and made my appointment.
This morning we left with a lot of time, which was fortunate because we ended up getting held up at the locks. Normally we enter the canal from the west, pass under the railroad bridge, and then head into the locks. Today we got to the bridge, and found a strange sight; what looked like two small dinghies trying to push a fishing boat (50 ft long), the F/V* Quandary, that was apparently dead in the water.
Another boat, R/V Liberty, a King County research vessel (found out later they do water quality and environmental science, nifty stuff), had pulled up to some pylons and was waiting, watching the drama unfold. Eventually the two dinghies got the fishing boat pushed up against a wall.
At that point, another, much larger ship from the Army Corps of Engineers came through, went past us, and then the fishing vessel was pushed gently into the large lock.
At that point, we heard over the speakers that the Liberty and “the sailboat” were free to move forward. “Sailboat to port side, tie up to Liberty,” which we did.
If you do a search for F/V Quandary you’ll find all kinds of information about them. Greg heard the lock guy telling the other folks; apparently Quandary lost power just as she was heading into the small lock. She hit the wall at about 4 knots. The small lock will need to be drained to make sure there isn’t any damage. They lowered the boat, let her out, and then she was passed around to the large lock, to head back home – I assume to Fishermen’s Terminal. Hopefully they get her fixed up soon! Good luck to the Captain and crew. And also – to the adorable black puppy we saw being passed around!
Finally we made it to CSR, and got Lehua tied up to a dock. We got the kids off, and all our stuff, and then we watched as they slid her to the crane and lifted her up.
Beth was so concerned! “Are they going to take good care of her? What will happen to her? Will she be okay? Are they going to put her on the ground? Do they know what to do? Will she get hurt? She won’t get hurt, right?”
Finally I said, “You’re concerned, aren’t you?” and she said, “She’s our flower! She’s our floating flower!” (The word “lehua” is Hawaiian – the lehua flowers are found on the Ohi’a tree, and also in Hawaiian mythology). I caught a bit of her concern in a little clip I made of them rolling Lehua in.
And then we were done! She’s in there a week or so. Hopefully I won’t get a call telling me that there are any surprise problems we need to fret over. *fingers crossed* *wood knocked*
A few other photos from the trip:
* F/V means a fishing vessel. R/V means a research vessel. M/V is motor vessel, and Lehua is an S/V – you guessed it: sailing vessel. There are a lot more, if you’re interested in ship prefixes.