Locking Through the Chittenden Locks

If you are a boater in the Seattle area, you will eventually experience the opportunity to transit the Hiram Chittenden Locks. This is a fairly easy process, but many face their first experience with fear and trepidation. There is no need. The process is straightforward and the lock attendants are quite helpful. You will be an expert in no time. We’ve done this many times and thought it might help others to write it all up.

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Work Continues …

But the end is near (or at least nearer). With luck, this will be the last (or next to last) report before we get the boat back. Yea! Work on the doors continues on schedule at Thomas Marine Interiors. The new interior panels are on the doors. As you can see, this require many clamps. Mike is going to paint the outside panels and put in new glass as well.


Courtesy Mike Thomas, Thomas Marine Interiors

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Door Repair Update

Mike Thomas of Thomas Marine Interiors is hard at work on the door repair. He is trying to get the work done before Native Brightworks completes the brightwork. If he doesn’t, Archimedes has no doors. That would make it a bit drafty and hard to lock up the boat.

The interior surfaces of the doors were looking quite shabby. Weather, water, and time have left their mark. You can see some of the damage in this photo between the bottom corner of the window frame and the door latch.

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Courtesy Mike Thomas, Thomas Marine Interiors

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Going to Our First Rendezvous

I just signed us up to attend our first rendezvous. The Grand Banks rendezvous. May 9th to the 12th in Roche Harbor. We’ve never been to a rendezvous before. In fact, our idea of quality time on the boat generally does not include other people anywhere near us. This should be interesting. We actually do expect to have a lot of fun. How can it be bad. Lots of Grand Banks boats in one place. A very nice place on top of that.

The rendezvous is put on by the Pacific Northwest Grand Banks Owners Association.

We should be in fine condition by then. Much work is in progress. Native Brightworks will have finished the brightwork and Thomas Marine Interiors will have repaired the inside of the doors. I have a number of projects to complete between when I get the boat back and time to head to the rendezvous. And, of course, a whole lot of cleaning is required. We don’t want to look like the poor relation from the wrong side of the tracks when we get there.

We are looking forward to the experience.

Just for fun – New Header Images

Just for fun, I created a few new header images and configured the blog to randomly select the image on each page load. No particular reason, I just like the photos and got bored with the old image.

The first image was taken just after we left Point Hudson marina. Headed south to Seattle.


Headed south for Seattle near the entrance to Hood Canal. This is about as calm as it gets.

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Drying out before the varnishing begins …

We are now drying out at Native Brightworks. It seems the screw holes for the stanchions were not bedded well. Water found its way in. The moisture content in the wood is too high to continue the varnish work. The Native Brightworks folks have placed lights over all the screw holes in the hopes the heat will expedite the drying process.


Courtesy Richard Ehlers, Native Brightworks

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I am (officially) a Moron

I am really good at creating more work and expense for myself and those around me. For a refresher, see this post. I was visiting the boat this Saturday and moving a box from the dock to the deck. In the process, I managed to bump the handrail that was next to the boat with its first coats of sealer on it. The bump knocked the railing over and broke the front section of the railing off. This is what it should look like.


Anyway … my little stunt set the process back a few days and added a bit extra to the final bill. That’s what happens when I get in a hurry. The folks at Native Brightworks should ban me from the premises for my own good.