I was cruising the Port Angeles Boat Basin on Sunday with my handycam and tripod. Â I have been doing this sort of thing ever since I started to focus on the upcoming boat auction. Â As it turns out, carrying a video camera around a marina is a sure way to attract attention. Â I have been meeting some very nice folks, all of whom speak fluent sailorese. Â What a pleasant surprise. Â I love this kind of stuff. Â you might think I would get plenty of that sort of thing working for a boatbuilder. Â Unfortunately Westport Shipyards employs few people who regularly go boating in anything other than a floating conveyance that supports their wieght above water while they earnestly seek to kill large fish. Â I’m not knocking it. Â I’m just saying that apart from a friend on the opposite shift the whole lot of them wouldn’t know a bowline from a buttock line.
Our marina has some very interesting characters whom I hope to know better in due course. Â With their kind permission I will introduce some of them on this forum and tell the best stories I can wheedle out of them. Â There is an old buddy of mine from the plywood mill who lives on a motorsailor which only motors. Â That’s kind of sad but it works for him. Â I met a father and son who are restoring a classic sloop. Â They areÂ resurrectingÂ it in fine style. Â Although she is just a hull tied to the dock her beautiful lines are very much in evidence. Â It’s encouraging to see the effort that people will put towards getting out on the water. Â It is an elemental urge not to be denied. Â Â Standby for more details. Â This is just a beginning as I continue to look for more seaward adventures.