Sunday, September 19, 2010

No workee on the boat

Unfortunately this has been a very bad summer at work, with a lot of late nights and weekend work. I am saddened by the loss of much warm summer weather. I didn't intend to be on the Five-Year Boatbuilding Plan, but it may be turning out that way.

I was able to take this previous Friday off; my wife and I spent a couple of days in Port Townsend, WA in order to spend some time together. While I did not have any ulterior motives :), some of you may know that Port Townsend is the home of the Wooden Boat Foundation, (and an annual Wooden Boat Festival, although that was last week). While an F22 is not a wooden boat, it was fun just being around real boats, both in the shop and those that have made it onto the water (the town has a vibrant waterfront; when we were there several cruisers were moored offshore - no multihulls though).

The Wooden Boat Foundation has a spectacularly nice shop right on the waterfront. Most of us would kill to have such nice working quarters:

Here's a view looking the other direction from up above on the viewing balcony:

The shop is incredibly accessible to the public. Visitors are allowed to simply walk right in and view the proceedings, just about as close as you could want.

This made me chuckle:

In between walking all over town and visiting antique shops, I was also able to sneak in some visits to Pygmy Boats and Brion Toss Riggers.

Anyway, hope all is well out there in the F22 boat building world.