Work Continues on DHM's NN59 Sailboat

It’s been a while since I last provided a report to you all on the NN59 Sailboat’s restoration. Shipwright Alaniz is still working on the sailboat’s re-decking project. The re-decking of the sailboat has been much more complicated than what first meets the eye. Much like about everything else that we have been doing restoring this sailboat, there is much more to be done that first thought.

However, we are dedicated to repairing/restoring this former APA salmon boat with the care and quality this authentic maritime icon deserves. Once the restorative/repair work has been completed the NN 59 will be the water-borne working sister to the NN 79 sailboat on permeant display at the APA Cannery Museum at Semiahmoo.


Prevost Harbor - Stuart Island

What a great turnout! Three years ago this cruise started out with just four boats and has now grown to the point where we took over the dock in Prevost Harbor. Some rafted, while others anchored out perhaps to escape the rowdies on the dock!

Friday evening found us enjoying Walt and Joan Shemly’s boat, “Mariner,” for heavy appetizers and drinks as the rain showers arrived.

On Saturday morning, the sun broke through for the day while we relaxed with coffee, muffins, yogurt, etc. and we made plans for either a walk to the Turn Point Light Station or a quick dinghy ride to the county dock to begin a shorter hike out to the light station.

Semiahmoo Marina
Semiahmoo Marina

On Saturday, April 23rd, boaters from Semiahmoo Marina and club members from Semiahmoo Yacht Club partnered to spruce up the marina for the coming boating season. There was a great turn out and much work was done. The curbs were re-painted, the flower pots were re-potted, lots of weeding was done, the grounds were mulched and plants were trimmed. Windows were washed until they sparkled too.

As part of the spring-cleaning, the marina properly disposed of old and tattered flags by burning them in a fire pit with the appropriate ceremony for disposal of flags. The marina will hold this ceremony several times throughout the year, please contact the marina if you would like more information.

Spiritus II
S/V Spiritus II

"Believe me, my young friend; there is nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

With that remark to Mole, Water Rat set the standard for boat ownership. Or did he? First let’s define the term.

Everything was beautiful – a warm sunny afternoon, not too much wind on the nose, and Spiritus II, our new-to-us Hunter Legend 40.5, humming towards Secret Cove. I was single handing the boat along with our poodle deckhand Ali’i, looking forward to having dinner with Mission friends and fellow SYC members Roger and Mary Garthside aboard S/V Moani.

Spiritus II had been moored at Granville Island in Vancouver for the past week, having work done on a delaminated deck panel that had been identified in the purchase survey, and was being paid for by the previous owner. All was in readiness for the arrival of our daughter’s family from Edmonton, including two little grandsons, who that very day were driving out to BC, hooking up with Karen, and then meeting me and the boat in Lund for a week in Desolation Sound. As I say, everything was beautiful.

GLM Winery
GLM Winery - Blaine

Our April Nauti-Friday featured a warm spring evening at a local winery, enjoying the wares of two of our favorite local club sponsors: Glacial Lake Missoula Wine and the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company.

DHOC's Steve Seymour manned the grill, sharing locally farmed, fresh barbequed oysters with an enthusiastic and appreciative group of seafood fans. Steve also shared with the group some insight into the efforts to restore clean marine water and shellfish harvesting in Drayton Harbor.