Classic Yacht Association honors Pied Piper and her owner -- 2005

Each year, the Classic Yacht Association's Pacific Northwest fleet (about 170 owners of classic wood powerboats) award their highest honor to one owner of one vessel in the PNW Fleet of CYA.  This award is somewhat misleadingly called "Most Outstanding Dry Rot of the Year".  The name of the award is misleading because it is given not to the vessel with the most dry rot or the most/worst problems or whose care has been neglected the longest, but to the owner who has done the most over the course of the previous year to restore and refurbish and save one of these beautiful classic wood cruising powerboats.  Purchasing an old wood boat, doing the research to obtain original specifications of the systems, doing the research just to find out what your boat looked like when it was new, and then also spending the time and the money, finding shipwrights and electricians and metal fabricators who know old wood boats, crawling through dank, dark, dirty, and musty used boat supply warehouses looking for just the right part, working off your own blood and sweat and yet with thought and care and yes, sometimes, spending a lot of money, to bring your "girl" back to the beauty that she always was .. well, it warms your heart, brings a sparkle of joy to your eye, and puts pride in your step, all by itself when you see the results of that work.  But when 170 other people, who know exactly what you've been through, give you a standing ovation while you walk up to accept their award, well that feeling just can't be beat.  You know you've done something not just for yourself, but for many others as well, for the history of the boat you saved, the history of boat-building, for other wood boat owners, for every person who owned and cared for your boat since it was first designed and built many decades ago, for every person who will own her and care for her in the future, and especially for the people who designed her and built her one piece of wood at a time, one nail or screw at a time, one piece of sandpaper at a time.  But most importantly, more than anything else, you know the award is for "her" .. the boat you happen to own right now, the boat you care so much about .. you know it's for her heart and soul that you've done the work.  And you know that, because of what you do for her, she'll return the favor and carry you to safe harbor at the end of every cruising day.

It was with great honor and pride that the current owner of Pied Piper accepted this prestigious award at the CYA PNW Fleet's Change of Watch Banquet in February of 2005 for the restoration work of 2004.

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A perfect summer 4th of July weekend in Seattle -- 2005

One hot summer 4th of July weekend plus a fun bunch of people, great boats, great food .. what else could you ask for?  These photos represent life at Stimson Marina, cruising Lake Union with a bunch of friends aboard, a cruise-by of the Center for Wooden Boats with friends on that dock taking photos of us taking photos of them, and an afternoon playing around in the kayak with the pup while pretending to clean the boot stripe of the boat.  Life just doesn't get any better.

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Classic Yacht Association, Poulsbo weekend and show -- September, 2005

Yet another stunningly beautiful weekend in the great Pacific Northwest.  Dozens of classic wood recreational powerboats turned out for a late September rendezvous and public show in Poulsbo, a classic scandinavian town all on its own, where we wood boat owners are always so generously welcomed.

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2005 vessel maintenance and upgrades

Although a great deal of work was done on the Pied Piper during the first half of 2004 when she was hauled, most of that work was on systems and structures that weren't visible unless you were inside the walls of the boat, hunkered down around the engines, mucking about in the bilge, or outside the boat but underwater.  This next year, 2005, was the year to start renovating, upgrading, replacing, refinishing, and improving systems and structures that were more visible.  The photos below represent much of the work done on the boat in 2005, almost all done by the owner who is a professional mechanic unless special, technical assistance was needed.  Upgrades include:  new solid fuel fireplace, new anchor chocks, new fender rubrails, new Tundra freezer, new Tundra refrigerator, removal of wallpaper in galley and refinish and paint galley walls and ceiling, new radar, rebuilt starter on starboard engine, new dinghy hold-off arms that can be clipped to the main vessel when not in use, new anchor rode, repaired and refinished flagstaff.  This work was done in addition to regular, on-going maintenance.  This boat just keeps getting better and better.

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