Took some friends from Hawaii who have recently moved to Whidbey Island on a week-plus run through the Gulf Islands.* Didn't take a lot of photos as we went to places I've been before but here are a few.*
We were in Ganges the weekend of the annual workboat gathering.* While there were a few still-working boats in attendance most of them were ex-workboats that have been converted into recreational vessels.* The boats ranged from 30-foot salmon trollers to a huge, steam-powered tug.*
Thought Eric might like the shot of the windlass and anchor on the ex-salmon troller.* A number of boats in the gathering had similar arrangements on their foredecks and while the types of anchors varied considerably I noticed that all of them had all-chain rodes.
The boat in the second photo was built by my employer, The Boeing Company, in 1929.* It was made by the shipyard Boeing operated in Vancouver, a yard that also turned out a number of fast express cruisers that became favored by the rum runners who smuggled booze from Canada into the US during Prohibition via drop-off and rendezvous points in the San Juans.* I've read in our company archives that the Boeing boats could outrun anything the "revenooers" could come up with.* This particular boat was built by Boeing for BC Fisheries.* Both BC Fisheries and the BC Forestry dept. had a number of very handsome patrol/enforcement boats built for them by a number of BC yards.* While most of the boats turned out by Boeing in Vancouver were powerboats they also turned out at least a few very good-looking sailboats, all single-masted sloops I believe.* I've seen one of them and whoever drew up the lines had a great eye for aesthetics.
The last shot gives an idea of the typical weather for this area--- strong wind and rain. The sunny day-wake shot just before it is one of my Photoshop jobs using a shot I took in New Zealand with our boat keyed in.* You'd never get a shot like this up here.