NAPS 2018 Follow Up

NAPS 2018 Follow Up

NAPS 2018 was, well, a bunch of fun! At least once we left the dock… Although NAPS officially didn’t start until Friday afternoon, Alison and I had planned to head up Thursday after she was home from the office. I had left the office early to go provision for the Saturday evening dinner of ribs/chicken and wine (courtesy of Dan Streech at PAE).

Between broken trash compactor that ended getting stuck in the down position and Alison having an extra long day, we decided to hang at the home dock and head up Friday morning.

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The plastic trunnion nut broke at the bottom of the compacting cycle. With it full of garbage, it needed to be pulled before we left for the weekend. Two hours later, I had it pulled from the cabinetry and disassembled enough to find this issue, remove the garbage and put it back in place. I have since sourced the nut (made with aluminum) and it is now operational again.

We were up early, walked the dog, made some coffee and off the dock! Port Ludlow, here we come! Just out of Shilshole Bay Marina, our home port, we turned and saw Tom and Linda Hamilton in N5730 Set Free coming out of the locks. Fun! Someone to travel with.

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N57 Set Free – but who is driving the boat?

About an hour later, the “racing Nordhavns” overtook N4717 Epoch with Scott Allen and Abby Nicholson onboard. We had some fun on the radio learning that Epoch is pronounced “Epic”. Now you tell me!

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N47 Epoch

Once we caught up with Scott and Abby, the three boats juggled positions as we all were taking photos of each other. It was like a slow dance… or maybe more of a circus? There was a recent salmon season opening so the three Nordhavns encountered many fishing boats on the way. It mush have been quite a scene with the three boats coming at them “driving kinda funny”.

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After we arrived in Port Ludlow, we settled in and enjoyed the arrival of the rest of the fleet.

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The scheduled 5 o’clock appetizers and happy hour arrived right on time. The marina provided a couple of tables for our plates of food and napkins. What a great start to the weekend! Not really surprising, the socializing went on until after sundown!

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Great food! Plus Zoe looking for some treats…
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NAPS had the entire end of the dock to ourselves. A great location for happy hour!
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So fun seeing Nordhavns everywhere. Even more fun to have all the owners around to talk with!

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Captain Shawn striking his movie star like pose…
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Happy hour moved to several different vessels, including Red Rover’s pilothouse. Wait, those bottles look almost empty!

Saturday brought another beautiful sunny day to Port Ludlow. This great weather allowed for the naming of two Nordhavns! Shawn and Elizabeth Krenke’s N43 and Tom and Linda’s N57 officially recieved their new names, Freedom and Set Free.

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Looking sharp!
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Shawn assisted Tom with a little buff after the Meridian lettering came off the transom of Set Free.
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Tom, giving final approval…
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Perfect!

What time was it? Need to prep some ribs! They need to bake for a good three hours… Somehow, 50 pounds of ribs followed Red Rover to Port Ludlow and they needed to be prepared for some ovens. Fortunately we had plenty of volunteers offering up the use of ovens. We spread them around four boats… wow, the entire dock smelled like ribs!

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Secret ingredients!
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50 lbs of pork ribs, ready for the oven!

Once those ribs were safely tucked away and cooking, there was time for some adventures….

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One thing I wanted to do was to document the boats that joined us for the weekend. We had other owners join us by land as well, including a couple that flew in from Hawaii! Eric Clarke, N4023 Enfin, came and actually stayed in Red Rover’s captain’s cabin for the weekend. Larry and Mary Mason, N5737 No Plans, flew in from Hawaii. Dick and Peggy Koller, N55-20, had Isla Z anchored around the corner at their friends home, so joined us for dinner Saturday evening.

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Brit and Jan Etzold on N4740 Escape Velocity
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Don and Jill Bernard on N4314 Seaborne
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Mike and Lou Ann Forshee on N46 Silent Runner
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Scott Allen and Abby Nicholson on N4717 Epoch
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Kevin and Alison Jeffries on N5505 Red Rover. Who was in charge of the shorepower cord?
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Tom and Linda Hamilton on N5730 Set Free
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Dennis and Julie Fox on their recently aquired 60′ Willard Julie K. Dennis and Julie are serial Nordhavn owners (owned 5).
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Keith and Kathy Hallman on N4753 Sea Cairn
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Shawn and Elizabeth on N43 Freedom

Ok, back to the good stuff. Food! Three plus hours later, the ribs were ready to be pulled and cooled before heading up to the Port Ludlow event tent for dinner. I realize I am focusing on the ribs, but we did have 15 pounds of marinated chicken thighs that were ready to go as well. We didn’t want anyone to go hungry!

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Shawn was a huge help, first delivering ribs to boats and later gathering them back up.
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Ribs, cooling…. Oh, there’s the 15lbs of chicken thighs back by the cooktop…

We hauled the meat, sides, drinks and such up to the event tent. The marina also provided two large BBQs for us to use.

I should make a point here that literally every single person asked what they could do to help, before the weekend started as well as all throughout the event. As it was a pretty casual encounter, not much was needed. The oven space was a great help and I did have Shawn and Scott help with the dinner setup and BBQing of the meat. As dinner was wrapping up, Shawn and I took a few minutes to fly our drones around the harbor. When we turned around, the entire space was cleaned up! Thank you everyone!

Also, thank you Don Kolhmann for coming by with the box of Nordhavn caps and good cheer! We all know that everyone is short a Nordhavn hat…

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Everyone brought sides and desserts to accompany the ribs and chicken. Um, we had leftovers…

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All weekend allowed owners to tour the other boats. It’s great to go on the other models but the huge value is seeing the tips and tricks that the others are doing on their boats. I found Scott and Abby’s anchor hold down very cool and effective. It is now on my to do list!

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We had some friends stop by, currently Krogen 48 owners but moving in to being Nordhavn Dreamers and maybe even owners sometime (soon Digby and Pam!)? We all started our goodbyes. And until next time…

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Pam and Digby!
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Sea Cairn heading out.
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Goodbye Elizabeth!

Alison and I motored home on the flybridge of Red Rover. What a great weekend. It was wonderful to see the owners that we’ve met and cruised with before and so much fun to actually see the faces and shake hands of those owners we’ve only emailed with, had discussions with on the NOG or knew via social media. After getting back to the home port and giving the boat a quick rinse, it was time for some easy dinner up top.

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Thanks to everyone that joined us. Maybe we should do it again?!?

Seattle Boat Show/Nordhavn Weekend

Seattle Boat Show/Nordhavn Weekend

Whew!  What a weekend.  The “Great Seattle Boat Show” weekend is always a fun one for us – something we look forward to much as others likely look forward to Christmas morning.  We love wandering the aisles of the show, looking for things on our “list,” walking aboard vessels on Lake Union and seeing friends who come out for the show.  It’s the gathering of the tribe of boat nuts.

 

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This is on N63 Peregrinations, but one of the options that we are looking at…
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The Simrad Follow Up

 

Last year we were shopping for nav system “stuff” with the help of Larry from Emerald Harbor.  We weren’t planning to do the giant project for a few years, but alas, we did as evidenced by the gleaming Furuno screens now residing in the pilothouse.  This year we are looking for new auto pilots (again with Larry’s help), an updated Waggoner Guide (our smallest purchase for sure), a new sea kayak that is meant for NW waters vs. our existing warm water sit-on-top-kayak, and we are considering trading out our dinghy.  Hours of fun!

 

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Alison’s kayak – what shall we name it?  The rep suggested “Don’t Flip Over”…

 

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The weekend started with a fun gathering on Red Rover of friends Dale and Glenda (of N43 Serenity) down from Alaska for the show, and some local peeps with extensive Alaskan knowledge – Sam, Laura and Kevin of Slow Boat fame.

On Saturday morning, we hosted our first Nordhavn Dreamer open house.  What fun!  I think we might have to do that again.  We decided to have a little dreamer open house after a lot of banter on the Nordhavn Dreamer Groups (a message board of sorts) about the Seattle Boat Show, people traveling to see Nordhavns (only one in the show) and a long story about wife “eye rolling” around this Nordhavn thing.  Well that eye rolling commentary got me going.  If you’ve read this blog you know that I have no intention of being “the Admiral” (I call myself the Deck Boss) and that I was actually the one who said, “hey let’s live on this boat.”  Enough with husbands saying their wives are rolling their eyes already. So….we had an open house.  With mimosas of course.  It’s Boat Show time of year – celebrate! We had 11 guests all of whom were so delightful to chat with.  Some of them even left exchanging contact information with one another.  Completely consistent with the Nordhavn community that is a big part of owning this boat.  We love our boat to distraction and talking about her with other Nordhavn enthusiasts?  Nothing more fun than that!

 

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Boat Show Mimosas!
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Lively Nordhavn conversations!
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Lugger Lovers!
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Zoe and her Rocket!

 

Saturday afternoon was spent wandering the indoor show.  We went to one Boat Show University class but found that perhaps we were more graduate student level boaters.  More wandering.  And a new kayak purchase – an Eddyline Skylark that will be perfect for exploring the bays and inlets that Red Rover brings us to.  Surprisingly I opted for the blue hull (not red?  Gasp) and will pick up my new boat and Werner “Puget Sound” patterned paddle at the end of the show.  So excited!

On Saturday evening we went to the Nordhavn owner’s event at the Seattle Yacht Club Elliott Bay outstation, hosted by PAE.  Now Kevin and I are extroverted introverts.  We don’t traditionally do well in large parties and tend to run and hide.  But our friends Tom and Linda (N57 Meridian) and Dale and Glenda (N43 Serenity) were going to be there as well as Scott and Brad from Emerald Harbor who we think are the bees knees.  So we figured we’d be ok.  We walked up to a building with almost 100 Nordhavn owners in it.  Amazing.

The event was fun!  In fact, Kevin was probably one of the last owners there.  I dragged him out as Dan Streech (President of PAE, which is the parent company of Nordhavn) was plugging in a vacuum cleaner.  (Hello, he is behind the vacuum?  I love that – a president title and not above helping with clean up.)  I have to say, we have wanted to meet Dan for many years, ever since we became Dreamers.  We first watched the Nordhavn North Atlantic Rally (NAR) video back in 2008(ish) and learned about Dan and his partner in PAE, Jim Leishman.  And we were hooked.  Big time.  I think we’ve watched that video over 50 times since then. Most recently last week sitting on Red Rover. Seriously.  So meeting Dan was just fantastic.  He is as honest, down-to-earth, interesting, kind and knowledgeable in person as he comes across in the video and his interactions on the Dreamers and owner’s sites.  What a pleasure.  He probably thought I was a little silly as I told him all of this but he did give me a hug, so apparently I wasn’t too nutty.

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Anyways, we talked to other owners, the ever- incredible-Lugger Bob (who had previously spent a day on our boat, in our engine room), our friends at Emerald Harbor and some of their spouses for the evening.  It went too quickly. What incredible, smart, interesting and down-to-earth people.  It felt like talking with people we’d known our entire lives.  It’s all about a shared passion – these amazing world-traveling trawlers.  But I think it is also about a personality type that lives behind the boat owners – people who are curious, thoughtful, kind and not hung up on themselves.  I mean these are people that own boats that are valued from over $500K to many millions of dollars.  But that doesn’t matter.  These are real people who are open and wonderful.  It was amazing.  We can’t wait to go to the PAE 40th anniversary party in Dana Point in April.