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  • Point Defiance / Foss Waterway tour

    Everyone who didn't make this one (and that was about everyone!) missed a really, really great time. Richard Amberson (woodenboatfogey) did an oustanding job of arranging a fun day of boating for us. Our party consisted of Richard, his friend and "computer machine" operater Dave, Ingvar and Carol Carlson, myself and my wife Cindy and grandson Khristopher.

    We launched from Point Defiance and cruised into Thea Foss waterway, mooring at our reserved dock space at the Foss Waterway Seaport. We were greeted at the dock by a sign welcoming the Northwest Classic Boat Club!

    Once inside we were treated like visiting royalty and given more-than-usual access to the facility. Richard had some free passes to hand out (he wanted us to fight for them but everyone was too polite) and the rest of us were given half price admission. We had a great time examining all the exhibits including the U-40, two APBA hydros, lots of vintage motors including a Fageol 44 and the working wooden boat shop. They were celebrating the launching that day of a beautiful little craft recently completed in the shop. Our grandson Kristopher had fun climbing aboard Faith, a vintage fishing vessel that had more than earned her keep in Northwest waters before finding an easy berth in the museum. The kids area also had other interesting displays including a hands-on demonstration of lifting weights with block and tackle. After our tour of the exhibits we were given the use of the employee's lunch room to have our lunch and gab for a while. While eating lunch Richard entertained us with a story about once when he had some trouble in a slough south of Marysville involving a bow line, a prop, some reeds and a nice group of folks in vintage boats who came to his rescue ... ring any bells with anyone? :BigWink1:

    After lunch we left the museum and cruised further up the waterway, we checked out lots of cool boats and returned lots of waves up to the glass museum and then turned around headed out into Commencement Bay, north across the bay to Dockton, where we tied up at the public slips at Dockton Park and hung out for a while.

    From Dockton we headed for Gig Harbor, staying on the boats there as it seemed that every available inch of dock space was occupied at the public pier. We were all feeling a little sun baked by then so we skipped the optional trip into the narrows to check out the new bridge from below, heading back to Point Defiance.

    I'd like to thank Richard for arranging such a fine day. This was our first saltwater trip in the Sabrecraft and it was a wonderful way to start. My not-so-adventerous first mate Cindy, after seeing all the boats at Dockton, started talking about how she thought our next boat should be larger so that we could sleep in it. :cool1: What better way to measure the success of a voyage than that?

    I posted some photos from our trip in the "Point Defiance Tour 2010" gallery. Richard has agreed to lead this tour again next year, this definitely belongs on next year's calendar and I would urge everyone to work it into their schedule.

  • #2
    Sorry to have missed this one, sounds like a great time with a lot of legwork by Richard. We were hesitant to dunk the just completed, painted Glastron trailer in the brine, but am motivated to have our salt-worthy Skagit ready for next season.

    Thank you Tim for all of the great photos, Miss Bardahl rocks- and the Fageol 44 is very cool.


    • #3
      Richard. We can't tell you how disappointed we were to miss your event. Considering it was our home town, we were really looking forward to helping you show some out of the area folks around. Believe me, we tried... We seem to be cursed by the "Glitch" gods this year. Glad everything went well for you all.
      1959 Skagit 20 Offshore inboard

      Mike and Judy Kronick


      • #4
        Richard, Susie and I are very sorry we couldn't take part in this event. We had a memorial service we needed to go too. Alice Cambell who was the wife of Capt. Lynne Cambell , past owner of Seattle Harbor Tours (Argosy) past away at 90. Susie and I both worked for the Cambells who were the inspiring force in our interest in boating. We hope to make it next year. The south sound is always fun and is great for us to explore because we don't get down there enough. Thanks to Tim for the great pictures.
        Greg James


        • #5
          Well, I missed this one too. So far, I have missed all of our events up to this point.
          Just need time and money to get one of my boats running and soon I hope.
          Helmar Joe Johanesen
          1959 Skagit 20ft Offshore, 1959 Skagit 16ft Skimaster,
          1961 17ft Dorsett Catalina.1958 Uniflite 17 ft
          Outboards: 2.5 Bearcats, 3 50hp White shadow Mercs
          2 40hp Johnsons, several smaller Old kickers for a total of 12

          Our Sister club

          Oh, and Where is Robin Hood when you need him??