The annual Pacific Marine Exhibit is back again this year from November 19-21 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. This year you’ll find us in booth 809. Come by for a visit and sign up for your chance to win a boat haul out in Port Townsend Boat Haven on us! For more information about the event, tickets, parking /shuttle services check out their website at www.pacificmarineexpo.com. See you there!
Co-op Member for 23 years, Curtis Schloe retired this spring. Since then, he has been spending his time fishing with friends and family in the San Juan Islands between working on his 45 foot converted troller, Gladys Mae. Curtis was hired at Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op in 1984, filling a gap as the company was evolving into a full service business. Working since the age of 13, he had many different jobs in Portland and Seattle, before finding his true interests in mechanical hydraulics and finding Port Townsend to be home. Co-op Member, Jim Lyons, refers to Curtis as being “steadfast, very detail oriented, easy to work with, and always smiling. He also pointed out how Curtis went beyond work to support families of members as well. Curtis never thought he would retire yet has found retirement to be a great experience. With his boat and his bike, he enjoys the simplicity of retired life. When Curtis reflects on his work at the Shipwright’s Co-op, he believes the greatest aspects to be meeting so many great boat owners over the years. This week he will be hauling out his vessel Gladys Mae for some annual maintenance and bottom paint.
Last week, Insequent, the 50 ft Ocean Alexander, was launched at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op. The owner, Brian Gibson, plans to enjoy cruising in the Pacific Northwest for the summer and then cruise or transport his vessel to his home in Australia. If you have followed the previous posts, you have read about the many changes installed to make the boat most efficient and comfortable for long range cruising. In particular, the addition of seven 280 watt solar panels, which totals 1960 watts and replaces the need for an auxiliary generator can be seen during the launch on the cabin and bimini top.