Shipyard is insanity!

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The ship looks like a bomb went off. There’s no other way to describe it. Theres no windows or doors on the main deck or below deck right now. The props are pulled off and the stern is half cut out. We are in the process of a million dollar remodel, and if you looked right now you’d ask “why?”

It has been an amazing and interesting transition, and I’m very glad I get to be a part of it all.

The one thing I have been lacking is taking pictures. I’ve been too busy and scared to take my camera to a dusty and dirty place, but I think tomorrow I’ll take some chances. There’s some crazy-cool stuff at this shipyard, and I think I can get creative with some of it. I hope, anyways.

Ship yard, Alameda, Ca

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The process has begun. The ship is out of the water and the deconstruction is well underway. Getting the ship up and out is always quite a process, because there is quite a bit to do to prepare for it. Not only do we have to shut all the systems down, but every tank has to be opened up, sucked dry and cleaned. Then they all get inspected and painted as needed.

On top of all that we have some serious welding going on, all around the ship. To make that happen, we have to tear apart anything in the way, which is quite a bit of work to be done as well. This year our ship is getting some $300,000 worth of steel work done to pass a huge 30 year Coast Guard inspection. In short, this is an epic ship yard for us.

My feelings on shipyard vary from day to day, but for the most part I’m not really all that into it. I would really rather be on the ship floating around somewhere doing something. Shipyard is, however, a good reminder of what it was like doing construction and that makes me appreciate he time that we are at see all the much more.

Over the next few weeks I’ll post up some pictures of the ship and the things we are doing to it, it’s an interesting process, I think you will like.

Another great trip down the coast

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So, my luck must be changing for the better. It’s been a while now since I’ve been on a rough trip either up or down the coast, and this one has been no different. We have encountered no more than 10 foot seas the whole way, and for the last 24 hours actually had less than 5 foot seas. On a trip where the final destination is a whole lot of work this is a huge blessing. We are headed to shipyard, and have made an enormous amount of progress. We will have a better start this year than ever before, which is great considering we will have more work done to the ship than ever before.

In the next few weeks I’ll try and document all the crazy things we do to keep the ship afloat, so you can see just how much effort it takes.

For now, I’m anxious and excited. Ready to get on with this huge task and see it through to the end.

Last trip of the year

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This picture is of the last lock my ship will go through his year. It was a great year aboard the Sea Bird, so it’s a fitting ending. I’m glad that I was here for it.

So, now we are cruising on back to Portland where we will drop off the last load of guests this year and prepare ourselves to head south. Tomorrow we make the journey, heading on to the San Francisco bay area for about two months of what promises to be the gnarliest shipyard this boat has seen to date.

The weather forecast is looking a little bit rough for the start of our trip, but it’s supposed to get nice as we go. All this was determined of course by the good luck brought on by the annual “last lock toss of the season” ceremony, and of course the bosun made it and we are all good.

I’ll talk more later about the trip south, but for now I have to go get ship ready for the open sea…