Smooth-Sailing Experience @ the Boatyard

Experience the Boatyard

If it’s time for new bottom paint, then it’s time for your next great “Experience @ the Boatyard.”

Bring your boat into Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard and our paint department will have her bottom prepped, protected and painted in no time — or just about as fast as paint can dry. Our painting crew, led by department supervisor Doug Terrian, does a superb job in giving your boat exactly the bottom finish you are looking for:  smooth and perfect.

Jim and Abby Adkerson recently had their own smooth-sailing experience at the boatyard. They brought Compass Rose in for bottom paint and now the trawler is ready for their next big cruising adventure.

Experience @ the Boatyard

“Compass Rose,” a 55-foot trawler, recently got new bottom paint at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. Your own great Experience @ the Boatyard is waiting for you.

Fifty-five-foot Compass Rose is a Robert Beebe-designed Passagemaker, the owners told boatyard Service Manager Chris Hawke.  The long-range cruiser has a conservative cruising range of 5,000 miles and carries 1,200 gallons of fuel and 450 gallons of  water on board, Hawke passed on to me. The vessel was constructed in Lodi, Calif., in 1997 by builder Neil Weaver.

Before he died in 1988, Robert Beebe designed more than 150 vessels, none more famed than his 67th design which he built for himself and named Passagemaker. This is according to an article on Trawlers and Trawlering, an online site that calls itself “The Internet’s leading resource for all who voyage, cruise and live aboard under power — and all who want to.” 

New Bottom Paint Makes Experience @ the Boatyard Smooth Sailing

Passagemaker was built in Singapore and launched in 1963. The 50,000 sea miles that Beebe put under her keel over the next five years was unheard of in a day when sailboats were the only recreational vessels venturing out of sight of land, says the article.

The voyages Beebe made on Passagemaker proved his theory that the oceans of the world could be explored in a “proper powerboat with greater comfort and dispatch” than in a sailboat, says the article. In 1975 Beebe wrote a book, “Voyaging Under Power,” which launched the modern-day trawler yacht era and still serves as its bible today, continued the article.

Beebe’s book had such an impact on boat builder Jim Leishman that he convinced his partners in Pacific Asian Enterprises to defer a new Mason sailboat design and develop a powerboat capable of cruising the oceans of the world in safety, comfort and style. He and his brother, Jeff, leaned heavily on Beebe’s principles in the design of the Nordhavn 46, first splashed in 1989.

Experience @ the Boatyard

The ocean-going Passagemaker is now ready for her next long range cruise after her new bottom paint experience @ the boatyard.

All of this is a round-about way of saying that many interesting vessels find their way to Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. Make your boat one of the next ones. A smooth-sailing Experience @ the Boatyard is waiting for you.

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