Ocean Rower a Draw at Swap Meet

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Boatyard Swap Meet crowd is drawn to Jacob Hendrickson and his special boat, soon to embark on record-setting row across the Pacific

Blue sky and sunshine broke through the clouds of an otherwise rainy weekend with just the right timing for our annual Swap Meet @ the Boatyard on Saturday.

Shoppers who browsed among vendors’ tables for gently-used boating treasures happily stayed dry as they enjoyed being on the waterfront at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard on June 9. It was our 4th annual Swap Meet and day of “fun @ the boatyard” in celebration of National Marina Day.


Acoustical duo Sweet Mary, Mary Farr and Sky Davenport, perform at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard’s Annual Swap Meet on National Marina Day, June 9.

The crowd also enjoyed a hot dog special at the Trolley @ the Boatyard, outstanding country, blues and folk music by Gig Harbor’s own musical duo, Sweet Mary, and just strolling through the area’s only full service, working boatyard surrounded by an array of boats up on stands around the yard.


Former Air Force fighter pilot Jacob Hendrickson will soon embark on his mission to row across the Pacific Ocean. The rower’s custom-built boat was on display at the boatyard during the Swap Meet.

But the big draw was one very unique boat on display near the Travelift pier that day. It was Emerson, along with its owner, Jacob Adoram Hendrickson, who will soon embark on his personal mission to row across the Pacific Ocean.


Hendrickson rows Emerson to the Travelift bay for haulout at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

See our previous blog here on Hendrickson’s incredible story and be sure to share it with friends. The former fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force is on a mission to set the world record for longest unsupported solo ocean row, beginning on July 7 in Neah Bay, Wash. His journey will end 10 months later in Cairns, Australia.

“The route will traverse the Pacific across 7,145 statute miles of open ocean, making it the longest solo, non-stop attempt from North America in the history of modern ocean rowing,” says Jacob on his website.

Meet Hendrickson at a Fundraising Event at The Club @ the Boatyard on Tuesday, June 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The boatyard hauled out his custom-built 28-foot boat so the rower could clean the vessel’s waterline ahead of his journey. A ladder was set up next to the boat so Swap Meet visitors could get a peek inside at Emerson’s navigation center, sleeping quarters and storage area.


Hendrickson, shown with his boat Emerson in the background, plans to leave on his record-setting journey across the Pacific Ocean on July 7, finishing 10 months later in Australia.

If you missed him at the Swap Meet, you will have another chance to meet Hendrickson. The rower is planning to hold a fundraiser at The Club @ the Boatyard on June 19 from 6-9 p.m., where the public is invited to hear more about his mission and donate to this incredible journey.

– Photos by Chance Busey, assistant marketing director at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard




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