Now that the snow has melted and the sun returned, the toll of the windstorm quickly followed by a wind and snow storm is becoming more apparent. Threesheetsnw.com is reporting in a post by Scott Wilson here that down in the south end of the Bay in Port Hadlock Marina and surrounding mooring field at at least one boat was sunk and four or five boats were severely damaged.
One of those boats may well have been Freebird listing a home port of Brayton Lake, Alaska. I first noticed Freebird several weeks ago tied just beyond the small haulout on C-dock. Obviously lots of care and effort had been put into her topside and deck area. It looks like the recent storms have Freebird’s owners starting that process again. Barry Stephens popped his head out of the companionway as I was taking these pictures and said that structurally she was fine, just needed to be replanked. Add to that a new rudder, rear pulpit, sternpost repairs, a new prop and more. We wish Freebird and all the boats that took a beating in the last storm well and a quick return to the water.
As Scott Wilson said in the Threesheetsnw.com blog post, ” …this was only the second big storm in a winter that promises to be filled with them.”
Time to go check your dock lines again.