The Port Maria, Jamaica-flagged yacht Lady Bahi sits at the Platypus Marine boat yard in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

The Port Maria, Jamaica-flagged yacht Lady Bahi sits at the Platypus Marine boat yard in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

ON THE WATERFRONT: Platypus hauls out luxury yacht Lady Bahi

PLATYPUS MARINE, THE Port Angeles-based full-service shipyard, yacht-repair facility and steel-boat manufacturer, this week hauled out Lady Bahi, which is now sitting on the hard at their facility on Marine Drive.

The 137-foot luxury yacht was built by Kanter Marine in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. She will be out of the water for about three weeks to allow personnel to apply a fresh coat of bottom paint.

Orin Edson

Last Tuesday, Orin Edson, the man who brought Westport Shipyard to Port Angeles in 2004, died in Seattle at the age of 87. Prior to his involvement with Westport, he owned Bayliner, which he sold to the Brunswick Corporation in 1986.

As a young man Dan Erickson, the owner-broker of Town & Country Real Estate in Sequim, worked with Edson at Bayliner and fondly remembers him as the Bill Gates of boat building.

Chip barges

Two chip barges were loaded this week at the Port of Port Angeles’ terminal 3, with a combined total of 5,200 tons of hemlock chips that will be transported to Canada.

Wooden Boat Festival

Next week the 43rd Wooden Boat Festival of the Northwest Maritime Center will be held in Port Townsend. More than 300 wooden boats will be featured, as will 50 exhibitors and 100 presenters. I understand they are still in need of volunteers. If interested, call the volunteer coordinator, Angela Hewitson, at 360-385-3628, ext. 124.

‘Reach and Row’

Later in the month on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, the Sequim Bay Yacht Club will hold the 27th annual “Reach and Row for Hospice.”

The event raises funds that are earmarked for respite care for family members of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) patients. The race last year raised $31,114.32, bringing the total amount contributed over the past 26 years to $360,026.80.

This year you can watch action on the water for two days instead of just one. This change will allow more participation by yacht club members in both events.

Come down to Sequim Bay to watch the competition from the numerous vantage points at the John Wayne Marina. The sailboat races are scheduled to begin around noon on Sept. 28 and will conclude around 4 p.m. The rowing competition will start around 9 a.m. on Sept. 29 and conclude by 11 a.m.

For more information about this community event, go to www.sequimbayyachtclub.org and click on the “Hospice Fundraiser” tab.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a contribution to this respite care fund, send your tax-deductible donation to VHOCC, 540 E. Eighth St, Port Angeles WA, 98362, with “Reach and Row for Hospice” in the subject line.

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides compassionate care to the terminally ill, their caregivers and families. VHOCC does not bill any patient, insurance plan or government agency. All services are supported by local donations and grants. The average monthly census is about 125 clients.

Funds raised by Sequim Bay Yacht Club’s annual Reach and Row for Hospice event exclusively support respite care for hospice patients and their families. Donors will receive a receipt for their donation and have assurance that they are supporting this community-focused organization.

For more information, visit www.vhocc.org.

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David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain’s mate who enjoys boats and strolling the area’s waterfronts and boat yards.

Items and questions involving boating, marina and industrial activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. News announcements about boating groups, including yacht clubs and squadrons, are welcome as well.

Email [email protected] or phone him at 360-808-3202.

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