It's time for my spring Harbor Observation Report. And, yes, I am for hire.
I took my standard route this week by starting out at the Newport Harbor Shipyard. I then looked out over Z mark from the Windward Sailing Club, walked through Lido Village, glimpsed the repo yard, stopped at Ardell Marina, and proceeded to my final destination: Basin Shipyard.
There was plenty of activity at Newport Harbor Shipyard. As I turned down shipyard way I could not help noticing the burgee of the Lahaina Whale smartly placed on the top of Windward Passage's rig.
Walking into the yard, the first thing that grabbed me was the huge Alan Andrews-designed bulb keel.
The skipper Dave "Half Deck" Johnson was high in the scaffolding, prepping the boat for a new paint job.
Seeing Dave work over the years, the boat will be a faultless work of art before she is placed back into the water. If she attends the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's opening day, she is my favorite to win as best overall yacht.