Logbook Days 26 &
7/31/2003 - 8/1/2003
Newport to Luther Burbank
We launched in the lake late Thursday evening in
anticipation of going to the log boom the next morning. We set up
mastless for the first time leaving the mast and boom at home.
Everything else was rigged as we has a short trailer trip on surface
streets. We pulled up to the launch, took off the strap and
dropped the boat in. We anchored just off Luther Burbank park and
settled in for the night. It was very exposed to boat wakes there
and we rolled all night long. Where are all these people going in
their boats in the middle of the night? Centerboard kept banging,
we tried to tie it to one side but couldn't get the banging to stop.
Luther Burbank to Newport via Logboom
Rising early the morning we got under way quickly to
stop the rolling. We went around the north end of Mercer island
and across to the west I-90 high-rise. There we got our day pass
and went to the log boom. For a boat our size to stern tie for the
weekend it is $400. On Friday it is free. After a bit of
searching we found a slot to back into and rafted to a 35' power boat.
We watched the hydro's out the back as the made their qualifying runs.
In the breaks there were a number of aerobatic acts in the air show.
Everything from Biplanes to Jets.
At noon the main show started off the bow with a flyby
by Fat Albert. This was followed by the Blue Angels flying an
amazing show in front of us and right over our heads. We were just
a bit north of center point so the view was tremendous.
Once they finished the area kept clear between the
boom and Mercer island was opened to other boats, but they had to stay
clear behind a line of buoys keeping them away from the log boom.
This made us feel so special. We had lunch, the kids swam around the boom, and then we decided to head
out at 2pm. We went east and north under I-90 and back into the
east channel. There we blew up the tube and pulled the kids around
for quite a while. We then anchored near shore for some sunning
Having no mast to deal with made for a quick and
simple recovery at the launch. We were home 10 minutes after we
winched the boat on the trailer.