After the return to Anacortes preparations began for the next adventure for Patrick & Miriam, at least for Patrick! In early October Patrick and son Sean leave for Kathmandu to participate in a 19 day trek to basecamp for Mount Everest at an elevation of up to 18,500 feet. Meanwhile, “Spirit” needed maintenance from the cruise, including replacing seals and thrust bearings in the port stabilizer and installation of a new 5 bladed propeller from VEEM in Perth, Australia.
We were fortunate in being able to schedule time with Platypus Marine in Port Angeles and “Spirit” arrived on 1o September for a haulout. Platypus has a travel lift capable of lifting 330 tons, so “Spirit” looked tiny at 50 tons as we were lifted out and put inside the building. While at Platypus we also completed the last warranty repairs dealing with the drainage from the wheelhouse roof.
Miriam and Patrick took a few side trips to Hurricane Ridge and Lake Ozette while the work was performed, and sampled several restaurants in Port Angeles.