Duane Davis (1942-2016)
We are sad to report that our Travel Lift Operator, Duane, passed away this past Spring. He was hired by Nourdine in 1980. After 36 years of Duane’s influence, his absence has a big impact.
This past summer, Eric Sable joined us as Summer Staff. His humor made work extra fun. There was not a task he didn’t tackle; we wish him the best of luck in his senior year of high school.
On Eric’s last day, as promised he jumped off the high dock. We hope this will become a new tradition to end the summer with.
As we welcome Fall, we have a new staff member among us. Josh Compton joins us as a new resident to the island. Check out his bio on our crew page!
Winter is here and so our chore list is keeping us busy. We are repairing boat stands, mending the docks and ramps, and servicing the travel lift (including overhauling the wheels).
Marty Chevalier is our customer of the year for 2015! Marty’s mother, Fran beat him to this title in 2013…stay tuned to see if any of his brothers will also make it to this coveted list.
As Spring approaches and you begin to think about boating season, don’t forget that we paint small boats too. Row boats with frequent use deserve protection also. This boat takes the prize for our smallest paint job in 2015.
It’s been a busy summer, but as the first leaves are beginning to change we are able to catch our breath. Especially during our busy stretch we were thankful to have Robert Barnes around. Robert has grown up around the yard with his grandparents being long-time liveaboard residents. His Grandma Lynne was our Customer of the Year in 2008. Robert graduated in June from Spring Street International High School in Friday Harbor and will be going to College in the Fall. He will be missed!
At the beginning of the summer the store building was painted.
Olsen will be one in September. He stopped by a couple of times this summer to check on things. Here he was making sure his Mommy had all the right Wix Filters in stock.
One of our moorage customers took this aerial photo of our boatyard in March. Thank you Darryl Swenson!
We are offering a couple of new products this year. Smart Solution by Seahawk is a metal free bottom paint. We have it in red, blue and black.
Also new are Rossi boots! These work boots are made in Austrailia and are known for their comfort and soles that don’t wear out. They are non-skid so they make a great boat boot.
At our Christmas Party in Decemeber we voted on our Customer of the Year for 2011. We are pleased to announce it is Bill Niedringhaus. He and his wife Nancy own a boat that has been moored with us for a few years now. Although they are terrific people, it was really their dog Molly that sealed the deal. She is the sweetest chocolate lab around!
Jensen Ahrenius came up this winter to help David Capron-Johnston reconstruct the overhang on the front of the store/office building. The building was pressure washed at the end of last summer. With any luck the weather will be consistant enough for us to paint the building in the next few months.
We hope you see many rainbows this boating season!
In April, we hired a Marine Diesel Mechanic. To learn more about David Capron-Johnston, visit our “Crew” page. Please call us with your mechanical needs!
We’ve been lucky to have Alex Waldron with us this summer! We are sad to see him leaving today; but happy he is pursuing his Bachelors Degree. A student of Western University, Alex is studying Plastics Engineering and is a member of their sail team. He grew up on Orcas Island where he discovered his passion for sailing and even restored his own 13’ Laser Sailboat.
Alex’s main responsibilities have included bottom painting and zincing; however he has many other talents and interests as well. Alex is comfortable working with fiberglass and also has knowledge in mechanics.