Next time you find yourself annoyed by the inconvenience of derigging and loading the trailer, consider yourself lucky! Our Alaskan friends at Kenai Crewsers just bought a new pair/double, and getting the “Paragon” delivered the almost 1,500 miles to Kenai – on the coast near Anchorage – presented a new set of challenges.
As soon as the club members placed the order, they went to work trying to find a creative way to get the racing shell delivered, preferably in time for their very short summer rowing season. In the past, we’ve packed boats up in shipping containers for Alaskan customers. But for just one pair/double, that’s a lot of wasted space, time, and resources.
Instead the club found someone from their neck of the woods who was having a new fishing boat, the “Claire Oceana” built down here in Seattle. They figured out that there was just enough room to fit the racing shell along one of the railings, and we made sure the boat was well wrapped and padded. Check out these photos of the boat being loaded. They had to carry the pair/double from the parking lot, across the deck of much larger Westward Wind, and then precariously thread it through the railing. The bow and stern were tied down from the top and bottom, and secured laterally with another strap.
We haven’t heard gotten word yet that the new Paragon has made its maiden row in Bear Lake, but hopefully the new (Claire Oceana) boat’s first trek was smooth sailing.
Kenai Crewsers – we hope you enjoy the new boat!