This beautiful seventy year old vessel,  Muskrat, was hit while docked in Kodiak Alaska last fall.  In route to Seattle for boat repairs, the Skipper Greg said they were pumping 200-400 gallons of water per hour.  Chuck, the owner of Muskrat, was referred by another fishing vessel to the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op for boat repairs.  When Chuck called and spoke to Martin Mills, they were just off Whidbey Island.  Martin met them in Port Townsend Bay by rubber boat.  They discussed the potential boat restoration project and the next day Muskrat was hauled out for repair.  Now, over five months later, Muskrat is back in the water.  During the last few weeks, Muskrat‘s new fish holding tank was lifted onboard and a fresh coat of paint was applied.  A few more last minute details and this vessel will be on it’s way.

Muskrat Launched at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op after boat repairs

Muskrat launched Tuesday at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op after over 5 months of hard work.

New fish hold raised up and onboard Muskrat at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

The new fish hold was raised up and lowered onboard the Muskrat.

New fish hold raised up and onboard Muskrat at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

Transporting this massive holding tank into it’s proper location on deck required much communication and coordination.  

Muskrat gets a fresh coat of paint at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

Muskrat got a fresh coat of paint.

Muskrat launch after 5 months of boat repair at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

The fishing vessel is launched after 5 months of boat repair at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Muskrat back in the water after 5 months boat repair at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op

The Muskrat is back in the water.