The We-Ha Cruiser

West Hartford School (CT)

Updates:

2nd Voyage

September 2018

The We-Ha Cruiser was picked up by Dean from Yankee Boat Yard in Portland CT who did a fabulous job with repairs.  The students redecorated the top. It was redeployed on 10 October just northeast of the Hudson Canyon. After an excursion north through the remnants of Hurricane Mike, it appears now to be safely on its way out to sea!

1st Voyage

June 12, 2018

With assistance from multiple parties like Matt Hillman  (US Fish & Wildlife), Jamie Bassett (shellfisherman/aquaculturist),  Jason Holm (Chatham Harbormaster), Jim Manning (NOAA oceanographer), Eric Rushby (Jim’s nephew), and Ed Callahan (Sharon’s fellow teacher’s husband),  the We-Ha was recovered from Monomoy on June 10th and subsequently delivered back to Connecticut.  See pics below. 

Unfortunately, the WeHa is badly damaged: missing a keel and a torn mast step.  We are not sure when it occurred but we see evidence of the WeHa having been recovered while at sea by the “F/V Liberty”.  As seen in the photo below, the crew added their names to the sail so there is at least some chance, damage occurred during this recovery by pirates!

After close examination, the missing keel is not too surpizing because the bead of expoxy on the hull shows no sign of contact with the keel itself (see pic).

 

 


May 28, 2018

After an unusually long stretch of easterly winds, The We-Ha Cruiser came ashore on Monomoy Island, a remote section of seal infested beach south of Chatham, Massachusetts.  Efforts were made to contact various parties that occasionally visit the island including the US Fish & Wildlife Rangers but no positive connection was made over the Memorial Day Holiday. Perhaps the school children can research the area and scheme other ways to get the little Wa-he back to the mainland?

May 23, 2018

Educational Passages staff received a phone call from Christopher Chase, a fishermen who spotted The We-Ha Cruiser south of Nantucket. The crew picked her up for a photo op, and set her back to sea.

May 18, 2018

The We-Ha Cruiser was launched off the F/V Terri Ann. Thanks to Marc Palombo and his crew for taking such good care of her!
Watch the launch video here:

May 14, 2018

The We-Ha Cruiser was delivered to the docks today and will be leaving aboard the F/V Terri Ann on Friday. Plans are to launch her later next week.

May 2018 – School Assembly

The students showed off The We-Ha Cruiser at a school assembly, check out the photos:
 

April 2018

The boat is almost ready for launching! What is left is to glue the GPS, seal the hatch, seal the mast, and tie the sail.

About Us

The name of our boat is The We-Ha Cruiser.  We-Ha is a nickname for West Hartford.  There are even a few media sites that use it we-ha.com is one of them.  The naming process started with students offering suggestions in their classroom.