Immediately after closing on our new yacht, I moved her from the brokerage docks to Canal Boatyard to take care of some deferred maintenance and to fix a few items called out in the marine survey. I hired Northwest Fiberglass to grind off 13 years of accumulated bottom paint before applying two coats of anti-fouling paint. To get the work done in December, Paul Zigler and his crew of hardy souls tented off the bottom of the boat to contain dust from heavy sanding, and to hold in heat from hot air blowers that enabled them to work outdoors--by now the temperature had dipped into the mid-20s!
Our surveyor, Bill Evans, found a problem with the rudder assembly that needed immediate attention; the rudder shoe located on the skeg needed to be rebuilt and new over-sized bolts fitted to the steering yoke.
Paul also made cosmetic repairs, sanding and gelcoating spidery stress cracks found on the Portuguese bridge. Northwest Fiberglass did a great job, finishing on schedule and on budget, despite the freezing temperatures.
With yard work complete, it's time to deliver our new yacht from Seattle to Anacortes, a distance of 48 miles. It's January now, so that means short days. The first leg will take us to Oak Harbor, halfway up the inside of Whidbey Island. Gwen will pick me up to spend the night at home (it's too cold on the boat!) and return me in the morning for the short run up the Swinomish Channel, past La Conner then on to Anacortes, where she'll spend winter in a temporary slip at Anacortes Marina.
We did have a look at Peter's boat -- she was a 47 foot Selene Ocean Trawler, a beautiful yacht with raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge and traditional trawler styling. Our kind of boat! Gwen loved her inside and out. But what about our plan to downsize? Poof! went that notion. In no time we'd negotiated an acceptable purchase price and by the first week of December we were the new owners of a handsome motor yacht that we would rename "Kika", for a grand daughter's nick name.
We're Richard and Gwen (aka, Captain n' Cook), active boaters since moving to Seattle from Los Angeles in the early 90s. In that time we've owned several interesting vessels, but this blog will record our adventures on MV Kika, a Selene 47 Ocean Trawler.