Since December I've been busy overseeing major system upgrades and lots of DYI projects. Now it's time to take her out for an early Spring "shake down". But first we have to get the new name on the transom. (A proper naming ceremony will have to wait for later in the season.) Our first boat, a classic Monk cruiser from the 1940's was named "Annie B" for our first granddaughter. Annie is now 16 and not so interested in gramp's boat :-) When we bought this new boat she was called "Happy Days", but we will call her "Kika" for granddaughter #2 -- Amaris Kika, who is 6 years old. We look forward to taking her along with us on boat trips in the coming years.
Marina neighbor, Kelley, giving a helping hand. The big decision this day is whether to locate the name in the center of the transom, or off-set? If we center it the transom door gets in the way.
So I decided to off-set the name...and yes, "Mutiny Bay" is a real place :-)
The Selene isn't equipped with factory hardware for attaching fenders. So another project was the installation of these fender holders, made of 1" x 4'-0" lengths of anodized aluminum T-track with adjustable sliders. I drilled and screwed down two lengths of track on both port and starboard sides--one forward of the boarding gate another aft of the gate. When it's time to drop the fenders, crew need only clip the fender unto a slider eye and your done. Once tied up, I can adjust the fenders for length and placement along the T-track. I saw this same arrangement on another Selene 47 and copied their solution.
Off to the Selene rendezvous!
We're on our way to Roche Harbor to join the Selene Rendezvous. For us, a big part of choosing the Selene was the pilothouse. In our previous boats, there was never a proper place for Gwen to sit with a vantage ahead while cruising. Now she has a proper place to take in the journey, and for her knitting projects.
The Selene Rendezvous had a different vibe from the Willard gatherings we'd attended for so many years. Kinda the difference between a dinner party with the boss vs. hangin' with the guys in the warehouse. Still, very friendly and helpful crowd. We'll surely return in 2018.
After leaving the rendezvous, we decided to spend a few nights visiting familiar anchorages along the route back to Anacortes. Here the Kika is anchored in Stuart Bay.
The next day we motored over to Sucia Island where we anchored in Echo Bay. There was just one other boat in the anchorage that night.
It's always special to wake in the morning, coffee in hand, with sunlight streaming into the saloon. I expect we'll experience many beautiful morning in the Kika's spacious saloon.
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 travels on MV Kika, a 2003 Selene 47 Ocean Trawler.