Happy New Year! After a challenging couple of weeks trying to locate moorage for the Selene, I found a sub-let at Anacortes Marina. I was hoping to keep the new boat at my old marina, where we've moored the Willard for the past decade; but none of the slips would accommodate the 15'-10" beam of the Selene. So we're good for now but have been told that we'll need to vacate the slip come May when the owner returns with his own boat.
Soon after getting the boat settled into her new slip, I began to attack a list of "recommendations" from the survey. Though mostly minor repairs, they needed to be done right away since the insurance company requires that noted recommendations be corrected in a timely manner...meaning, ASAP! First on the list was a leaky bilge pump, also burned out light bulbs, installation of a CO detector and smoke alarms throughout the vessel, a stuck anchor windlass solenoid, and other small but necessary repairs.
But at the top of my personal list was a new navigation system to replace the dead PC that came with the boat. (I had to use my iPhone app on the delivery trip from Seattle to Anacortes!) After considerable research, I decided to go with Coastal Explorer nav software from Rose Point loaded onto a new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet PC. For GPS and AIS transponder I chose the Vesper XB 8000 connected to the Surface Pro through a powered docking station. The Vesper unit can share GPS and AIS data with any smart phone or iPad onboard, so in effect we have (somewhat) redundant navigation at all times.
I mounted the computer on the port side of the pilothouse, making for a dedicated navigation area away from the helm station.
Lastly, I installed a large 19" Furuno monitor directly in front of the wheel that displays everything seen on the Surface Pro. The Furuno monitor will accept a variety of data and video inputs, so down the road I hope to add video feeds from a back-up camera and possibly the engine room.
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.
It's October, 2016 and I'm walking the docks on Lake Union. It's a beautiful Fall day in Seattle, sunny and bright, everywhere wet leaves on the ground. Gwen is window shopping at U Village where I'll meet her soon for lunch. I came here this day to look at a 45' yacht that I'd seen online, but it was dissapointing in person. At the end of last summer's boating season we had decided to sell our 40 foot Willard trawler and downsize to something smaller and newer. We had just looked at, and liked a 35' Nordhavn Coastal Cruiser but had concerns about the compact interior. Our Willard was a wide body model and very spacious...so now I'm looking at bigger boats, with bigger price tags! It was time to meet Gwen for lunch when I run into Peter Shaefer -- we almost bought a DeFever 45 from Peter the year before but couldn't get the seller to agree on price. When he learns that we've restarted the search for a new boat, Peter says he wants to show me something special just down the dock. When I see it, I say "It's too big and too expensive!". Of course, Peter, the friendly boat broker, replies, "It cost's nothing to look..."
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.