BLOG for August 2017

This month we took a trip to see family. Judy went to Iowa and visited with most of the clan there and had a wonderful time. I went to Texas to visit my mom and sister and enjoyed that chance to put some challanging puzzles together. Then Judy and I met up in Colorado to visit with more family and get to meet the newest great grand baby Athena June. What a delight! I am sorry we didn't get to Alaska this year for a very needed visit with family there. Let's plan on that next year.

Once back home, we did laundry, and repacked for another boat hunting trip in Anacortes. We had scheduled to look at four boats. After looking at the scheduled Cheoy Lee Golden Wave 42 and ruling it out, the broker Patrick Harrigan of Marine Service Center in Anacortes, sat down with us to discuss what we were looking for. He suggested another boat he knew of that might interest us. Up until this point, none of the boats we had looked at checked off enough of items on our list.

Patrick told us about Bright Water, a 1974 Cal 2-46. It checked of more of the boxes than any we had seen before. She underwent a major refit in 2012 with a new Perkins M92B engine and a Borg Warner velvet drive transmission, new fuel and water tanks, new shaft and prop, new GPS, AIS, 2 VHF radios, with Ram mic in the cockpit, SSB receiver, chartplotter, autopilot, water maker, new sole, new cushions, new refigerator/freezer, modified exhaust, new standing and running rigging, new mainsail track, furling headsail, added fold-up swim platform, a dinghy w/outboard and on and on. Here is photo.

Since this was a spur of the moment decision and the broker had a prior committment, we looked it over with the seller, Nancy Rink who showed us all the upgrades they had done. Afterwards, Judy and I went to have lunch and talk about what we had seen. We decided we needed to take another look before leaving for home. This time Patrick was available and he had some valuable insite and showed us things we had missed on our previous walkthrough. The more we saw, the more we liked. After going back to his office and talking about the process, we put in an offer. After some negotiation we agreed on a price. Things started moving quickly after that. We got busy finding a surveyor and scheduling the sea trial, insurance, and moorage. The survey and sea trial went smoothly, no major items found and we are scheduled to close early next week.

A year ago, we started researching costs of moorage. We really liked Foss Harbor in Tacoma but they have a waiting list so we checked on many other marinas in Tacoma and even in Olympia. Most had waiting lists or weren't in an area we preferred to stay in. We heard from a marina in Olympia. They had a slip available but at the time we had not agreed on a price so we had to pass. However, soon after the closing date was scheduled we knew we had to find moorage now. We looked at many places and at the last minute we decided to call Foss Harbor one more time. Believe it or not, they had a slip opening up the first of October. We took it. Right where we wanted to be. Timing is everything and with people heading south for the winter more slips are opening up.

You know, after searching for the better part of a year, partly figuring out what we like, what we don't like, what we want, what we need, some things we would like to have and what layout would work best for us, almost like someone was working behind the scene, SV AKIA shows up. One of the brokers we spoke with along the way told us "Don't chase the boat, let the boat come to you." It was a wise and prophetic statement we didn't understand at the time. Now we see the wisdom in it perfectly clear.

We will be renaming and moving SV AKIA to Foss Harbour in Tacoma towards the end of September if we can get all of our ducks in a row. Time and tide waits for now man. The adventure continues.

By the way, we still have our three original Native American paintings by Cherokee National Treasure artist Bill Rabbit. If you or if you know anyone who is interested please check them out on Bill Rabbit Art.

Fair winds to all of our fellow travelers.