Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When Puyallup Begins to Sound Normal

When Puyallup Begins to Sound Normal 
You know you have lived in the Pacific Northwest for three years.

Our September in Seattle has been consumed with our continued search for our Pacific Northwest Sailboat. We have pretty much determined a 36' is the best size for our needs but we would not count out a 34', 37', or a 38' if it met our needs and goals for this next vessel. After our offer on the 1981 CS36 ran into an unsolvable issue for us we turned back to searching for a Catalina 36. We found one in Port of Brownsville that was very clean and loaded with updated gear. We made an offer and even went as for as the Sea Trial. During that trip an issue with the keel came up and after a discussion with the yard who did the repair and a engineer at Catalina Yachts in Florida we threw in another towel.
During the sea trial we learned the keel had a repair to the aft end of the keel. Also the yard had torqued the keel bolts to 2X the specifications. After a call to an engineer at Catalina Yachts in Florida we decided to let this one go.

Our strategy was to find what brokers call $50K boats. Vessels in the $40-$60K range. you can expect all of these vessels to need some kind of fix up but we just wanted to avoid any major re-fits. 80% of sailboats have bolt on keels so the keel bots are one of the major areas of concern along with the Mast Step.  We figured that if we could find a boat with good keel bolts and a solid mast step  that only required the small stuff we could spend about $10K additional on it and make the boat the way we like.
We even checked out this Beneteau First 375. The owner had taken very good care of it and it had a newer engine. Even though it was made for racing the accommodations down below were pretty nice. After further thought we let this one slide by the wayside as well, what would we do with 12 sails anyway?

I took a quick look at this one in Tacoma and later brought the Admiral back for a closer look. It had an original engine but it seemed to run ok, We thought if we bought it we would just we just save some boat bucks up and if needed just re-power the boat with a higher HP engine.After closer inspection we discovered this on e had one of the major issues.
After this experience we decided to leave the 80's behind. Catalina stopped using wood in the mast step after 1989 so that would keep us from having to deal with mast compression issues. The Admiral became more pro-active and started calling Brokers we had worked with to let them know exactly what we were looking for and to please notify us when they knew of a boat coming on the market. One Broker told her of a 2002 that had not been listed yet but he could show it to us. 

After seeing this vessel for the first time we made an offer. The vessel had just one owner and was immaculate. 

There are several different types of boat evaluations: there is Market Value, Insured Value, and Replacement Value. Those are the official of business end of evaluations. Then there are the subjective evaluations, Like the listed price which is some type of derived price between the owner and the yacht broker. Then there is the Buyers price which is derived from the past experience of the buyer and how savvy he or she is in dealing with all the various players in the purchase of a boat. The selling price is determined by the constant jockeying of the players sort of like a large group of gulls fighting over a single squid.
I use to determine the  market value. It is the same site Brokers use as well. I like BucValue since it gives a range of values based on the condition of the vessel. I also use a free service to BoatUS members on the BoatUS site. It is good to have an idea of the "insured value" since you do not want to be to far above the insured value of the vessel. Of course this is fully determined at a Condition and Value Survey but since Boat US is a major insurer of boats across the US they give a pretty close estimate, however, their value is always lower than BucValue. Using this and the knowledge that most vessels are marked 5% - 10% above market value on yachtworld,  you can come to a pretty close number of plane old "value". I was willing to go a little higher on the 2002 C36 for more than one reason. Especially since bringing a boat up from California could add $3500 to the bill. However it seems the owner and I could not see eye to eye on this one and it will take a buyer with deeper pockets or less boat sense to by this one.

We did a lot of other stuff in September in and around Seattle but right now I am just headed out the door to look at some more boats at some brokers on Lake Union.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Seattle August 2016 or Not Summer

While the Admiral was in Texas I drove down to Tacoma to see this Catalina 36 I found for sale on the C36 Owners site at  Foss Harbor Marina. It was pretty clean

But it had the Original engine and the owner who only owned the vessel for a year had no Idea how many hours were on the Universal.

While I was down there I also drove over to the Tacoma Yacht club to check out a trawler in a boat house. These boat houses are self contained barges and individually  owned by the boat owners.

They just hook them up to the dock with chains, and if they go to some other marina they just have a work boat tow the whole thing to the next spot!

A Southern Transplant for sure, the owners Admiral that is.

At first look I was very interested in this little ship.

This was the Trawler Straw that broke the Trawler Dreams Back.

They all have automated curtains that raise and lower with a remote.

A Tacoma View of Mt. Rainier.

Fleet Week but I have already been on lots of war ships, so I passed this one up.

But this one looks interesting, I never made it back for the tour.

August is the Height of Cruise Ship Season, There are 6 ships that cycle through here on a weekly basis.

Pokemaon Go is going crazy just a few days after it's debut.

I wondered why this Alaskan Fishing vessel was headed for the Port of Seattle, maybe to fuel up?

Usually the fuel barge comes to them, perhaps she is going to a terminal for repairs.

Nope, by that night Katie Ann was headed out of the Strait to Alaska I am sure.

This is every day stuff, several times in a 24 hour period two tugs towing a ship into port.

Finally Puffins Boiler is fixed and she is being readied for Public Sail!

These were the winds for Drew's 1st Sail. We departed at ten and he took the helm for the entire downwind leg to Gas Works Park., and then I Sailed us back to weather as the winds increased and he loved going FAST!

"I got this!"

They must have drove up from Austin.

Groovin on some Reggae, 

The Thursday evening Free concert's all all August Long at the SAM Sculpture Gardens, just two blocks away.

Then on Every Friday evening in August you just walk two blocks the other direction.

We are so incredibly Proud of our FIRST Grandaughter who lives in Austin and is starting her Jr. year in High School. She was in LA with her dad checking out USC for future reference.

Yet one More Amazon building going up.

Those segments are really big when your just a few feet from them.

Takes one small and one medium crane to build the big one.

These boys have put up and taken down so many cranes in Seattle in the last three years this is like building Legos.

That day is coming sooner or later.

Our Marina Eagle Harbor...sooner or later.

We have been wanting to return to Port Orchard. We docked Wand'rin Star just on the inside of this dock for our first Seatrial.

It is not exactly the way we remembered it but we were in a very different state of mind then.

Just across from Port Orchard is the Bremerton Navel Ship Yards, Way bigger from this perspective.

There are about three old Carrier type vessels over their, When we drove around to Bremerton to catch the Ferry you could tell they were long ago decommissioned and just being used for parts.

Takes a brave soul to take an old tug and turn it into the family cruiser.

We stooped by our marina to see how the new owners were coming along., Wow here is a creative way to make yourself a dingy dock out of PVC.

Our next Vessel will be moored in the slip right in front of that trawler.

Along the Gulf of Mexico you needed to keep a $100 worth of quarters to do the Laundry, up here you need them for the Showers. These Islands seem to be short on H2O.

Drew getting ready for his second Sail.

Seattle August 2016 

Or Not Summer in Seattle 2016. Our first two summers here had warm to even Hot July and August days. This year there were just a very few of those mid 80's to low 90-91 type days. That was just fine with us since the temps were more like 65 to low 70's and we do not have AC so sleeping at night was not bad at all this Not summer. Usually on the weekends there would be very little wind to teach sailing. This year there was always wind and plenty of it. The cooler days brought on by small weather systems moving through really providing perfect sailing days.
Big "D" went for his first and second sail and I was not surprised when he took the tiller and sailed all the way to the North end of Lake Union with just verbal prompts on a broad reach. He has now learned the verbal commands for tacking and jibing.
The boat hunting really heated up though as we kept busy every weekend trying to search out our next vessel. We even found one that looked just right so we made an offer on a CS 36 over n Liberty Bay. After several trips to Pouslbo the vessel failed the best intentions to buy her. The good thing though is a new vessel popped up on Yachtworld in the Port of Brownsville.
Syringa looks promising.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seattle July 2016

July 4th is the Official start of Summer in Seattle, after that every Thursday all summer long are the Free Thursday evening concerts at the SAM Sculpture gardens, complete with food trucks and Great Puget Sound Scenery, and the Tursday night Regatta right out in front in Elliot Bay.

This glass sculpture mimics the Seattle sky year round.

The Pond was very busy July 4th

The 4th of July Wooden boat festival started off sort of low Key this year, but by the 4th it was hoppin!

I just snapped a few photos this year of vessels I have not seen at the event before.

Ginger, my sisters name.

When I first saw this I wondered if it was Stephen Ladd who wrote the book "Three Years on a 12 foot Sailboat, but no, it was another PNW saillor who built his own craft and I am sure he has some stories to tell.

Here is a very creative trimaran, the outriggers are two PVC pipes epoxied together at the ends. He says they work great.

Everyone can build their own.

The new CWB building is taking shape.

We spent another day at the locks.

A few Salmon were running.

The Argosy Tour boat locking through.

He got one.

Locks very busy in the afternoons coming and going!

Lots of flowers blooming around the grounds that surround the locks.

Purple Passion Flower

Wait what is that?

Blooming Artichokes!

And the Band plays.

first time to see the Blimp Goodyear Blimp over Seattle, we've seen a few others...

Roof going on today.

And of course the Extra Low tide in July.

Seattle July 2016

Summer 2016 is elusive, Seattle was fooled in May when there was about a week of summer like weather which means lots of sun and highs into the 80's, Even the official start of summer, July 4th was overcast most of the day and highs in the 60's. One benefit if all these mini lows passing through is great wind on Lake Union for teaching sailing. And, since most do not have air conditioning, the cool nights are much better to sleep by than those days where the temps move toward the high 80's.
Seattle is a great place to be this time of the year as the things to do list grows. Searching for our Puget sound vessel has certainly dominated my behavior but it is not hard to combine fun with the search. We schedule appointments to see a particular vessel early am and then have the afternoon to explore wherever we happen to be shopping for boats whether it is Anacortes, Tacoma, Gig Harbor or elsewhere.
We need to find a boat to see in Olympia, have not been there yet!

I went to visit this 37' Pacific Trawler recently...can't seem to get it out of my mind.