|The day before I left Kemah for the last time, Phillip, a dock neighbor at Waterford Harbor Marina told me about this boat in Canada that he saw for sale. He said he was lusting for it before he latest sailboat in Kemah.|
|It is a 1969 Essex Yacht Builders Salar 40 that had just competed a complete re-fit.|
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The Admiral is not so sure about the idea. How would you deal with driving back and forth to Canada to deal with surveyors, boat yards and and others involved in the sale. It's hard enough to find trustworthy people to deal with. What recourse would an US Citizen have with a Canadian system if something went wrong after the sale. I read of several post on the internet by those who have purchased a vessel in Canada so I know is not unusual since Canada is just a couple of days sailing from Seattle.
|1979 37' Oyster a Luxury and comfortable ocean racer inside and out for sale, just right up there in Canada.|
|There were two 37' Pacific Seacraft's in Olympia for sale. One had a new engine but it was a Saildrive, no thanks!, the other needed to have the fuel tank replaced. Already been there done that, not interested in a repeat.|
|We went to Seattle Yacht Club to see this 1985 36' Pearson packed down with all the cruising gear. Really liked the boat but we do not need all that gear.|
The preliminary boat search and research helped up to define our goals for the next vessel.
#1 Keep it Simple, easy to manage: we no longer need a big boat, a 36-37' looks like it will be just right for our needs and a forced air diesel heater (NO AC's needed here), basic navigation electronics: compass, chartplotter, depth, radar. Little to no wood to maintain on the exterior.
#2 No boat debt. Stay in the boat budget we have from the sale of Wand'rin Star.
#3 No big project boats. Small projects ok, just no refits of major systems.
|Bilbo Baggins the Protagonist|
|And we looked at this 83' Catalina 36 "Windwalker" Mark at Ship Harbor Yachts talked to us and was helpful in leaning how to navigate the Anacortes boat culture. We liked this one but we still needed to research a few things before making any offers.|
|If you moor your vessel here at Skyline Marina on the South side of Fidalgo Island you have a quick exit through Burrows Bay to all point South.|
|Or turn to Starboard and head through Burrows Pass straight to the San Juan\ Islands|
|That is Burrows Island on the left and Fildago on the right, this is Burrows Pass that gets you to Rosario Strait, cross the Strait and your in the San Juans!|
|Rosario Strait, there is some big water crossings so besides understanding weather you have to know the tides/currents.|
|Always great Sailing in San Juan Channel. One of our top Ten sailings was in this channel aboard a 42' Tayana we charted years ago|
|Arriving Friday Harbor|
|Just follow the music to the park by Friday Harbor Marina.|
|These old dudes Jazzed it up!|
|Heading back after a nice afternoon at Friday Harbor, Can't see Mt. Baker today.|
|Every time of day presents a new vista.|
|The next day we go to Gig Harbor, we got there early so it gave us time to walk through the Art Fair. There was a line of people buying these creative succulent arrangements in hand crafted wire baskets.|
|Lucky us, Point Defiance Park is on the way home just across the Narrows bridge from Gig Harbor. We took a picnic lunch tried to avoid the roaming Pokeymon Go persons.|
|On the North side of the Point there is the ferry landing that goes to Vashion Island. Looking North across Commencement Bay inlet up South Puget Sound towards Seattle. The building across from the ferry is the Tacoma Yacht Club.|
|A few days later back to Bremerton to check out a Pilot house sailboat.|
|Bremerton Marina, we are on the live aboard waiting list here, We stopped in the office and found we have moved up a few notches on the list!|
|We thought they were real at first to.|
|Well it's nice that it has a PSS Shaft Seal but it looks like it has not been properly adjusted for a long time. Spitting out salt water rusting things up.|
|To much work to do throughout this vessel. A great project for some 30 year olds.|
|We had some time to kill so we went down to check out the passenger ferry to Port Orchard, It runs every 45 minutes. Good to know in case we find a boat over there to go see!|
|Sometimes you just have to Fantasize..this immaculate 1981 35' Young Sun West Wind just came on the market in Nanaimo, BC. Keep telling myself NO Wood!|
|Just this Last Saturday we return to see Windwalker in Anacortes. even though we had called days in advance Mark the Broker would be busy till around 1pm.|
|We did a walk around and then looked for something else to do for a couple of hours.|
|Just about a half mile away was a Park with great views.|
|There is always a high point somewhere with a lookout spot.|
|Finally Mark is available, we pick his brain for about 45 minutes then he leaves us alone to go through the boat again. There is the making of a fine vessel here but the owner has to fix something first. If he does we will make an offer.|
|This is the first bridge over Canoe Pass to Pass Island. Canoe Pass is only recommended for small craft with local knowledge. I did see a couple of small power boats|
|This larger 45-50 power vessel entered from behind the point you see. The game was on, he slowed from around 12 knotes to 4 knots at most and his wake was also a big zig zag, you could see the vessel getting rolled about.|
|There is an anchorage off to the right where boats anchor and wait for better conditions.|
|Several trails line the pass and go up to the higher elevations where I am sure are some spectacular views.|
|Looking down I was strongly encouraged to hold on to the railings.|
|The Admiral was birding while I watched several vessels navigate through.|
|You can hike down to that beach on the West side of the pass and take a go fast tour boat through the pass.|
There is an art and science to buying boats, old or new. Every region has their good old boys network and you have to do your research to stay even with the game. One vessel we looked at had a lot of new upgrades and seemed to be a good value. After getting in the car and driving away the Admiral asked "why 'we feel better about this boat? " I said "I don't know, it just does not feel right". Like any major purchase in your life, if it does not feel right you just walk away. We have found ways to make our hunt less stressful by ending each day in a beautiful spot, they are everywhere up here. We will know it when we see her and it will feel right.