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Old 25-10-2012, 21:44   #1
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Taking the Plunge on Skookum 53

Well. I did it. After 35 years of playing on the water with smaller boats I took the plunge and bought a full size sail boat. I have had classes with 36 sailboats to get ASA training and then sailed with a lot of other owners over the years. I and my wife decided that it was time I get my own. Tomorrow is closing day. I guess this is the first of the "Happiest Days" of boat owning.

I have owned three smaller boats, 16 Hobbie, 20 miracle Hobbie and 24 SeaRay. I have to scars of ownership of working all of them.

The survey came back in "very good" condition and insurance had nothing needed to bring up to needed condition.

I have motorsailed at 46' Bayliner, so I am a bit nervous about docking a 60' beast. I hope my CDL experience will help .

Anyway. It has been fun reading from this forum about other Skookum owners and I would be delighted to hear from other sailors in Puget Sound area to possible meet and sail together.
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Old 25-10-2012, 21:56   #2
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

Welcome to the forum, I am prejudiced, I have been around Skookums since I was a teenager, and have absolute faith in their sea worthyness and love the ride. I am kind of an anomaly on this forum with regards to being a commercial fisher, but every yacht I have ever been on; I always ask, where are we going to put the fish? Anyway, I chose the 53 to be the last vessel I ever sail on. I hope you feel the same way about yours before it is all said and done. I am in Alaska for right now, but I will be coming south soon.
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Old 25-10-2012, 22:02   #3
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

Congratulations! May your new boat give you and your wife many hours of pleasure. Don't forget to pay it forward and give other people who are newer to sailing a chance to experience and learn.
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Old 25-10-2012, 22:33   #4
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

Congratulations on your hopefully last boat.
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Old 26-10-2012, 21:23   #5
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

All things worked out. I had to go to bank and personally see them do the wire transfer . With four hours remaining they finally spent the 2 minutes to send it off after sitting on it for three days and me personally visiting them each of those days.

title is clean and we are the new owners.

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Old 26-10-2012, 22:39   #6
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

Came very close to buying a Skookum 53 25 years ago in San Diego. It had been converted to a long line commercial fishing boat that fished San Diego to Hawaii to Seattle. I still think about that boat.. loved it!! Too bad the bank would not give me a loan
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Old 27-10-2012, 12:40   #7
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Lucky me. No bank loan.
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Old 28-10-2012, 00:44   #8
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All things worked out. I had to go to bank and personally see them do the wire transfer . With four hours remaining they finally spent the 2 minutes to send it off after sitting on it for three days and me personally visiting them each of those days.

title is clean and we are the new owners.
Congratulations ! A great looking boat !

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Old 28-10-2012, 08:30   #9
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Congratulations Gordon, I hope you have many years of sailing and adventuring.
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Old 28-10-2012, 09:25   #10
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Good looking boat , and welcome to the forum.

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Old 29-05-2013, 22:18   #11
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

I am not certain if folks like to follow the learning experience of others or not, but I guess I can kinda blog how things are going and see.

I have to stern moor the boat to the inside of a T dock. As a result the tender is over part of the dock. While tied up the starboard side davit line broke and dumped the outboard motor end of the dingy into the dock. The nylon line failed at a compression point in the wraps and snapped. The impact ejected the outboard top into the drink and snapped the steering shaft at the motor mount. The bow end of the Avon tender stayed attached and bent a ” stainless plate that the davit pulley is attached to. The plate in turn peeled the top layer off of the dingy.

Since I do most of my own repairs I was able to repair the outboard motor with just parts. It is now fully serviced and working smoothly. I also decided to move to 1/8” 7x9 stainless wire and replaced the pulleys and fixed the plate. Now on to the wenches.
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Old 30-05-2013, 00:30   #12
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

Ah!!! the wenches. The more lasses the better up to a point. Actually prefer winches if I'm going to get any work done.

Looks like a nice boat but BIG. What's that thing displace, 40,000#s or more?? Just a little step up from a Hobie.
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Old 30-05-2013, 22:17   #13
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Shhh, my wife does'nt know she is one of dem wenches .

I had sailing classes with my wife and two daughters on 30' and 36' sloops with goal of bare boating. We never bought a boat, just crewed with those that did after that point.

This boat sits at 56K# with about 10% fuel and water on board. Tanks measure out at 1800 gal of diesel and 750 gal of water. I only keep about 100-200 gal of diesel in tanks for now to keep down spoilage.

The winches for davit were for an ATV and were badly rusted. I took them apart and removed rust and oxidation and rebuilt. I sealed them up at all joints, replaced all HW with stainless and then painted the critters with a rubber gutter sealer. They were a rough black finish. I then followed this up with enamel paint to match boat color. There no longer is any air going in or out of the motor compartment.
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Old 31-05-2013, 08:51   #14
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

Gordan, I know the expense is great, but I would consider keeping the fuel tanks as full as possible to lower the water making from condensation in your tanks. Mine are the same size and I keep putting in more fuel and hopefully one day they will be topped off. Sorry about misspelling your user name. I hope she will be a good home for you and your family. I have been a long time fan of Skookum vessels.
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Re: Taking the plunge on Skookum 53

If I had that boat, I'd put in a freezer and go tuna fishing!
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