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Old 13-01-2009, 11:01   #16
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We are from Alaska.... Fairbanks.

I bought the boat from my dad who used Juneau as home port.
She did spend many years in Valdez and Hoonah as well.

The dragons are known in some Asian cultures to be good luck.

However, when dad had her built (Taiwan) he said he didn’t want all that dragon stuff on his boat...the builders tried to convince him but to no avail.

Delivery of the first Arctic Lady was to be to California…shipped on deck of some freighter with some other new boats.

As the story goes there was a storm and it had to be set over the side along with some other boats in order to save the ship.

The second one got the dragons…..they are actually molded into the hull.

She looks very different then when she was in Alaska…the pic below is her original layout with the helm on the stern…..you may recognize her.
Hi.... What are you doing so far away from home?

She is a very beautiful boat and the story of the dragons is interesting. I don't think I'd go against the old ways or superstitions of the people who build the boats. It's strong medicine especially when they believe so strongly on it.

Are you going to be staying there or coming eventually back to Alaska? It'll be a cold place after the heat you are used to.

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Old 13-01-2009, 11:03   #17
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Old 13-01-2009, 11:07   #18
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So do you run the engine when shes iced in like that?
There is heat inside the boat. It seeps to the outside to the point that there is a little bit of free water around the boat...

Our ORCA is still in California so I don't know what we will do. Ask me next year this time and I'll know more.....

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Old 13-01-2009, 11:29   #19
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Hey Spinner

No plans to move or bring the boat back to Alaska...I'm afraid I've been in the Middle East far to long and the blood has thinned a bit.

Anyway, I love it over here and do get my share of snow in the winter, and there’s lots of “cool” places to explore in the Med.

Yeh...I'm not messing around with anyone’s superstitions or strong karma...There is a small plastic dragon hanging inside the boat...through all the renovations, and cutting and grinding and serious nasty stuff, that dragon has never been off the boat in over 30 years...why take the chance!

Just like to mention again how attractive your boat is…it speaks to me!!
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