In response to a recent question by Gunner, I suppose I should tell a little about myself, and our boats.
Born in the PNW, and raised in Md and Va, I transplanted to Ca allot longer ago than I like to admit. I have been trying to cut the dock
lines in one way or the other ever since.
I am in the insurance
business, and my wife is a book keeper. I am also a ham operater, and years ago was involved in DXpeditions. Something many of the hams on this site will be familiar with. This led to my involvement in a marine research
group doing studies of invertabrates along the Pacific coast of the US and Mexico
. It also led to my diving
cert, and my decision to buy a boat and go cruising.
My wife an I live aboard our 40' Challenger ketch
, and plan to take off in a few years. We are behind schedule, but have revamped our plans and are back on track again. As many of you are aware, I am a wood boat guy, and as such, when we sold our wood boat and moved to a bigger boat, the Challenger, I started going through withdrawls, and had to get another wood boat. THat is how i came to own Kittiwake, a 28' double ender built in 1940 by Olaf Tellefsen. recently got the oppertunity to meet Olaf's son, through an odd chain of events
. I put Kittiwake online for sale
. Olaf's grandson saw the add, and told his father about the boat. None of them knew about her before this time. The boat was built when his son was 3. We got together for a chat recently, and I gave him the grand tour of Kittiwake, and he gave me the grand tour of her builder
. A facinating guy. Never really owned a boat, but built quite a few, mostly power boats in the PNW.
So why am I selling Kittiwake? Well, sometimes a deal comes along that just can not be passed up. When my wife and I first started boat shopping
about 10 years ago, we looked at a Piver
timaran. The owner said he wanted to sell, but the price
said he didn't. After 8 years of living aboard
, and cruising California's central coast, my wife had isolated several issues she had with comfort on the water
. One of which had to do with heeling. I like to push the boat, and she likes to sail level. The logical solution was to revisit the idea of a multihull
. We decided to backtrack and start where we left off. I found the owner of the Piver
, and now he needed to sell. Made the deal, and as the pictures show, the project
begins. The trimaran
is a Piver lodestar design, but highly modified. The ammas are from the blue prints of a 40' tri. The rig has been changed from a ketch
to a sloop
, and the aft cabin
has been removed and replaced by a cockpit
. Essentially we are starting with a bare hull
Since 3 boats is just too much, we will sell Kittiwake, (When the right buyer comes along).
Since we have been living aboard
, we have cruised extensively on the California
Central Coast. We have done some sailing in the PNW, North Coast, and Southern Ca as well. I have been down Baja
, out to Guadalupe Island, and Rocas Alijos on research
So that's me in a nutshell. After nearly 900 posts, I think most of you know my points of view, and I hope one or two actually agree
Gunner, I hope I answered our curiosity