Well to start with thirty plus years on and off with 100 ton Master license
with ofcourse sailing endorsement, Able Bodied Seaman Unlimeted and Able Bodied Sail. Currently doing one last trip on a tanker to say where I'm at....Nov through early March 'at sea.' When done I'll have been on every body of water
too include the Southern Ocean, except the three B's - Baltic
, Bering, and Black, the White Sea and Hudson
From Port Townsend WA where the boat is currently located I've done four down the coast trips, Hawaii
sailing and too may to count on freighters and tankers. Crewed on a 70' schooner in the CRISR and various other events
. Furthest trans-Oceanic on OP boats was out to New Zealand
. From the tall ship Alvei, 50' stays'l schooner Victory and 28' cutter
PaTyLee. That's also the longest. French Polynesia
, N. Cook Islands
(Suvarov) American Samoa
and NZ. How I am doing.
At one point I wanted a boat which would do safe blue water
plus be able to gunkhole and transit rivers and canals at destination
points. Someone mentioned the european twin keel
boats so I gave the a try. The first was a Westerly Centaur the current
a Westerly Berwick 31. Both with Lloyds Blue Water
certifications. The Centaur is stll the class record
holder with two circumnavigations under previous owners and is currently still sailed by the son of one of the first circumnav crew. In the PugetSound, Bainbridge Island area look for S/V LookFar.
The Berwick has undergone an extensive upgrade refit
. For one it got bridge deck
at the forward end ofthe cockpit
. All new plumbing
from scratch featuring a 6 volt battery
systemin two banks, solar
gen. Second fuel
and water tanks
, Major rigging
upgrade including Selden boomer and hard vang, Four lower shrouds, Baby stay replaced with removable inner jib
stay. Upper shroud
chainplates moved to outside of hull
from midpoint of sidedeck. new ProFurl up forward and double back stays, one an antenna
for the ham/marine band. Whew!...Double slab reefing with running bacstays available, ALL new sails
featuring a loosefoot full batten main.... Radar
....and that's just a beginning. Lessee anchors? Rocna
, Bulwagga, Spade and folding Admiralty Patent. 120' of chain on a new electric/manual winch
with lots of synthetic brait rode
. Water maker. New bow pulpit and stern rail/arch. Navico
TP30 and wind
vane">Aries wind vane.... dinghy
, folbot, folding bicycle, Life raft and related items...... That's enough. Oh and a KiwiProp.
D__mn,no wonder it took me so long.
Right now it's at Goldstar Marine
or at PT Rigging
in Port Townsend WA getting cabin
wndows redone, the rudder
pulled and serviced and oh yeah it had a re-conversion from wheel
back to tiller.
I'm done but I'm sure I forgot a bunch of stuff... But then I've had theadvice of multiple sailing BBS and in person sailing friends.
After all that I find I'm still learning
Film at eleven.