Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday, October 26, 2014 - She is for sale

We finally got all our stuff out of cupboards and hiding places and off the boat.  What a job!  Anyway, Serenity is now ready for some lucky person.  We have so loved her!  We are going to try to market her ourselves since we are not really in a hurry.  We are posting the full specs on and lots of photos here.  If anyone knows someone who might be interested, have them call Earl (360-333-1546).


Storage under settee


Combo Frig/Freezer with ice maker


Pilot Berth

Chart Drawer


Pipe berth stowed above bed

Swing out seat




Great for landing fish
Watching fish in the blue lights

Sea of Cortez fish

Earl's "Pavilion"

Plenty of room to entertain

Serenity was commissioned in the Spring of 2007 and has taken her original owners north to Alaska and south to Mexico. She is berthed in Anchortes, Washington and is available for inspection by appointment.  In keeping with her primary mission as a passage maker, she has no flybridge, keeping her wind profile low, a feature valued by her owners who have many years experience commercial fishing in Alaska.  She has been beautiful maintained and is completely ready to take her new owners wherever they may wish to go. 
She is outfitted with many features that make her perfect for cruising couple.  She is one of the few 43s with an extended swim step complete with staples for ease of loading or unloading a tender or kayak.  In addition to Trac stabilizers – which allow you to leave items on the counter without fear – she has a flopper stopper for anchoring.  She has a water maker, extra batteries, and LED lights. The boat deck is equipped with a unique sun shade and dingy rack that swings out of the way, making the boat deck an additional entertainment area.  The deployment of the dingy is done using a Steelhead crane and does not require removal of the sun shade.  
The boat has been continually upgraded and preventive maintenance performed.  For example, just over the past year, the owners have replaced the stabilizer pistons, the water maker membranes, the carpets, upgraded the alternator to 165 amps, replaced the master head with upgraded dometic model, painted the bottom and replaced zincs. 


The interior is teak through out with teak and spruce sole.  The custom non-skid area rugs through out were replaced in May 2014.  The upholstery in the salon and pilothouse was upgraded to ‘ultraleather ‘ (color eucalyptus) and all counters in the galley and heads are granite.  All windows and doors have screening.  Most of the interior lights have been replaced with LEDs.  Extra railings have been installed on the stairways and overhead in the salon and pilothouse for safety.  Both staterooms have custom mattresses and Dometic fresh water flush electric heads. 
Salon and Galley
The Salon and Galley share the same space making it easy to prepare and serve food and refreshments.  There is a settee on the port side and an L shaped settee on the starboard side.  Under and behind the settees, there is generous storage.  The teak table in front of the settee is equipped with a slide that facilitates use of the storage and seating. High end accordion style shades provide light control and privacy.
The “U” shaped Galley is forward on the port side.  It has lots of storage, a Force Ten 3 burner propane stove/oven, a trash compactor, microwave, double stainless sink, under counter sub zero refrigerator, a combination sub zero refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and a 5 cubic foot top loading freezer.
A Splendide washer dryer combo is located on the port side of the Pilot House

Pilothouse and Navigation Electronics Equipment
Aft is a pilot berth with raised bench seat and teak table forward. There is a full-sized chart storage locker located under the footrest step. There are waterproof dutch doors on port and starboard sides leading to side decks.  In lieu of a captain’s chair, this experienced owner opted to drive from the bench seat using the remote control autopilot.  This creates space for easy flow through the Pilot House. All AC and DC panels are in the console. There is a replacement panel for the instrument cluster.  Full engine and navigation controls include:
Furuno NAVNET package including:
·      ·       Autopilot (NAVpilot-511)
·      ·       Autopilot Remote Contol (NAVpilot -520)
·      ·       Dual Displays (NavnetVX2) cmaps
·      ·       CMap cartridge for West Coast including Mexico, Canada and Alaska
·      ·       Radar
·      ·       Color Video Plotter
·      ·       Video Sounder
·      ·       AIS receiver
·      ·       GPS Receiver (GP-320B)
Other items include:
·      ·       GPS WA-AS Navigtaor (GP-32)
·      ·       Furuno RD-30 Depth Sounder, Temperature etc
·      ·       Sirius Weather Module
·      ·       Iridium Sat phone
·      ·       Village Marine Water Maker
·      ·       Icom sideband receiver
·      ·       Icom 504 VHF
·      ·       Icom Waterproof handheld
·      ·       Ritchie Compass

Master Stateroom and Ensuite Head and Shower
On the starboard side of the Pilothouse is a circular staircase leading to the Staterooms and Engine Room. On the starboard side of this staircase is a small hanging closet and a drop-in storage area.  Down and aft is the large Master Stateroom with walk-around athwartship berth to port, night stands with drawers on both sides and storage underneath. There are three hanging lockers and a shelf behind the headboard with two opening portholes.
To starboard is the large master Head and separate shower stall. There are two Tank Watches in the Head-one for grey water and one for holding tank- and a water tank level meter.
Aft of the MSR is a watertight, sound dampening bulkhead door to engine room.

Guest Stateroom and Head
Forward of the staircase and in the bow is the Guest Stateroom with double berth to port and a desk with swing out seat to starboard.  Storage incudes a hanging locker, night stand with two drawers, two file drawers in cabinetry under berth, shelf at side of berth, shelves at desk, and overhead opening cabinetry at berth and over desk.  There is one porthole above the desk and one overhead opening hatch with screen.
Folded into a storage space on the port wall, is a pipe berth that can be hung over the berth. 
Forward is the Head with separate shower. .  There is one opening hatch with screen.  There are two waterproof storage cabinets in the shower as well four teak cabinets for more storage in the Head.

Swimstep, Cockpit and Lazarette
Serenity has been upgraded with a generous extended swimstep complete with moveable staples that has totally changed the functionality of this area for getting on and off tenders, kayaks, and paddle boards as well as for fishing and swimming.  At night blue underwater lights provide a splendid show, especially in clear water.
The Cockpit has high freeboard and overhead protection.  A mesh sunscreen can be hung from the boat deck to provide additional shade if needed.  A custom stainless steel coat rack provide a handy place for raingear or swimsuits.  Doors lead to the dock off each side and to the swimstep in the stern. There is hot and cold water for showers, a fresh water washdown and storage.  Large LED lights provide excellent security. Access to the large lazarette is from the cockpit. 
The lazarette houses the inverter, water maker, hot water tank, pressure water pump and batteries but still has generous room for other storage.  The inverter was upgraded to 3000 watt Magnum model.  The house battery bank was increased to 1200 AMP hour AGM batteries and all were replaced in 2012.  The water maker is a 400 gpd Village Marine. The membranes were replaced in 2014.
There's plenty of room in the cockpit for a couple of chairs and table to enjoy the early morning sunrise coffee or the evening sunset cocktails!
Boat Deck
The boat deck is accessed on the starboard side and features a dry stack, a Steelhead 1000 lb crane,.  Flexlboat SR- 10 foot dingy with a 15 hp Honda motor, wheels. anchor line and sunbrella cover, and unique sunshade support and dingy cradle.  The sunshade support accommodates a large cover, and the dingy cradle swings out of the way so as to clear the entire boat deck for group activities.  The dingy can be deployed without removing the sunshade. There are two stainless steel dock fender holders on the port side and on each side there are kayak/paddle board supports.  A Forespar boom on the port side can be deployed to support a flopper stopper when the anchorage is rolly.  There is a ladder giving access to the top of the pilot house which is completed with a 15 inch high rail on three side and a 6 person life raft. 
Foredeck and Portugese Bridge
Access to the foredeck is on the starboard side through the Portugese bridge.  There is ample room to set up a chair and enjoy the ride from outside.  The autopilot remote reaches far enough that the skipper can enjoy this spot
·      •    SS Railing
·      •    (2) open hatches to guest head and stateroom
·      •    (2 )custom stainless steel fender holders
·      •    (2) Built-in Storage Boxes
·      •    105 pound CQR anchor
·      •    Fresh water wash down
·      •    Double bow roller on pulpit
·      •    Maxwell 12v 3500 lb windlass

Engine Room - Mechanical
·      •    Single Lugger 668 diesel - 3900 engine hours equipped with a 3.9 ZF reduction gear
·      •    Dry exhaust with keel cooler
·      •    American Bow Thruster (TRAC) 220 stabilizing system - keel cooled
·      •    12 KW / 50 Hz Northern Lights Generator with sound enclosure and gen separator muffler
·      •    Cruisair AC system (15k + 15k + 15k) SMX controls
·      •    8 HP Bow Thruster 12v
·      •    Engine room fire suppression with auto engine, generator and blower shutdowns. Manual pull cable.
·      •    Lazarette fire suppression system with manual pull cable
·      •    Reverso oil change pump – main/genset/and gethome
·      •    Yanmar Wing Engine 3YM30V with 10-gallon day tank and fuel transfer system
·      •    2-blade Martec folding prop for wing engine
·      •    Handrail around main engine  

Deck and Hull Equipment
·      •    Flopper stabilizer
·      •    Maxwell 12v 3500 windlass with bow, and pilot house controls
·      •    CQR 106 pound anchor
·      •    400’ 3/8” Hi Test chain
·      •    Delta 55 pound with chain and rode
·      •    Crewsaver 6 person life raft
·      •    Spurs line cutter on main shaft
·      •    Chain stopper
·      •    Sumbrella covers - windows, hatches, and dingy,
·      •    Guest “Beamer” spotlight with controls in pilothouse
·      •    1,000 watt halogen flood light
·      •    20,000 lumen LED flood and spot light
·      •    Port side exterior SS hand rail
·      •    Complete set of dock lines and fenders
·      •    Scandvik hot and cold shower in cockpit
·      •    Fresh water wash down fore and aft
·      •    Bottom was painted April 2014 (2 coats)
·      •    Zincs replaced April 2014
·      •    Stainless rod holders
·      •    Fish rod ceiling storage rack
·      •    Retractable screen door for salon
·      •    Spare propeller for main
·      •    400 feet ¾ inch extra line in lazarette
·      •    Handheld spot
·      •    All navigation lights are LEDs
·      •    Epirb

LOA: 44 ft 6 in
Beam: 14 ft 10 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 11 in
Displacement: 54540 lbs
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Lugger
Engine Model: 668
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 105 HP

Engine 2: (get-home)
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Power: 30 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: (300 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: Fiberglass (1200 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (50 Gallons)

Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 LaConner Washington

Friday, September 5, 2014 – underway from Anacortes to Vancouver BC

It feels good to be back on Serenity again.  She has spent the last two months in covered moorage with little company.  Earl found someone to wash her while she sat there.  It was a job to rival Fito’s in Mexico, for not quite twice as much, which is still not at all bad considering the work involved.

We are having a beautiful trip to Vancouver.  We plan on overnighting in Coal Harbor.  Depending on what we need to dispose of at customs, we will need to add to our stores, before leaving the dock with our dear friends John and Maria Luisa who are in Vancouver visiting John’s son Peter.  We are looking to showing off the Coast of British Columbia to these friends from Mexico.

The US gillnet fleet is out in force.  “Pushing the line” here means the international border.  They have apparently not had a good season with most of the salmon entering Puget Sound from the north.  The BC fleet is not fishing today.  We are seeing lots of salmon jumping and I can’t help thinking of the thrill of setting out the net and seeing it light up with splashing fish.  Those were some of the most memorable times of our gillnetting in Cook Inlet and I feel quite nostalgic!

Vancouver is a beautiful city

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – Returning from Vancouver BC to Anacortes

After a lovely trip up the coast, we pulled into Coal Harbor Marina about 7 pm on Friday.  This is a beautifully located marina, right in a downtown area near some big hotels and the cruise ship marina.  My only complaint was the absence of WiFi at the docks.  It was available at the office, but that is not the same. 

The next morning we went to look at a new boat, a 38 foot Sabre Express. Knowing that our long range cruising is now behind us, we are looking for something that might be better suited to shorter trips around Puget Sound.  Earl loved it. 

Around noon, our friends John and Maria Luisa togerther with John’s son Peter and his wife Miriam and children Kevin and Kerstin arrived for a luncheon cruise.  Kevin and Kerstin are delightful children.  They moved up from Mexico two years ago and are thoroughly acclimated and doing beautifully in school.  Kevin was the number 1 student in his class.
Kevin, Miriam, Peter and Kerstin
We cruised inland, up Indian Arm and found a place to anchor.  Being a Saturday and very much in the Vancouver area, it was relatively crowded, but Peter and family loved being out on the boat and we had a pleasant hamburger lunch.  We returned to Coal Harbor in late afternoon and said goodbye to Peter and his family.

The next morning, we made an early start to head north to Princess Louisa Inlet.  We were anxious to show John and Maria Luisa some of this beautiful country and have them experience our Trac stabilizers.  Maria Luisa who is not an adventurous boater was thrilled with the stabilized ride and they are looking forward to installing stabilizers on the Viking Spirit when they return to Mexico.  

Beautiful BC
It doesn't get much better than this

There are few things as fulfilling as showing off an area you love to someone who has not seen it before.  It makes you realize how very special something you have started to take for granted is.  We could not have had lovelier day and made good time to our anchorage at McMurray Bay in Prince of Wales Inlet.  It is a marginal anchorage with only a small shelf on which to put your anchor.  It took us a couple a tries to get a secure hold.
Everyone was enjoying the warm weather

The next morning we were up early to be sure to get to the inlet to Princess Louisa in time for the tide at Malibu rapids.  John had never been through tidal rapids before and was very apprehensive.  It is quite something to see a boiling stretch of water come to a halt.  It was for us an uneventful passage into Princess Louisa.  Although it was late summer and there had been little rain, there were still water falls.  We motored up to Chatterbox Falls where we found two other Nordhavns and a couple of other boats and spent a wonderful day enjoy the peace of the special place.  For the entire cruise we were blessed unseasonably warm weather – over 80 – and we loved it.

Slack water at Malibu Rapids

chatterbox Falls

Making use of Earl's 'Pavillion" - lunch on the boat deck 
Dawn on Tuesday we were up and waiting for the tide at the Malibu Rapids.  Once again, John was anxious, but, once again, it was needless.  We cruised pleasantly down to Smuggler Cove, a delightful hidden anchorage where we spent a lazy afternoon and pleasant evening. 
Smugglers Cove afternoon
Smuggler Cove sunset

Northwest Light House
From Smuggler it was a short trip back to Coal Harbor and another look at the Sabre Express.  I don’t know how happy I would be to trade Serenity’s fuel consumption of less than 1.5 gallons per hour for something that takes 4 or 5 times as much.

With promises to see them in early 2015 in Mexico, we said goodbye to Maria Luisa and John and left early on Thursday September 11th for the return trip to Anacortes.  This time the Canadian commercial fleet was out in front of the Frazer and we watched as they hauled in the salmon as we made our way south.  It was a speedy trip as we had the tide with us and we were all tied up in by mid afternoon.
Catching salmon

It has been quite a month since our cruise to Princess Louisa.  We spent the next few days watching in horror as hurricane Odile slammed into Baja and devastated our beloved La Paz. The boats anchored out were heavily hit and three cruisers drowned.  We are in sorrow for the lovely people that we lived among for five winters. 

We also made the big decision to sell our beloved Serenity.  We have spent the last month emptying her.  I have come to realize that it is always low tide when I have a cartload of stuff to take up to the car.  As we unloaded her, I was reminded by how much storage there is on a Nordhavn 43 and horrified at just how much we had accumulated in the time we had used her as a second home.  Our garage is now stuffed and we have a job ahead of us to sort through all of it.

We will be trying to sell her ourselves using NordhavnFSBO.  We are waiting for a sunny day to take some photos of her interior and I have the task of putting together the list of her equipment etc to list her.  It will be a bittersweet day when we turn the keys over to someone else.