Matthew brings fifteen years experience cruising multihulls on Puget Sound and points north to the TMC brokerage team. Along with his practical knowledge of multihull designs and seamanship, Matthew is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Geography. He has an intimate knowledge of the ...more
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Lagoon 410 S2
2008 swings into boat show season and I look forward to standing on the docks in Miami surrounded by catamarans in great concentration. Like most multihull enthusiasts, I will be like a kid in a candy store. But fresh in my mind are the year's experiences with the much more elusive cats of the Northwest Coast enjoying our truly amazing cruising grounds.
The Maine Cat 30' Jasmine was the first to claw her way up the coast from San Diego to Bellingham, WA – in January no less. In the experienced hands of a professional delivery skipper she slipped in behind the lows and motor sailed up the coast in short hops. She enjoyed a busy season as a charter cat in the San Juans and the charter fleet would love to have her, or another like her, back in their fleet. However the owner has decided to put her to private use for the time being and will be gunkholing Puget Sound this upcoming season.
Three Hour Tour, a Tony Grainger designed Seawind 1200 was next to arrive as deck cargo at the Esquimalt Graving Docks near Victoria, BC. As we awaited the ship, her new owners and I spied another Tony Grainger design, a Perry 43 named Tango, moored right downtown Victoria in front of the historic Empress Hotel. Tango is a veteran of the West Coast having twice sailed up the coast from Mexico, this time wintering over in Victoria's Inner Harbour for her third season in the Northwest (the Victoria Harbour Authority's winter moorage rates are surprisingly low for such a spectacular venue). Friendships were quickly formed and the crews of Tango and Three Hour Tour rendezvoused again at TMC docks on Bainbridge Island and later both shared anchorages in the Canadian Gulf Islands with the Lagoon 42 Vakasa.
Tango cruised to the far northern protected waters inside of Vancouver Island for the summer which included a visit to Fitz Hugh Sound where they related to me, "for whatever reason, this Sound is home to dozens of Humpback Whales. They were breaching in every direction. Beautiful! Our first night found us in Kwakumi Inlet. Here we re-acquainted ourselves with the smell of old-growth forest. Very hard to put into words, it is a smell we've never encountered elsewhere. A pair of loons completed the scene." Later, headed South and exiting Johnstone Strait they reported, "on a perfect, sunny day. We enjoyed the sight of several Orcas, including a close encounter with a female and her calf; they surfaced alongside then cruised right under us."
Speaking of whales, the crew of the Lagoon 380 Don Quixote (and by crew I mean mom, dad, three teen and pre-teen daughters, and now a kitten) also had an amazing whale encounter as they circumnavigated Vancouver Island this summer. As they relate in their very humorous blog (www.toastfloats.com) they, "throttled back as a large pod of orcas herded fish past us and towards the shore. At one point a trio headed straight for the boat, blowing not 10 yards from our starboard bow. The girls bounced on the tramp as the beasts passed under them before emerging for air again 20 yards off the port bow. Fins were visible in every direction, tails occasionally flapped the water, and one broached and jumped partially out of the water. Dr C idled forward after their passage only to be brought up short again, this time by a pair of humpbacks. These were much much larger and much slower. They seemed to enjoy looking at our boat, and spent a good five minutes showing their humps as they circled us before moving on to something more interesting."
Boondock is my own boat. She is a 54', 'Northwest interpretation of a Polynesian voyaging catamaran', locally constructed in Port Angeles, inspired by James Wharram, and newly completed with the assistance of John Marples, Brion Toss, and Carol Hasse after an extensive restoration and rigging. I had the pleasure of sailing her this summer from her mooring just South of John Wayne Marina on Sequim Bay with her original builder. We tucked into the flat waters in the Strait of Juan de Fuca behind Dungeness Spit for a few days of excellent sea trials. It was big smiles all around as she performed wonderfully. Afterward, we headed North across the Strait to the San Juan Islands for a week's cruise. While sailing up over the top to our favorite anchorage on Stuart Island we encountered Walking on Water a Maine Cat 410 which is a full-time home to her live-aboard and work-aboard crew. We had met them last year at the Lats & Atts party in Poulso and Walking on Water spent the winter in the San Juan Islands at the famous Rosario Resort & Spa (www.rosarioresort.com).
Boondock was then exhibited in the 'Woodstock of Wooden Boats' – The 33rd Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival where she was joined by Tango in the anchorage preceding the show. The anchorage was crowded and Tango was streamed behind Boondock like a big dinghy until it was time for Boondock to take her spot at the show docks and Tango took over her position at anchor. Tango was soon joined in the anchorage by the newly constructed Schionning 48' catamaran Sea Level out of San Francisco. Both crews enjoyed the festival where twenty thousand visitors packed this beautiful Victorian Seaport to view wooden vessels of all shapes and sizes. The weather was spectacular and the harbor filled with magnificent boats.
The Festival was abuzz with news of what traditional wooden boat sailors described as, "an oil rig in the Strait going 40 knots." In actuality this was the 90' x 90' trimaran BMW ORACLE just launched in Anacortes, WA. After a top secret construction she was undergoing sea trials on Rosario Strait in preparation for a possible Americas Cup Challenge. Multihulls were definitely on the minds of attendees and Boondock was toured by more than three thousand visitors. At the end of the Festival during the big Sunday Blow Off, where all participants set sail, Russell Brown's proa JZERRO showed firsthand what shallow draft and slender hulls are all about gliding and shunting effortlessly down the beach in front of the appreciative crowd while the stately tall ships, schooners, and sloops paraded in the background.
Returning to Bainbridge Island from Port Townsend we crossed tracks with Caprice a brand new Seawind 1160 whose owners were exploring Puget Sound after having crossed on their own bottom from Australia to Hawaii to Sitka, AK (making that leg of the passage in just 18 days) and then proceeding down the Inside Passage to Seattle. As of now, Tango, Caprice, and Don Quixote have all sailed down the coast to San Francisco taking advantage of the September high pressure.
As they departed, that same high pressure brought the Nautitech 475 Mahina Girl safely from Hawaii to Portland, OR. Her new owner reported highlights of the seventeen day crossing including a 275 mile 24 hour best day averaging 11.5 knots and, "more stars than most of us ever see, great shooting stars, watching dolphins swim in front of the bows in the moonlight, seeing a whale breach off the Oregon coast, watching albatross effortlessly skim across the waves, and swimming (very briefly) in 18,000 feet of water."
We welcome multihull cruising sailors to visit our docks on Bainbridge Island whenever we have space. Cruising in at the end of this summer was the 40' aluminum Owen Easton designed catamaran Savannah. Savannah is a true bluewater cruiser having cruised from her birthplace in Australia to New Caledonia twice, Vanuatu twice, the Banks Group, Fiji twice, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Marshall Island, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Hawaii, Southeast Alaska and finally down the Inside Passage to Seattle. Her owner decided to place her with us for sale after a twenty-five year voyaging career – the last ten years on Savannah. Savannah is that a rare daggerboard catamaran with all of the offshore gear and spares already in place. She is in very good condition and now for sale for only $199,500. If you'd like to join the cats cruising the Northwest Coast and points South in 2009, she would be a very good choice.
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