Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ketchikan to La Conner 2015: A delivery home

Ketchikan to La Conner    650-miles   May 1st thru ?

La Rose - a 1980 Nauticat 44 motor sailor

Last month I gave my friend Gerry a call and said the usual "We have another 'once in a lifetime' adventure, you in?"  Gerry replied "sure, what are we doing?"  "Bringing a boat home from Ketchikan".  He replied "sounds like fun, when are we leaving?"  Gerry is always up for another life experience, and it is always great to have him along.

The Inside Passage should be respected in the off-season.  The weather becomes more dependable beginning in May, and the Trawlerfest Anacortes boat show starts in mid-May which I needed to be home back for, those two items dictated my schedule.  I booked my Alaska Airlines ticket for April 28th hoping to get a two-day head start...

On Tuesday morning, the 28th, the Alaska flight attendant said "those heading for Ketchikan may want to leave the plane, we will not be landing in Ketchikan this morning due to the high winds".  The previous night I checked NOAA weather and saw a gale warning.   That morning the Airport was closed due to the storm and recorded a 104-knot wind gust.  So much for trying for a two-day head start!  A quick check of my Accuweather Marine Weather app showed that storm had been upgraded to "hurricane force winds", I had never seen that on NOAA previously.  We flew in that evening, found the boat and went to sleep; the adventure had begun.

The Safeway Store near Bar Harbor Marina - boxes for boaters!  Gerry & Scott.

The next morning we inventoried the boat, a nice 1980 Nauticat 44 named La Rose which I had sold several years earlier.  We would be helping the owner by bringing her home after 5-years in Ketchikan.  Our third crew member is Scott from Santa Rosa, you may remember him from last summers delivery aboard an American Tug from San Francisco to LA.

Ketchikan is a compact town, spread out below a hillside along the shores of Tongass Narrows, most everything is within walking distance of Bar Harbor marina which is centrally located.  Nearby is a Safeway store, several good breakfast diners and the famous Tongass Trading Company marine store, my personal  favorite in this town.  The Safeway has a pallet of folded boxes near the checkstands so that patrons can pack their groceries for trips aboard fishing boats, seaplanes, yachts and landing craft to where people live and work in the surrounding community, this is Alaska.

Tongass Trading's Marine store near the marina.  Best crab & prawn trap selection anywhere.

Xtratuf boot selection; dress like a local!
The weather following Tuesday's windstorm has been mostly windy and rainy, with 25-35 knots on the water and 6-8 foot waves at Dixon Entrance.   We used this extra time to check all the mechanical systems aboard La Rose, clean the decks, get provisions, and wait.   Friday is looking promising, May 1st!, right on schedule.  The NOAA weather prediction is now for a SE Wind 15-knots and 3-foot seas at Dixon Entrance.  That is what I was hoping for on the crossing over to Prince Rupert.  We will be leaving at first light tomorrow morning.  Stay tuned!

You can check the US NOAA marine forecasts here:

The Canadian forecast is here:

I like to watch both the US NOAA and Canadian weather.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sold boat: 2013 American Tug 395

2013 American Tug 395 Flybridge   Endurance   Sold!

The first time American Tugs & Trawlers has offered a pre-owned American Tug 395.  Just 82-hours since new on the Cummins QSB 480-horsepower engine.   The 395 was designed with a bit more performance in mind; with a flatter bottom she is able to take advantage of the larger 480-hp engine and make nearly 22-knots.  This is the sports tug!

Flybridge equipped with a Mark Tanner built 316 fully-polished radar arch and bimini, Endurance will be fun to run, and fun in the sun taking advantage of the large upper deck for entertaining once you reach your destination.

The interior features American Tugs gorgeous sapele wood with gorgeous joinery.  Cork floors throughout with neutral colored upholstery.  Endurance has zone air conditioning / heat pumps so that each area can be fine tuned for your comfort.

A new Simrad NSS-12 multifunction system with dual-displays in the pilothouse and another at the flybridge, integrated with 4G broadband radar and the strong Simrad AP24 autopilot. This is the latest in Simrad high-definition integrated displays.

Endurance is "as new" and does not show any evidence of usage. This is your opportunity to purchase a pre-owned AT-395 that is turn-key ready for summer.   Great colors & options; she will sell quickly.

Complete information and 80-photos of Endurance.

Call American Tugs & Trawlers to make a private appointment to see Endurance.  Steve Scruggs at 206-930-6139 or Gerry Henson at 253-740-8873.  She is at the American Tugs factory in La Conner.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sold boat: 2004 American Tug 34

2004 American Tug 34   Fly Aweigh    now Sold!


Full details and specification can be found here.


Fly Aweigh has been nicely updated with new Garmin electronics including ultra fast 7212 display, high-definition radar and color sounder.  New AT electronics mast, new stainless “skylounge” upper deck furniture, new upholstery.


She has been nicely kept and well maintained.  Ready for your family’s summer Expedition.

Contact Steve Scruggs at 206-930-6139 or Gerry Henson at 253-740-8873 for more information or a private appointment to see Fly Aweigh in Anacortes, WA