Saturday, June 11, 2016

For Sale

Some time this year, I will sell the Noe Mar, a Seagoer Yawl...I have well over $100,000 in her, but she has taken me to Mexico and back, plus around San Juan Islands.  Been a blast.

I just repaired her hull and now am going for top side paint.  Ok, so I am 80 years old, two shoulder surgeries and it is time to pass her on to a younger person.

Her Value is listed at $75,000 (surveyed)....but I want to get her a new home, & hopefully to someone who appreciates her history...I will even throw in a few books on her & her sister ships that are famous.  HARRY PIDGEON & others.

If you are qualified as a ship wright or a student at the Wooden boat School, I am willing to take no interest...but otherwise, make me a deal I cannot refuse.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Home & repairs

I got the Noe Mar into her berth, years ago, tuned up the engine, found why it didn't run right:-)  Due to a collapsed intake tube.

Replaced the tube & started going over everything.  One thing leads to another.

Motored over to the wooden boat show and lost a prop on my Kiwi Prop.  Hauled her & installed my back up prop (Michigan 3 blade).  Whew, thanks Jerry for your help getting her their & back.

I decided last fall to haul her & repaint her hull (been a while) here it is:
Then they found the deck fiberglass was coming loose, so after the paint was stripped, the deck edges were all glassed......oops, found some iron sickness in a spot or so on the port side.

 Also, found one keel bolt that needed replace, so here is Kit using his keel bolt extractor...built a new one, with grease fittings & installed it.

New planks, new keel bolt, new paint job & $20,000 poorer...I do need to sell this gal.  A great boat but I am getting too old to do all the work.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here is a video I took when we sailed into the Straights of Juan de Fucia a few years ago.
Sorry about the quality & it being vertical but what does one expect from an Ancient Mariner?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Home stretch in Juan de Fucia

Here is how the sails were set coming into the Straits of Juan de Fucia....and as you can see, no more head winds.  We got up to over 8 knots on this stretch...almost reefed and then the wind slowed down.  Great trip last year (2012).  Next I will post some pics of her this year as she was hauled and was shown in the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA USA

Home at last

We arrive in the afternoon of July 23, 2012, docked paid David & Heather (a little :-) .
Wow, head winds all the way up to 22 knots....but nice winds coming in the Strait of Juan de Fucia...glad that happened.  I stayed up all day the last day, so was tired...but made it to the Ajax Cafe for superior food & friends.  Six days total from the SF Bay to Port Townsend Bay...WOW!

Fun things happen when out at sea

Most of the way we had head winds...almost ran out of fuel, jumped out of bed on the 17th @ 4:30 to switch tanks, at 1 AM on the 18th we broke a heater line, so steam went everywhere.  Slipped and hit my chest on the fridge (ouch!) but all was repaired on the run.  Thanks David...sorta Mc Giviver (sp) but between the 3 of us we kept her going.

Heading home July 2012

Finally, after getting a new Professional Skipper to take Heather, Skipper David & me north from San Rafael, CA under the Golden Gate and up north, we are ready to leave.
Date:  July 16, 2012...broke a bolt on the tiller auto pilot, but repaired it at the dock, fueled up and left early afternoon.
I knew we had a head wind the entire way, but it looked like a small break a few miles north.  Currently we had a 22Knot head wind...but the motor ran fine.  MD2030 Volvo Penta

Thursday, July 05, 2012

With a new alternator, we headed North...first to Half Moon Bay to meet up with old friends, Pete & Linda and to have dinner.  Great dinner and great visit.

Next on to Santa Cruz to meet up with more friends, Jack & Linda.  That was great and got a nice bottle of great wine.  Santa Cruz has some high tech boats in it's rebuilt marina.  Nice to visit.

OK, the next stop was Monterrey Marina...and a great visit with my wife, step daughter and grand children....more fun and good to see all of them (esp Candy).

On to our final stop at this time:  San Francisco Bay....called a lot of Marinas, but not much luck, since I have a wooden boat...however, the one I used 6 years ago, Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael remembered me and welcomed us in.  Cheaper moorage also.

I decided to have Tom sand and paint the hull for a week, and I flew home to see Candy and then drove back to take Tom to the train station in Sacramento so he could go see his brother. 

Time to clean up the Noe Mar...check the wiring on the fact took it back to have it tested.  Meanwhile, since Malia (Calif grand daughter) was graduating from Pre school :-)  Candy brought my original alternator back on the plane. 

Next I drove back home, checked out the alternator and found the isolator was hooked up wrong when we replaced it in Morrow Bay...OH does keep learning things....not sure who hooked it up, me or the mechanic. 

Perhaps I like driving up and down the I-5 Freeway :-)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Alternators\Morrow Bay

Left San Luis Bay @ 6:30 AM.  And within 20 min noticed the new alternator was not working .  Cloudy & foggy day.   Set course for Morrow Bay.  Batteries went dead , so had to hand steer and use my Nav on my cell phone.  Easier than paper charts.   Engine ran fine sense diesels don't need electricity.

When we got in and asked for transit moorage due to this problem...we received directions to the Morrow bay yacht club, and here we are.  

Got help immediately and the next day the maintenance guy took the new
& my OEM alternators to San Luis Obispo for repair.  Turns out the new one from Spider Marine is dead & junk. The original Volvo one is repairable but no parts available, so I ordered a new one.  Should arrive by noon today the 10th of May.

Morrow bay is nice, but foggy.  In fact when we motored in we could not see the rock.  Seriously.  The bay is well marked and easy to enter in the fog.

Down loaded a new GRIB file.  The Northerlies are getting worse, so I will moor in the SF Bay area for a month or a year.  Meanwhile I have no email with Ocens.  Not sure why, no email on SSB due to the digital antenna, which is new.  And so it goes.  So farmyard new iPhone is working fine and the food is good :-)

Met a couple from Chico.  John & Linda Mendoza.  They gave up on their Hawaii trip due to weather.  Sound familiar?  She is an MD & he is ret. game warden.  Great people and she bakes great bread. He is innovative with his SSB.  Cheaper & works great.  Will post what he did later.

Should leave tomorrow @ 4 AM (calmer seas) and head north to??

Cheers.  Wish us luck
Skipper, Ken

Monday, May 07, 2012

San Luis Obispo

Last two nights from the pleasant Channel Island Harbor @ Oxnard, CA heading to Port San Luis ( near San Luis Obispo) was Hell at sea.  High head winds of 20+ knots and steep seas, up to 18 high waves.  Lowered all sails. Motored @ 3,600 rpm and barely made 2.5 -3 Knots.   Used up a lot of fuel & had to pour in 10 gal in this chop while motoring.  Of course that made me sea sick again.  Also, tore up a motor belt.  So the engine shut down (fortunately earlier in lite air).  Replaced it, hack sawed off a bolt end that caused the problem

Thanks for good tools, ingenuity, spare parts and luck .

At this time my cell phone rang, my oldest daughter, Kim wanted to know if I was OK?  Told her I would call back because I was up to alligators to my A--
And I did call her back. :-)

Cheers to all. Today we are at a mooring ball and resting.

Skipper , Ken


I have seen many Dolphins when at sea, but never before have they played with the Noe Mar, but this time they did.  On the way to Oxnard, Channel Islands Harbor, a large Pod decided we were there Disney Land, and play they did.  In our bow wake (we were doing 5 knots , sails & motor) they frolicked and sped in and around us.  Then leaping, away they went, only to return again & again.  What a delight to watch.

These guys were a dark tan with a greyish tan undersides.  Same markings as the San Juan dolphins but totally different color.   All are sleek & fast.  Beautiful to watch. Way to soon they tired of us and left. Made one wish you could done scuba gear and play.  Oh well, we could never keep up with them.

If any of you wish to design a hull form. Copy the Dolphins shape, and hope for there speed .

Keep sailing and enjoy the world.

Cheers.  Skipper of the Noe Mar,  Ken