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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Marcy has a new owner!

Marcy - Has a new owner!

 We enjoyed excellent adventures aboard Marcy and now it's time for someone else to take the helm.

Prepared to anchor

Here's the boat info:

Marcy is a beautiful, offshore capable, sloop. The fin keel design makes for a fast and maneuverable blue water boat. She has seen us safely through storms and big seas while making steady comfortable progress in light winds during our four year circumnavigation as well as countless weekend sails in Puget Sound. 

Marcy has been around the world via Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope. She is very much at home on a light afternoon’s sail around the Sound, crossing the Straits in questionable weather, or on her way to anywhere you would like. 

Construction: Sturdy fiberglass construction with foam core provides comfort in cool or warm weather. Her shape and accommodations provide substantial storage.

Interior: Marcy is a center cockpit boat with the saloon in the stern providing privacy between socializing and sleeping accommodations. The galley is in the passageway to port, to starboard are a storage cabin aft and a wide single bunk cabin amidships. Forward of that on starboard there is a double stateroom with ample locker space. To port there is a mid-ships bunk and nav station, convenient for watch-keeping at sea. Forward are the head and v-berth.

Refit: New rig including standing rigging in 2003. New electronics and autopilot (2005) Topsides painted in 2009, deck painted 2013. All new cushions 2009. Originally launched in 1984.

Included equipment:

Single sideband/HAM radio IC-7000 (2010), ICM402 VHF, handheld VHF
700 amp hour house batteries and isolated starter with trickle charger (2006)
66# Bruce anchor with 3/8” BBB - 150' chain, Lofrans Tigres windlass
Raymarine integrated C80 chartplotter, radar, autopilot (2006)
Max-prop, Monitor wind vane, Kyocera solar panels, Walker Bay hard dinghy
Webasto diesel forced air heater (2006)and Dickenson diesel heater (2009)
Main, jib, storm staysail(2009), spinnaker with sock (2006)
GPS, Depth Sounder (2009), EPIRB (new battery 2009), Stereo
Force 10 stove with broiler– 2 burner (2005)
Xantrex Prosine Inverter/Charger 2.0 (2006)
Village Marine water maker (2006)
More boat photos are available here:
Images of Marcy

flying Marcy RCYC

Monday, September 24, 2012

Two Year Update

"The days seem long but the years are short."

On the two year anniversary of our return home from cruising, we find ourselves with one foot on land and one at sea. We are still living aboard Marcy and connected to the sailing community, but we are working hard at our jobs (yes, gasp, we are both employed) and fully entangled again in land life complexities. Lucky for us, dock life is salty and we get a daily dose of maritime things - fog, seagulls, comings and goings of neighbor boats, and chat about which maintenance products work the best.

 Friends visit

Our gear continues to evolve. We traded our aluminum dinghy and outboard for a sailing dinghy that has been used well this summer by our daughter and her fiance.

sailing dinghy

We now use an electric dinghy motor called the "electric paddle" that has been fun and easy to use. There is no perfect answer to the dinghy and motor question - rigid or inflatable, big motor or small, but we have gradually moved to our current preferences. Rigid dingy (tough, efficient to row, impervious to tropical sun) and very small motor (easy to lift and store) are the choices for us. We hope the electric motor will prove out to be a good choice on board. It is a relief to not store any gasoline on board at all. It certainly is fun to use around the marina!

 using the electric paddle

Summer in Seattle presented us with an excellent crabbing season with but with a few challenges. We lost 3 pots in one set (Peter theorizes a rogue vessel tangling the warps, Ginger says pirates) but we replaced them and went on to harvest crab successfully for several more weeks.

 2012 Dungeness Crab

We've taken a few (very few) short (very short) cruises in Puget Sound and can't wait for a bit more vacation time to get off the dock and venture further. Peter bought an ancient BMW motorcycle and  has been enjoying commuting to work on it.

new moto

We have  interrupted our fall maintenance projects several times to wave goodbye to friends heading south. We feel a strong  pull to go sailing again, so we'll be following their travels with great interest.

friends depart

In the meantime, off to work we go! All is well with the crew of Marcy

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Marcy Returns

Marcy rounding breakwater

On a blustery and cold afternoon in Puget Sound, after spending the night in Port Madison, we dressed Marcy with signal flags and foreign courtesy flags of various countries we had visited. It seemed appropriate for Marcy to celebrate the end of all those miles on the water. Thinking that we looked suitably festive, we headed out for the short hop across the water to Shilshole.

turn to dock

After rounding the breakwater, as we drew close to “H” dock, we spotted a group of loyal Marcy fans huddled in the lee of the gas dock office. We circled, tied up, champagne was poured, toasts were toasted, and suddenly it was the end - we were home.

P and G

The flags snapped in the chill breeze as Ginger explains the countries. Hmmm, was that Mauritius or Namibia?

looking at flags

It was wonderful to see friends, chat, catch up, meet blog readers for the first time and sip champagne.

chatting on dock

So it's over, and people ask, “What's next?” We're asking that question ourselves. We're still a bit overwhelmed and aren't sure what to think or say. We do know that we loved the adventure of sailing around the world and if we could, we would do it again. But for now, we're tied to the float on F dock and re entangling ourselves in all of the mundane details of life in the states – licenses, insurance, jobs. As the philosophical Argentines taught us to say, "Es lo que hay."


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

O Canada

Kumealon anchorage Canada

As Marcy and crew entered Canada we were fortunate to meet a couple of sailors, Marty and Mae of Wild Abandon, at the gas dock in Prince Rupert.

Wild Abandon Prince Rupert

They convinced us that we should have a crab pot on board for our trip south and then gave us a ride in their pickup truck to purchase a pot and license. On the way back to the boat we stopped by their house where they gave us fresh herbs from the garden and TWO chunks of frozen salmon for crab bait. With their enthusiasm and assistance and careful intructions, we scored our limit of crab both times we set the pot and ate well on our trip south. What a nice welcome to Canada, eh?

Peter with crab haul

Marcy "smelled the barn" as we hurried south. The first gales of fall had swept over us in Alaska, giving us added incentive to keep moving, so we travelled from sun rise to sun set when we could. Travel at night was not really an option because of debris in the water - we passed by many logs, deadheads, and sometimes whole trees complete with foliage. Even the ferries had to weave a path around the debris. We were grateful for the calm water making these hazards easier to spot and avoid.

Ferry and log

One evening just before sunset we pulled into a quiet bay with a spooky ghost town named Butedale.


The solo caretaker gave us a tour of what's left of the town and the hydro power generator building, amazingly still in operation.

Butedale power plant

Marcy's radar got a workout in fog and drizzle, but even so we were fortunate to have some sunny days.

Just cruisin

The scenery was interesting, especially the lighthouses.

Boat Bluff lighthouse

And since we also had plenty of rainy days the waterfalls didn't disappoint either.

Butedale waterfall

We saw lots of wildlife along the way.

sunning seals

Some nights we were fortunate to squeeze in at a dock which allowed for a walk ashore.

Marcy at fishboat dock

And finally, after only two weeks in Canada, we were back in the USA and familiar territory. Our friends at Marine Service Center in Anacortes (the Rards of Ruby Slippers) who we met sailing in the South Pacific three years ago treated us well. And we got to spend time with family, too. Ginger's uncle Cole surveyed Marcy before we left to circumnavigate. He was especially happy to see us back safe and sound and he gave us a thumbs up on the condition of the boat after the long voyage.

Anacortes Marine Svc Ctr

Being in our home waters after so long away is a pleasure.

Friday Harbor kayaks