Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 5, 2012 We're back! We now own Arcadia II

On April 5th, two hired captains took Williwaw outside San Francisco bay and took pictures of themselves with a change of command handshake showing the GPS picture and the morning newspaper. This act completed our purchase of the Nordhavn 47 we now call Arcadia II. She is a truly lovely little ship that Phyllis and I intend to share many adventures aboard with our family and friends.

Phyllis and I truly loved the two summers we spent cruising B.C. and Alaska. After we sold Arcadia I we realized that our retirement dream was to have another boat in the Pacific Northwest. We had intended to wait until Phyl could spend more time aboard before we bought another boat, but we started looking at Nordhavn listings, more as dreamers than buyers. However, when we got aboard Williwaw, she felt too "right" to pass up.

She's a much larger boat than our beloved Arcadia I, providing much more spacious accomodations for our friends.

As I get older and stiffer, I found that the crawl-around engine room of  the Nordhavn 46 was difficult for me to work in. The Nordhavn 47 doesn't have that problem. This is a truly walk-around engine room.

Arcadia II is now in a slip in Alameda. There are some important, but relatively minor repairs and modifications needed before she's ready for sea. As soon as she's ready, and we get a decent weather window, we plan to take her to Puget Sound. We'll make more postings to this blog as things progress.