All posts by Dorsey

Shakedown – Part 4 – Generators, Autopilots, Dinghies and Bellingham

E24A7A19-D2AF-4CD2-A074-59CEA0F5ECD8
Squalicom Marina, Bellingham.

We didn’t really want to spend three days in Bellingham, but we are realistic about shaking down a brand new boat and understand that a certain amount of delay and cruising interruption is normal.  This is actually our second interruption, as we already spent three days in Anacortes for the same reasons: our dinghy and our generator. Continue reading Shakedown – Part 4 – Generators, Autopilots, Dinghies and Bellingham

Shakedown – Part 3 – Feisty Weather

After our excellent evening in Friday Harbor on Tuesday and the freshest salmon we have ever enjoyed, we had to get to Bellingham on Wednesday.  Our new dinghy, which would replace our dearly-departed 10-year-old dinghy, would be delivered on Thursday and all the associated bits-and-pieces would be installed.  More on that later.  For now, we had to get the boat the thirty miles or so in some snotty weather.  A good opportunity to see how she handled.  Shakedown, Part 3. Continue reading Shakedown – Part 3 – Feisty Weather

Shakedown – Part 2 – SALMON!

We arrived in Friday Harbor on Tuesday after a beautiful run down Haro Strait and in through Cattle Pass.  Sunshine and a fair current always improve the mood, and we loved it.

The one thing we missed that day was an open invitation to go fishing with our new water-rat friends from LaConner, Scott and Ellen, on Scott’s Skagit Orca.  Scott is an accomplished outdoorsman and fisherman and had already shared some fresh catch with us a week earlier. Sigh.  We can’t have everything. Continue reading Shakedown – Part 2 – SALMON!

Shakedown – Part 1

 Anacortes

Esmeralde’s shakedown started with our maiden voyage from LaConner to Anacortes, where we spent three nights at Cap Sante Marina.

IMG_0696
A stormy day in Anacortes.

The first day in Anacortes we sat out gale to storm force winds which blew a solid 40 knots and gusted to 60 much of the afternoon.  It was a hang-on-tight day.  The boat show, scheduled to start in Anacortes that day at the marina, was pretty much shut down. Continue reading Shakedown – Part 1

The Maiden Voyage

IMG_2565
Bruce savors the moment.

On Saturday, April 1st we officially took delivery of our new boat.  (April Fool’s, anyone?  We hope not.). We moved aboard that afternoon.  It was kind of a heady moment, something that we had anticipated for roughly a year.  And now it was real.  Unbelievably, the sun magically came out from behind the clouds.  We took a bottle to the flybridge to try to relax and let it all soak in.  The next morning the sun came out also.  Good omens of times to come. Continue reading The Maiden Voyage

Pulling It All Together

IMG_2614The hull is a gentle green – the gel coat name is Sea Shell Green – and the decks and superstructure are a soft white.  The name on the transom is gold and black, understated but with a touch of fun in the font choice.  The pinstriping detail around the eyebrow, upper deck and stack is a muted red.

So what would one expect to discover upon stepping aboard and peeking inside?  Well, if this were just any boat one might find a muted natural-color upholstery, a soft tan carpet, and perhaps some throw pillows with a splash of color to remind of the Sea Shell Green hull.

But No!  Not on ESMERALDE!  That would be boring! Continue reading Pulling It All Together

The Big Day

Right on schedule: she splashed.

From the very beginning of this project, the folks at American Tug described the completion and launch of the boat as “late March”.  And what do you know? On March 30 they dropped her in the water.  That pretty much describes our entire experience with American Tug: 100% on everything.  More on that later.

Here is a video of the launch, which took place at 8:30 am, and the sea trial, which started at 9:45 and ended successfully at 11:15.


Continue reading The Big Day