I moved the boat!

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A lot has happened since I last updated the blog. For instance right now I am writing this on Pelican, while anchored in Richardson Bay off Sausalito where I live on it.

In August I with the help of friends I was able to tow the boat down here the 60 miles from Bethel Island and have been living and working on the boat everyday. It is glorious.

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It went flawlessly, towed down at around 10 knots behind my biddies 400hp fishing boat, and after buying a huge 75lb CQR anchor, I am fairly certain that it is anchored well. I built a bridal system and it rides pretty well.

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In April I got a job working in the North Sails loft here in Sausalito, and after a summer of commuting from the city, and out to the boat in the delta on the weekends, it is so great to be coming home to the boat and getting work done every night.

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Right now I am in a race against time to get the boat water proof and all of the crossbeams I removed this summer reinstalled before the winter and storms start.

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But I am still taking time to have fun with friends and enjoy being in this beautiful place.

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I will try and post more about the project as it goes!

The Plan

SV Pelican is a 1977 Spindrift 37 sailing catamaran designed by Lock Crowther. It is known for its high bridge deck clearance, wide beam, and general seaworthiness. It is a no-nonsense cruising cat that was designed ahead of its time. In contrast to most cruising cats of today, Pelican was designed for the sailor with minimal comforts and high performance in mind.

I bought SV Pelican in summer 2016 with plans to restore it and sail to adventure across the Pacific ocean. This Blog will serve to document that journey from initial repairs through hopefully sailing in paradise.

The boat is in pretty rough shape. Its been sitting neglected for at least 7 years. There are rotted parts in the deck, and I spent the first few months just pulling trash and materials out of it. I will need to replace almost everything on the boat.

However Pelican once proudly sailed the west coast of North America from Seattle to the Sea of Cortez, and with hard work and determination, She will again.

My plan is to completely refit the boat, using DIY techniques to make it as modern and safe as possible.  The major projects as they stand now are:

  • Replace rotted sections of the deck
  • No fossils fuels on the boat, repower with all electric motors and galley
  • Re-rig with modern sails and rigging
  • Update all electronics including autopilot

The restoration will be a long road, and I look forward to the journey.

I have already met so many helpful people along the way, if you are interested in my project, please do not hesitate to get in touch.