What's in her name?

What's in her name (Salish Aire)?

from her new home the Salish Sea

Aire as in a melody of song.

Salish + Aire = The melody of the Salish Sea.

Salish Sea:
In the late 1700's Captain George Vancouver wandered around the waters of what are now known as British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. He did the usual 1700's explorer thing and put names he chose on everything he saw. The names stuck and are recognized and used to this day.

New lines were added to Captain Vancouver's charts in 1872 (after a near war with Great Britain over a pig) which made waters on one side of the line Canadian and those on the other side of the line American.

It wasn't until 1988 (officiated in 2009) that someone finally realized that fish and various critters, (to say nothing of the water itself) were never involved in the boundary treaties and really ignored them completely. (This is best illustrated by the problems that Homeland Security has with Canadian Canada Geese and American Canadian Geese - it seems they refuse to carry passports and have been known to poop on the head of any border patrol person who tries to challenge their right to cross the border when and where they choose!) In reality the waters from Olympia to the well up the East side of Vancouver Island are pretty much one ecosystem.

The Coast Salish are the indigenous peoples who live in southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington state along the Salish Sea and share a common linguistic and cultural origin. The Salish Sea is named in honor of the earliest recorded peoples who plied her waters and learned to live in harmony with her.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Closer every day!

Today our two house sales closed and we overnighted all of the notarized paperwork to complete the boat sale.  Just wiring of money around the country and the boat will be ours.  After about 2 years of starts and stops this doesn't quite seem real yet.  Next step will be to secure a berth on a freighter to get it to our area as quickly as possible - we hope to have it loaded as early as next week!!

Erin suggested that we post a kind of FAQ's blog while we wait for the boat - we will also try to get some photos up.

  • Why aren't you driving the boat from Florida to Everett?
    • We don't have the required experience yet and we don't have the ability to walk away from our employment for a couple of months at this time.
  • Are you retiring and sailing away now?
    • No.  We expect to work for about 5 more years.  During that time we plan to learn the systems of the boat and practice operating her in waters we are familiar with.
  • Who will maintain all of the systems?
    • Norman has always enjoyed working with his hands and actually looks forward to a new mechanical challenge.  Clarice recognizes that if something happens to Norman at sea she will need to be able to keep the boat running so she is planning to take classes in maintaining the diesel engine, etc..
  • What are you doing for shoreside transportation?
    • We are keeping the VW Sportwagen and Burgman scooter (as well as bicycles).  There is also a bus line serving the marina area.
  • What about laundry?
    • The boat comes with a washer/dryer (one machine that does both).  We will also have access to laundry facilities in the marina.
  • Do you have to go to shore to use the toilet and shower?
    • The boat has two heads (bathrooms), both with showers. The marina provides boatside pumpout service as part of our moorage fees. 
  • How much does moorage costs?
    • We are expecting to pay about $900/month which includes the space, 2 auto permits, TV cable, garbage service, water service, holding tank pumpout, and internet.
  • How are you getting mail?
    • A local marine store has PO boxes they rent out.
  • What is the first big trip you have planned?
    • Our goal (likely next summer), is to circumnavigate Vancouver Island.  Currently we don't have the time away from work nor will our insurance cover us outside of the Salish Sea.
  • Where do you work?
    • Clarice works for one hospital district from home.  She will have her office in the pilothouse (the dog loves this arrangement as much as Clarice does).
    • Norman works at the hospital in Everett.
    • We are both long time RN's.
  • Who is Jarvis?
    • Jarvis is our Jackhuahua  (Jack Russel - Chihuahua mix) who loves boats and boating adventures but hates getting wet.
  • Why not a sail boat - (free propulsion and all)?
    • Free is a relative word.  In a lot of reading we have done, folks who have traveled the world in boats like ours after having sailboats report that because of the very high maintenance costs of wind catching appendages, it is cheaper in the long run to operate the trawler.
    • While there are some folks who don't even have an engine on their sailboats, most sailboat owners report motoring about 70% of the time.
    • Trawlers don't have to tack - straight lines are much shorter.
    • Sailboat cabins feel like "caves" to us (yes, we owned and enjoyed sailboats in our past) compared to the cabins of trawlers.
  • Why a Nordhavn brand?
    • There are about three companies making production, ocean crossing qualified, trawlers.  They all compare themselves to Nordhavns.  We paid a lot for that brand name but believe the quality of the boat justifies the difference in cost.
  • So how far can it go and how fast?
    • It moves at hull speed like a sailboat so 6 - 8 knots (hull speed boats don't ever go faster than physics allow as they move through, rather than over, the water) but is VERY efficient in doing so.
    • We expect to average about 3 nautical miles per gallon of diesel and can hold about 1000 gallons.
    • consider this - for the cost of 1000 gallons of diesel we can take as many people as we want AND our house to Hawaii.
Enough for now.  Leave comments if you have more FAQ's and we can try to answer them in future posts.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Waiting Patiently?????

I suppose a blog needs to start someplace so now may be as good a time as any (although I have a superstitious fear of having something go wrong if I sound to excited and anger the sea spirits).  So the present state of affairs is:
  • Sea Meadow (our Rosborough RF 246) remains unsold and looking for a buyer but she is OK sitting on her trailer in our friends driveway
  • We expect to close two house deals within the next 3 days and be officially "homeless" for the first time in many many years
  • We are currently very comfortable in our friends' house in Marysville as they are our doing the Great Loop on their Ranger 29
  • We hope to have a closing date set for Phantom (soon to be Salish Aire if all goes well) as soon as we clear the money from the houses and get the last two pieces of paperwork to the finance company.
  • The next step will be confirming a berth on a freighter so she can come through the Panama Canal from her current home in Florida to her new home in Everett. 
  • For those who haven't tried to finance a live-aboard boat in the past 3 months or so - the market is in total disarray with new federal regulations going into effect.  Currently Essex Credit is the only company willing to jump through all of the hurdles.  If you plan to finance a live-aboard we suggest including the birth certificate of your first born in your paperwork (just kidding Erin).
  • The Port of Everett seems very eager to have our business in their very nice recently completed marina which is just about 3 miles by road (1/2 mile as the crow flies) from my (Norman's) employer.  We are making backup plans for Clarice's internet needs for her to continue working from home (AKA the pilothouse of the boat).

Enough for now.
Norman and Clarice