Searching for Cassiopeia
06 October 2010
Cassiopeia in Musket Cove, Fiji 1993
We built our first cruising boat, Cassiopeia, from a bare hull in our backyard in Gig Harbor. Building a boat wasn't something we set out to do, but when the boatyard in Alameda, California went out of business before completing the boat we were to get in a semi-completed stage, we became boat-builders.
That Golden Gate 30 was a great cruising boat and after launching her we sailed her throughout Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands before finally taking the big step and sailing her to Hawaii and across the South Pacific.
She was the perfect boat for our small family, but when that adventure was coming to a close and our daughter was growing older, we knew we wanted a bit larger boat to continue our cruising lifestyle. So we sold Cassiopeia to an American couple in American Samoa, flew home and two months later bought Cetus.
We didn't ever expect to see Cassiopeia again, but by a strange turn of fate, the couple that bought her relocated to Washington State and sailed her to Olympia where we got to go see her again. After another year or so, they sold her and we lost track of her.
But, another strange turn of fate brought us face to face with her again. We were leaving on our 2nd bluewater cruise -- this time aboard Cetus -- and during a short stop in Port Townsend on our way out of Puget Sound while walking to the store, there she was on stands in the boat yard!
No owner was around so we left a note hoping to hear from someone, but we never did. That was in 1998.
I've been busy going through lots of old photo albums scanning the pictures so I have digital copies of those early years and its stirred up lots of good memories of our life and travels aboard Cassiopeia.
Just thought I'd see if anybody out there reading this blog has seen or knows anything of the fate of Cassiopeia, an off-white, 1981 Golden Gate 30. Memories.......