Polar Mist

04 November 2015 | Poulsbo, Washington
04 September 2015 | Salmon Bay Marine Center
26 August 2015 | Delta Boatyard
25 August 2015 | Delta Boatyard
24 June 2015 | Delta Boatyard
31 May 2015 | Delta Boatyard
16 January 2015
19 October 2014 | Seattle, Washington
25 September 2014 | Port Browning, North Pender Island
11 September 2014 | Silva Bay, Gabriola Island
26 August 2014 | Headed Out From Victoria, B.C.
23 August 2014 | Victoria's Inner Harbor
23 August 2014 | Strait of Juan de Fuca
14 August 2014 | Alberni Inlet
12 August 2014 | Effingham Island
04 August 2014 | Tofino Harbor
26 July 2014 | Westview Marina
24 July 2014 | Zabellos
18 July 2014 | Walters Cove, BC
13 July 2014 | Coal Harbor

We're Sailing!

04 November 2015 | Poulsbo, Washington
Capt. Rick
We raised the sails on Polar Mist yesterday for the first time after almost a year of boat yards and boat projects! John, Karen and I left the slip at Salmon Bay yesterday morning, headed out the Ballard Locks, and found a nice northerly blowing in Puget Sound. We had a great sail south, took a detour through Elliot Bay to look at the Seattle skyline, managed not to run aground at Blake Island (we somehow had the depth sounder on meters instead of feet, which explains why nothing crunched when we hit "5" while drawing 9 feet), and then motored inside Bainbridge Island to arrive in Poulsbo in the pitch-black darkness of standard time at 6 PM).

We're finding a few glitches in the new systems, but today's breakfast of Viking Doughnuts and apple fritters more than makes up for it! We'll be headed out later today--it's great to have the boat working and being back out on the water!

Humbly submitted,

Capt. Rick

Back in the Water!

04 September 2015 | Salmon Bay Marine Center
Capt. Rick
John and I had a smooth run yesterday, bringing Polar Mist from the Delta Boatyard back to our slip in Salmon Bay (just inside the locks in Ballard). Everything went well--we left at high tide, so were able to lower our keel for the run to Shilshole Bay Marina. We had to open three bridges along the "scenic" Duwamish River on our way to Elliot Bay, but the longest we had to wait was 5 minutes (our apologies to all the motorists!). The new engine, shaft, and prop worked great--very smooth and quiet. At Shilshole, we picked up Doug (our John Deere mechanic) for a quick sea trial. Doug verified that all was in order and on we went through the Ballard Locks. We were tied up at the slip by 3 PM.

All is well aboard Polar Mist and it's great to be back in the water!

Humbly submitted,

Capt. Rick

Splash!

26 August 2015 | Delta Boatyard
Capt. Rick
We're back in the water, the mast is up, and tomorrow we see if the new engine will start up!

Ready to Launch!

25 August 2015 | Delta Boatyard
Capt. Rick
After months and months (and months) of hard work in Seattle's Delta yard, Polar Mist is scheduled to be launched tomorrow morning! Of course, it's a boat, so there's still lots left to be done, but the list is getting pretty short. We hope to have the mast stepped and rigged, the new engine running, and be back in our slip at Salmon Bay by the weekend. Who knows, maybe we'll even be able to take it sailing before too long!

The new paint job and hard dodger turned out great and the boat looks fantastic! If you look closely, you'll see that Capt. Rick is standing behind the new dodger for scale.

If you think Polar Mist looks good, you should see the 150 yacht that John was standing on to take this photo!

Humbly submitted,

Capt. Rick





In the Paint Shed

24 June 2015 | Delta Boatyard
Capt. Rick
Polar Mist's seemingly endless stay in Seattle's Delta boatyard continues! The boat is now in the paint shed with the new hard dodger installed. The dodger looks great--it matches the lines of the boat perfectly!

The decks and dodger will be painted and we hope to have the boat in the water the first week of July. The mast will be stepped a few days later, and we should be ready for a sea trial by the middle of the month.

August will be busy recommissioning the boat and doing some shake-down cruises around Seattle.

We're making forward progress on Polar Mist!

Humbly submitted,

Capt. Rick

In the Delta Boatyard in Seattle....still!

31 May 2015 | Delta Boatyard
Late May is the time in the Pacific Northwest when boats are finishing up last minute projects in preparation for the start of the cruising season. It looks like Polar Mist is going to miss the early season--the boat just went into the paint shed in Seattle's Delta boatyard and will be there for a few weeks.

There is lots left to finish up on the boat before it goes back into the water. It's been a busy winter with a long boat list. Some of the major projects this year were to take the main engine and auxiliary out of the boat. The engine room has been completely cleaned up and painted. The Yanmar auxiliary was rebuilt and a new John Deere main engine is being installed. A custom hard dodger (seen in the photo above) is being fitted to the boat and the decks are being repainted. New hatches for the lazarette, a new hydronic heating system, a new shaft and 4-blade max prop along with all the regular winter maintenance have kept John busy while he's been in and out of Seattle this winter.

We hope to have the boat back in the water in July and will spend the rest of the summer fine tuning and shaking down all the new systems before next summer's exploration of Alaska and the Northwest Passage the following summer.

Humbly submitted,

Capt. Rick
Vessel Name: Polar Mist
Vessel Make/Model: CDF 54
Hailing Port: Seattle, Washington
Crew: John and Karen Gates
Polar Mist's Photos - Main
Circumnavigating Vancouver Island
42 Photos
Created 3 August 2014
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Created 24 September 2013
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Created 10 September 2013
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Created 1 September 2013
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Created 26 August 2013
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Created 25 August 2013
Sitka to Glacier Bay
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Created 9 August 2013
34 Photos
Created 29 July 2013
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Created 6 July 2013
54 Photos
Created 5 July 2013
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Created 16 June 2013
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Created 7 June 2013
18 Photos
Created 30 April 2013

Who: John and Karen Gates
Port: Seattle, Washington
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