You know how one thing leads to the next…its just a progression of events that smoothly lead you down a pathway you couldn’t have envisioned back at point A. But you arrive at point C, D or E in amazement of how you got there. And you’re loving it!! Well that’s the way with the new SV Sea Wolf.
Back in 2015 Everette and Mitchell purchased the S/V Quetzal together, half-n-half. The intention was that they could live on her whenever they were in Canada working. It was via me sharing photos of them moving her from Powell River to Sooke that led us to the incredible opportunity of S/V Sea Fern on the Sea of Cortez.
Mitchell helped us for 2 months on Sea Fern. He knew he wanted to keep sailing, but the more he got into sailing the more he knew he had to have his own. Co-owning with Dad was a great first step. But calling a boat his very own was something he was going to make happen sooner-than-later.
After Everette and I sold S/V San Mateo in May right after Layne’s wedding, Mitchell and Ev sold Quetzal on Father’s Day. Fortunately Mitchell could just move in with us into the unfinished skoolie while he was out boat hunting.
Out With the Old In With the New
When he came across Louve it was a couple of the things he was really looking for. A wood boat and a full keel. Oh, and a good price. Wait till you find out what a great price he got on it!! (its in the video link below)
When you’re looking for a fixer-upper, whether its a vehicle, a house or a boat you want to make sure that structurally its sound. All else can be fixed without too much trouble. Sure, it might take plenty of money and a whole lot of elbow grease but if the ‘foundation’ is solid you’re good to go.
Plenty of people are leery of wooden boats but they don’t necessarily need to be. If all the wood below the waterline is good and solid that’s what really matters; the rest can be replaced. If the boat hasn’t been out of the water for any extended length of time the boards below the line should all be ‘pickled’ well and hold tight.
That was the case with the Louve. With some leaks above the line that just needed some boards tightened and a little bit of filling she was great to go…other than all the grime and wood work that had been greatly neglected. Lots of cosmetic stuff to take care of. A big project he’s excited to tackle.
As a new owner, Mitchell did some preliminary work on her to make sure the lines were all secure, the sails and riggings were in good working order, and she was ready to move.
After moving her from Oak Bay (Victoria) to Sooke he discovered neither of the local boat yards could haul her out and allow him to work on her in their yard. He would have to head back up island to find a yard that would provide what he needed. A little perturbed, I think he was.
But what do you do when things don’t work out the way you planned? You go sailing the Gulf Islands! So off he went. He spent 1 week totally alone, and then Anders joined his big brother for a week of sailing together. Then Mitch arranged to get Louve hauled out, power washed, scraped and painted. She came out of the water “the Louve” and went back in as the new S/V Sea Wolf.
Mitchell called us the first morning after putting Sea Wolf back in the water. “It doesn’t feel like the same boat at all. There’s hardly any breeze and I’m going about 3 knots. Its so incredible!!” Then he wanted to share with us how when he was leaving Canoe Cove on his slow sail back home he heard some noises behind him. He turned and discovered a wedding in progress at a beach, and they were shouting to him. He tooted his air horn a few times while they shouted and waved at him…total excitement in the air.
Our boy’s got his own live aboard boat. He’s done his first haul out, first hull redo, and splashed back into the sea. He’s feeling pretty good about life right now. Proud of himself, and loving being on the water.
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