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Gasp, could it be? Boatless in Seattle? After some nice spring outings, most readers who know us fairly well know by now that we did in fact sell our beloved Lea Scotia in June. Our charter site www.seattlesailingcharters.com set the scene. A nice guy looking specifically for a Taswell 43 of the same vintage contacted us to inquire about the sailing characteristics of the model as he was getting ready to present an offer for a similarly equipped Taswell located in the Caribbean. He lives in Seattle. While Lea Scotia is about as close to the perfect cruising boat for our family, we find ourselves currently entrenched in “normal” activities like work and school! We really don’t need all the cruising gear Lea Scotia is sporting (solar, generator, watermaker, etc, etc). After some sleepless nights we decided this was meant to be, and “poof”, she was gone.
It’s been a long time since we haven’t had a sailboat but we’ve been getting our fix this summer by sailing OPB (Other People’s Boats) in our charter business. Seattle Sailing Charters has arrangements with owners of a Beneteau 41 and a very nice 49 – it’s great to get out sailing with new people from all over the world. And let’s not forget good old “Bimi”, the family gaff rigged ketch rigged centerboard cat boat – many more adventures to come on that front. Plus, we’ve managed to get some dinghy sailing in aboard our trusty Gig Harbor 10′ “Kaela Rose”. This Spring I expect Kiera to take the tiller.
So it’s a time of transitions for the MacLachlans – we’re keeping a keen eye out for boats that are available on the market. What’ll it be next?