FISHER OWNERS GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA
Loren (aka "poppy", "dad")
Sandy (aka "bobbe", "mom")
Kit-Kat (aka "the sailing brat")
~ Often aboard and sailing our Fisher Northeaster ketch "SeaWeed",
monitoring VHF 16, Canadian Coast Guard Radio.
OR: Living alongside at our beachside rendezvous,
monitoring our Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Princess Louisa and Chatterbox Falls
SIZE & EQUIPMENT:
30' LOA, 25' LWL, 10'4" BEAM, Kubota 4 Cyl-44hp (like Universal M44), Genny & Spinnaker, Lofrans Tigres power windlass w/ 400' 5/16 HT chain, 35#CQR + 25#CQR + 13#Danforth + small grapnel, Booth 9' sailing dingy, 2-HP-4 stroke Honda outboard, Furuno radar, Garmin 128 GPS, ICOM M40 VHF w/GAM SS-2 6db gain antenna fed by 55'Ancor RG8U (RG213-type) coax run down main backstay, variable timed anchor light, "Sigmar" drip diesel fireplace/furnace, Red-Dot bus heater off engine cooling, Force 10 propane 2 burner oven/broiler, Vailant demand water heater, variable speed pressure water & manual water to galley (salt & fresh), wheel-Autohelm ST-W4000, Engine room fire-extinguisher, Raritan PHII head, salt water wash-down pump, Rule 3500 elec. bilge pump + Henderson MKIV manual pump, Newmar breaker panel for 12V & 110, wipers & Hella fan de-fogger, 100 amp conventional alternator, two Unisolar US32 Solar Panels overhead & outboard on mizzen shrouds, double berth & settee in aft-cabin, fold-out double lounge in wheelhouse.
YEAR (AND MODEL):
1974 (Fisher Northeaster '30, hull #36)
Loren and Sandra Acker (and Kit-Kat the sailing brat)
Monitor VHF 16 while underway and daily standby.
CRUISING AREAS / CRUISING STYLE:
We generally spend from early May to early October aboard SeaWeed, beginning in Princess Louisa and working our way north, as far as the Minstrel Island/Knight Inlet area in Blackfish Sound, to-date. We cruise in a very leisurely manner, often on our anchor for several or more weeks in favourite bays, bights, and inlets. We minimize our time in marinas and try to stay ahead of the crowds as the year progresses. Our style is to live off of the sea life as much as possible though we carry sumptuous stores of home-dehydrated meats and vegetables and do much baking aboard. Eating fish, prawns, crab, and shellfish, along with our dried foods, allows us to avoid energy use for our fridge, thus giving us many peaceful weeks at anchor without having to run the engine -- indeed, our diet is healthy, too. Along the way, we have made many friends among local folks and some cruising couples. We have met, and continue to nourish our friendships with some FOG members as well.
"Boating" to us, as seniors, is more of a chance to live on the water than to conquer the challenges of distance and weather. We greatly enjoy sailing and we've often been known to be just as happy with a leisurely couple of knots of speed as we are with a fast sail across the Straits in 20+ knots of wind. But we're not embarrassed to cruise under power or wait out questionable weather. With all our care, we've still been caught in winds over 30 knots and seas rolling enough to completely unsettle the tummy. We try to make these incidents only brief episodes, however, between more serene and relaxing enjoyments of the sea, sea life, and romantic nightime skies above. So far, for us, the "inside passage" in British Columbia offers all of this.
We hope to see you sometime, in some quiet anchorage or even during stops "in-town". Perhaps we'll bake and break bread together and share some tales.
Loren and Sandy Acker (with Kit-Kat, the sailing brat)