Refit Blog #14 – SPLASH!

Refit Blog #14 – SPLASH!

Starr Refit Blog #13 – Week 28

April 4, 2014 – SPLASH! 

After 5 1/2 months on the hard in the shed at Pacific Fishermen’s Shipyard, we have finally SPLASHED!

Dave and I are feeling pretty good.

I was on the job at 0600, doing one more check to make sure that all was ready. It was still dark out, but it looked like a good day ahead.


April 4, 2014 at 0600

Starr is ready to roll out

The PacFish crew was ready to winch us out to the syncrolift.

Don and the PacFish Brass

Taylor Pennock running Donkey hauling Starr down the tracks

First, Tuggy had to move a big fishing boat which was blocking its way, so Starr could move off the syncrolift.

Tuggy ready to pull Starr home

Tuggy moving Early Dawn

All of our systems in the engine room were still disconnected, so we had to use Tuggy and our Bertram launch to bring Starr home.

Brooke, my son, used the Bertram to handle the bow (like a bow thruster), while I used Tuggy on the stern, pulling in reverse.

Having the Z drive in the tug makes boat handling easy.

Tuggy pulling Starr back to SBMC, stern first

Back in Starr’s slip at home at SBMC

Dog her down

Good Job Don!

It’s really good to have Starr back home (our view from our loft). 

As I write this blog I notice that Golden Alaska which is tied up next to the Ballard bridge, has just returned from the Aleutians.

God, I love this neighborhood!

Starr and Golden Alaska, both home on the same day.

Now we are working really hard putting Starr back together again!

  • Robin w Dunham
    Posted at 14:40h, 13 April Reply

    Starr is looking so good, a really beautifull vessel. You can be very proud of your efforts and descisions, leading to a fantastic re-fit. May you both have many more happy miles and voyages in Starr. Regards Rob

  • Viktor
    Posted at 21:17h, 13 April Reply

    Nice job! Starr was a great boat before the refit, now she must be even more amazing! I’d love to hear about all the new high tech things you put in the wheelhouse.

  • David Evans
    Posted at 22:40h, 13 April Reply

    Don and Sharry,

    “STARR” looks great back home at SBMC! I passed by returning to sea from the Canal Boat Yard Friday. I certainly had a great week working on my boat at the yard and sourcing parts in Ballard. The Ship Canal west of “The Cut” feels like home to me. One week wasn’t long enough, but the boat was ready.

  • Eric Dahlbeck
    Posted at 20:24h, 19 April Reply

    Hi Don , WOW!…. the Starr looks awesome!!! I really enjoyed my time working on her. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you,Dave and Randy too, great guys. (tell Dave I said “Hi” and to take a VACATION!! )The yacht really looks wonderful. Many blessings on your future travels. Happy Easter!
    Best regards,Eric

  • Richard &Willy Barton
    Posted at 18:54h, 26 April Reply

    A warm Kia Orana from the only dreamers in the Cook Islands. We have just arrived in Seattle staying at Jeff Merrill’s suggested Silver Cloud Inn and were going to drive past SBMC and see if we can get a visual of Star having greatly enjoyed the refit passively from afar.
    Warm Regards Richard and Willy

  • pinkylee
    Posted at 23:04h, 03 April Reply

    i don`t understand that but is very nice artile

  • Idsoft
    Posted at 00:54h, 29 July Reply

    Good job!
    Starr looked so good, a ship is really beautifull.
    Starr is a big boat luxurious and sophisticated, ok

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