OceanAire Mods – phase 7

3 Comments 17 April 2010

The wait is over. April 14 was the big day. Velkommen came out of hibernation and and gave the salty waters of Bellingham Bay a big wet kiss. Then proceeded to settle into the new hull shape with it’s smooth black paint. The experience at OceanAire has been first-class. We stayed on-budget, the workmanship is flawless and the customer service is so refreshing… makes me believe in people again. Good people. Honest people. City life twists that paradigm at ‘most every opportunity. Part of the reason it’s so essential to get out on the water. Heal up. Keep movin’.
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01-Velk-Bham_tn There seemed to be less roll as I stepped onto the port end of the swimstep. It’s probably not because my diet is working…..wishful thinking…..hard to tell, maybe the lines are snugged up extra tight. But if you’re gonna be cuddled up close the last night in port…….. Shiver-Me-Timbers…..I believe OceanAire thinks of every detail. Don’t ya wish you were so lucky?

Harbor Marine Fuel (360-734-1710), sports the Shell brand and is just one dock South of OceanAire; with the gauges a whisker below half, it’s a good time to top off with diesel. 108.5 gallons at $2.97/gallon makes the subtotal $322.24; add $27.39 for tax; the grand total is $349.63

Untie from the fuel dock, past Trident Seafoods, left into Squalicum Creek Waterway. The circle that’s been Velkommen’s OceanAire adventure is soon to close. The test begins; the sea trial. Throttles forward slowly, 1300 rpm, watch the water temp creep toward 180°. More throttle, a touch of trim and we’re cruisin’ along at 2200 rpm and 14.5 knots. The tide is flooding into the bay and we’ve got a 10 knot headwind trying to push the raindrops into the vinyl windows. My old scuba-divin’ buddy Bill Mills is with me; neither one of us is as svelte as we were 35 years ago. Bill walks to either side of the flybridge; Velkommen merely raises an eyebrow and keeps on cruisin’. Just what I was hoping for, nice and stable. Wow, what a wonderful change. Now she’s performing like she’s supposed to. Solid. Stable. No surprises. Success…..Yippee!!

I’m not ready to claim radical increases in speed or fuel economy. After all, if we were lucky enough to affect a 5% change that would only amount to 3/4 knot. I’ll reserve that judgement for perfectly calm conditions with reference the logbook, rather than memory. The increased lift is quite noticable, however. She pops out onto a plane a little sooner, without any heavy-handed coaxing from the trim tabs. Backing off the throttles, she wants to stay on plane much longer as if to say, “Come on. Let’s Go. Don’t slow down.” I wondered about the chine shape at the forward quarter, where the transition is made from old to new. Usually the onrushing water kinda flairs up the side of the hull; now the water squirts out sideways, away from the hull. It’s like a kid with a $20 Super Soaker water cannon. Amazing to see and I’m anticipating a very dry ride.

Retrieving Velkommen couldn’t have been easier. At first I envisioned a complicated shuttling of people and vehicles, but Bellair Charters runs a runs a bus connecting the Anacortes ferries with Burlington and beyond. With a little notice they will pick up at Anacortes Marina and drop off at the Bellingham Guesthouse Inn, a regular stop…..all for $11.75 in less than two hours. Then it’s only an $9.90 taxi ride to OceanAire. Elasped time: under three hours, including a nice brunch at Rhodes Cafe. Easy.


There you have it, the last pic of the series. The home stretch…..idling down the fairway. Time to settle in and cool down…….and dream of new projects and new adventures and places to explore. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by and say “Hello”. Just a little farther down and on the right.

And BIG Thanks to Jeff Harman and the crew at OceanAire Yachts for taking the leading role in the OceanAire Mods series beginning with OceanAire Valentine…..moving this Tollycraft/Monk design out of the past century and into the new. Pay ‘em a visit; you’ll enjoy it. 48° 45.424′ North 122° 30.442′ West



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  1. Tim Bowman says:

    Gerry, Looking nice. I’ve followed the progress since our telephone call earlier this winter.

  2. Gerry says:

    Thanks Tim,
    I’ve got a bit more content to add to “phase 7″ but….at least it’s started.
    Boats, bikes and blogging…….it’s a full time job!! And then there’s the lawn mower….

  3. MArk says:

    Looks fantastic! Must be a good feeling having her home again! Congrats!

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