Originally Posted by markpierce
Marin, curious why you decided to have your GB trucked from San Francisco to the Seattle area rather than motoring the boat via the Pacific Ocean.
It was actually trucked from the old Navy base in Alameda to a yard in Tacoma, south of Seattle.
Took 2-1/2 days on the road vs God only knows how long on the ocean with few safe harbors between there and here to duck into. A friend's GB46 took over a month to make the same journey because the delivery crew had to wait out several storms in the few ports along the way.
Our insurance company was WAY happier with the boat on a truck for that journey than out in the open ocean.
The cost of trucking or hiring a delivery skipper was the same at the time (we did not have the experience, the time, or the desire to run the boat up the coast ourselves).
It is an old boat and while it surveyed out very well we felt it was far better that we discover problems in our home, relatively protected waters with safe havens all over the place than out in the Pacific off a coast with few ports to run to. As it turned out we had to shut an engine down toward the end of the day and a half delivery trip from Tacoma to Bellingham because the coolant pump on one of the engines had a bad gasket and gradually dumped the coolant into the drip pan. The temperature rise was very slow and we shut the engine down before it even overheated, but it was much nicer to do this in smooth water only five miles from our destination than in the open ocean somewhere off the coast.
A GB is not an open ocean boat by any stretch of the imagination. If it's a nice day it's okay, but it's not what you want to be in if the wind, swells, and waves kick up which they can do fairly quickly off the coast. And there are only a few places to duck into on that run and some of them can be pretty tricky to downright dangerous what with the bars to cross, so if the weather and water go bad on you, you could have a long run to get out of it and that's not the kind of boat you want to do that in.
Neither my wife nor I have any interest in boating in the open ocean. I because I've had enough of it and my wife because it's a bit scary to her. We've had our 17' Arima out in the open ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island halibut fishing and while we caught some nice big halibut it was not the kind of boating experience either of us had and subsequently said "That was fun.". So we've never gone back out there.