Finally, I am back homed since the last night so I have a chance to answer.
First, I am impressed with the volume of answers - third page already! What an active bunch of guys you are, big thanks.
On Thursday morning we left Horseshoe Bay on the ferry to Nanaimo. My wife was the driver and I had my son and his friend as two crew members - mechanic and electrician
. Then, after picking up all the ownership papers from a broker we physically took possession of the boat and waited for the pre-arranged mechanic to correct all mechanical deficiencies he had picked up at mechanical survey before:
- correct engine alignment and loose rear mounts,
- all the house batteries need replacement,
- anti-siphon loop leaking and missing on generator,
By the time he finished it was almost 6pm, my wife was gone with the car and we decided to sleep at the dock and go in the morning.
We left 5 am! My first time conning my own not somebody else's boat; I love nights on the water and the Moon have decided to stop shining and the bridge instruments and gauges lights could not be turned on but the lower helm could not be turned off or dimmed. But by the time we hit Porlier Pass the daylight waked up.
We had a fantastic time ferrying the boat home - north of Thrasher Rock the NW picked up to 15 kn and created a nasty chop against the flood current and I was able to determine the boat is dry one behaving quite good for what it is.
Most impressive though is the engine; totally beyond my expectations, quiet, smooth and powerful. Great running engine I have to say.
By 2pm we were tied in my home marina which I visited first time in my life from the water side. The docking (my first on this type of boat too) was successful and any observer would not be able to tell how unexperienced I was although I had to cheat, I admit readily; I resorted to the bow thruster on one occasion for 2 seconds at least.
The boat is very good so far beyond my realistic expectations. the weather was cooperating too.