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Old 09-13-2018, 09:38 AM   #21
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I just left a private residence at Shelter Bay to get back under cover in Anacortes. Are you at the main docks, or a private house?
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:46 AM   #22
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It is at Cypress - Elephant Rock. I've never heard/seen the name Suprising Cove before - I see that ActiveCaptain has that name now that I look though. Eagle Harbor and that area is one of our favorite places!
I'd never heard of it either, but stayed there this summer for the first time after Eagle Harbor was full. Looked it up later on AC and had the same thought.

Great spot though, one of our new favorites!
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:47 AM   #23
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Congratulations! Beautiful boat. Looking forward to hearing of your adventures with her.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:49 AM   #24
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Congratulations. We too had a DeFever designed trawler and it took us safely around theG Great Loop. Good choice.
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I can’t wait till I can write a post like this.
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Old 09-13-2018, 12:33 PM   #26
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I just left a private residence at Shelter Bay to get back under cover in Anacortes. Are you at the main docks, or a private house?
We are planning on the main docks. We aren't there yet as they won't let anyone new in until they finish the planned dock work in Oct/Nov. I forget exactly which, but they are replacing one of the older docks, I think its C dock. They will be moving all the boats off C to other spots. Once the new dock is in, everyone moves back and they expect room for us. I think we'll end up in a 42 ft slip on B dock.
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Nice looking boat . Welcome to Trawler Forum.
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Nice boat, congrats.


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Welcome and a very big congratulations all around.
Great choice and looking forward to more pics and tales of the projects.
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Congratulations, the DeFever 42 is one of my all time favorite trawlers. "Rejoice" in your new find and go have adventures!!
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David. Curious on your “boater Collie”. We have a working dog “boater Collie” and would like to know your experience on how it acclimated to life at sea. Thx. Mark
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Congratulations

I have a 1977 Davis 42' kept in LaConner that I have had for the last 5 years. It has been a great boat in all types of weather, and have really enjoyed the boat. Have fun!

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I have a 1977 Davis 42' kept in LaConner that I have had for the last 5 years. It has been a great boat in all types of weather, and have really enjoyed the boat. Have fun!

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We SOOO have to get together and compare notes. I'm playing a lot of catch up and it would be good to see another boat up close for comparison (and pick your brain.)

I'll PM you with my contact info!
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David. Curious on your “boater Collie”. We have a working dog “boater Collie” and would like to know your experience on how it acclimated to life at sea. Thx. Mark
We have two border collies (although Mindi, in the photo, is allegedly Aussie or Aussie mix. Hard to say as she looks just like Old Shep.) Both love the boat, love the shore, but so far are very very mixed getting from the deck of the trawler down into the dinghy.

In my experience these dogs are up for whatever you are up to, and if you are out exploring they will dig it too. Rio is still young and gets a little nervous when he meets something he doesn't understand, but they love exploring, which is a big part of our boating.

Mindi never had been out on our 30 ft before it went off to someone else. Her first boating was in the 19 ft Bayliner Cuddy my son and I rebuilt. She was freaked out by the engine noise at first (its a loud boat, Josh and I haven't done any engine compartment soundproofing in it) but settled down. We got Rio earlier this year, and he's adapted remarkably well. It all culminated in a 4 day trip we took in it in late June - I built a teak ladder/step to climb up onto the fordeck of the cuddy so we could beach and go ashore. Both dogs loved it. Just like in the car they would settle down and rest when we were going fast, and up looking around when we slowed down.

We've only had them out on the trawler for a single 3 day trip. They had zero issues walking around the boat, and loved the freedom. The photo of Mindi napping on the aft cabin top was her second day ever on that boat.

We love the experience of taking the dogs to shore, and use it as an opportunity to exercise us and them, body and mind.

Getting to shore was anther matter. At first we were hand hoisting them by their life jacket handles up and down the transom. Wasn't working for anyone.

We stopped back in to Anacortes for a few hours after day one, and during a trip home for some other odds and ends my wife picked up a carpeted ramp I'd made while back. We rigged it to the back of the trawler as kind of a passerelle down to the seat of our RIB. Rio took to it immediately, and we found him running down into the dinghy and back up to the boat as we left the ramp laid into the dink (which was tied to the stern.) Mindi was a bit more skeptical but got it. The carpeting on the ramp is outdoor carpet from Home Depot, and not the best for dog grip on an incline.

One of my many (but probably the most important) projects over the winter will be to come up with a better quality passerelle that we can either permanently mount or quickly and easily mount for use and store underway. It would be ideal if I can come up with a solution that will let them get on and off the dock when needed as well. I'm thinking it will probably be 14-15 inches wide with some sort of durable non-skid that will work good for dog pads. Maybe Tuff Coat matched to whatever non-skid I do when I do some upper deck repairs.

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Congratulations, the DeFever 42 is one of my all time favorite trawlers. "Rejoice" in your new find and go have adventures!!
Thanks! Prescott? You're a long way from the sea! I spent every summer there with my grandma until I was probably 18 or 19. Nothing like stopping by the Tastee Freeze after a day out at Slide Rock!

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We have two border collies (although Mindi, in the photo, is allegedly Aussie or Aussie mix. Hard to say as she looks just like Old Shep.) Both love the boat, love the shore...
Immediate thought of an Aussie component is the kelpie(sounds Scottish),an Aussie working sheep dog,itself a cross, it`s said, with a touch of dingo(Aust native wild dog). But,no lack of border collies here,could just be one parent or relative had Aussie antecedents.There was a large sailboat at RSYS in Sydney with 2 which would race up around the decks barking at anything.
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You have beautiful boat; congrats! Use plenty sun screen while on "sun" deck. I'm sure you two will have plenty good times! Welcome to TF.
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