Originally Posted by Ken E.
I was on a Duck in Wrangell Alaska, tied up next to us. The owners are Dave and Dorthy Nagle...I don't recall the Duck's name. Anyway, Dave had delivered several Ducks from China to Australia and had some harrowing tales of weather and a few bandido wannabe's en route.
I met Dave & Dorothy at a Trawler Fest around 2002. Dave was looking forward to retiring from Sonoma County Sheriff's dept and caught the boating bug. Both nice people - Dave crewed for me on a couple deliveries up the coast. I lost track of them shortly after they took delivery of their boat in China - they floated around Philippines for a while as I recall.
I'd be remiss if I didn't highlight that had TrawlerForum been around and had Dave done his nose-poking here instead of Trawler Fest, he would be subjected to dozens of self-proclaimed old salts who would tell him his dream is too grand, he should work his way up the ladder of experience. When he stepped aboard as crew for me for a 5-day run north from Dana Point, his experience was limited to small patrol boats. He was good crew and had good stories to while away the night watch.
The Nagle's are one of the examples I think of when I hear Newbies want to know if their dream is feasible. It is. It's a tougher road than starting when you're young, but when you start in your 50's or 60's, you have to skip a few bases. Dave and Dorothy did fine.
BTW - as I recall, "David Ellis" was the first names of each of Dave's and Dorothy's fathers. It's a good name for a boat.
If anyone bumps into them, tell them I said hello - last I saw them was dinner at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco around 2004.