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Old 10-08-2021, 06:32 PM   #181
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Cool. Lucky Helmsman. Looks like ours (51) will be starting in Nov.
The Helmsman's look great inside. So beamy without the side decks and the materials and layout appear really nice.
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Old 10-08-2021, 08:59 PM   #182
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Cool. Lucky Helmsman. Looks like ours (51) will be starting in Nov.
Yes. My boat is under way. Beginning to look like a boat!
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Old 10-09-2021, 11:02 AM   #183
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Yes. My boat is under way. Beginning to look like a boat!
Congratulations! Exciting news.
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Old 10-09-2021, 11:05 AM   #184
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We are #52! Picked out all our Furuno systems last week. Getting excited. Best of luck everyone!
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Old 10-09-2021, 09:15 PM   #185
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Yes. My boat is under way. Beginning to look like a boat!
Hi Helmsman, that's sure is exciting! Do you have a picture or two you can share?
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Old 10-09-2021, 11:40 PM   #186
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“Water Music” hull number 44 arrived in Seattle this evening thanks to Scott and Van Helker steaming her from Longview WA on the Columbia River. Shipping from China to North America is in a mess but the Helker’s persevered and after many delays finally got the boat booked on a general cargo ship calling at Longview instead of the container ships calling Seattle. There were still delays at both ends of the voyage but she is finally here. A couple of weeks for commissioning and installation of electronics and we should take delivery before the end of October. Getting excited.
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Old 10-09-2021, 11:54 PM   #187
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“Water Music” hull number 44 arrived in Seattle this evening thanks to Scott and Van Helker steaming her from Longview WA on the Columbia River. Shipping from China to North America is in a mess but the Helker’s persevered and after many delays finally got the boat booked on a general cargo ship calling at Longview instead of the container ships calling Seattle. There were still delays at both ends of the voyage but she is finally here. A couple of weeks for commissioning and installation of electronics and we should take delivery before the end of October. Getting excited.
Congratulations to you and the Helmsman team! Yay!!!
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Old 10-10-2021, 12:51 AM   #188
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“Water Music” hull number 44 arrived in Seattle this evening thanks to Scott and Van Helker steaming her from Longview WA on the Columbia River. Shipping from China to North America is in a mess but the Helker’s persevered and after many delays finally got the boat booked on a general cargo ship calling at Longview instead of the container ships calling Seattle. There were still delays at both ends of the voyage but she is finally here. A couple of weeks for commissioning and installation of electronics and we should take delivery before the end of October. Getting excited.
It’s amazing what Scott and his team did. They left Astoria yesterday morning and crossed the treacherous Astoria bar. The traveled up the coast and transited the Strait of Juan de Fuca during gale warnings. The 38E had no electronics permanently installed. A portable radar was attached with bungee cords. I’d love to see Scott do a blog post on this journey. It says a lot for the boat and for the Helmsman team. Congratulations on your new boat.
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Old 10-10-2021, 03:54 AM   #189
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It’s amazing what Scott and his team did. They left Astoria yesterday morning and crossed the treacherous Astoria bar. The traveled up the coast and transited the Strait of Juan de Fuca during gale warnings. The 38E had no electronics permanently installed. A portable radar was attached with bungee cords. I’d love to see Scott do a blog post on this journey. It says a lot for the boat and for the Helmsman team. Congratulations on your new boat.
Yes, it would be very interesting to know how long total hours it took from Astoria to Cape Flattery. Quite a trip for sure!
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Old 10-10-2021, 08:01 AM   #190
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It’s amazing what Scott and his team did. They left Astoria yesterday morning and crossed the treacherous Astoria bar. The traveled up the coast and transited the Strait of Juan de Fuca during gale warnings. The 38E had no electronics permanently installed. A portable radar was attached with bungee cords. I’d love to see Scott do a blog post on this journey. It says a lot for the boat and for the Helmsman team. Congratulations on your new boat.
Crazy trip. Glad they made it in safe and sound. Good people taking care of their customers! Certainly gives me a lot of confidence in the boat.
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Old 10-10-2021, 08:05 AM   #191
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It’s amazing what Scott and his team did. They left Astoria yesterday morning and crossed the treacherous Astoria bar. The traveled up the coast and transited the Strait of Juan de Fuca during gale warnings. The 38E had no electronics permanently installed. A portable radar was attached with bungee cords. I’d love to see Scott do a blog post on this journey. It says a lot for the boat and for the Helmsman team. Congratulations on your new boat.
Just wow.

A worthy boat.

Confidence in the boat to do it.

Seamanship.
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Old 10-10-2021, 08:08 AM   #192
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“Water Music” hull number 44 arrived in Seattle this evening thanks to Scott and Van Helker steaming her from Longview WA on the Columbia River. Shipping from China to North America is in a mess but the Helker’s persevered and after many delays finally got the boat booked on a general cargo ship calling at Longview instead of the container ships calling Seattle. There were still delays at both ends of the voyage but she is finally here. A couple of weeks for commissioning and installation of electronics and we should take delivery before the end of October. Getting excited.
Congratulations!
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Old 10-10-2021, 11:27 AM   #193
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“Water Music” hull number 44 arrived in Seattle this evening thanks to Scott and Van Helker steaming her from Longview WA on the Columbia River. Shipping from China to North America is in a mess but the Helker’s persevered and after many delays finally got the boat booked on a general cargo ship calling at Longview instead of the container ships calling Seattle. There were still delays at both ends of the voyage but she is finally here. A couple of weeks for commissioning and installation of electronics and we should take delivery before the end of October. Getting excited.
Congratulations!
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Old 10-10-2021, 05:28 PM   #194
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This will deflate the Homeric proportions established by the previous posts...

WATER MUSIC waited on the dock in Longview for nearly two weeks due to labor shortages caused by very busy port facilities. The boat was finally put into the water by a friendly and helpful crew in Longview on Wednesday morning and then towed to a place where we could connect the batteries, get the engine running, and check the systems. We then proceeded 42 nm down the Columbia for a few days in Astoria to ready the boat for the trip to Seattle. But the weather forecast looked bad and (tip of the cap to Commander's Weather Service and their personalized and very detailed trip planning forecasts) we decided to get underway on Friday to beat what could be as much as a month of prohibitive and repetitive weather systems.

Accompanying Van and myself was Dave Carleson, one of our salespeople, who has done this trip in everything but a coracle I think, and who is a hardy and pleasant watchstander too. The personalized forecast and Dave were both invaluable.

From the Columbia bar crossing at slack tide of 0815 to the turn into Juan de Fuca at Cape Flattery took about 17 hours.

Thankfully we knew from our personalized forecast to hug the coast at about 5 miles, instead of the usual distance farther offshore, so the conditions were mostly benign. The worst winds and waves were encountered in Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon, as Commander's had predicted.

The total trip from Astoria to Seattle took 34.5 hours, including the Ballard Locks and a brief stop enroute to change the transmission break-in fluid and filter.

Confidence in the boat, yes, but a lot of preparation and safety equipment too, just in case.

All-in-all a fine adventure and the boat performed and handled (hand-steered all the way) beautifully. Nonetheless, we're hoping the shipping situation allows us to get bookings to Seattle again soon.

We're looking forward to WATER MUSIC's Canadian owners taking delivery, and to hearing about their adventures. She's had a good shakedown!

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Old 10-10-2021, 05:35 PM   #195
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Oh wow! Such an incredible journey and accounting of your trip! We have been waiting for the details! Thank you so much for posting!
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Old 10-10-2021, 06:05 PM   #196
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OK, the modesty is admirable Scott.

But the seamanship comment stands! Preparation. Acquisition of a good read on weather, the right plan, and the right crew for the trip. An important part of seamanship that avoids more "excitement."
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Old 10-10-2021, 10:11 PM   #197
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This will deflate the Homeric proportions established by the previous posts...

WATER MUSIC waited on the dock in Longview for nearly two weeks due to labor shortages caused by very busy port facilities. The boat was finally put into the water by a friendly and helpful crew in Longview on Wednesday morning and then towed to a place where we could connect the batteries, get the engine running, and check the systems. We then proceeded 42 nm down the Columbia for a few days in Astoria to ready the boat for the trip to Seattle. But the weather forecast looked bad and (tip of the cap to Commander's Weather Service and their personalized and very detailed trip planning forecasts) we decided to get underway on Friday to beat what could be as much as a month of prohibitive and repetitive weather systems.

Accompanying Van and myself was Dave Carleson, one of our salespeople, who has done this trip in everything but a coracle I think, and who is a hardy and pleasant watchstander too. The personalized forecast and Dave were both invaluable.

From the Columbia bar crossing at slack tide of 0815 to the turn into Juan de Fuca at Cape Flattery took about 17 hours.

Thankfully we knew from our personalized forecast to hug the coast at about 5 miles, instead of the usual distance farther offshore, so the conditions were mostly benign. The worst winds and waves were encountered in Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon, as Commander's had predicted.

The total trip from Astoria to Seattle took 34.5 hours, including the Ballard Locks and a brief stop enroute to change the transmission break-in fluid and filter.

Confidence in the boat, yes, but a lot of preparation and safety equipment too, just in case.

All-in-all a fine adventure and the boat performed and handled (hand-steered all the way) beautifully. Nonetheless, we're hoping the shipping situation allows us to get bookings to Seattle again soon.

We're looking forward to WATER MUSIC's Canadian owners taking delivery, and to hearing about their adventures. She's had a good shakedown!

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Sounds like a good run to me. Would have been a fun trip.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:00 PM   #198
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“Water Music” hull number 44 arrived in Seattle this evening thanks to Scott and Van Helker steaming her from Longview WA on the Columbia River. Shipping from China to North America is in a mess but the Helker’s persevered and after many delays finally got the boat booked on a general cargo ship calling at Longview instead of the container ships calling Seattle. There were still delays at both ends of the voyage but she is finally here. A couple of weeks for commissioning and installation of electronics and we should take delivery before the end of October. Getting excited.
Helmsman Trawlers put some photos of the maiden voyage on Instagram today.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CVBp0gfP...dium=copy_link
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