We have had this boat for some time and use her more than most people. She is a 58 foot overall 1996 Navigator Pilot House 5300 Classic. She has 3 staterooms and is the boat that I always wanted. Life is good. Lore and I have joined the Navigator Cruising Club and look forward to meeting new friends and traveling the Pacific Coastal waters. Lore and I have taker her to the Channel Islands. More recently Lore and I brought the boat up to the San Juan Islands from Alameda California and spent the summer cruising some of the Islands. We moored it in Poulsbo for several months and then moved it to Semiahmoo. Semiahmoo is the worst port on the Pacific Coast. There is no protection from the wind. After several thousand dollars of damage we were able to find moorage in Friday Harbor where she was until Oct 1, 2007. We had decided that since we did not have a permanent slip in Friday Harbor we would move it to San Diego for the winter. We got lucky. Just hours before we were ready to leave Friday Harbor for the winter and move County Lore to San Diegoa slip became available. We are just not ready to leave the Gulf Islands yet. It is by far the nicest place to cruise and we just aren't done yet. The one thing that is hard with the Gulf Islands is the current and wind. It can really blow the boat around and every time we went out it was of concern. The Navigators are well known for being under powered when it comes to Bow Thrusters. So in August of 2008 we had new Side Power thrusters installed both bow and stern. She now will move at about 5 knots sideways. We are no longer concerned with the wind. We also had a new product installed: an underwater camera and lights. Since we have a house in the Sierra we seemed to have two summer homes so we gave up our slip and went back down the coast to Ventura. Spent the winter there and found out that it was pricy and there was no place to cruise. After you cruise the Channel Islands a few times there is not much to do. So we decided to move it to
Perry’s Marina in the delta. The slip was much nicer and the people were down to earth and the cost was less than half. We had a good time while in the Sacramento Delta. While in Perry’s we met Tony Gliedt of
Gliedt’s Boat Shop. Since we spent a lot of time on our boat we decided to expand the saloon by 4 feet. It was very important that we not change the lines of the boat. We wanted it to appear as if it was factory. That is not an easy feat. But Tony and his staff were determined to make that happen. I can’t say enough about how great it looks and how comfortable it is. We also added a 3D TV and lots of stained glass. I can only say Tony, thank you. We had the boat documented as a 58 foot custom Navigator. But the call to the San Juan Islands was stronger. So we decided to return to Washington. After one stop at the Rouge River Brewery (they have some great Ale) we arrived at Friday Harbor. I might add that bringing the boat up the Pacific Coast, as we have several times, is not for the light hearted. In September 2011 we got our slip in Friday Harbor. This is a great Marina the staff is very helpful and the tenants are friendly. When you pull in there is always someone willing to catch a line. We found our home and will stay. Friday Harbor is a great place to start cruising. Although it is a destination location it is close to the Canadian Border and within minutes you are in some of the most scenic waters in the world.
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