On October 18, 2014 we sealed the deal to purchase Arctic Loon, a Westsail 32. It was on this day that we picked up all the bits and pieces.
October 25th was the day we brought her home. It began with a crane picking up Arctic Loon and lifting all 17,200 lbs of her over her third owners garage and onto their driveway. From there, she sat in the driveway until the boat trailer arrived to pick her up and transport her to Cowichan Bay. Arctic Loon had been resting in a backyard for the last 27 years, while she was rebuilt to a very high standard. Arctic Loon made her way safely to another driveway in Cowichan Bay, where she will remain until she is ready to launch, sometime in 2015.
November was mostly spent building supports and a shelter, which has enabled us to work on the boat at all hours of the day or night, and throughout the winter with lights and heaters.
Christmas holidays allowed us to really get started, which felt like a big sailboat puzzle. It was during this time that the skylight, hatch, and all of the thru-hulls were installed.
After Christmas, we scraped off the old paint and caulking from the chain plates and washers, so that we could install them.