A Grand Old Boat

|

I don't think I'd ever seen anything quite like it before. There was a light rain falling at the time--as there often is in the Pacific Northwest--and I was walking down the long dock at Skyline Marina in Anacortes, Washington. And the vision ahead seemed like pure romance, or maybe pure cinematic romance is more like it. I swear. Had Humphrey Bogart himself swung open the watertight door of the buff-colored superstructure and stepped out into the chilly air to study the sky and pull up the collar of his pea coat, I wouldn't have been a bit surprised.

I stopped at the stern (see below)  and just stood there for a moment. In the meantime, the owner of the old commercial fishing boat turned yacht, Mr. Alan Buchan (an American with a deeply plaid and Scottish heritage) came up behind. Sensing his approach, I turned around.

"I guess you might like to come aboard," he said with a smile, somehow pitching his words halfway between a statement of fact and a question.

The fabulously salty story of Alan's Radiant Star (along with numerous pictures of her interior) will appear in the October issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine. There will be some pictures of her engine room as well, and of course her Gardner 8L3B 8-In-Line diesel engine (see below), a gorgeous old behemoth built in 1975 that never missed a beat while Radiant rounded Cape Horn.

For those of you who are truly into marine diesels and the sound they make I add here a short video of Alan and the Gardner. She's not all that loud. Come on--turn the volume on your computer up to the maximum and have at it!  

Vetus Maxwell Tip of the Week

Hot Today

Featured Brands

Cutwater
Azimut Yachts logo Ocean Alexander logo
Imtra logo Volvo Penta logo

Brokerage Listings Powered by BoatQuest.com