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  1. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Hopefully not, she is way too cool of a vessel for that. I suspect ND will either finally take delivery or else sell her.  
  2. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Yes, Bob was right. His gentle suggestions yielded a much better boat than the one I had originally envisioned (OK, not all of his suggestions were "gentle".) I enjoy FRANCIS now so much more than I would have if I had not taken Bob's suggestions. Bob is responsible for having saved me from an...
  3. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    But when you are out cruising you might really enjoy the comfort and utility of those systems. It all depends on the intended use of the vessel.
  4. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    ND and I did kind of bracket the "level of complexity" thing....... Interestingly enough I love his boat, but I would love it more in the pilot house configuration.
  5. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Tom is one of my favorite posters here. He seems so upbeat! I want to go sailing with Tom someday.
  6. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Bump. I thought CATARI would beat FRANCIS into the water. FRANCIS splashed in late March 2014.
  7. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    -3 with kite, 25 NFS
  8. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    New polars coming for FRANCIS with the ORC certificate which is now in the works.
  9. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    I think he was teasing you Bob!
  10. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Try harder.
  11. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Well, one of them is a world class sailor (2nd in the world's in a sportsboat class a couple years ago.) He brought along his 14 year old son and we had a BLAST, the three of us. It was nice having him call the sail trim and tactics. I sure don't seem to have any problem attracting good...
  12. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    I am happy every time I look out of my window and see FRANCIS LEE moored at my dock. I had her over at CSR a few weeks ago for some work and I really missed seeing her! Last night's race was hardly fair, we do have a staggered start and we start last, but with her speed upwind she is very hard...
  13. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Just remember; if you ever want to do a custom boat Bob is your guy.
  14. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    I did too Bob and you were critical to the success. That was fun. AND, we ended up with a pretty nice ride out of it!
  15. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Heck, FRANCIS LEE ran well over budget and took much longer to build than we first guessed. And she is very simple and straight forward. (But I am responsible for the overruns because once I discovered the level of talent available I threw the budget away and went for the best possible outcome...
  16. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    And the rest of all of us getting impatient too!
  17. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Not always, we did a number of construction project in my old company with an "owners rep". That arrangement is quite common on Seattle construction projects.
  18. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Depends on the complexity of the project. I visited my project once a week and established an excellent relationship with the instructor/foreman, so he and I exchanged text and phone calls almost daily in addition to my visits. I also had several contract workers who were employed by me...
  19. kimbottles

    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Well to control the process AND become it is so much fun to watch a boat get built!
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