Grace was delivered to us in late winter 2008. Although we have always been avid cruisers we had never raced a big boat. So in between cruising we tried racing Grace for about two years.
Even with her cruising sails and our two boys having to be coaxed down from the spreaders so we could start, we won our first J Fest Northwest. She was also third overall and third in her class in the Seattle Yacht Clubs prestigious tri-island series. No doubt about it – Grace is Fast!
But our love has and continues to be cruising. We’ve cruised on Grace from top to bottom of the Salish Sea. From Olympia to Desolation Sound, she has been a solid comfortable and stable boat. She’s safe in big seas and always reliable. Easy enough for two to fly the small kite with the snuffer and lots of fun up wind.
We added a third house battery and a TV with DVD player early in Grace’s career. So there have been lots of cozy evenings in the salon. The European marine head, plumbing, hot water heater, bilge pump and AC electric have all been replaced with local high quality parts that are easily serviced. We also added a sea strainer to the salt water intake on the engine for those times you suck in some eel grass when you are up north.
Because Grace is so fast, we find ourselves sailing more. Why motor in 6 knots of breeze when you can almost make 6 knots sailing? On some cruises we have found ourselves having to be reminded to start the motor just to charge the batteries. We added an electric main halyard
winch a few years ago and that has meant even more time sailing and less motoring.
Whatever kind of sailors Grace’s new owners are, racers or cruisers like us, we know you will be proud how she performs.