|A Dream Reborn ~ DULCINEA~
|It is blue again like morning... We own another boat!
On August 16, 2019, KITTIWAKE - a Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, took my wife and I on as her new stewards. I first stepped aboard a Flicka in the early 1980s at a
yacht brokerage in Long Beach, California where I was head sailing instructor at Marina Sailing. Later in 2002, I owned a teak Tahiti ketch TOREA and often used my
copy of "A Sailor's Sketchbook" by Flicka's designer Bruce Bingham for project inspiration to improve my Tahiti ketch.
In 2010 I sold my Tahiti ketch and moved from San Francisco when I accepted the position of director of the historic 1877 barque ELISSA in Galveston, Texas. While I
have found work and a career on the larger traditional square-rigged vessels and traditional boats it has always been the smaller sailboats that have tugged at my
heartstrings… a Flicka certainly fills the sails of my desire to sail again with the possibility of some longer passage making.
In mid-August 2019, I had the good fortune to meet Hal DeVaney, the long-time owner of the KITTIWAKE, a Flicka 20 berthed in Galveston where I currently live.
Hal and I enjoyed lunch overlooking the marina where KITTIWAKE was berthed. At one point he said, almost in passing, that he was thinking of selling his boat. After
several beats to contain my excitement…I mentioned I might be interested in buying it. We finished lunch and headed down to the boat for a tour. While the outside was
heavily oxidized, the inside was beautiful teak with a new headliner panel. Hal listed the sail inventory and also mentioned that the 9.9 horsepower Honda outboard
worked well but was currently dry of fuel (a good thing with carburetors).
Hal told me that his main concern was that his Flicka went to the right person – and I am grateful that he thought I was that right person. On August 15, my wife and I
became the new owners of KITTIWAKE. A few months later and after a dry docking and major restoration, we rechristened her DULCINEA. The following
magazine issue is devoted to DULCINEA's rebirth and can be read by clicking on the photo.
I think she will be a great boat for San Francisco Bay and coastal passages with a potential Hawaii voyage and look forward to taking any of my shipmates who happen
to visit out sailing…or just kicking back in the stern sheets with a cold malt sandwich or two!
|Hal DeVaney next to KITTIWAKE after
our lunch together
|Below decks with Hal filling me in on some of
KITTIWAKE's history and exploits
|A photo Hal shared with me of KITTIWAKE
thrown up on the pier after hurricane Ike. She
suffered a bent rail on her pushpit - she is a
tough girl and stoutly built by Pacific Seacraft!
|Good friend Jonathan Frank presented
me with a watercolor to grace
|A toast to Neptune at DULCINEA's
|Maiden Voyage DULCINEA, ex KITTIWAKE
|Sailing the asphalt sea to her new berth in
beautiful San Rafael, California
|Saturday 15 August 2020
settled in her trailer.
|All secured waiting to be hauled out on
to a trailer
|Saturday 15 August 2020 - underway
towards San Rafael, Calif.
|Secured in her new berth at my old
marina in San Rafael, California
|First wash down
|Beautiful Loch Lomond Marina, San
|Revealing DULCINEA to
Neptune and those assembled
|Raising and Lowering
DULCINEA's mast singlehanded