M/V Cloud Nine

M/V Cloud Nine
A 1973 North Sea 38' pilothouse Trawler, made in Osaka, Japan by Kita Trading Co. Ltd.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


UPDATE:  Cloud Nine was sold to a wonderful couple from Kingston, WA.  They seem to love her as much as we did.  While we have mixed feelings after moving off of her, we will always have our memories.  Thanks for following our story.  We may have another to share sometime down the road.

After a lot of discussion, we have made the decision to sell our pilothouse trawler and move back to land.  We have loved living aboard M/V Cloud Nine, working to bring her beauty back.

So, up FOR SALE is a 1973 38' North Sea Pilot House Trawler.  (Same design as Pacific Trawler.)

Built in Japan, this is Hull #2.
This is a Blaine Seeley design and originally owned by Blaine Seeley.
Previous boat name:  M/V Shellback

Double planked Mahogany on Apilong frames

Power: Perkins 6.354 turbo....burns 2 gph at 7 knots    
Engine Hours:  2952
Northern Lights 5 KW generator:  387 hours
Heart 25 Inverter, with Link 1000 control
Lewco 1240 back-up charger
Dickenson external hydraulic stern thruster
6-6V House Batteries
1- Steel 400 gallon fuel tank
1- Stainless Steel 160 gallon water tank
Seward 11 gallon hot water heater (installed 2012)
2- 5 gallon  propane tanks
1- Aluminum 4 gallon day tank for Dickenson heater

Ideal 12V Windlass
Bruce 20 kg bow anchor with 75' of 3/8" chain and 300' of 5/8" nylon
Danforth 20h anchor
200' of 5/8" rode

Standard Horizon Marine Radio Model Explorer GPS GX1700 (installed 2012)
Furuno Marine Radar 1623 (installed 2013)
Garmin 2010 GPS Plotter

Vitrifrigo Refrigerator, 12V/110, Model C1151 DX NA (installed 2012)
Seward 3-burner Princess Stove (installed 2012)
Fixed Drinking Water Filter at sink
Cool Blue freezer unit, 2-door

6-#5 Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers
Fire Boy MA2-500 FE241 in engine compartment, automatic

New Wallas forced air diesel furnace 30DT
Dickenson diesel heater "Antarctic"
Red dot engine heater
500W electric baseboard heater in forward cabin
1000W electric wall heater in salon

Vacuflush toilet
Avon R.I.B. with Honda 8hp 4-stroke engine
4 salon windows with sliders installed 2012
Double back doors replaced with custom single door 2012
Pilothouse doors replaced 2013
Custom canvas cockpit enclosure
Custom flybridge canvas cover - new in Fall 2015
Bamboo floors in the salon
Headliner replaced throughout the boat in 2014-2015

PRICE:  $79,000      Price lowered to $65,000 - open to reasonable offers!

She's been watched over by wooden boat specialists, Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend, WA. They replaced 8-10 planks in her hull in 2011, and then inspected her bottom again when we pulled her out in 2013, replacing a thru hole.  She was last hauled out in May of 2015, with bottom sanded, inspected, and painted. 

If interested, please contact:  Jerry Regan  360-670-1036 or email us at  If you want to see more photographs, please let us know and we can email them to you.

This shows the custom canvas enclosure for the cockpit

Customer made back door replaced the two side-by-side doors.

This is galley as installed in 2012.  The salon shows boxes of bamboo flooring which
we installed.  Also shows the old door going out to cockpit.  New door looks the same
outside as it does inside.

Here's the salon with the bamboo flooring, paneling, and new headliner in place with
stained and varnished oak strips with decorative screws.

Here's our steering station.  New radar installed, as well as a new marine radio.
The chart area was recently re-done as we didn't like what we had done earlier.
There is an opening on the counter both left and right that allow one to
get into the storage cabinets, instead of digging through the front.

A little blurry (sorry!) picture of our head.  A good-sized head, the full, stand-up
shower is on the other side of the wall where I am standing. Vacu-flush head.

Just email me at, and I'll take more and send them to you!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Conclusion to The Trip of a Lifetime

We have long ago settled in for winter in Puget Sound, and it wasn't until seeing one of our blog "followers" recently on a trip that I realized I never finished the blog of our journey south.  (Thank you, Pamela!)

Our story left off in the Broughton Archipelago, a large grouping of islands off the mainland of British Columbia.  Of all the places we've visited on this journey, the Broughtons (pronounced "brow-tons") is our second favorite, closely following Tracy Arm.  This beautiful area contains numerous channels and "arms" going into pristine areas, with mountains seemingly growing out of the water and climbing 4,000 feet into the air.  The channels are filled with porpoises that can't wait to come play in the wake of your boat or ride your bow for endless minutes.  It's a magical place, the home to six family-run marinas, all filled with unique individuals.  It's no wonder the Broughtons have become a popular destination for boaters.

We pick up after leaving Shawl Bay Marina.  We headed up the channel to Kwatsi Bay, a place we missed on our way south.  Clouds had settled in and rain was the constant for the day.  As we made the turn into Kwatsi Bay, the low clouds prevented us seeing the grandeur and beauty we had heard so much about.  We dropped anchor in the bay, rather than going to the marina, and waited out the weather. 

Kwatsi Bay

The next morning, fog hung onto the sides of the mountain, but we patiently waited for the sun to burn it all off, and glad we did!  We were anchored in the back cove of Kwatsi Bay, surrounded by granite walls that climbed out of the water straight up in the air.  We threw out the idea of leaving, and settled in for a day of exploring in the dinghy, enjoying the beauty of this bay.

After leaving Kwatsi Bay and heading south, heavy fog was our daily "constant", and we knew we needed to get further south and out of the fog that was now dominating the region.  Many days we traveled solely on instruments, not able to see more than 30 yards in front of our boat.  One day, in particularly dense fog, a fishing boat decided to follow, staying off our starboard quarter as we traveled down a channel.  Hailing him on the radio to see if we needed to get out of his way, he laughed and said, "No thanks, I'll let you lead."  

Tired of driving in the fog one day, we pulled into Thurston Bay Marine Park, and anchored on the east side of Bruce Pt, near Tully Island.  A protected anchorage, it was a nice respite from the fog.  The next day, the fog lifted, and we watched a barge come in off Tully Island and drop its ramp and let about 20 people walk off and around on the Island.  Curious, we dropped our kayaks and paddled over to the group.  Twelve women were traveling on the barge as tourists, two to a cabin, friends for many years, and their itinerary was dependent on the cargo the barge was hauling and where it needed to be delivered.  The rest of the people were either crew or others traveling to isolated areas.  We visited with the women and they told us of the fabulous food they were presented each day, and we shared with them stories of our journey.  

Moon rising over Goose Spit, Comox, B.C.

We continued south towards the warm sun and clear skies, arriving in Comox on a beautifully clear day.  With temperatures in the 70's, and the forecast calling for the same for a few days, we decided a break from the "daily" voyaging was in order.  Each night at 6:00 p.m. a commercial shrimp boat came in with its daily catch, and we bought shrimp each evening for $6/pound.  We enjoyed being in one place for a few days, with access to the grocery store, pubs, and marine store.  It didn't hurt that the sun "baked" us each day.  We soaked it ALL in!

Nanaimo saw us again on our trip south, and then we ventured toward our friends on Saturna Island, in the Gulf Islands.  Brian and Patty, from S/V Elusive, live on Saturna Island and offered use of their dock for as long as we wanted.  Turned out a week was what we wanted, and they were gracious tour guides showing us their island, gracious hosts having us join them for dinner.  We, then, were gracious guests, leaving them to enjoy their time with visiting family.  

We watched this buck walk along the shoreline right off their dock.

S/V Elusive in all her glory!  Beautiful boat!
One beautiful afternoon, with the wind just right, Brian and Patty took out Elusive and we actually got to see her with sails up!  After cruising with them for about 3 weeks on our northward trip, we never saw her sails go up.  Now, amongst the Gulf Islands, they enjoyed an afternoon sail with their kids, and we enjoyed watching from Cloud Nine.

Saying good-bye to our friends, we headed across the border and back to the U.S.A.  A couple of days with friends in the San Juan Islands, and then a few days with friends outside of Bellingham, left us with time to kill before settling in for winter.  We headed to one of our favorite places, La Conner, for a visit, where herons are plentiful.

A night in Coupeville and Everett and then a couple of days anchored out in Port Ludlow, got us closer to our winter destination, but we still needed a few days anchored out, so we pulled into Port Madison and anchored deep in the bay amongst the beautiful homes and their personal boats at docks and hooked to buoys. 

Another heron liked this area and we actually caught him sitting on the railing of our boat, but, alas, we did not have camera in hand.  Here he was, though, at the nearby dock.

How does one sum up this trip?  IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!  Our blog only puts into words our travels and adventures, but does not express the excitement, the beauty, the thrill and the real adventure of the trip.  It's an experience that will last a lifetime in our minds.  We encourage all of those boaters that say "one day we hope to do the same thing," not to wait!  Do it now!  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Back in the U.S.A.!

We have arrived back into the U.S. of A!  We spent a week on Saturna Island in the Gulf Islands at the dock of new friends, Brian & Patti, from S/V Elusive.  We then crossed the border and headed for a couple of days at Sucia Island in the San Juans with friends from Sequim, Cliff & Julie, from M/V Beautiful Day.  It was nice to spend time with both couples again.

We are currently staying with friends in Lynden, WA, while Cloud Nine is moored at Bellingham Marina.  We will leave from here and head to the San Juans again for a few days while we work, slowly, southward towards our spot for winter.

We have had a Trip of a Lifetime!!  Frustrating internet aside, we have enjoyed posting our adventures on this blog.  (Some will notice a lack of postings on the way south, and that was mainly due to Nancy's frustration with slow internet and the inability to get anything done at the places where we did have internet.

Once we are settled in our winter harbor, we will post one more entry with photos of our trip south. 

Thanks to all who followed us and read our entries.  Thanks for the prayers we received for our safe journey.  Thanks to all the friends we made along the way!  Thanks, too, for those that didn't laugh too hard at our antics!  We feel truly blessed for all those people we met along the way.

A final, special thanks, to Chris & Donna from M/V Sound Venture, Don & Dida from M/V Firefly, and Brian & Patti from S/V Elusive.  Thank you all for sharing your time, your knowledge, and for your friendship.