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Travels of a Cover Girl

Summary Overview

Thousands of memorable hours cruising aboard Hale Kai, our Offshore 58' pilothouse Yacht, with family and friends encompassed:
• cruising over 50,000 nautical miles at sea
• transiting 18 of the 22 U.S. maritime states
• visiting 25 foreign countries
• exploring more than 300 'Ports of Call'
• enjoying the quiet beauty of over 400 anchorages

From La Jolla, California our cruises included: two round trips to Alaska in 1994 & 1997 with the summer of 1996 spent in British Columbia; round trips to the Mexican 'Gold Coast' and Sea of Cortez in 1995 & 1998; cruising through Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Panama Canal, San Blas Islands, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and a round trip from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay in 1999; cruising the Bahamas in 2000; round trips from Florida to Maine in 2000 & 2001; cruising the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands [St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Dominica], the Windward Islands [Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada], Trinidad, and Venezuela in 2002; and finally, returning to La Jolla through the ABC's [Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao], Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico in 2003. Many extended stays in our own slice of paradise on the West-End of Catalina Island.


Summary Overview

British Columbia & Alaska 1994 - 1997

Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia: anchored in the current of Chatterbox Falls in a fiord described as the ‘eighth Wonder of the World’ guarded by Malibu Rapids, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, hundreds of waterfalls with calm pristine waters [think of Yosemite Valley flooded with sea water],

Glacier Bay, Alaska: drifting 1/4 nm off of Margerie Glacier in our shorts and tee shirts watching 100+ ton pinnacles of ice falling into the sea from this tidewater glacier sending large wakes past the boat,

Red Bluff Bay, Baranof Island: anchored in a quiet cove bounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, salmon-filled streams, bears fishing on shore and eagles waiting in trees for their turn to snatch a salmon,

Frederick Sound: drifting in a large pod of Orcas patrolled by a half dozen males, with numerous females and their frolicking juveniles enjoying a seemingly carefree life at the top of the food chain,

Costa Rica & Panama 1999

Costa Rica’s ecological parks; Tortuga, Curu, Manuel Antonio & Osa Peninsula: provided a treasure trove of wildlife diversity,

Isla Coiba, Panama: a large undeveloped island [Penal Colony] with its lush jungles and warm waters teaming marine sea life is an unparalleled ecological preserve,

Panama Canal: sharing the locks with fellow cruisers and five story high 1000 feet long container vessels as we passed through a Continent by means of one of the greatest engineering feats in history was awe inspiring,

San Blas Islands, Panama [Kuna Yala Nation]: great snorkeling in calm warm waters teaming with tropical sea life, friendly people living on coconut tree covered islands in an archipelago of over 300 island surrounded by coral reefs,

Western Caribbean; Honduras, Guatemala, Belize & Mexico 1999

Rigged for Scuba diving enabled an unparalleled diving experience in Roatan, Glovers Reef, Lighthouse Reef & Cozumel,

Bahamas 2000 & 2001

Cruised throughout the Bahamas including: Grand Bahama, Abacos [a few months after Hurricane Floyd gave it a haircut], Euthera, Exumas, Nassau, & Bimini,

Florida via the ICW through the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut was an enjoyable way of turning the pages of history,

New England 2001
Historic towns [Plymouth, Gloucester, Camden and Bar Harbor] as well as hundreds of smaller communities and harbors [Castine, Somesville, Seal Cove, Pretty Marsh, Onset Bay, Stonington Harbor & Fishers Island] offered interesting and delightful cruising,

Turks & Caicos 2002
Pristine warm waters, white sand beaches, great diving and our granddaughter taking her first steps were unforgettable highlights of our visit,

US & British Virgin Islands 2002

Exploring, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, visiting ashore and just relaxing at anchorage in this cruisers’ paradise brings back many happy memories,

Leeward and Windward Islands 2002

Cultural, geological, environmental and historical diversity characterize this chain of islands guarding the eastern Carribean,

Trinidad, Venezuela and the Netherlands Antilles 2002

Persistent Trade Winds and following seas pushed us westward toward the canal through some of the most pleasant and unspoiled cruising grounds we had experienced along the coast of Venezuela [Mochima, Isla Tortuga, Los Roques & Aves de Barlovento] on to Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba, and arriving in the welcoming anchorage of Portobelo Panama,

Homeward Bound 2003

Cruising up the Chagres River through dense jungle populated with a diversity of tropical plants and animals we anchored in still waters near the base of the dam forming Gaton Lake where we were serenaded at sunrise and dusk by Howler monkeys,

A leisurely westward passage through the canal with an overnight anchorage in Gaton Lake,

Panama’s Pearl Islands [Islas Las Perlas] afforded quiet anchorages, meeting interesting native populations in small villages, shelling on white sand beaches and snorkeling in warm pristine waters,

Cost Rica’s Gulfo Dulce is a laid-back tropical setting within settled waters and lust forests,

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala provided easy access to Antigua the beautiful Colonial Capital of Central America situated in a temperate valley surrounded by volcanic mountains,

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala provided easy access to Antigua the beautiful Colonial Capital of Central America situated in a temperate valley surrounded by volcanic mountains,

Catalina-West End 2004 to Present

Our own slice of paradise close at hand where we have enjoyed extended stays over the years savoring the laid-back atmosphere and unspoiled land and seas with family and friends.

 

Hale Kai - Our 58’ Offshore Pilothouse

Summary Overview

Our 58’ Offshore Pilothouse proved its seaworthiness during its shakedown cruise in April 94 during the ‘storm-of-the-decade’ in Southern California inter-coastal waters [http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-25/news/mn-50287_1_wave-breaks-cruise-shipwindow]. Our float plan called for cruising to Avalon to pickup family then south around the bottom of San Clemente out to Santa Barbara Island around the west-end of Catalina back to Avalon and then home to Newport Harbor. Our Daughter standing the midnight watch commented that she preferred the clouds obscuring the full moon rather than seeing the moon-illuminated canyons we faced going up-seas on the outside of San Clemente.

Even after rounding the west-end, winds and seas on the lee-side of Catalina prevented us from safely deploying our tender or to take a crew member to shore [all docks had been pulled up]. When we arrived in Avalon, the harbor had been closed to commercial vessels and shore boats even refused to offload a crew member. Undaunted, Hale Kai S-curved our way back to Newport Harbor where we were greeted by hundreds of spectators who lined the shore and breakwaters to witness the storm.

Whether pushing our way thought ice flows in Alaska, skiing down twenty footers driven by Gale-force winds off Northern California, crossing unmarked reef-strewn shallow banks or bouncing through 15’ moguls off the north-eastern tip of Columbia; Hale Kai has proven to be a reliable and trustworthy partner.



Praise from a New Member of the Offshore Family

September 2011

"We have been boating in the Inside Passage for more than 30 years with an emphasis on fishing. Over three years ago we began the search for a new boat that would provide us with a few more creature comforts, while still allowing us to access remote areas and shorelines where the fish like to hide.

After a great deal of research, we determined that the OFFSHORE ™ was the ideal boat for the Northwest waters that we travel. We connected with John Olson, (who gets the award for the most patient boat broker of all time!), and began looking at various new and used Offshores’, visiting boat shows across the country, and searching for the right boat for our specific needs.

We wanted to be able to operate the boat ourselves with just the two of us on board. We wanted it to be comfortable and functional for long distance cruising, but be outfitted for hard core fishing, fish processing, and storage. John listened to us talk about all of these goals, and took several stabs at designs for new boats, as well as strategies for customizing existing hull designs.

In the end, thanks to John, we found the perfect boat for us, and could not be more thrilled.

Once purchased, the entire boat was refitted to transition it to a fishing vessel. John and his team worked with us continually to assist us in getting the boat properly outfitted.

We are proud to be new members of the OFFSHORE™ family.

Sincerely, "

Tamar and Steve Goodfellow


 

"I am just back from the maiden voyage of the Taipan VI.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much we LOVE our boat!!!!!!!

The "six" as I call her, fully lived up to her legacy as a fishing machine (the most important issue for Steve!), but equally important, the whole boat worked wonderfully for both of us.  We could handle it perfectly with just the two of us.  All of your special designs, ie; the vacuum packer, new freezer, fish cleaning station, etc. worked perfectly and created a lot more ease, and we were comfortable, had great visibility in bad weather, etc. etc. etc.

I could go on and on.  We are just so thrilled.  

We hope that if you are ever in the Northwest we can get you aboard so that you can see the result of all your hours of hard work on our behalf.  

We also want to thank you again, for your patience, time, energy, accommodating our crazy schedule, etc. It was wonderful to work with you, and while I don't anticipate we'll be upgrading anytime soon, you are definitely the man we will call if that day ever comes.  

Again, thanks for everything.  

Tamar (and Steve) Goodfellow



Praise from a New Offshore Owner

"Pat and I REALLY love our new Offshore 76. Now that we have had a week or two aboard, we are beginning to notice the extra thought and care that went into designing and outfitting her. We wake up every morning and our first words are, "We love our boat!" Our thanks to everyone in your organization for making the transition easy.

In Ft. Lauderdale, the team at the Harbor Town office: Captain Palmer, Captain Davis, Rich, Mary Jane. They unfailingly went out of their way to get us an answer or make a connection.

I enjoyed meeting Chris at the boat show -- very knowledgeable and helpful. And special thanks to you and Rojo for direct involvement and ready phone numbers. Very impressive responsiveness.

Finally, Geir, who made it all happen. He is simply a perfect representative of your company: honest, persistent, cheerful, and the kind of old salt that appeals to other old salts like me. Together you all make quite a team, and we feel very lucky to have chosen Offshore.

Wishing you a great 2011,"

Terry Baxter

(Offshore West -- Terry & Pat Baxter purchased a new Offshore 76 in early December 2010)

 


Comments overheard at the Miami Boat Show (Feb. 2010)



"Looks like a ship. It's a different world." (on the Offshore 76)

"Man, this is smooth! Beautiful, the whole boat is sweet."

"Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I'm floored!" (on the Offshore 64)

"Attention to detail like I've never seen." (from the wife of a naval architect on Offshore 76)


Happy Owner:

I will definitely stop by and see you (at the San Diego Boat Show). I am anxious to see the new 64 that you have at the show.

Since I purchased my 48, I have gained much respect for the brand. Man what a boat Offshore builds!

See you at the show.

Carl C. Jones

 

 

Comments overheard at the San Diego Boat Show (Jan. 2009)

"The details are just gorgeous."
"By far the best--this is it!"
"I'm in love."
"This is my favorite so far."
"Wow, holy mackerel! Geeez, this is cool."
"Awesome boat."
"Oh, wow, very classy!"
"These are incredible!"
"Nicely done, very impressive."
"Love your boat, great feel."
"The space is so well conceived."
"Don't have to go any further than this one."
"Sign me up."
"This is heavenly."


A Sportfisher's Tale -- Offshore 55


“As I told you Wait-N-Sea was top marlin boat in California
last year (2001). Lynn (Jasper) loves her as she should. Lynn was
top marlin angler for both men and women.”

“I hope you can use our experience to show off that the
Offshore can hold its own with the best of the sportfishers.”
--Gary Jasper

 

Comments overheard at the Lido Boat Show (Sept. 08)

"You guys make gorgeous boats. I have always admired them."

"The quality is just exceptional."

"This is just awesome. This is the boat show winner!"

"That's a lotta boat!"

"I'm ready to move in."

 

Comments overheard at the Newport Boat Show (April 2007)

"Of all the boats, this one (Offshore 72') has the best plan."

"Is this new?" (regarding a 21 year old Offshore 48)

"These guys make great boats."

"I love these. It's like the Bentley of boats."

From a male visitor: "I like your engine room, impressive."
Then, from his wife: "Even I was impressed, and engine rooms
don't usually turn me on."

"They do it right, don't they? Awesome."

"The Cal Deck is just totally bitchen."



Yachting Magazine (Jan '07): Voyager 85' Feature Article Quotes

* "... every so often, there comes a yacht that is so beautifully executed and built that it makes others pale by comparison, and that's the case with the new Offshore 85 Voyager."

* " Ask any Offshore owner about his yacht, and you'll get your ear bent on how well it performs in all types of weather."

* "... the Offshore 85 is delivered with a long list of standard equipment."

* "Though handsome in profile, the Offshore 85 is no mere marina queen, but a yacht to be appreciated and savored by an owner who plans to venture far afield in luxury and safety."



Comments overheard at the San Diego Boat Show (on the 72’)

* “We’ll stay right here.”
* “Always a work of art.”
* “Very impressive, ship like.”
* “This is absolutely the prettiest boat.”



What Do Our Owners Say About Us?

From Catalina to Canada, our Offshore has given us great adventures and wonderful memories. After owning many boats, we believe that no other brand can give the total satisfaction of an Offshore. And, the Offshore family makes the experience complete.

Dick and Helaine Whilden
2000 52’ Offshore Pilothouse, Take Time
Manhattan Beach, California



From the time we ordered our Offshore 54’ Pilothouse until now, four years later, we’ve had only wonderful experiences. The commissioning process was really fun because the Offshore crew was so friendly and professional. The quality of an Offshore yacht speaks for itself. On our journeys to Mexico, British Columbia, and Alaska, many other boaters have said to us, “We wish we had an Offshore.” We love our boat, Safari, and have had no problems. It’s the perfect cruising boat­­­­--we wouldn't change a thing.

Gay and Wyman Harris
2001 54’ Offshore Pilothouse, Safari

If you are going to spend your money on a quality cruising boat, there is no better place to go than Offshore West. We are proud to be part of the Offshore family. Our salesman Chris, president John, and commissioning expert Rojo and his wonderful crew, Pablo, Modesto, and Jose, typify the excellence of the company. The boats are well built and beautiful, the service first rate, and we can’t imagine cruising and living aboard on any other boat. Offshore definitely deserves its excellent reputation.

Bill and Rebbie Bates
Offshore 48’ Pilothouse, Rebozo
Roche Harbor, Washington



"This is just a short note to tell you how delighted we are with our Offshore 54. Nancy and I are in Cherry Cove, Catalina Island, on the first anniversary of taking delivery of La Sirena. I just asked Nancy if this boat was all that she hoped it would be and her answer was, "It is more."
Sure, we've had some problems and the cheerful people at Offshore West have responded with efficiency and competence. When we moved from sail to power we decided to go with a new, top-of-the-line boat and a proven support team. It is the only way to go.

Unlike the typical "production" boat company, you catered to our desires and gave us good advice on the innovations we built into our boat. We've tested this boat with 540 hours and over 4000 miles in the first year, and you've stood behind the entire adventure. Again, Nancy and I want to thank you and your team for this last year, and we look forward to working with the Offshore people over the long and exciting life of La Sirena. "

John and Nancy Celick
Offshore 54’ Pilothouse, La Sirena
Los Angeles, CA


May 11, 2005
Mr. Hunt (Offshore Yachts),

We have been very pleased with our Offshore 52 Freedom (hull #52044) since the moment we took delivery in November 2001. Our home port is San Francisco, but we have now brought Freedom to Mexico (and back) two of the past four winters. In fact, Freedom just returned to San Francisco on a direct run from La Paz over the past 10 days. Throughout the winter in Mexico, and the entire run home (about 1500 miles), the boat performed flawlessly. There were some nasty seas on the way home, particularly around Cabo Falso, Cedros Island, and again around Point Sur, California, but Freedom rode through the conditions without complaint.

After leaving San Francisco in September 2004, we cruised to Southern California and then down the Baja coast to Cabo San Lucas and across to Puerto Vallarta. By Christmas time, we were in Barra de Navidad and Manzanillo, and in February, began working our way back north and across to La Paz in March. We then spent time in the islands north of La Paz before coming home to San Francisco. In all, we put 450 hours on the engines during this trip and never had a single significant problem with the boat or engines (other than normal maintenance). We did not always hang around for the best possible weather since we had various couples coming to join us for a specific week or so at a time. As an example, during a one week visit with another couple, we planned to cross the Sea of Cortez from Isla Isabella to La Paz. Despite a favorable weather forecast from Commander’s Weather, during a 27 hour crossing, we encountered 9 hours of 30+ knot winds and steep 8 to 10 foot waves (with short intervals) basically on the nose. If anything, the boat seemed happier in those conditions than in the perfectly flat seas of the day before!

The Offshore Pilothouse motoryacht is a well-designed, well-built vessel. All of our guests during these trips, most of whom are devoted sailors, raved about the boat and their experience aboard. Surprisingly, (especially for the sailors) most even said that their trip on Freedom ranked as one of the best boating experiences they have had! You should be proud, as we are, of the capabilities of Offshore yachts.

We would like to compliment the crew at Offshore West, (particularly Chris Murray, Rojo Lomeli, and John Olson) who are of enormous value and benefit to us, as owners of an Offshore yacht, and therefore to you, as owner of Offshore Yachts. They are always friendly, attentive, and responsive to any need. We truly feel we can rely on them, and on their advice, rather than treat them with the usual caution with which people generally have to regard someone who could be trying to “sell” you a good or service. Somehow, they make us feel like we are part of the “Offshore West Family”, and that family approach does actually factor into our interest in remaining a loyal Offshore Yachts owner, either with our current boat, or with the inevitable “next one”.

David and Anneke Dury
2001 Offshore 52’ Pilothouse, Freedom



February 2007


To Whom It May Concern:

Chris Murray has been as reliable as a barometer in introducing us to the Offshore family of boats and people during the last several years.  We have, for the last eight years, dreamed and fantasized cruising British Columbia and Southeast Alaska..  Recently, two 54 Offshore pilothouse boats became available in Seattle, Washington.

From the beginning of the purchasing process Chris was there for us, whether it was in Newport Beach or Seattle.  Chris answered questions and presented computerized comparison charts of boats and equipment involved in prior Offshore boat sales.  In short, he provided information and opinion that increased our comfort level in purchasing a Pacific Northwest boat while residing in Southern California boat.

It was time to go to Seattle to see “the boat”.  Chris was there before we arrived.  He flew from Orange County Airport and we flew from Long Beach.  When we arrived at the boat Chris had the snow and ice cleared, the boat covers off, the diesel heater on “full”, and the boat in a very attractive condition.  Later, Chris organized the sea trial, the surveys and the haul-out into a day of seamless inspection of the boat.

The boat is purchased in Seattle.  Usually, the broker would be gone at that point.  However, Chris’ participation doesn’t end.  We wanted some post-sale work done on the new “Sparrows Point”.  Chris, working closely with Robert Scott of Alliance Yacht Sales, facilitated the purchase, fabrication and installation of an exceptional bridge enclosure for the boat.

We have owned Sparrows Point for about a month at this point and Chris is still part of the “crew”.  He is still there in Newport Beach or Seattle, as close as his cell phone.  He still answers important questions, such as:  “Where is the electric switch for the VacuFlush?” or “What does the switch near the cook-top control?”

Our experience buying an Offshore boat in the Pacific Northwest with Offshore West and Chris Murray was and is PRICELESS. 

Jan and Bryan Brown
Sparrows Point   

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