This morning I stopped by Bair Island Marina to check up on my Catalina 27, Lilikoi, after several days of rain and also to hopefully find “Journey,” which Cecile said was the second Nor’sea, (other than Plume) also moored there. How strange to be in such a small marina that’s already home to two Nor’sea’s!
I found Journey in perfect Bristol shape, berthed down near “A” dock. She was all canvassed up for winter but I could see some unique features. the bowsprit had been replaced with a long, stout spar probably 4′ long that was rigged to take a second foresail. The sprit was secured to the sides and down to the trailering hitch.
The cockpit had been built up with a coaming that raised the gunwhale by about ten inches. Journey had mounts for a Monitor windvane but none was currently installed, leaving the stern very clean. It looks like the finish was vertical strips of teak that were varnished on the inside and painted on the outside.
Condition was fantastic. I have this as hull #118, which makes this a 1978, probably laid up at least a few months before my hull #121. But it just goes to show the difference some care can make!