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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cars owned by Count Enrico over the years.

On this site you will find, in a somewhat chronological order, a listing with photos (of sister cars) of the cars I owned and operated from 1966 on.  Enjoy.

I selected photos that were as close as I could find to the car owned.  Color, not condition, was the main determinant.  Mostly these cars look to be in better shape than any I owned.

1956 VW bug, my first car.  My dad gave it to me after I banged it in reverse taking off hard and it was stuck in reverse.  'It is all yours' he said.  The shifting part was $2.73 and the engine and transmission had to come out but was VERY easy!  Back on the road in less than a week.

36 hp, roller gas pedal, small back window, a veteran of camping with 6 people and a boxer to Iowa and back!  No fuel gauge but a reserve tank switch. 6v.  Very dependable!

Picture of 1956 Volkswagen Beetle, exterior

1958 VW bug with sunroof, bunged up frontend which helped jumping and going up steep hills in the gravel pit.

1962 Falcon station wagon (parent's car but it made a LOT of miles with the boys)
Ours was all baby blue but otherwise much like this.  170 cubic inch straight six with a 'three in the tree' manual transmission (that means the shifter lever was on the column).  The really cool thing about this car was the electric back window that would go down with a switch on the dash or with a key in the back lock.

1956 Cadillac limousine, picture it in gold with a totally dented right rear quarter.  A real beast!  Getting turned around at the Canadian border was a highlight of the ownership.  A bunch of hippies trying to go north were refused entry and then got fined at the US border which we had to recross to get back.  

1955 Austin Healy 100-4, Perhaps the best looking car I ever owned.  Rarely ran although a complete engine rebuild by me (not knowing anything) and it coughed a bit but never really did it's thing.  My dad had a 1955 100-4 Le Mans model with the all aluminum body!  The photo car is about the correct color.  Mint green.

1958 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, I wished I owned one this nice.  My own was identical to this in color but was a bit dinged up with a suspension that had the front end 3/4" off the ground and the stern about 18" off.  The air suspension was a bit tenuous.  Fast car though!  Burn outs in the high school parking lot!  Not much muffler left on it.  I would take another now, in a heart beat, for a sunny day cruiser.  As I recall the wipers were vacuum run and suspect to slowing down when you punched the fuel....  Not a great feature for a leadfoot in Washington state.

1958 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, this car was a college owned unit.  It was missing a couple of the forward gears, maybe 1st and 3rd?  The wipers didn't work either unless one pulled the line I rigged up on it.

1960 Triumph TR3 One day of ownership.  Not sure why it was so brief.  Loved the cut down doors.

1/2 of a 1967 Sunbeam Alpine, Owned with Oren for a few months.  Fun to drive.

1971 MGB (never got a title but went through a set of tires!)  In 1971, I traded a 1971 Honda 350SL for it while riding to Bellingham.  The MG owner never sent the title but I did get the Honda back in 1976 through the State Patrol.  Running!
Shown is a 1971  that could be the car!  Glad it had solid wheels instead of the spokes and wire rims.
1957 Alpha Romeo 850 (?) convertible (I recall it might never have run for me or not well anyway)  I seem to remember a gray color, it could have been primer.

This may not be the car as memory has faded but it had this sort of roughness to it.
1959 Volvo 544, Not technically my car as was my father's but I drove it LOT.  It was a fun car to run about in.  I recall driving it sideways at close to 100 mph on 108th NE.
It was called Moby, for Moby Dick.  Not as nice as this one but the same color.

1/6th of a Milk Truck  A consortium of high school ski bums tore it apart inside and tried to install an interior.  It never moved under it's own power as I recall.

Ours never ran, but we had plans for going skiing in it!
1959 Hillman delivery wagon:  Grey,  no shocks in front end, could do a wheelie if bounced in 1st gear!

1965 Buick Wildcat convertible.  White, White top, red leather interior.  I wish I still had this one!   Paid $300 for it on Mercer Island.  With the 410 cu. in. big block and 4bbl carb it got 6-8 mpg.

1967 Saab Monte Carlo, 3 cyl., 2 cycle engine with oil injection, free wheeling transmission with a  4 in the tree.  Picture it in grey and you have the image.  It was a great car for rallying in the dirt!

Purchased from Norm Savage in Kirkland.

1968 Peugeot 404 Leonardo was it's name as fitted the lion logo on the front and steering wheel.  It was my going back to college car.  It even got to run in the autocross in 1976 that was set up for the SEED rally.  I was the designer of the course and had to test it.  The 4 in the tree shifter was fun!  It was a very comfy car.

1965 Pontiac Catalina station wagon (Plumbob)  This ride, purchased from a Mercer Island resident who shall remain nameless for $300 was probably the best car I ever owned.  It did everything I ever asked it to do, including a ski trip to Utah over the Blue Mountains in 12" of fresh snow.

It had a huge back for sleeping and other uses, it had positraction for snow and mud, it was comfy, moderately fast with a 326 cu in. V8 with a 2 bbl. carb.  It always ran!  It was dented on every surface when the body went away 3 years later.  The original  motor was put in a 1964 Pontiac wagon and lived on.  I think I sold the '64 for $150!  Not a bad return for 30,000 miles

1964 Pontiac Wagon (car that took the engine from Plumbob)
This one didn't get a lot of driving.  Once motor was in it was sold for $150 (?)

1965 F-100 Ford pickup ( Henry),  This was my first truck and was purchased in Bellingham just before I graduated in 1976.  It came with a 352 V8 2 bbl. carb, which was replaced with a 390 out of a 68 car after one of the pistons blew a top, moving from Longview to Kirkland in 1977.  A quart of oil went away every 20 miles!  Three in the tree manual transmission.  A good ride!

This was our first 'farm truck' when we moved to our 5 acre horse farm to be.  It worked hard, hauling everything.  Often too much in the bed so the wheels in the front were barely weighted.

1972 240Z Datsun (Pegasus)  This might be the most attractive car we ever owned.  It was certainly the most expensive at the time. We loved this car as it had style, speed, and was fun to drive.

 Purchased for $4,000 in 1976 and we owned it for 13 years and over 200,000 miles.  This was the best year for the 240 and we loved it!  It would go 105 mph in third and then only to 120 mph in fourth with a VERY long straight away.

Tune ups would last for around 10,000 miles and then the points and valves neeed adjustment and the carbs would like to be tuned together again.  It was touchy that way.  I had a straight away I tested my tune ups on and if I was getting 105+ mph from sign to sign, standing start, then I would claim it tuned!

Went on a road trip with this car and my father to a Colorado family reunion.  I went to sleep for an hour and woke up 100 miles down the road!  He liked driving at speed!  We must have slaughtered 100 jack rabbits who insisted on waiting to the last moment to try and cross in front of us in this one valley.

1980 3/4 ton  Chev pickup We called it Scotty as it was a Scotsdale package.  It had a kick ass motor but a turning radius that was just insanely large!  Very unhandy.  We were glad we bought a warranty on it from the used car lot.  It had a broken frame they had to reweld.

1976 Cadillac Seville  Purchased for $5k from a parent of one of my students.  It was like new and drove that way the entire time I owned it (about 5 years).  Sold it to a car lot for $1200 cash.

A gorgeous car but the front tires kept spraying the windshield and sides of the car with mud.  Sucked big time!

1986 3/4 ton Custom 20 Chev Suburban 4x4  Bought from the US Surplus through a bid sent in by snail mail.  3 months later I got a letter saying my bid for $6002 was the winning bid and I had to go to Arco Idaho to pick it up.  The truck had been used to winch ground water samples and had a winch in the bumper and one in the back (left mounting holes).  The feds had kept the winches but left 1/2" of dust inside for me.

After driving it home, we had an Earl Shibe paint job put on and had the front seat rebuilt.  We named it NUKE, short for Nuclear Droshka.  It ran like a top the entire time we owned it.  The manual door locks were too hard to open (it was too far to reach!)  and close so after a few years we moved to the 1999 unit owned at this writing.

Once you go Suburban, you never go back!

1999 GMC Suburban
Purchased in Bellevue from a fellow who goes to auctions.  Had about 50k on the clock and we paid $20k for it in 2003.  This could be the rig in the photo above! 

1994 Lexus LS 400

2000 Lexus LS 400  Purchase for $11,000 with 110k on the odo after totally my 1994 (see above).  This was faster and quieter than the earlier model,  but more costly as it kept breaking and sucking money.

2001 Mercedes S-500 (Uboat)  Purchased in 2012 for $15,000 with 86k on the odometer.  I used to think LS Lexus were the best ride around.   After driving this for 4 years now, I have changed my mind.  This is a GREAT car for those who are vertically challenged.  I am 6'4" and have ALWAYS had to have the seat reclined.  NOT so with this.  Lots of leg space in the seat behind me too!

Not particularly economical but it does usually go over 20 mpg and has done 25 mpg on the freeway with the cruise locked on about 75 mph.
Chyna (the grey Schnauzer) and Sparky (the Yakima Terrier) wonder why they can't go for a ride in the new land yacht.

The Uboat parked behind the Infinity, with the Subdivision hooked to the horse trailer, ready to go to work.

Cars below that I lived with and drove occasionally.  Cars that were the 'girl's'.

1960 Rambler station wagon
Push button automatic and used as a college car.

1960 Falcon station wagon

1968 Opel Cadet B Rally
It was driven without the clutch for months.  Very cute but the 1100cc motor was pretty light on horsepower.  Used as a commuter from Kirkland to Seattle

1972 240Z Datsun (Pegasus)  (We argued over whose car this really was, that is why for sake of harmony I put it in this list too.)

 This might be the most attractive car we ever owned.  It was certainly the most expensive at the time. We loved this car as it had style, speed, and was fun to drive.

 Purchased for $4,000 in 1976 and we owned it for 13 years and over 200,000 miles.  This was the best year for the 240 and we loved it!  It would go 105 mph in third and then only to 120 mph in fourth with a VERY long straight away.  The stock brakes (front disc and drum rear) were inadequate but it was still amazing!

Tune ups would last for around 10,000 miles and then the points and valves neeed adjustment and the carbs would like to be tuned together again.  It was touchy that way.  I had a straight away I tested my tune ups on and if I was getting 105+ mph from sign to sign, standing start, then I would claim it tuned!

Went on a road trip with this car and my father to a Colorado family reunion.  I went to sleep for an hour and woke up 100 miles down the road!  He liked driving at speed!  We must have slaughtered 100 jack rabbits who insisted on waiting to the last moment to try and cross in front of us in this one valley.

1982 Maxima Datsun 4 dr.  (Talking car)  It had the same motor as the 240Z but with fuel injection.  We replaced our 240Z with this car.  A warrior of at least one road trip to San Diego.  "Fuel Level is Low" was a good thing to hear when cruising down the I-5 and not paying attention.  I recall it getting about 15 MPG at 85 MPH.

1997 Saturn SL, purchased brand new for the girl.  Our first 'new' car.  We always thought we would never buy a new car or an American car and then we purchased this new American car and had fun with it for over 100,000 miles.  Burning oil by then a bit, but with the 5 speed it was fun to tool around in.  Even took it in an autocross!  Will look about for the video of that.

2004 Infinity G Coupe
Can you have a car that is too fast?  This one would be.  It corners like it is on rails and likes to zoom!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Catalina Rendezvous 2016, Roche Harbor WA

Catalina Rendezvous 2016

Written by:  Count Enrico Ferrari
s/v Jah Mon, C-42

This article shows what a Catalina Rendezvous can be like.  If you don't know what one is, just give a look at the photos and maybe read some of the text.

If you care to see older rendezvous:

click here for 2015

click here for 2014

click here for 2013

click here for 2012

You will find many smiling faces and yours could be in the next iteration of this event, should you attend next year.

Start with some photos of the attendees.  Most of the photos are from Deon our designated photographer.  If your boat is not shown here and you were there, you know who to talk to.

C-40 Sequel with Bev and Doug

C-34 with Jim and Karen on Meerkat

C-42 Linje Akevitt, with Mike and Joyce and family.

C-30 Summer Ice with Dillis and Tom

C-42 Solaria with Rita, Ken and Madison

C-42 Elara with Mari and David

C-42 Je T'aime II with Kelcey and Rob

C-34 with Mary and Dave

C-40 Seaquel with Geary and Lois

C-47 with Bruce,Beverly and Hugh

C-47 with Claire and Gary

C-42 Jah Mon with Count Enrico, Lori, Patrick and Bill

C-42 Comocean with Sonia and Greg

C-32 with Joe and Patti

C-42 Tehillah with Hailey (dock girl)
and Deon and Don

C-32 Invitation II with Casey and Betty

C-42 Satarie with Anne and John

C-30 Mocha with Craig and Patti

The weekend at Roche Harbor was booked a year in advance for this event.  We asked for the last weekend of low season rates and this year it was May 5-8.  Since we had booked this weekend for two previous years it was awarded to us again.

Description of Roche Harbor Marina:

The three night rate for a 42’ boat was $126 or a $1 a foot (included power and garbage), which goes up over double on holiday weekends.  This is a VERY fancy dock destination!

Amenities go on and on with up to 20 dock staff to take care of one’s every need.

The staff was apprised of the expected attendance which was 36 boats so they set up a 60’ x 30’ heated tent with tables, chairs, BBQs, garbage cans everywhere, with Hailey to take our money coming out to us!  This was no charge to our group for all this!

Ashore there are all manner of comforts and resources.  Pool access goes with your moorage along with a 20% discount on items at the clothing/gift store.  There is a chandlery, hotel, grocery store (very complete), several showers and individual heads, Burgers/Donuts café on the dock, Spa, sidewalk vendors, Sculpture Art Garden, Mausoleum, a short walk to a Gin distillery, and if you want to walk the docks to check out boats there must be 15-20 80’ boats that stay there year round along with assorted shorter boats that are just as polished.

Scenic Sunset at Roche Harbor.
Perfect weather!

Description of Attendees:

22 boats and crews showed up and those that didn’t come missed out on perfect weather in near cloudless skies with temperatures in the upper 70s.  Nearly all sizes showed with 2@ 47’,  10? @42’, 2@ 40’, 2@ 34’, 2@ 32’  3@ 30’ 1@ 28’.

All levels of experience came with those boats from racers with decades of experience, world wide cruiser liveaboards, owners who had owned their boats since 1990 in the NW, families with small children, and one couple (nameless for now) who just purchased their first boat (47’!) 6 months ago and are living aboard in Seattle (they took a LOT of notes).

The boats came equally from BC and the USA.  It is closer to Roche Harbor from Vancouver Island than it is from all the homeports in the US that attended.

Sue and Brad came over on the ferry to check out the Rendezvous scene.  Their boat, Ruffian, was in the yard having some work done.

Those boats that signed up and didn’t show will try harder next year to get here after reading about this.

The one feature that all had in common was a smile on their faces!

Group Photo 2016

The boats!
Catalinas of many sizes

Comments from Attendees:

Linje Akevitt "We had a great time and look forward to next year.  We were sorry to have to leave early, would be better if we could avoid Mother’s Day weekend next year but understand the trade-off between good weather and lower moorage rates."   

Sea Mistress:  "We all had a great time and it was nice to meet and chat. The Customs presentation was excellent!"

Tehillah:  "I had a great time and loved every minute. See you next year!"

Peace:  "Great fun as always. Really enjoyed the disc golf! The customs and coast
guard auxiliary inspections were great as well. Will join in on the dingy
parade next year for sure. Also, noticed there were a lot people
interested in cycling so the bike shop will contribute something nice for
the raffle prizes. Wendy will also prepare a talk on pet first aid while
cruising. Cant wait for next year! "

Satarie:  "  We really enjoyed the event, especially the dinghy decorations and the customs presentation.  Unfortunately we did not take in the other presentations.  The Happy Hours and pot luck dinner were also most enjoyable and the door prizes a good extra.
It was also very nice to meet the other Catalina owners and guests.   The weather was perfect and the off season price for moorage is a big hit."

Mocha:  "The winch rebuild demo was appreciated, I inspected my three self-tailing winches on Thursday and found they had be done recently. Whomever did them was very liberal with grease, so I removed more lubrication than I added. So, thanks again for the refresher and motivation to take a look at them.

Whisper:   "First time to Roche - what a great time we had!  What a beautiful spot to host.  So well organized - something for everyone - and time to relax..We will be back next year!"

Bonus article from Willy off of Whisper:

Willy the writing Bichon checking the scene!

 Hi folks, Willy here.  My people are Mike and Lise and I'm their 12 year old (Bichon Frise breed of dog), who travels quite a lot with them.  For the most part when I tag along (or wag along) I do it joyfully, cause I just want to hang out with them, but sometimes they surprise me.

 Like this past weekend, we went sailing and my sniffer told me we stopped at two marinas along the way that we had been to before - Telegraph Harbour Marina on Thetis Island, and Maple Bay Marina on Maple Bay.  So there was really nothing out of the ordinary till we continued on after Maple Bay..

 New smells, blue skies, and light winds (I'm not a fan of winds that blow dogs off chains!)  What more could a dog wish for?  Well wait, it gets better.

 When we got to our destination, there were about 6 guys, all smiling, ready to help us tuck into our slip. "Well this is a friendly bunch" I told myself.  And indeed they were.  Turned out we were at a Catalina Rendez Vous in Roche Harbour Marina from the Thursday to Sunday, May 5 to 8th.

 We were soon greeted by the host boat, Jah Mon, by Count Enrico and his lovely wife Lori (who's a real beauty; after all I am a guy dog).  I could tell she was an animal lover.  When we walked into the event tent for Happy Hour the first night, my people asked if I could join in (as I'm not a big fan of staying on the boat by myself - I know I'm a big suck but that's what makes me loveable). Well Lori invited me with open arms!  And the rest is history.  I got to tag along at different functions, which made everyone more relaxed.  What a great weekend!

 And different functions there were; something for everyone.  I personally thought my people should have made an effort and decorated our dinghy for the dinghy parade. Next year I hope..

Not only was it a great weekend for my people, but I got to meet several dogs who came along for the ride: lots of different breeds, and all pretty cool dudes.  I even met another Willy, and a Daisy (that's my girlfriend's name back home).

 In particular, I loved the walks around town, the Art Sculptor park, the little church on the hill, the quaint little shops, and lots of benches and places to sit along the way.

 I overheard my people mention several times that this will be a definite yearly event.  Spreading the word to other Catalina owners will be easy for them - they've already mentioned it to a few people now that we're home again.  Apparently next year someone will give a talk on Pet First Aid when sailing!

In my world, this group deserves two paws up (which is full marks folks).

 Happy Sailing!

Description of weather conditions:

This weather report is pretty easy, it was 90+% cloud free skies with temps in the 70s for the entire event.

We even had a visit from the Northern Lights around 11:30 Saturday night.  Winds were light and variable. 

A couple of boats had winds over 20 knots with exciting sailing en-route on Wednesday and Thursday but most encountered flat water and fair winds.

Agenda for the Rendezvous:


Sign UP: (on Arrival)

Treasure Hunt:  Devised by Rick of Camelot (C-42)  Check list of needed items available at the tent or on Camelot.  Award/s on Saturday night.

Tender Parade:  Grab an entry form, fill out when entering on Saturday.
Award/s on Saturday night.

Coast Guard Inspections:  Late sign-up is OK for a Coast Guard Auxiliary inspection (free), on Saturday.  (We had 13 inspections and no one was in handcuffs!)

Disc Golf outing:  A fun outing to the disc golf course of 18 holes.

Appy Hour  In the Party Tent   around 16:30   BYOB and snacks to share
Appy Hour
Door Prizes to Ken and Rita Fischer of Solaria in exchange for drawing tickets.  Each prize gets a ticket to win. Trade a gift for a ticket!


10:00 AM
Winch Rebuild demonstration, aboard Jah Mon.  Arrive early to get a good spot to see how it is done.  About an hour.

Watching the winch rebuild on Jah Mon as demo'ed by The Count.


Disc Golf with Count Enrico of Jah Mon (roughly 3 hours) about a one mile walk to the course near the airport.  spare discs available.  

Appy Hour In the Party Tent around 16:30,  BYOB and snacks to share
Appy Hour food just kept coming in!



Customs presentation, open to all, no need to sign up.  In the tent.

Coast Guard Auxiliary inspections, sign up the registration tent to be sure and get a spot.  This is free of charge and a good thing to do.  All day long. 

Provisioning with Lois Long of Seaquel leading the discussion.  To be held in a tent.

Plumbing discussion:  Bring your problems and solutions and gremlins.  Group discussion in a tent.

Tender parade with creative decor.  Judging forms available at the check in. Volunteers needed for runners, scorers, and judging.  See Don (lead Judge) or Bill  (Dock Tender Director)

Saturday Potluck, no need to sign up just bring your favorite food to the tent/s on Saturday around 18:30.  Several BBQs will be available on the dock provided by the marina.

Door Prizes awarded:  After dinner the drawing will be held.  If you bring a prize you will get a ticket to be drawn at random for a gift of some sort that was brought just for this event!

Sunday Morning  Coffee on the dock and fond farewells

Favorite Events: (in no particular order)

The Decorated Tender Contest (First Annual)

This was a big hit even though there were only 3 contestants.  These three went all out in décoration.  Next year it is anticipated to be a real fight for attention.

The Head Judge, Don of Tehilliah appointed 3 other judges, a scorekeeper and official photographer.

The Dock Captain, Bill off Jah Mon, collected entry forms that declared the theme of décoration, name of mothership, name of tender, and captain of tender.  That form then went to the MC (Count Ferrari) who read the information the cheering crowd.

 The form then went to the judges who scored Creativity, Execution, and Crowd Appeal.  That decision was very close as all three were well done.

The top three decorated tenders.
It's About Time, Seaquel, and Jah Mon were the motherships.

Customs talk:

Customs Officer Jim Specht had a one hour presentation for the large turnout on the duties, history, and workings of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).  It was VERY informative and presented in a great manner.  He got a lot of applause and many favorable comments after the talk. 

A fun fact garnered from this was to find out that Roche Harbor CBP checks in 70% of the boats that check into the 5 ports of entry in Washington State.

Customs and Border Patrol talk.
Officer Jim Specht

Provisioning:  Tips, Tricks, and Trash:

This was organized by Lois of Seaquel (C-40) and well attended.  She prepared a great brochure for the attendees.  Again, many positive comments were heard as all shared information on this critical topic.

Lois leading the Provisioning discussion.

‘Appy Hour:

Two nights in a row we shared tasty hors d'oeuvres that really took the place of dinner for many.   The tent was buzzing with good conversations and laughter.

Pot Luck Dinner:

This is always an amazing collection of tasty dishes and guarantees too much food.  One tries to  sample it all.   What can be better than good food and happy people!
Too much  good food Potluck

Decorated Tender awarded First, Second, and Third

Bring a gift get a gift exchange between boats.

Treasure hunt awarded First and Second.

Drawing for commercial donations, including the grand prize of a huge haulout discount for up to a 50’ boat ( you buy the paint as there are too many options ), two smaller discounts, and a free night at Roche Harbor Marina.

Support for our rendezvous:

Seaview North and West Boatyards (Bellingham and Seattle):  Donated serious discounts for haulouts.  A favored prize!

Roche Harbor Market: Donated a very nice canvas bag for each boat

 Donated bag from Roche Harbor Market put to good use!

Roche Harbor Marina Donated a free night on the dock

Cap Sante Marina (Anacortes):  Donated a carry bag with lots of goodies in them for each boat

Eye candy for Catalina owners