KJ is a 1952 long range trawler, originally designed to replicate Darwin’s cruise on HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands.
She’s been a charter boat to Alaska and has traveled all around the Northwest.
Her refit included new Lugger diesels, new AC/DC wiring and panels, new sanitation system, new plumbing, new Raytheon electronics package, new furnace, and remodeled galley.
She carries 3200 gallons of diesel and burns 8 gph at 9 kts. Areas of hull and topsides are sheathed in Ironbark for additional strength.
And so with the successful survey of our lovely Katherine Jane this past week, the dream of living aboard is looming in the immediate future (alarmingly immediate when I consider all that needs to be done first!). The haulout at Lovric’s Sea-Craft in Anacortes went very smoothly; their rail system handled all 66 tons of KJ without strain. First order of business was completing a full inspection of all of her systems, followed by a new bottom paint job. A couple of days later and we were on our way back to Cap Sante Marina where she is currently berthed. Greg and I are now attending to the final details of the transaction and should be the proud new owners of her no later than September 15th. Wooo-HOOoooo!