In the summer of 2010 we found exactly the kind of boat we had been craving, and decided to pluck up our finances and courage and take the plunge.
Now we’ve been sailing a few years, and I’m keeping a journal of sorts: Pineapple’s Log
It’s a trimaran, which some of you monohull folks may find difficult to appreciate, but we think it’s a really good match for Puget Sound’s light winds and long distances. In fact it’s another Searunner – the 31 foot version of the same boat we had previously.
The 31′ version has a head, changing room and 2 separate bunks in the forward cabin, a center cockpit that’s hard for kids to climb out of, and a real galley and dinette in the aft cabin. It has nets between the main hull and the outriggers (“amas”), so one can sit or lie down and watch the water go by.
This one was launched in 1976, and we had it trucked up from the Napa Valley late in the summer of 2010. According to our surveyor, John Marples, she was built by Steve Harter in San Jose in the early 1970’s to plans from Jim Brown’s Searunner series of trimarans. Like many of this line she took years for her builder to complete, but he took meticulous care with the carpentry and metalwork. The hulls and houses are built of high-quality plywood, covered in epoxy or polyester, and mounted on small stringers over a series of high-strength bulkheads that carry most of the loads of the boat. The outside was then covered with fiberglass cloth, more polyester, and then painted.
When I first was exposed to these boats I was amazed how well they had held up. Now I’m a convert. We purchased her from Mark Blackburn, who kept her well and did a lot of of high-quality work on her with the idea of an extended southern cruise. He got her from Stuart Kiehl in the Summer of 2006. Anyway, have a look at the links on this page to learn more about Searunners and Pineapple Express in particular.
I’m a fairly avid reader of the Searunner thread on CruisersForum – a bit of history, a lot of tips, and the usual friction of passionate people. For a deeper dive into Searunner Lore, start there.
Home Port is Boston Harbor Marina – a lovely spot well worth a visit.
It even has a weather station in the neighborhood so I can keep an eye on conditions from home: