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Our Journey on Scolamanzi II
Our Journey on Scolamanzi II

Arrival in Seattle and Commissioning

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Scolamanzi departed Victoria BC on 26/5/2015  and proceeded to Friday Harbour where she cleared customs into the USA. Her departure was delayed by faulty turbo bolts which needed replacement. Quick action by the engine supplier and PAE crew had her on her way to Seattle the next day. She will undergo her commissioning at beautiful Elliot Bay Marina – a scenic location with great views to the city and Mount Rainier beyond. All this and only 10 minutes to the city and near all the boat services you may need. 
The commissioning process will continue till the end of July. This involves PAE staff and various equipment suppliers going thru each and every piece of equipment on the boat to ensure everything is correctly installed and working properly. Taking her out to sea is part of the process to ensure all is operating to expectations. This is a very complex vessel with significant potential for failure so only by thorough checking and testing will we be able to minimise our chances of stuff going wrong. We were very pleased that the commissioning process is now well under way and no major issues has reared its head.
Henriette and I arrived in Seattle on the Monday the 8/6/2015 for 9 days of huge effort to ensure we as owners help to progress the process as smoothly as possible and not cause any delays on our side. 
The very next day we were sorted with a Verizon phone and data, bank account, satellite phone account, direct TV account and a  weather forecasting service account. Then followed decisions about carpets and the laying of it, canvas covers, cockpit enclosure, table in cockpit to be made and installed, window coverings and buying a yacht tender.
Henriette was off  to Macy’s in the city to buy all the bedding and soft goods while I spent time at Sears outfitting the boat with tools needed to fix things. My motto on a boat is always if you are prepared you most likely will not need it. 
During all of these meetings with suppliers we also had to allow time for training by Carl, the technician from Alcom who installed the navigation, AV and communication systems – magic !
The highlight was on Thursday when we took her out on her first sea trial – fantastic! All systems we tested work flawlessly, especially the navigation and autopilots were very impressive.
Friday I went with our hire car to Marysville, about a hour north of Seattle to guys making custom bed mattresses for boats. Henriette and I made templates of the shapes required and posted it back to them to make and supply. All very efficient and quite reasonably priced. The rest of our stay was taken up by shopping for boat stuff like spare anchor, BBQ, mooring equipment, safety equipment, galley equipment and appliances, spares etc.
We did however take one day off to see some of the highlight Seattle has to offer. Seattle is a beautiful city with lots to see and do. Pike Markets, the Space Needle, Ride the Duck around town and the waterfront were highlight for us. 
Wednesday evening was very special for us to have Don Kohlmann on board as our first dinner guest. Don has been invaluable to us so far with his advice and support and we are very grateful to him. Henriette cooked a very tasty chowder and even Don was suitably impressed.
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It was very difficult to leave Scolamanzi on Thursday to fly back to Moranbah, but we  were comforted by the fact we will be back soon. The plan is for Henriette to be back on board on the 20/7/2015 and I will arrive 10 days later to start our 3 month cruise for this season.
Johann

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