"WIND DANCER" ** May 7, 2006
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Sailing Vessel WIND DANCER is a Cooper Yachts 353 Pilot House Sail Boat built in 1981 by the Canadian Yacht Builder Cooper Yachts of Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada. Jim Matei purchased the vessel privately at Fisherman's Bay on Lopez Island Washington State on September 2004. Wind Dancer was imported back into Canada and the vessel was completely professionally rebuilt and all systems prepared for a trip up into the Inside Passage, The Queen Charlotte Islands and Alaska.

The Volvo Penta MD 11D Engine was completely disassembled and rebuilt using all new Original Volvo Penta Engine Parts supplied by Islands Marine Center on Lopez Island. This is a very unique Marine Supply Store coupled with a Napa Auto Parts Store with over 35 Years of Marine and Mechanical Experience. No doubt the finest and freindliest Marine Store I have ever visitied.

The Bottom has been sanded and covered with Petit Trinidad Bottom Paint.

The Hull has been Polished removing all Oxidized Gel Coat and Wax Applied.

New Dickinson Newport Diesel Heater System Installed.

New Alpine CDE 9845 Stereo CD with MP3

The Lavatory has been up graded and New Raritan PHE11 Electric Head, Lectra/San Sewage Treatment System Installed, New Shower System, New Teak Mirrors and Additional Lighting, Shower Drain with New Water Puppy Jabsco Pump Installed. All Teak has been sanded and Oiled with Sharks Teak Oil.

All new Interior has been reuphoulstered by Custom Foam and Uphoulstery of Mount Vernon, WA. Diana did an excellent job and I highly recommend her.

New Electronics including GPS, Radar, Broadband Internet Systems

Blanchard Rigging had performed a complete Standing and Running Rigging Overaul and upgraded to a new Harken Roller Furling and Running Rigging Systems. A special Antenna pole and Outbpard Motor Lift was made for single handling the outboard from the dingy back to the railing mount.

Wind Dancer had a Yacht Survey completed by Arne Bentzen of Friday Harbor, WA 

New Anchilles 8 1/2' Dingy

New Yamaha 4 Stroke 4 Horse Ourboard with auxilary gas tank

Wind Dancer Itinerary

May 8, 2005 Sailing Instructor Jack Dale Boards for Sailing Instruction for Coastal Advanced Skipper Sailing and Coastal Navigation

May 15, 2005 Sidney, BC at Blanchard Rigging to Complete the Sails Rigging, Rear Outboard Motor Hoist and other Maintenance Items.

May 17, 2005 Sidney, BC Van Isle Marina

May 19, 2005 Port of Nanimo

May 21, 2005 French Creek Marina near Parksville, Van Island

May 23, 2005,  Wind Dancer is currently in Campbell River at the Discovery Marina.

May 29, 2005  Wind Dancer through Seymour Narrows up Discovery Passage to Nodales Channel to Cordero. Stop at Shoal Bay.

May 30, 2005 Wind Dancer was headed for Green Point Rapids. Meet up with Wayne and Marilyn Roberts. Had a wonderful stay.

June 2, 2005 Wind Dancer back to Campbell river to drop off guests

June 10, 2005 Wind Dancer back to Green Point Rapids to help Wayne Roberts Wire up his house and help out at Big Bay Stuart island.

June 21, 2005 Wind Dancer back in Campbell River to reprovision for a trip to Green Point Rapids, Loughborough Inlet, Minstrel Island, Knight Inlet.

July 1, 2005 Canada Day at Green Point Rapids & Blind Channel. Shot of a pile of old outdated flares collected from a number of old fishing boats and others.

July 4, 2005  Queen Charlotte Isands 

July 15, Return to Inside Passage

July 16, 2005 Back to Campbell River to Courtney Musicfest,

July 20, 2005 Minstrel Island, Knight's Inlet

July 30, 2005 Echo Bay, Pierre's Lodge and Marina

August 10, 2005 Bond Inlet, Kwatsi Bay,

August 20, 2005 Campbell River to Stuart Island and Sonora Island.

August 24, 2005 Desolation Sound

September 1, 2005 Shoal Bay Lodge Salmon Crab Fest

September 4, 2005 Return to Campbell River Through Dent Rapids

September 7, 2005 Campbell River to Naniamo

September 9, 2005 Naniamo to LadySmit

September 10, 2005 :LadySmith to Thetis Island

September 12, 2005 Thetis Island to Ganges Harbour Salt Spring Island

September 14, 2005 Port of Sidney

September 15, 2005 Port of Sidney to Victoria Inner Harbour

September 21, 2005 Victoria to Van Isle Marina

September 24, 2005 Sidney to Friday Harbour WA to Lopez Island

September 30, 2005 Lopez Island to Orcas and to Sidney BC

October 2, 2005 Sidney to Pender Harbour Poet's Cove and return October 3, 2005 to Sidney

October 8, 2005  Day Sails

October 10, Winter Moorage at the Port of Sidney

Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan 06 Sailing San Juan Islands and near Port of Sidney

Winter Moorage at the Port of Sidney

April 5, 2006 Port of Sidney to Campbell River.

April 8, 2006 Campbell River to Greene Point Rapids

April 12, 2006 Greene Point Rapids to Sullivan Bay

April 14, 2006 Sullivan Bay to Shearwater.

April 16 2006 Shearwater to Prince Rupert


April 20, 2006, Prince Rupert to Ketchikan, AK

April 26, 2006 Ketchikan, AK to Glacier Bay, AK 

May 26, 2006 Glacier Bay AK to Sitka, AK.


June 5, 2006 Sitka, AK to Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC   


June 21, 2006, Queen Charlotte Islands to Cowichan Bay, BC


Wind Dancer was retired as I taken on running a Carver 56 Voyaguer back to the Queen Charlotte Islands and Back to Sidney 








Manufacture:                 Cooper Yachts Ltd. Coquitlam, B.C. Canada

Model:                          353 Pilot House, Sloop Rig.

Year Built                      1981

Serial Number:               353200681

Designer                       Stan Huntingford

Registered Port:            Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Overall Length:               Hull 35', 3", (36’ 3” Including Pulpit Nav. Light)

Water Line Length          29’ 6”

Draft                              5’ 10”

Beam                            12 Feet

Displacement                13,500 lbs.

Propulsion:                    Volvo Penta MD11D 25 HP. @ 3300 RPM Less

                                    than one Imperail Gallon per hour Fuel Consumption 

                                    at Cruise of 6 5 Knots

Engine Hours                 305 Since Complete Major Overhaul in February 2005

                                    Volvo Penta Sail Drive.Ratio 1.87:1

Propellers:                     Current Mounted Fixed Pitch. Spare 16" 2 Blade 

                                     Folding Propellor.


Electronics:                   Garmin 76C Map GPS with External Antenna

                                    JRC 1500 16 Nautical Mile Radar

                                    Sea View Depth Sounder

                                    Sea Ranger VHF Fixed with Remote Speaker

                                    2 -Hummingbird Model VHF 5 Hand Helds

                                    BBX Broadband Internet & GPS External Antenna.

                                    Radio Shack Scanner


100 Volt System            The entire boat has been wired with 4 - 110 Volt  


Stereo                           Alpine CDE-9845 CD Player, Tuner, Aux. with input

                                    for Computer or DVD, MP3, IPod and other Audio Inputs.

Battery:                         6-1500 Amp Batteries

Battery Charger:            Professional Mariner 20 Amp 110 Volt, 60 Hz.

Inverter:                         Sea Volt 700 Watt 115 Volt 60 hz.

Auto Pilot:                     Wagner 850 Hydraulic


Windlass:                      Lofrans 2200 lb. Manual

Cabin Heater                 Dickinson Newport Diesel with Isolated Pulse Pump.

                                    Chimney Exhaust Diffuser for strong wind protection.

Ground Tackle:              Bruce 35 lb. Plow, Bruce 45 lb. Plow with 150' Chain and

                                    250' Triple Braid Line Rode on Each Anchor.

Sails:                            5- Sails Total, 150%, 120% Genoa including New Harken Roller Furling System, Gennaker. All Sails Checked and repaired by UK Sails May 05.

Fresh Water:                 80 Imp. Gallons with Hot Water from Engine Heat and 

                                   110 Volt Heater Sureflo 48-PSI Pressure System with 

                                    Fresh Water Filtration & 25 Gallon Drinking Water 


Shore Fresh Water         Perko Shore Fresh Water System Connection with

                                    10” Filtration Isolation Valve for Shore Water Input or

                                    Fresh Water Output.

Sea Water Wash           Sureflo Pro Blaster Sea Water Wash Down Pump.

Fuel Tank                      40 Gallon with Fuel Water Raycor Filtration. Anti-

                                    Overboard Spill Valves and Holding Reservoir

Holding Tank                 6 Gallon with Y Valve with Deck Discharge

Sewage Treatment         Raritan Electra/San Sewage Treatment. Complies

                                    Type 1 & 111 USCG



Spare Parts:                  Complete New Gasket Kit for Volvo Penta MD 11 Engine

                                    Complete Spare Sail Drive Assembly

                                    Complete Volvo Penta 16" 2 Blade Folding Propeller

                                    New set of Jabsco Pump Impellors for all pumps


                                    Spare New components for all essential systems.

                                    Plano Storage Cases of Stainless, Electrical 

                                    Components & Spare Parts plus extensive hardware.

Tools:                           All tooling, for rebuilding any of the components aboard

                                    including Main Engine, Sail Drive, Pumps, Cooling

                                    Systems, Water Systems and Electrical Systems.


Upgrades:                     1)         Large 1 1/4" Perko Sea Strainer Intake

                                    2)         3/4" Sea water supply for Sea Water Wash 

                                                Down Sureflo Blaster       

                                                Pump With Hose Station.

3)             All Rear Storage Access Hatches with

            Stainless Steel Spring Openers and Stainless

            Steel  Handles.

4)            Engine Exhaust Riser,

                                    5)         Raritan PHE11 Electric Head and Lectra/San

                                                Sewage Treatment   Device Installed Type

                                                1 Type 111 Sewage System Compliance.

                                    6)         Household Sized head with Oak Toilet Seat.

                                    7)         Auto Electric Bilge & High Water Bilge Alarm

                                    8)         2 - Manual Main Bilge Pumps,

                                    9)         Engine Bilge with Anti-Pollution Discharge


                                    10)        Guzzler Portable with Hoses for emergency.

                                    11)        Diesel Fill Vent Overflow Tank and Manifold to

                                                 prevent Overboard Fuel Spills.



Upholstery                     All new in 2005.

                                    Main Cabin bed is 6” Latex Foam Rubber with 1” Air Lifter to prevent moisture under mattress.

                                    Salon Couch 6” Latex Foam Rubber and fluffed rear Cushions for superior comfort


Interior                          Ships Brass Clocks and Barometers.

                                    Large Brass Oil Lamp

                                    Additional Lighting in Lavatory.

                                    Teak 3 Drawer Cabinet added for extra storage

                                    Lavatory Teak Accessories

                                    New Teak Mirror


Galley                           Hiller Range 3 Burner with Oven

                                    Custom Teak Dish Set Holder with Custom Cup Holders.

                                    Wooden Dish Rack and Complete set of Dishes, Pans, Pots Etc.


Saftey & Fire:                1 - Carbon Monoxide and 1 - Smoke Detectors.

                                    5 - Fire Extinguishers and 1 Fire Blanket

                                    Excellent First Aid and Safety Equipment Inventory.         

                                    Large Emergency Spill Kit

                                    Mag Flash Lights & LED Flashlights. Shake Lights.

                                    2 sets 7 X 50 Binoculars


Documentation:             A complete set of Manuals of all components available in Paper Binders and also CD Roms of all systems aboard.


Dingy:                           New Achilles 8.5

Outboard                       New Yamaha 4 Stroke 4 Hp

Additional                      Force 10 Large Propane Barbeque with Cover

                                    3 Propane Bottles all fit in Propane Locker.

                                    2 X 110 Volt heaters

                                    1 X Fan

                                    Crab Trap with Floats

                                    Crab Pots

                                    Butane Stove

                                    2 X Scrub Brushes

                                    6 Large Fenders

                                    1 Smaller Fender

                                    3 Dingy Fenders

                                    Assorted Dock Lines

                                    Outboard Engine Hoisting Pole

                                    12 Volt Cigarette Lighter Plug Ins at Hatch Entry for Accessories.






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