Raven’s Dance was born as hull #56 at the well known Finnish boatyard of Silpala Yacht OY in 1985 (builder of over 1,000 yachts and motor sailors, and the Nauticat brand). She is a cutter ketch -pilothouse motorsailor.
For those interested in her vitals:
LOA: 43 feet
LOA with bowsprit and stern platform 50 feet
LWL 32 feet
Beam 13 feet
Draft 7 feet
Mast height (from water line) 61 feet
Displacement 35,280 pounds
Ballast 10,143 pounds
Engine: 135 hp Lehman – converted from a Ford 2722
Fuel tankage 265 U.S. gallons
Fresh water tankage 220 U.S. gallons
She has a traditional 5-sail plan: genaker, genoa, staysail, main and mizzen.
Comments (from the owner’s manual — which we have found fair and accurate):
“Nauticats are motorsailers, differing from pure sailing yachts chiefly in the greater emphasis on comfort and roominess, and in being equipped with a more powerful engine. Thus the hull shape is slightly more bulky, the displacement a bit greater and the sail area somewhat smaller”.
She is noteworthy for her robustness, aesthetic sheer lines, roomy salon with full windows, an elegant aft owner’s state room and a separate captain’s quarters.
In summary she is a a proper blue-water yacht . To quote one owner:
“In a storm it may be unpleasant, but you never feel unsafe.”
Her birth name was Queana. Not much is known about her original owner or how she got to Alaska.
Her second owner was Bob Herman, an electrician from Fairbanks who owned her from about 1993 to 1998. It was Bob who changed out the galley and added a freezer, with a goal of circumnavigating.
One day Bob’s wife said:
“Bob, we’re moving to Hawaii and you can’t take the boat with you.
It’s either the boat or me.”
So they sold her to Frank and Vicki Pruitt, from Whittier, AK, and moved to Maui.
Frank and Vicki followed the rituals so as not to anger Poseidon, and renamed her Raven’s Dance. They owned her from 1998 to 2010. She lived at the Whittier dock for nine months and sailed locally in Alaskan waters in the summers. She never went very far south until she was sold to her present owner, Donn Lassila who moved her close to his residence in Gig Harbor (Puget Sound, Seattle area).
Donn has owned her for the past five years, and he has systematically upgraded the boat’s systems to make her ready for a circumnavigation. She is presently (January 2016) sailing the Gold Coast of Mexico, with future plans unknown.