The Acrux is a Norman Cross 42 MK II trimaran sailboat, modified
sugar scoup (in 2004), which lengthened it to a 48' boat.
Acrux is a star in the
Southern Cross. This is the origional name of the boat, as far
I first saw the Acrux in the winter of 1988. I looked it over
decided that was the boat I wanted. So I kept an eye on
The previous owner had not been taking very good care of it, and
the spring of 1989 he didn't pay the guy who was shoveling snow off
and as a result a heavy snow pushed it beneath the water. I
this when I was in Valdez caring for the Red
Rover. A couple years later, in October 1991, I noticed
impound sign on the boat; the harbor master was trying to collect on
unpaid bills. So I got the owner's name from the harbor master
and called him to make an offer. I told him I'd seen the sign,
and would give him $30,000 for the boat. He refused, saying he
was going to pay his harbor bill. Two months later when I was
Valdez again the sign was still on the boat, so I called him again
offered him $12,500. He refused, still insisting he would pay
bill. The next month I called again and offered him
He still insisted he was going to pay the harbor bill. By
February time was essentially out, so I called him and offered him
$5,000. He said he owed someone else $5,000 on the boat, I
replied it didn't matter because there wasn't a lien on the boat but
insisted the other guy had to be paid. So I got the
name and offered him a note for $5,000 or a check for $1,500.
said 'send me a check'. I called the owner back and he was
really reluctant to sell, but after talking with him for a half hour
managed to find a way to make it work: give him a buy-back
option. So he agreed to sell me the boat for $5,000 (less the
$1,500 I sent the lienholder). Of course I had to pay the
fees too, so by the time I had everything all cleared up I had
$7,500 into the boat.
The history on the boat is all hearsay. But I believe it was
built in Texas in 1978. It was bought (owned?) by someone who
worked on the pipeline (the lienholder), who sailed it down through
Panama Canal and then to Alaska (by way of Hawaii?). Then it
sold, I think to the guy I bought it from.
It was old and in very poor shape when I bought it in the spring of
1992. I warned the city of Valdez that I wasn't going to have
money to fix it up for 10-12 years, and they assured me that it
wouldn't be any trouble--I think they were so pleased to finally
someone who would take care of it they didn't care!! I ordered
new slip for it, one on the end of a dock where it wasn't occupying
slips. They were very helpful and soon I had it moved and
begin cleaning it up.
The Acrux had never been properly cleaned after being below the
(which I was informed had happened twice). So I cleaned it
removed a bunch of the old wiring (which was bad), removed the old
stove and in general worked it over. It didn't have a motor,
for the first summer I used a rickety little dingy to pull it in and
out of the harbor with. This photo
is of my first sailing trip, in May 1992 (just a little over a month
after I got the boat). There was almost no wind so I left the
boat sailing herself, took the dingy out and snapped some photos of
it. This remains one of the best photos I have of the Acrux!
I used the Acrux extensively in Prince William Sound in the 1990's,
intermittent logs. In 2003 I sailed the boat to Seattle
and PMC totally rebuilt it, converting it into an essentually new
boat. While doing the rebuild I also added a sugar
scoup, which added 6 feet onto the length of the boat. This
it easy to board from a dingy, and it also
improves the shape of the hull, making the boat faster.
My sailing main page.
Old logbooks from the 1990's.
In 2003 I sailed
to Seattle to have the proposed
rebuild project made into reality.
of the "new" boat.
In May, 2004 we took the Acrux out for a week long shakedown
cruise to test all
240 nautical (276 statute) miles on the boat.
In June (2004) we took possession of the Acrux from PMC and headed
the boat. When we
got to Seward we turned south, and (with a stop in Kodiak) headed
Hawaii. We sailed a total of
5,105 statute miles over the summer. Our logbooks:
Between September and March we had some boat neighbors help keep and
eye on the Acrux for us. We'd call them occasionally to check,
and they always had a good report for us.
- To Ketchikan:
625 nautical miles (720 statute--normal--miles)
- To Sitka:
nautical miles (466 statute--normal--miles)
- To Seward:
nautical miles (835 statute--normal--miles)
- To Hawaii:
2,682 nautical miles (3,084 statute--normal--miles)
On March 1st, 2005 we flew back to Hawaii to do some more
sailing. We found everything in good shape, just as reported.
log for the rest of the summer is in 2 parts:
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Reviewed summer 2007. Modest