- Please welcome Pete and Jan van Leynseele to the Gateway owner group! They are the latest proud owners of Gateway I and are really looking forward to this coming boating season. They are very experienced boaters who previously owned a Tollycraft and also currently own a trailerable cuddy-cabin. We are truly lucky to have such a great group of owners and the van Leynseele’s are a great addition. Please welcome them warmly as you see them around!
- Gateway II is on the water and running like a proud stallion (can “she” run like a stallion?)! At any rate, the C100 handles unbelievably well, a real upgrade in performance in many ways; speed, handling, tracking, weight carrying ability, storage space, etc. If you have yet to take her for a spin, let us know a good time and we’ll get you out.
- Gateway III, the new Nordic Tug 34, is under construction in Burlington, WA, and I’m told is right on the timeline for completion and delivery at Trawler Fest (May 16th). The hull is now out of the mold, and major components will be moving this week into the Nordic assembly building for outfitting and joining. If anyone would like to see her under construction, let me know and I can arrange that, she’ll be located right beside the Aspen mock up.
- Upgrades & Blendshares– There is movement occurring from the C90 to the C100 and also to the Nordic Tug as well. Gateway has established the following guidelines for upgrades:
-The formula for upgrade if you own your current share for less than 6 months is:
-Price difference between what you paid and the new share price, plus tax & license on the difference.
- The formula for upgrade if you own your current share for 6 months or more is:
- Depreciation on your current share, plus the price difference between what you paid and the new share price, plus tax & license on the difference.
- You must own at least a 1/16th share to participate in the “Hard Schedule” bid process.
- You may upgrade a trip using Open Time for a daily fee (currently $120 per day for C90 owners to upgrade to C100).
- If you own any Blendshare combination that totals 1/8th or more, then you have access to unlimited Open Time on all boat models in which you own a share.
- It is possible to keep 1/16th on your current boat and simply upgrade 1/16th to another boat. The price calculation is the same. For example, a C90 owner who would like to upgrade 1/16th to the C100 at current prices would pay only $6,050 for the upgrade, plus tax & license. They would then have unlimited Open Time on both boats.
- Blendshare owners will take 3 weeks on one boat, and two on the other, alternating each year.
- Anacortes Spring Show – April 5 -7. C90s & C100 on the water, demo rides available after show hours, call to schedule yours. Free parking and admission.
- Trawler Fest – Anacortes, May 16 – 19. Largest show in Anacortes, includes many boating classes and other activities. Don’t miss the introduction of Gateway III, our first Nordic Tug!
Upcoming Owner cruises:
o May 31 - June 2, 2013 – Aspen Cruise – Poulsbo, WA
o June 27 – 30, 2013 – Gateway Cruise – Islands/Victoria cruise
o August 17 - 24, 2013 – Aspen Cruise – Barkley Sound, west side of Vancouver Island or as voted.
April Operating Notes
- New Cap Sante Slips are located on the ‘F’ dock. You can park in the load zone next to the marina office to load/unload, and then park on the other side of the marina office for long term parking. Slip assignments:
o Gateway I – F0 (also known as G0, previously labeled on old maps as F1)
o Gateway II – F3
o Aristocat – F5
Gateway III – F7 (if available by May)
-Marina Wi-Fi: Free. Will come up as “Cap Sante Guest” (with spaces between). When prompted for security, enter the marina phone number without spaces and without dashes “3602930694.”
-Marina rest rooms after hours – enter code “113” (remember the three digits add up to 5).
-Marina Security – Security guard on duty in the evenings. Security phone number is 360-293-5000 if needed.
- Revving on the Red Line – All current Gateway boat motors red line at or just above 4,000 RPM. There have been some difficulties with the Cummins motors when they are operated at or near full power for extended time frames. The manufacturers recommend not exceeding 90% of the rated RPM for continuous cruise, thus the boats are now placarded “3600 RPM Max Continuous.” This means that for power settings above 3600 RPM, the maximum time limit is 5 minutes.
- We are taking measures to inspect our engines regularly for known items and are also installing exhaust bellows that should help relieve stress from the exhaust elbows and turbo charger assemblies. Gateway owners can help protect our engines by maintaining RPM within limits and by checking the engine compartment regularly. Should you encounter any engine warning, please stop the boat and inspect, call Gateway for assistance if needed.
- Generator for the Aspens – One of our owners purchased a new Honda 2000 portable generator for use on the boat. We have installed tie-down points on the swim platforms (GI & coming to G2) for temporary mounting only when the boat is not in motion (at anchor only). It is very light-weight and quiet. Once on the swim platform you run the power cord up to the external power receptacle and you are in business for hair drying, toasters, microwaves, whatever you want even while on the hook (have power already when at the dock). There’s about $1,400 invested in this and they’re willing to share with anyone willing to share in the expense, although they would have first priority for its use. I think contributing $350 is a good deal for anyone wanting this ability, please let us know if you want in.
-Oil Dipstick – The oil case on the Volvo motor is pressurized. The oil dipstick must be ALL THE WAY IN. Push until you hear it click, then push again to be sure it’s in. Failing to do so will result in oil blowing all over the engine compartment. There is a light just above the dipstick hole so you can see it, turn on the “Cockpit Lights” switch and that light will illuminate.
- Be sure to check the weather and tides before departure! Gateway Yachts » Fishing and Weather Reports