Swiftsure clients’ adventures

Click the vessel names to view these clients’ sailing adventures.


Alex Fontes and his family aboard Hallberg-Rassy 53 “Pesto”

Two years after the purchase of Pesto, Alex and his family pushed off from the Swiftsure docks to begin cruising adventure in August of 2014. Alex’s narration of his shift from the corporate world to a life of adventure and enjoyment with his family is a great read.

“We are embarking on a journey, and we will be sharing it. There will be a family, there will be a sailboat … but I am getting ahead of script already. We have been frantically working on the many aspects involved in transitioning from life ashore to a life aboard a yacht (in addition to watching a few World Cup soccer games here and there … we just couldn’t help it). ”

The Gifford Family’s custom Stevens 47 Totem

Their first boat, a Hallberg Rassy 352, became just a little too tight for Jamie, Behan, Niall, and Mairen with the birth of the couple’s third child, Siobhan. The search started and in the spring of 2007, THE boat was found in San Francisco. Ryan was a part of the crew that brought Totem up the coast to Bainbridge Island, where Jamie did a pretty major re-fit on the boat. Follow the Giffords as they head south.

Brian Trautman’s Amel 53 Delos

Brian purchased a Catalina 22 when he moved to Seattle and started teaching himselves how to sail. He graduated to a Catalina 36 and then realized that he was serious about going on an extended cruise. he worked with everyone at Swiftsure and looked at many boats before they decided on their Amel 53. His patience has paid off as they moved aboard almost immediately and enjoy cruising.

Mel and Elaine Bryson’s Outbound 46 Mazu

Mel worked with Ryan to sell his Hunter 41DS Dreams over the summer of 2007. That was the first major step toward his new Outbound 46 Mazu. Mel has worked with Outbound’s builder Phil Lambert every step of the way including a trip to China to see the boat as it was being built at the boatyard. Hull #34 was delivered in early May 2008. As Mel prepared the boat to go cruising, Elaine decided to try her hand at blogging and is having great time sharing their adventures with friends and family.

Rich and Geri Davis’ adventure on the Nordic 44 Panthera

A retired London detective and his videographer wife ready for adventure.  With a desire to cruise the world by sailboat, they wisely sought the advice of cruising expert John Neal of Mahina Expeditions.  Swiftsure Yachts was enlisted as ground troops/buyer brokers in this effort and a proven Nordic 44 in Bellingham was checked, prodded and purchased.   For some of the best shot and produced cruising video out there, check out this site!

The Dennehy family’s voyage aboard Salt & Light, a Benneteau 44 CC

Three kids and two parents, one boat. Rennie and Denny had a plan. They were ready to sell their house and go. When they came to Swiftsure Yachts all they needed was a boat that would fit their family and their budget. Brad helped them find the right boat with the added bonus that it was already on the East Coast! The Dennehy famil set sail from South Carolina, heading to points south in the Caribbean. Want to know how to cruise with kids? They have a fun blog where you can follow their exploits.

Eric Rone’s Cal 33 Secret Agent Man

Eric has ompleted a major refit on his Cal 33 Secret Agent Man and is heading south for Mexico, the South Pacific and beyond…

John and Lauren Kutschka’s voyage on the Hallberg Rassy 43 Velocity

The Swiftsure Yachts partners have played an important role in the realization of Lauren and John’s dream of voyaging to the South Pacific. Pete worked with them to determine the boat that best suited their needs and then supported them every step of the way as their new Hallberg-Rassy 43 became a reality. They have journeyed far since the boisterous first sail they shared with Pete on Seattle’s Lake Union. Scott joined Velocity on a windy trip from Seattle to San Francisco. John and Lauren’s site describes their adventures cruising the South Pacific.

The Cordill family’s voyage aboard Capaz, a Perry 48

The opening line of the Cordills’ web page is “Live with no regrets.” Tod, Juli, Jake and Zach are doing just that. After purchasing Capaz from Swiftsure Yachts and spending the next year transitioning to life aboard, they left for Mexico and points beyond.  Check out their web site for a great narrative description of their Pacific crossing.