First Light

In Festival Boats, Festival Boats 2024

First Light has cruised the PNW since the mid 1980s. She was moored under covered at Stimson marine in Ballard since 1989. After cruising and owning plastic sailboats for 25 plus years I took the plunge and purchased her in June of 2023 and moved her 1/2 mile to her new home under cover at Lockhaven marina on the magnolia side of the Ballard locks. While in pretty good condition First light was in need of some over due maintenance and major system upgrades. First haul out we spent 5 weeks on the hard reefing, calling and paying all above water line seams, as well as removing 5 thru-hulls. System upgrades include: dometic fresh water flush heads, decent size holding tank, new propane system including stove, complete AC rewiring including isolation transformer, upgraded DC electrical including new batteries, and inverter charger, installation of new Bimini and weather clothes on flybridge., and updated electronics. Additional maintenance items including paint, paint and more paint! Always lots to do on a wooden boat, but we love her and enjoy cruising with friends and family.