They say that the two best days for owning a boat is when you buy, and when you sell. I can confirm on the first part of the statement, but not so sure on the later, as it’s bittersweet for me. Our 21’Arima Sea Ranger has been part of our family for 6 seasons and she has been loyal, reliable, and has kept my family warm and safe as we traveled around the sound, trailered to the coast or camped around as we explored some amazing places and seen some incredible sights.
She has seen many beautiful places, provided a stable and solid platform for crabbing, spot prawning, trolling, swimming, cruising, and all around good fishing. Simply put, she put alot of blood on the deck and I am thankful for her service. Over the years many boats have come and gone, but this one I have had a special relationship with since my two sons have grown up on this boat.
My eldest and I camped inside prior to going out for spot prawns. Both boys caught their first fish on it: pink salmon and flounder. She has seen places like Westport, Neah Bay, Port Townsend, the San Juans, and parts of Hood canal that most folks never get to explore.
The outboards have been nothing but reliable and provided excellent service. I had goosebumps as I saw her roll away yesterday and knowing she would provide many good years of service to the new owner, Mr. Cory Lee. Not sure if I’ll find another boat worthy of her replacement, but there’s no rush to do so as she placed the bar high and any new boat will have to hit some high standards.