A testimonial from a happy EXCEL owner
'MV Kinship' North Pacific 43
Hi Nick, I bought an Excel from you last year out of your first shipment. I believe mine was the first you shipped South to the States. I had an experience a couple weeks ago that I wanted to share. We had left Gig Harbor in Puget Sound and had some major engine trouble that caused us to shut down and wait for a tow. The current was ebbing at about 5 knots at the time and we got caught up in a back eddy that carried us South, right next to shore. Eventually we had to drop the anchor to keep from being blown onto the beach. I dropped the anchor in about 25-30 feet of water close in to shore. I put out about 125' of chain. The anchor caught and held us as the current was streaming us parallel to the shore. We were right at the boundary between the main channel current and an eddy. As that boundary kept moving North and South, we would alternately get pushed either direction. The current was parallel to the shore (in alternate directions) but the wind was coming onshore. Each time the current switched the anchor had to reset itself. Each time it did, the wind was blowing us closer to shore. At one point, our stern was about 5' from dry land as we once again reversed direction. I was very pleased with the performance of the Excel. Not only did it hold us, but it reset itself several times under far less than ideal conditions. The Excel did its job over the course of about 1 1/2 hours and kept us off the beach until the tow arrived. Positive feedback never hurts so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you have a great Summer and have the chance to get out on your own boat.