Capt. Alan Somervell
USCG Captain, Instructor, Waterman and All Around Good Guy.
Capt. Alan Somervell is a Flagship trained and USCG licensed Captain, leading NauticEd and ASA instructor, expert in boat systems and otherwise one of the most experienced sailors in the Northwest. He advances sailing in collaboration with many maritime organizations across the Pacific Northwest.
“Exploration became my teacher. By 10, when I first soloed on the Chesapeake Bay with its big winds, waves and vast distances, I realized that a small mistake this far from shore can be… educational.” Alan reminisces.
Alan Somervell’s sailing roots are traced back to Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, where as a young boy Alan explored back-water coves and salt-water creeks while being taught the ropes and Zen of sailing by his father, a champion Snipe racer. Meanwhile his grandfather, The Captain (a hardened waterman), instilled in him the family heritage of fishing, boating and outdoor skills. For most boys, the first bike is the promise of freedom. For Alan, it was learning wind shifts, shallows and sailing skills that freed him to experience a new world of adventure and exploration comparable to a modern day Tom Sawyer.
Alan soon began teaching and discovered the joy and rewards of sharing his passion for sailing and a “love of the water to others.” “I was addicted,” he says, and as a teenager took charge of teaching sailing and rowing at summer camps at the locally renowned “the Beach.”
Modern sailors are rarely just sailors, but come from a diverse mix of professions. Alan grew to become an accomplished Chef managing world-class kitchens. His attention to detail and improvisation skills earned Alan the distinction of cooking for two sitting presidents – not surprisingly, those skills are cherished in sailing by his students, fellow maritime professionals and crew.
Alan returned to his passion and love of water, except this time as a professional mariner. He explains, “I enjoy addicting others to sailing, whether it’s new sailors, racing, exotic charters, open ocean adventures or, best of all, simply messing about in boats while exploring the wonders of Northwest waters.”
When not teaching sailing or “messing about” with boats, one often finds Alan sailing. As he describes his sailing addiction in an understated, Southern way, “it’s a great hobby as well.”
A spirit for exploration and love of the outdoors leads many to the Northwest, and each passionate soul empowers that spirit. Whether by sailor or chef, Capt. Somervell empowers us with the finer points of living.
Anthea, which means blossom in Greek, will sail were sailors, explorers and wander-lust want to go, experience and enjoy true nature in out of the way locations. She will start sailing up and into Alaska during the spring of 2020. She will spend several days a week exploring gunk-holes and out of the way bays. We would love to have you along!
Specifications - simply, a go-anywhere sailor's dream boat.....
- Year Built: 1999
- Model: Alubat 455
- Builder: Alubat Shipyard, Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
- Length: 49' Beam: 14' 3" Draft: 3' 2"~7' 10
- Type of Bottom: multiple chines, dual spade rudders, retractable cast iron centerboard Planking: .21~.36" aluminum plate Paint: aluminum, Awl Grip Hull Guard epoxy primer
- Struts: aluminum, hollow Bearings: rubber/bronze cutlass
- Prop: 3-blade, bronze, feathering Rudder: (2) aluminum spade, hollow Keel: cast iron, centerboard, electric hydraulic actuator
- Cabin Structure: .21" aluminum plate Decks, urethane non-skid Cabins: (4)
- Finish: varnished wood, fabric, vinyl, gel coat
- Galley: mid starboard side of main cabin; Range: Force 10, 2-burner w/oven, gimbaled, propane
- Refrigeration: Isotherm, 24VDC Heating: Webasto DBW-2010, hydronic diesel heater
- Head: Jabsco manual marine head Sewage Disposal: (1) 23 gal aluminum Type III holding tank, gravity discharge, Y-valve, 240VAC pump Shower: (2)hand-held in head compartments, (2) 24VDC diaphragm-type sump pump
- Engine: single Volvo TMD22, 4-cylinder in-line diesel, turbocharged, 2.0-liter Gears: Volvo Penta MS25L-A
- Steering/Controls: Whitlock pedestal wheel, gear, shaft, links/single shift-throttle lever, pedestal mounted, Bowden cables
- Aluminum anchor roller bracket w/(2) rollers on bow
- Lofranś Leopard anchor windlass w/gypsy & warping drum
- Quick anchor windlass helm control • Spade 27kG anchor w/chain swivel
- TideWay SF1000 salt water wash-down pump
- Gangway,folding, portable
- RIB, fiberglass hull, w/retractable dolly wheels and Yamaha 9.9FMH outboard motor
- Whitlock pedestal steering w/Lewmar folding steering wheel, leather grip
- 2-Tube aluminum radar arch w/antennas, solar panels, dingy davits
- Outboard motor mount on stern pulpit
- Sugar scoop transom w/steps
- Nylon mooring strap on reel, mounted
- ICOM IC-M506 VHF transceiver • Masthead VHF antenna
- ICOM IC-M802 single sideband transceiver
- ICOM AT-140 automatic antenna tuner
- Insulated backstay
- Furuno 1715 radar
- (2) Furuno RD-33 multi-display, GPS, depth, speed, autopilot
- Furuno FAP-7002 Processor Unit
- Furuno PG-700 autopilot heading sensor
- NASA Marine Target Nautek Pro-plus boat receiver
- Victron BMV-501 battery monitor
- Victron Phoenix 12/50 battery charger
- Victron BlueSolar MPPT 100 1 30 solar charge regulator
- (4) TOTAL TE850 solar panel, 90 watt each
- MBI 2/100/3 battery isolator, 100 amp
- VDO fuel tank level gauge
- InkBird engine compartment temperature gauge
- Aerogen 4 wind/hydro DC power generator • ASUS A52J laptop
- Studer XPC 1400-12 XP-Compact inverter-charger, 1400WAC, 45ADC
- Stainless steel folding boarding ladder on transom
- Horseshoe, throw-able • PFD’s (4) Type II (4) Type III (1) Type IV • CSM life raft in hard canister, 8-person
- ELCI AC master circuit breaker
- (4) Ventilator on dorades
- Webasto DBW 2010 hydronic diesel heater
- Transom shower, hot & cold
- Teak cockpit grate, helm table, folding
- Candy AQUA 1100DF washing machine, 240VAC
- Tefal Crusty toaster oven
- Vetus dripless prop shaft packing gland, lipped-seal type
- MAX Prop, 3-blade, bronze, feathering
- Shaft Shark prop shaft line cutter
- Max Power bow thruster, 24VDC, retractable
- Power thruster helm control
- Spare autopilot pump, lines, ram, transducer, complete and ready to install
- Hydroem electric/hydraulic centerboard ram system • Livol D60 Compact watermaker, 60 liter/hr., 24VDC
- ISO Therm refrigerator compressor, 24VDC, water cooled • NAPA 3166 diesel fuel filter/water separator
- SCAM diesel fuel filter
- Rigid boom vang
- Asymmetrical spinnaker bow spirit, removable
In loving memory of an extraordinary NW sailor and friend, Dave Chance.
It's not often, in life, that we meet a Dave Chance. For those of us who knew Dave - he's a friend, an inspiration, and a sailor in the truest sense of the term.
Dave loved life and people. Dave dedicated his later life to helping sailors, often sailing with the best while lifting up the least among us.
As sailors we lift a ration of rum and pay respects to 'those at sea'.