- Pacific Northwest
32' Chris-Craft Express Cruiser
When David Wiehle found Pearl, she was known by a different name and was in a much different state. Her name was Pau Hana, owned by Patricia Coulter who was almost ready to give the vessel away to the Sea Scouts for a tax break after the vessel had been on the market for over a year after her husband passed away.
The Coulters spent many seasons cruising Pau Hana up into Canadian waters.The details are unknown, but we are fairly confident that she spent time in the Desolation Sound area, fishing along the way. Pau Hana resided at the Seattle Yacht Club in Portage Bay for over 20 years.
In September of 2006, David Wiehle and Elizabeth Bailey picked up the then Pau Hana at Seattle Yacht Club in Portage Bay, and limped it over on the port engine to the Seaworthy Services refinishing shop on Westlake. There began extensive restorations. The engines were pulled and put into the care of mechanic Ivan Gelseth. During the engine rebuild, David Wiehle began finish work on the exterior. All metal was removed and taken to Show Quality for polishing and/or re-chroming. All of the exterior paint and varnish above the gunnel was stripped, and the beautiful original mahogany stained the rich tone it now is. At least a dozen coats of varnish were applied to the windshield, cockpit interior, transom, sidedecks, and cabinsides. The unique name was designed and applied by Seaworthy employee Jose Jimenez. Jose also did the majority of the work involved in the gorgeous Awl-Grip fairing and paintwork on the cabintop. The keel coolers were removed and plugged, the bilges extensively cleaned, and the hull, bootstripe and bottom painted at LeClercq Marine, where the (rebuilt) engines were put in. Once back at Seaworthy, Pearl had her fuel tanks pulled and taken to Ballard Sheet Metal, where new stainless steel versions were constructed and installed by Ivan. Ivan went through the engine room, installing new sea strainers, batteries, exhaust system; the list goes on.
Pearl was nearly complete by late June 2008, so David Wiehle pushed for a "maiden voyage" of the 2008 Chris-Craft Rendezvous in Port Orchard the second weekend in July. Pearl marched in on Thursday afternoon, and won the crowd throughout the weekend. She left on Sunday with her first award: "People's Choice". Beaming with pride, David and Elizabeth took Pearl for an outing in the San Juan Islands in the following weeks. She now resides at BoatWorld Marina on Westlake.