Scuttlebutt

Racing on Clinton Lake

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  1. I am looking at a Quickstep 14 and would like any information about these boats.This will be my first sailboat.
    thanks

  2. Good evening everyone,
    I am new here. I’m a proud new owner of a Quick Step 21. I have been trying to learn more about my new boat and I ran across this wonderful website. After pursuing the pages and images, I feel informed enough to ask for some help. I noticed in the Fleet Register, there are some gaps. I would like to add mine to the list, but I need some help. “Distant Thunder” (Formally named First Step) I believe is hull #8. Her serial number is

    1. Hi Zachary. I hope you went through the proper rituals for renaming your boat. Poseidon frowns upon renaming a vessel without a sacrifice, but using red wine is an acceptable substitute.
      The one I used involved removing everything from the boat that had the name on it. Next step is to have something with the name on it (I used a large steel washer) and throw it into the water while asking Poseidon to forget that name. Then everyone gets off the boat.
      Then, you can proceed with the naming ritual, which is where the red wine comes in. Don’t use champagne, that’s a marketing gimmick thought up by the champagne producers.
      Enjoy the new boat.

      1. Dave,
        I did go through a ritual to rename her, though it was not the same as you described. I liked the original name, but the hull was repainted shortly before I bought her, and there was no indication if her old registration numbers or name. I was told of her old name from the man I purchased her from. He hadn’t used the name and also chose to never name her during his ownership. I waited for a few sailings for her to earn her name, and after one stormy night on the lake, where she proved herself, she earned the name Distant Thunder. Which is also the name of my photography business, and my big blue truck that pulls her is named Thunder. I hadn’t originally considered to name her that, but on that night it felt right. With a splash of scotch on her bow and a few ceremonial words, she was renamed!

      2. Dave,
        I did go through a ritual to rename her, though it was not the same as you described. I liked the original name, but the hull was repainted shortly before I bought her, and there was no indication if her old registration numbers or name. I was told of her old name from the man I purchased her from. He hadn’t used the name and also chose to never name her during his ownership. I waited for a few sailings for her to earn her new title, and after one stormy night on the lake, where she proved herself, she earned the name Distant Thunder. Which is also the name of my photography business, and my big blue truck that pulls her is named Thunder. I hadn’t originally considered to name her that, but on that night it felt right. With a splash of scotch on her bow and a few ceremonial words, she was renamed!

    2. Hello Zachary and welcome. I don’t know why, but as you know, your message was cut short. Sorry about that. I received your email and am attaching your original message now so that everyone can see it.
      Bill

      Good evening everyone,
      I am new here. I’m a proud new owner of a Quickstep 21. I have been trying to learn more about my new boat and I ran across this wonderful website. After pursuing the pages and images, I feel informed enough to ask for some help. I noticed in the Fleet Register, there are some gaps. I would like to add mine to the list, but I need some help. “Distant Thunder” (Formally named First Step) I believe is hull #8. Her serial number is LNUKM 008J8 89.
      In the large stack of papers that came with her, I see she used to be owned by a Mr. Wolos in New Jersey and then by a Mr. White, here in Colorado.

      My name is Zachary Kelly. I am a professional photographer and naturalist guide, and in the coming months, Distant Thunder will have a new home, the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. There, I will be sailing while living aboard as much as is reasonable, to study and photograph Humpback whales, and to enjoy the lake-like conditions of Juneau’s coastal climate. I loved and worked there for years as a guide and I am excited to be starting a new chapter with my wife and son aboard our proud little boat as we move back and start a new life.

      I noticed that most of these boats still reside on the east coast, so I wonder if this will be the furthest a Quick Step will have sailed? I am excited to contribute to this page, to share images and to learn from you all. I have many many questions. I am eager to learn and eager to sail. Right now, she resides here in Colorado where I purchased her and I sail on Carter Lake, where I am getting acquainted.

      Any help determining which hull number I own would be greatly appreciated. The above serial number helps I hope, Also, the sails have the Q21 and the number 10 printed on the Dacron. I am not sure if this correlates to the hull number however.

      Fair winds to all you new mates!
      Zachary Kelly

        1. Greetings,
          I appreciate your reply and input. I noticed that the Fleet page indicates that Hull 8 is pictured in the Gallery. There is at least one image that appears to be my boat, but I assume most Quickstep 21’s looks similar enough to not know exactly. I included some images in of her at sail in my email that I would love to contribute to the page.

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