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Best way to find a boat owner? (Poulsbo, WA)

So I was wandering through the docks in Poulsbo Washington, and saw this absolutely beautiful wooden boat. It looked to be around 50 feet (I'm suspicious it's a 51 Formosa according to my online research). It was named Earendil, out of Portland OR. I took a few photos (linked a few below) because I thought it looked awfully beautiful.

Not that I have a lot to say, but I'd just love to hear more about the boat, where it came from, where it has been, how it handles, etc. Simply a "Wow, you have a beautiful boat, tell me more!".

Anyway, I've seen gorgeous boats before, and wanted to know more. Anyone know a good (polite) way to find the owner?

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Just go back down to the dock and ask around,what's the big deal?Owners love to talk/brag about their boats.
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looks very very similar to this 1982 Formosa 47 cutter ketch CC listed at Formosa 47 CC, Ketch Cutter 1982:Sporting/Boats/Bikes:Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

The listing has pics of the inside as well. very nice.
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Lol..... go rent the movie "Captain Ron" you will see that boat throughout the whole movie.
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I leave a note on the boat (in a zip lock bag) with my contact info. and ask them to call if they wouldn't mind telling me about their boat.
It's about 50/50 if they call.

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From the USCG documented vessel database:
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Vessel Name: EARENDIL
USCG Doc. No.: 977385
Vessel Service: RECREATIONAL
IMO Number: *
Trade Indicator: Recreational
Call Sign: WBB3318
Hull Material: FRP (FIBERGLASS)
Hull Number: FBB510201080
Year Built: 1981

Length (ft.): 50.8
Hailing Port: PORTLAND OR
Hull Depth (ft.): 10

POULSBO, WA 98370 Hull Breadth (ft.): 14.1

Gross Tonnage: 26

Net Tonnage: 24

Documentation Issuance Date: September 16, 2011
Documentation Expiration Date: October 31, 2012
Previous Vessel Names: No Vessel Name Changes
Previous Vessel Owners: JAMES RICHARD COLLIER JR.
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Well I'm impressed. Where do you look up this information?
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Well I'm impressed. Where do you look up this information?
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Arrrrr maties - them Formosas fulfill all me boyhood pirate fantasies.

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I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Re: Best way to find a boat owner? (Poulsbo, WA)

Hi--- I am the former owner of Earendil---from 1985-2009. I recently (7/2016) tried to find her during a brief visit to Poulsbo, but without success. She is a Formosa 51. I had her painted black with white trim to give her a more classic look. Had new masts built (old ones were rotten) and made the spreaders myself--a great learning experience. Raised two kids on the boat. Son is a now a licensed captain (as is his mom, my ex-wife), a dredge captain, and scuba diver. Daughter is an active boater. As you may guess, we lived aboard.

For about 10 years, I had the boat in Santa Cruz, CA--a great location. With a roller-furling, boomless main, Earendil has a great deal of deck space--great for taking groups out to watch the Wednesday evening Beer-can races, sail to a near-by cove, have a BBQ, and enjoy our on-board blue-grass band (with a double-bass, yet).

Earendil comes from Lord of the Rings. He was a half-elven sailor and the father of Elrond. The word actually means "bright star" (or "bright Angel"). It comes from the opening line of an old Anglo-Saxon poem, the Crist of Cynewulf, about which Tolkien was an expert. Coincidentally, the boat's former name was "Eseta", a Tongan version of the name "Esther", which in term is an old Persian word meaning "star".

If you know where Earendil is now, or would like more info, please post your questions or information----Ted Holland
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