S/V Shadow

The Boat

Shadow's Story

S/V Shadow is a 1987 Catalina 36. She started her life in Longbeach, CA and was owned, from the factory floor, by a single family until 2020, when she was sold and moved up to Tacoma, WA. Unfortunately the second owner had to sell for health reasons and never had the boat away from the dock.

We acquired S/V Shadow in April of 2021. This boat has been so immaculately maintained by the original owner that it seemed as if she had just come off the factory floor! Without hesitation, we provisioned her and left for a family voyage with our 2 year old only three days after taking ownership!


Make Catalina 36
Built 1987
Length 36 feet
Beam (width) 12 feet
Draft 6.5 feet
Weight (empty) 13,500 lbs
Keel weight 6,000 lbs
Diesel capacity 25 gallons

About Us


We are a family of four, living in the Pacific Northwest, addicted to sailing. Puget Sound is our sailing ground, and at time our home. Our boat currently hails from Tacoma, Washington.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but it was not till I was living in the desert of Idaho that I picked up the sailing bug. In 2010 I moved back and purchased my first sailboat- a 23' North American Spirit 23. In 2015 I got racing fever and acquired a 36' racing boat.

The younger version of myself never imagined I would one day become a sailor. As a kid I dreamt of growing up, moving to the mountains, and becoming a hermit. Today I cannot envision a life bereft of sailing.

Puget Sound is my home sailing ground. I have raced on many crews here. I built a 1st place race team with our last boat, and went on to win many first in classes. I have sailed up and down the Pacific Coast several times and am looking forward to retirement so we can begin exploring other great sailing areas around the world.

Prior to meeting Ben, I had never been on a sailboat or cared about sailing. During our second date I fell in love with his boat and his beard. It has been a magical journey ever since, including several years that we were able to live on our 33' cabin cruiser powerboat in Lake Union.

As a child I spent my summers vacationing at Disneyland, now I cannot wait for the nice weather to get off the dock and gunkholing around Puget Sound with the kids.

When I met Shadow it was love at first sight! I started sailing when I was just two years old. I love being out on the water and all the fun activities we get to do on the boat. I especially love going to sandy island! (Ben: She means Blake Island)

My favorite trip so far was in June of 2022 when we sailed to Edmonds, WA for my friend Jenn's wedding! We stayed at the marina. Ate at the ice cream shop every day. And I got to wear pretty dresses!

Hai! I love throwing my sippy cup and giving mom a near heart attack as I wobble and tumble around the boat. I keep telling her that sailing is in my blood and the wobbling is just God giving me sealegs early in life.

Giving Back

Charitable Causes

The sailing community has given us so much that it is important for us to give back to the community. There are several causes that we support

Footloose Disabled Sailing

The mission of Footloose Sailing Association is to provide safe, accessible and rewarding sailing experiences to disabled members, their friends, families and caregivers. We teach sailing and seamanship, promote camaraderie, personal growth and increased independence to our participants. Footloose was started in 1991 as a 501 C-3 non-profit educational and charitable Washington State Corporation and is a chapter of Move United (Formerly: Disabled Sports USA).

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Pink Boat Regatta

We fuel smart research to develop new paths for breast cancer prevention and a cure. This turns cancer patients into survivors, buys precious time, and improves lives. We do this through sailing. Because that's what we do.

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Exchange Club of Highline

Established in 1961, Exchange Club of Highline was formed with the goal of bringing business and community leaders together to support Youth, Americanism, Community Service, and the prevention of Child Abuse. By holding an annual fundraiser, the money generated is used to meet the ongoing needs of existing community organizations, and members volunteer their time to other community projects. As needs are brought to the club’s attention, members decide on the course of action allowing flexibility and responsiveness to the ever-changing needs of our Highline community.

Learn More about the Exchange Club of Highline

Shilshole Bay Yacht Club

From its very beginning in 1961, Shilshole Bay Yacht Club has emphasized participation and informality. Our Club was organized to provide a boating experience where good friends could meet for fun and recreation on the water. We measure our success not by the size of the boat, but by our members’ enjoyment. Our roster has active sail and power boaters as well as members who have no boat – but all come together through their strong interest in yachting.

Learn More about Shilshole Bay Yacht Club

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