37VT03 Hiaqua
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Red Bluff Bay, Alaska 2015
HIN: HAO370030883 more photos
Hull Laid: August 1983
Yard: Hai O Yachts, Taiwan
Tracy Arm, Alaska 2015
Princess Louisa Inlet, BC
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Randy Miller & Yvonne Bates Oct 2014 Hiaqua Anacortes, WA
Joe and Laurie Payne Oct 2006 Oct 2014 Hiaqua Bremerton, WA
Bent and Marie Blichtfeldt May 1994 Oct 2006 Compass Rose Vashon Island, WA
Frank B. Von Culin Dec 1993 May 1994 Compass Rose
George Stevenson Compass Rose Kingston, WA
Rich Norman Compass Rose
Ted Ritter1 1983 Compass Rose Newport Beach, CA

About the Owners Past and Present

Yvonne Bates & Randy Miller Yvonne is a retired pharmacist and Randy is an Industrial Designer. We live in West Seattle but will keep Hiaqua in Anacortes Marina. We are really excited to carry forward the wonderful job that Joe & Laurie have done during their ownership. Besides sailing/boating we enjoy international cycling trips.

The Payne's: Have done extensive upgrades including a new engine and mast.

The Blichtfeldt's: Took over Compass Rose when she had 1,700 engine hours. They cruised her to S.E. Alaska and in 3 months covered 3,500 miles.

Frank B. Von Culin: Died shortly after buying Compass Rose.

George Stevenson: Changed out the three bladed prop for a four bladed one.

Ted Ritter: "I am the original owner of Hull #3 which I named Compass Rose (after the mine sweeper in the UK war film "Cruel Sea" …still have a DVD copy on board the current Compass Rose.) I cannot tell you how tickled I was to see that subsequent owners made good use of her and added some excellent cruising extras. Just as flattering was that he name was retained for what 23 years ! I purchased CR while working as Western Ad Mgr for Cruising World magazine in Newport Beach. I had her docked next to the Rusty Pelican restaurant….oh those were the bachelor days! She was delivered to Port of Long Beach. off loaded from a pier into the water and a bee line made for a nearby fuel dock. Lord Nelson was an advertiser of Cruising World. I first spotted the blue prints at a Seattle Boat Show in 1982 with designer Jim Backus. The rest is history.

As a footnote I was the one who designed
the "stained glass" dolphin shower doors which I was delighted to see are still there! (Photo in the 2006 brokerage ad.) Compass Rose was an incredibly fun boat to own and always turned heads at Catalina Island and Newport Harbor. I recall a girl friend being startled in the galley one morning one the hook at Catalina by a curious couple in a dinghy 10 feet away. She had to duck down as she was still in her sheer nightie….OK, nuff said on that one. : )

My previous boat was a Pacific Seacraft Orion 27 sloop. My first run to Catalina on CR was an eye opener….auto pilot, punching along upwind at 8 knots. dutch door half opened with the stereo in the background….hmmmm, says I this is pretty damn good.

I also did a 10 day return vacation/delivery from the Abacos, Bahamas to Palm Beach, FL on a slightly later hull owned by Loren Hart of Lord Nelson. Happy to report that the Victory tug is a superb Bahamas cruiser…modest draft, protected prop and rudder and miserly on fuel. " The preceding came from two June 2009 emails.


  • LOA: 37' 0"
  • Beam: 13' 2"
  • Draft: 3' 6"
  • Displacement: 20,500 lbs
  • HIN: HA0370030883
  • USCG Doc #665508


  • "L" salon sette
  • Galley to port
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • Stateroom has double seat to starboard


  • Diesel: 200 gal, 6 self-leveling steel tanks
  • Water: 100 gal, (42 & 58 gal) stainless steel tanks
  • Holding: 30 gal, polyethylene tank


  • Engine: Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110 hp, 4 cylinder diesel engine, (new 1/2010)
  • Former engine: BMW D150 diesel engine, 4555 hours (1/2006)
  • Transmission: ZF 30M (new 1/2010)
  • Prop: 24RH x 16, 4 blade & 3 blade spare
  • Bow Thruster: Westmar 8", 5 hp counter rotating props (rebuilt 2013)


  • Steering: Manual Hydraulic Helm Pump w/ W-H Autopilot w/ rudder angle indicator (new 2009)
  • Water heater: Quick 10 gal, 120 VAC or engine cooling water and pressure tank (new 2010)
  • Hydronic Heating System: Heats domestic water, provides space heating & pilothouse window defogging
  • Diesel heater: Webasto TSL17 (refurbished 2015)
  • Fuel Polishing system w/ Racor Filter w/ vacuum gauge
  • Dual Racor fuel filters w/ vacuum gage

110Vac Electrical

  • 30A 110V Shore Power Receptacle (new 2015)
  • Xantrex Freedom 2000 Inverter/Charger w/ battery monitor (new 2013)
  • Galvanic Isolator
  • Dedicated Shore 110V Circuit (isolated from inverter loads)
  • (3) 110V Inverter Circuits
  • Generator: Honda 2000w portable

12Vdc Electrical

  • House Batteries: 4 Flaming River DC105 AGM batteries (new 2015)
  • Engine Starting: Flaming River DC105 AGM
  • Bow Thruster: Group 27 AGM
  • Mast/Boom Winches: Group 27 Gel
  • Dual 80A Hatichi Alternators


  • Force 10 propane 3-burner stove
  • Pressurized salt water faucet (new 2015)
  • Xintex S2A propane control w/ 2 sniffers (new 2015)


  • VHF: ICOM M602
  • Radar: Koden-Sitex 4kw, 42" open array (new 2010)
  • Camio class B AIS transmitter & antenna (new 2015)
  • Air horn

Ground Tackle

  • James Nilsson V1000 Windlass (rebuilt & re-chromed 2015)
  • #6, 65 lb Forfjord safety anchor (re-galvanized anchor 2015)
  • 425' of 7/16" chain (Galv. GR.40 I.S.O. Acco)

Deck Equipment

  • Forespar folding mast w/ pneumatic assist & boom (new 2011)
  • Dingy launch & recovery: Two Warm 800 lb capacity 12 vdc electric hoist winches w/ hand controls & dedicated battery
  • Saltwater washdown system: Fore & aft outlets (new 2015)

2008/2009 Improvements as reported at Tug Talk Bremerton

  • Refinished all exterior teak.
  • Removed 5kW Northern lights genset on rear deck and it's accessories.
  • Replaced house batteries with 4 AGMs group 27.
  • Relocated inverter.
  • Rebuilt exhaust system
  • New ProMariner three stage battery charger.
  • Added Shore power generator switch.
  • Replaced alternator with 150A dual pulley unit.
  • Added battery isolator between house and start bank.
  • Added new Italian made 10gal hot water heater just outboard of the galley sink.
  • Added a pressure tank (potable water system).
  • Added a raw water anchor wash down (used toilet inlet thru hull).
  • Added a sewage pump out pump.
  • Removed big white box off dingy deck (it held a propane tank) and put tank into stack.
  • Put in new rubber propane gas hose.
  • Moved door up on stack and put it on the port side.
  • Removed half of the pilot houses' paneled ceiling to access wires.
  • Replaced cable steering with hydraulic steering.
  • Replaced sink in galley with an asymmetrical one (larger on one side).
  • Removed hand pumps on each side of sink.
  • Used a paint product as new counter top
  • Removed hot water expansion tank which had been installed at the helm (just forward of the wheel).
  • Sound insulating the engine room with a paint (multiple coats to get thickness of 40-50 mils).

Winter 2015 Improvements

  • New Diamond Sea Glaze tinted tempered 1/4" glass windows w/ screens
  • Engine:
    • 500hr/5year maintenance:
    • New Transmission water cooler
    • Install exhaust High Temp alarm
  • Bilge:
    • Johnson 2200 aft Bilge Pump & hose
    • Johnson 1600 fwd Bilge Pump & hose
    • Install 2 new bilge switches
    • Johnson Shower Sump Pump & basin
    • High water level bilge alert
  • Engine Room:
    • Total sound proof walls & ceiling w/ 1" foil backed insulation
    • Remove engine cover
    • Install high output port side engine room blower
  • Sanitation System:
    • Rebuild Head & install full size bowl
    • Re-plumb to hide lines
    • Remove "Y" valve & install dedicated pump out line
    • Lower Head 5" to 19" seat height
    • Rebuild Macerator & add switch & Wema fill gauge to Pilot House
  • Heating System:
    • Revamp Hydronic heating system
    • Re-plumb entire system w/ 3/4" hose
    • Replace antifreeze mixture
    • Install Webasto TSL17 diesel heater
  • Electrical System:
    • Rewire entire 110Vac system to make ABYC compliant
    • Rewire entire 12Vdc system to make ABYC compliant
    • 4 new Flaming River DC105 AGM house batteries
    • Relocate Inverter & locate control panel to Pilot House
    • Install House battery switch
  • Fresh Water System:
    • Replace oxidized Aluminum access covers w/ Beckson clear plastic covers
    • Replace water fill hoses
    • Design & build new H20 manifold w/ carbon filter
    • Replace supply lines & install new port & stbd vent lines to deck
  • Fuel Tanks:
    • Re-plumb diesel return lines to rear tanks
    • Replace & re-plumb vent lines w/ continuous upward slope
  • Install new Perko series 40 Navigation lights
  • Windlass: Rebuild & re-chrome
  • Install high pressure saltwater faucet in galley sink
  • Install aft deck salt water washdown faucet

Winter 2016 Improvements

  • Bulwarks and Hull repaired and painted with Awlgrip paint
  • New stainless steel rub rail
  • Bottom stripped and painted with epoxy barrier coat and bottom paint
  • Bow thruster props, main prop and rudder coated with Velox Plus antifouling paint
  • Rudder cheeks added
  • New smart transducer
  • New Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Fish finder with chirp transducer
  • All new bronze thru hulls and valves
  • Build & install Slurpee bilge water pickup system in fwd & aft bilge per Dave Howell's design

Original Purchase Information2

Date Ordered Buyer/Brokerage Hull Laid Hai O's Cost to Build3 Shipping (from Taiwan) Misc. Expenses4 Admiralty Ltd. Profit Date Arrived in US5 Closing Sale Date Approximate Delivered Price6
6/8/1983 Ritter, T 8/83 $4,9639.64 $7436.1 $901.25 $9,359.11 10/28/1983 10/28/1983 $67,336.1

Related Documents

  • 2006 Yacht World Listing: yw2006hull3.pdf
  • Hull #3 is written up in Western Boatman magazine Oct 1984, Lord Nelson Victory 37 Tug, Cover photo, p. 37-39 pdficon.gif.
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