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Nene Wolfe's Moonshadow, Yankee # 173, Haines, Alaska (updated November 4, 2015)  

October 10, 2011. Nene Wolfe checked in today as the new owner of Moonshadow. We never did get a picture of her from prior owner Len Feldman but we are hopeful that Nene will remedy this problem. We'll reserve a space for it here. Nene's email follows:

Here she is

Hi there

I have been enjoying your web site tremendously.  Thank-you so much for keeping it up. I'm joining your ranks by being the new owner of  Moonshadow, hull # 173.

Len Feldman of Haines,  sold her to me last week.  Together we sailed her down to Juneau in 20 knot North winds. It was a beautiful sail , she handled so well.   It took us exactly 12 hrs as Juneau is 65 air miles south of Haines.

I am a novice sailor but am very much looking forward to  learning with this boat.

Take care,
Nene Wolfe
Juneau, Alask

Webmaster Note: Map at left is the inland waterway of Southeast Alaska


October 11, 2011. Nene sent in the following pictures:

Will be polished...
Maybe a little varnish work needed? but nice..
New owner
Former owner

Moonshadow sailing down the Lynn Canal - that's snow and glaciers on the horizon...


March 30, 2012. Over the past weeks we have had an exchange of emails with Nene about propulsion - oar propulsion. With the help of a couple of Dolphin owners (Acamer and Monika) Nene has come up with a system for Moonshadow. Last month we started a page in the Technical Section/Propulsion Systems/Sculling and Rowing and this contribution will be added to that page. Here is the last email and some pictures

Hi Ron,

Greetings to you, hope you are out in Marionette  sailing (6 more weeks! We live in Connecticut not temperate Alaska!) - OK -  update with oars, pics to follow  in another email.

I bought  10 ft   break-apart  Carlisle  oars from  NRS.  I used nylon webbing wrapped around the stanchions in prussic style with a piece of parachute cord tied to the top of the stanchion to keep the webbing from slipping down to the base. Webbing worked way better than rope.  This setup allows for easy rowing without getting the oars hung up or allowing them to slip or slide out and fall into the drink.

Moonshadow doesn't have a second winch in the cockpit like some other Dolphins seem to have. If it had a second one I think it would have been in a better position to rig up a hold for the oars.   Hence the last stanchion use;  it’s a smidgeon too aft  but works OK.   Have to sit on the lasarette to row. Not Sure what the torque is going to do to the stanchion in the long run .

It takes some strength (and a good friend!) to row Moonshadow but it works - its not a fast way to move but quite maneuverable  just the same.  I am happy to have this setup. Thanks for contacting  Acamar and Monika for their experiences, very much appreciated !

in Juneau, AK


July 14, 2012. There are still a few cool places left on the planet. Here's one from Nene.

Light winds near Juneau AK, July 10th 2012

Hi Ron

Hope you are having a fantastic summer. Constant rain and coolness here. Yesterday AM it was 38 F on July 11th !!! Ykes - while the rest of the US is burning up.

best to you



May 1, 2013. Moonshadow is getting new standing rigging. We set up a page for this interesting project in our Technical Section - click here to go there.

November 4, 2015. We got the following update and photo from Nene (Ne2)

Hi Ron,

 Nene  Wolfe here,  its snowing at last !   Hey  I am sending you this pic  that was recently sent to me; it’s a great shot of a Yankee Dolphin  in profile !   Also  we moved up to Haines, just N of Juneau, where Moonshadow had been residing  before I bought her !

  All is well in the Dolphin world here.   Happy Fall,  and thanks again for maintaining such a fun web page.


Click here for a bit larger image



Here, we step back into the past. Len Feldman and his Moonshadow checked in to the Forum nearly four years ago. His October 16, 2007 post is copied here. We awaited a picture of her. Alas....


I am the happy owner of Moonshadow, Yankee Dolphin #173. We live and sail out of Haines, Alaska. The boat has been in Haines for at least 10 years, but not used very much. previously it was owned by the Boy Scouts in Juneau, Alaska, but also not used much. Prior history I don't know.

I bought her in spring, 2006, and have sailed her quite a bit locally. Her main and drifter appear to be original--now 37 years old, and holding up quite well.

She sits fairly low on her lines, though the bilge is quite dry. Low enough that i painted over her boot-top with bottom paint to keep the slime down. I suspect that the hull has absorbed water over the years. (Webmaster note - I also have bottom painted Marionette's boot stripe - which now sits on top of the old scribed boot top line - One day, I am going to check the water content of the glass to be sure about possible water absorbtion - many thought that the Dolphin sailed better with more ballast .... see November 1968 S&S internal memo by clicking here) The hull seems to be in very nice condition--I cleaned her up on the tide grid here last year.

I often find myself tying a single reef and using the working jib, and sailing in our common 15-20 knot southeast winds quite comfortably. The boat sails like a witch. I usually sail singlehand, and find that the center board down helps her to weather cock into the wind while I'm fooling around on the foredeck.

I have not yet taken the mast down. I expect at some point I might want to replace the standing rigging and rewire. Any suggestions along those lines would be apppreciated.

Len Feldman





















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