LORA was launched in December of 2002 (under the name of ZEUS), and then went back to the
yard to install a number of upgrades requested by her first owner. For personal reasons, the first
owner took the boat for her first trip (from Anacortes, WA to Alaska) only in the spring of 2004, followed by his second trip (from Anacortes, WA to Cabo, Mexico). The current owner purchased the boat right after that trip in 2005, when she was almost brand new (and renamed her to LORA). He is an experienced yachtsman with extensive maritime experience in South Pacific, and he commissioned (at the boat manufacturer, Northern Marine) a number of enhancements to better prepare her for long range, Pacific cursing, including: Reinforcements to the hull, a 5,000 lb. beaver tail, 5-blade propeller, bottom flow rails (see the section on Hull and Propulsion Reinforcements, above); a Targa hard top over the fly bridge; a new on-anchor (“zero-speed”) stabilization system; interior rearrangements down below to create a new VIP cabin, and a crew bunk room; a watertight door between the transom and lazarette; new jatoba floors throughout
the boat (replacing the usual carpet); redundancy of all systems including the second complete anchoring system with redundant windlass, one more water maker, one more autopilot (with independent hydraulics), a second (4-tank, automated) scuba tank compressor, a third water heater (in-line) reserved for the master cabin only, and a large number of other improvements and enhancements. The cost of the refit exceeded 700k.