Luka: Farr 60 Pilothouse



This Farr 60 pilotlhouse began her life in 1997 as "Lady C of Ekne", built in the Najad yard in Sweden and sold by Jeff Taylor to Bion Carlson. She is hull #2 of 5 built for this design. She was captained by Nick Cutler, MCA Master, who was involved in the yacht since her conception. He oversaw production as the owner's representative, and logged 17,500 nm with her on crusises ranging from Northwestern Sweden to Turkey, the West Indies and back to the Mediterranean.

She was then purchased by Mike Mayhew and christened "More Mayhem". The owner lived on her for eight years. She then spent eight years "on the hard".

In 2014 she was purchased by Emmanuel Gradoux-Matt, with the help of broker Bob Marson, renamed "Alouette" and given a major refit in Cowes, Isle of Wight UK, under the auspices of Nigel Harrison. She then sailed to Baiona, Spain, followed by a 6,500 nm Atlantic crossing with a stop in the Canaries, captained by Jean Gerber and mate Pierre Basquin. Next she spent some time in Barbados and Guadeloupe, finally mooring in Charleston, SC, where she was put up for sale.

In January 2015, she was purchased by Scott and Wendy Wurtele, and christened "Luka". She left Charleston on March 31, 2015, and has completed her second major voyage from South Carolina through the Panama Canal to San Diego, CA, with Captain Dave Block. She reached the entrance to the Canal on Apr-08-15, averaging 200 nm/day. After exiting the Panama, she sailed north with stops in Alcapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, where alternator repair held her up for a few days. She reached San Diego on May the 15th.

From there, Scott and Wendy, with help from Jonathan Knopp, spent 2 weeks preparing the boat for her journey north. Luka was then joined by Vern Burkhardt, Alan Barber, Jonas Zolpys and Mike Cowley who crewed the boat up the west coast to San Francisco, leaving San Diego on May 31st.

Having broken a rib, Wendy decided that crashing about in up to 45 knots of headwinds was just too much, so she, along with Scott left the boat in San Francisco. Jonas had a prior commitment and also left the boat, as did Jonathan. The remaining stalwart crew, with new member Brian, continued the voyage north. Luka reached her berth in Anacortes, WA on June 12, 2015, where she enjoyed sailing in local waters for the summer.

Luka was hauled for a major refit at Canoe Cove, Sidney, BC for the winter of 2015/16, including removing and painting the mast and boom, a complete reno of the engine room, and many more upgrades (see Refit list).

The refit continued in 2017, including a new main sail, liferaft, batteries, and interior drawers added to the salon. In 2018 new higher lifelines were installed with a solid top rail and integrated boarding ladders.

Luka is currently sailing the Pacific Northwest, from her home port at Van Isle Marina, dock D921, on Vancouver Island.

Original Sales Brochure

The boat pictured in the brochure is "Luka" (formerly "Lady C of Ekne").

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Roche Harbor

Luka visits Roche Harbor spring 2017


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