Sometime in the early eighties, as best we can ascertain, Curlew was sold once again to one Steven King, not the author, who we have been told, sailed her to Hawaii to do inter-island charters. We do know that in the mid 1980s, after a voyage to San Francisco, the well traveled Curlew was found to be in need of extensive repairs. As best we can tell she was taken to Bainbridge Island for repairs and was in the care of Port Townsend Boat Builder Tom George who had her in a Quonset hut on Bainbridge Island partially restored after King apparently ran out of money.
In 1985 Pat and Marlene Russell came along and purchased Curlew and funded the completion of the work by Tom George. By late October, 1990, Curlew, after an extensive restoration, began her journey from the Pacific Northwest to Long Beach her new home. With a crew of four, including Pat, Bobby Wies, Marinus Middeldorp (Kiwi) and Sean Brennan, Curlew was soon sailing the southern California waters once again, stronger and more graceful than ever, and now meeting the stringent United States Coast Guard safety requirements for carrying passengers for hire.