Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boats, Boats and More Boats

Our first boat, a Hoursten Glascraft.
Living on the water makes it important to embrace all things nautical. As you can imagine, we have quite a few boats. In addition, there are other watercraft that don't qualify as boats, but definitely float.

When we got our float cabin on Powell Lake, Wayne and I had to get nautical right away. We bought our first boat from Barry who had the houseboat rental at the Shinglemill Marina. It had a good fiberglass hull, but the outboard motor was a piece of shit.  We got a new Honda and shortly thereafter sold it to our friend John.

Our next boat was a new Campion bowrider.  Wayne bought it from a dealer on Vancouver Island and they both came home on the ferry. This runabout still provides our regular transportation up and down the lake. "Her" name is Mr. Boat.

Our next nautical adventure was a boat for the chuck (ocean). John helped us find our 2352 Bayliner called Halcyon Days. For eight years she took us to remote and tranquil anchorages up and down the Strait of Georgia. Now she resides at our cabin for winter transport when the waves can get pretty large.

When we're at the cabin, we use a tin boat to bomb around and do water-based chores.  John helped us find this one as well.  She's welded aluminum and used to leak like a sieve, but after Wayne sealed the hull with Cabela's boat patch sticks, it's watertight.

The call of northern inlets made us want a larger boat for the chuck. Foghorn, a 3058 thirty-foot Bayliner, became ours.  We've taken several local cruises to Cortes and Quadra, and hope to head up north this coming summer.

This probably sounds like a lot of boats, but each has its own purpose. And now that we have Foghorn, it's time to sell Halcyon Days. When that happens, who knows.  There just might be another boat in our nautical future. -- Margy


  1. Cute name for your boat!

  2. I so love your watery adventures!

  3. Yes, you have had a varied collection of boats. Who knew you needed so many :-) Happy boating.

  4. You have quite the collection of nautical vehicles ... each with their own purpose.

  5. I can see why you need so many different boats now that I've read this post. :)

  6. Lots of old memories here, Margy. I remember names like Hourston Glascraft and Bayliner from my days working for a small boating publication in Vancouver in the early 70s.
    The name Campion is familiar, too, although it doesn't go back as far.
    Funny mind was still in nautical mode as I read to the end of your've written "the Admirable Denise Nesbitt" but for a brief moment my brain thought "Admiral Denise Nesbitt" and then "WHAT????"

  7. I'm still laughing about your bad outboard motor, not that it was bad, but how you described it...LOL, thanks for that! I love your directness:)

  8. You live such full lives.
    I love the work you do to be creative on your river!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

  9. Thanks everyone for reading my post for ABC Wednesday and taking the time to comment.

    Cheapchick, lots of our things get named Mr. Something Or Other. Wayne's sense of humour.

    Kay, just goes to show we read a lot through context.

    Lise, it was a pretty bad motor. After we got the new motor we gave the old Merc to John. He tuned it up and used it on another boat he had until it went up in flames (literally) one day. Good thing he was on the water. But he got it back running long enough to get back home.