Hello from British Columbia Canada
I quite realize that your inquiry was about rules, regulations
, and logistics of living off the grid in the inter Coastal waterway. but since you Mention buying
a boat I felt prompted to write
In your postings you write that you are an engineer
, I am an engineers Pattern maker. I think this gives us an ability to delve deeper into what's right or wrong, what is high quality and what is not. and to perhaps have pride in owning something unique and different? So FYI I thought I would run this suggestion by you.
Way back in 1982 at the Vancouver International Boat Show
I met a young man from Finland
named Tim Tuulos He became my friend, visited me at my pattern shop often, but I lost
contact with him when I had to close it down in 1993 and unfortunately I believe he is now deceased. How ever I am proud to own one of the early hulls that he built. I think that he was one of the best that walked this earth at building cold moulded sailing boat hulls out of Acume Gaboon African hard wood glued together with Epoxy
resin. (Not polyester) sheathed in two layers of fibreglass cloth & epoxy
resin finished in Awlgrip coating.
Now I will say that while I only paid $2,000 CDN for the boat, its dingy, two outboards, (one for each hull) plus all the rigging
. and equipment
. The work I am having to do is brought about because while Tim built the hull
; the first owner did the fit out and there lies the brunt of the work to correct all the mistakes
: Thus at age 65 I am so embroiled in making up the difference in sweat equity from what I paid and the original value of the yacht when new. That transitioning from a boat restoration
activity to a sailing interest has become quite a challenge. that I would not recommend to you or anyone.
However what ever vessel one chooses; it has to be a vessel you can develop an affinity too. For me it was all about being able to buy a work of fine art created by a master craftsman. Even if most other people in the world do not understand the concept
behind the artists work.
One of the last masterpieces created by Tim Tuulos is located at:- Sailboats: 33' Tuulos Custom Yachts Sloop - Listing #: 4013
IF only I were a more wealthy man I might have been better off with this one instead for by all accounts it requires no work. Now it is true to say that it has been up for sale
there for some time and I have not traveled over to see it personally.Thus the asking price
has been dropping due to the poor economy, obsession with GRP and the inherent lack of understanding that not all wood hulls are created equal. There are no seams to caulk, It is half the weight and thus faster to sail. Tim only wanted to win races.
BTW I do know a yacht surveyor
who is probably in transit to Anacortes moving a 33 foot lobster boat from NC. and does not have a backhaul.