I am glad to join this inner sanctum of friendly, helpful sailors - but then all sailors are like that, right?! I have been sailing the BC coast that is sheltered behind Vancouver Island (and the US San Juan
Islands) for about 30 years, and more and more I realise how lucky I am to live with such great cruising ground at my door. I had an early model Catalina 30
and I made significant changes to it - it was a much better boat when I sold it than when I bought it 22 years earlier. I have moved up to a SeaClipper 38 trimaran
named "Cloud Nine". It is a good thing that I enjoy working on boats. I have just installed a new diesel
inboard to replace the inconvenient and unreliable outboards.
I am a retired shop teacher and school
counsellor. My first mate of 40 years (and Cook First Class!) sails
with me in better conditions. This year I hope to sail around Vancouver Island - about 650 nm or 1,100 km - with first mate and/or friends when prudent for them to be on board. Next year it might be Alaska
for several months.
detail is our 25 lb, terrier-cross, recue-dog, Dottie - who we just know is the nicest little dog in the whole world! She could knock you off a boat with that truncheon of a tail she has or lick you to death. Be warned!
Best wishes to all, and fair winds,
RR. (definitely NOT Rolls Royce!)