We returned to Vancouver Island last week on Monday (January 5th) after spending a wonderful few weeks with family and friends in Penticton, BC; Toronto, ON and Naples, Florida for Christmas and New Years! Yes, a lot of travelling but it was nice to be able to spend some with our families and friends.
Once we landed, we did not even stop by the boat in Cowichan Bay but instead rented a U-Haul van and travelled to Point Roberts, Washington to pick up our new stainless steel boomkin, pulpit, radar tower swim ladder, and 2 polyethylene water tanks that we ordered prior to Christmas from Bud Taplin at Westsail Parts Company as part of our planned refit for this year prior. The new stainless steel boomkin would be replacing our current and most likely original wooden boomkin; some of these have been known to fail on some Westsail boats.
Surprisingly, with all the opportunities for things to go wrong on picking up the new parts, the drive, the ferry ride and the crossing of the border in and out of the States, it went relatively easy. It was odd though, here we have this big van, with 2 big boxes inside, one scruffy bearded guy, and we only spent 30 minutes in the USA yet customs never looked at us!! They did not even a quick glance inside the van!! Actually the customs guys seemed more occupied ripping apart the small Toyota Corolla beside us.
Once we were back in Sidney, BC, we dropped off the parts at Blackline Marine Inc. in Canoe Cove Marina as our plan was to work with the boatyard to help us install the boomkin, the pulpit and radio tower.
Once this task was completed, we headed into Victoria and stayed the night with a friend before heading to Cowichan Bay and to the boat.
By Thursday, Blackline Marine was ready for us and we headed over with the boat after the fog lifted in the afternoon and it was an easy 2-hour motor ride over. Once we came alongside the marina dock, Blue Tale was lifted out of the water and so has begun our ‘living on the hard’.
Living on the hard is not easy, let me tell you! We can’t use the head, we can’t wash our hands or do dishes while on board. This translates into a lot of climbing up and down a ladder to go to the bathroom, take showers and to do dishes. Our boat is among several other boats in the process of being worked on, so we are also living in a construction zone with all the busy construction noises going on continuously during the day. Little did we know that our boat would also turn into a construction zone in the next several days with smells of epoxy and fiberglass to keep us company.
While staying in Canoe Cove we also witnessed a sad sight, the demise of the ‘Prairie Rose’, a 39 foot Marcos Yacht. During the November-December 2014 storms, the ‘Prairie Rose’ broke from her mooring buoy and was beaten on rocks nearby. The boat was re-floated and brought to Canoe Cove for an insurance assessment where it was written off. Some of it was salvaged, but sadly we witnessed it being torn apart and broken up by a tractor, put in a dump truck, and hauled away…. ~Sophia & Rob