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Home at last!

We finally made it back to Ucluelet after having been delayed by a repair that took longer than expected.  We are happy to be home and hope to be ready to start our season in a few days.

Back where she belongs

What a relief!  The Raincoast Maiden is back in the water after 4 LONG WEEKS of sitting on blocks in a parking lot.  The reason for being out of the water for such an extended period is a repair that went “sideways” when a courier lost an essential part of machinery which then had to be manufactured!  So if you are the person who had an extra parcel delivered to you, enjoy the coupling to our port shaft as we no longer need it!

What are we up to?

Each spring our boat gets lifted out of the water and put in a parking lot.  It is our one chance a year to do work that is difficult or impossible to do while the boat is in the water.  This Easter weekend we made use of the warm, sunny weather to wax and polish the hull.  We even got a head start on this year’s summer tan!

Trip down Vancouver Island

After a few days of blustery conditions the sea finally calmed down enough for us to take the Raincoast Maiden down the West Coast of Vancouver Island to Sidney, near Victoria.  We got here two days ago and are excited to have started working on getting the boat ready for the upcoming season. The Raincoast Maiden may be a pretty lady but she does demand a fair dose of TLC to keep her looking good – which is exactly what we’ll be up to in the next few weeks!

New “Insides”

Not only did the engine room get a complete refit over the course of the last two winters but the Raincoast Maiden also has new “insides”:  New carpet in the salon and cockpit, the salon furniture was reupholstered, chairs & bar stools refinished, we have a new  table top,  even a new fridge to keep the champagne nicely CHILLED!!

A Pretty Bottom

The Raincoast Maiden once again has a pretty bottom!   We’ve just completed our annual haul out which entails cleaning, polishing & waxing the hull (which seems HUGE at times like this), painting below the water line, changing zincs, checking the props and shafts, Transport Canada hull inspection, and any other work below the waterline.  The boat is now back in the water, thus one step closer to being ready for the upcoming season!  

The setting was so romantic he could not stand it any longer!

As we look back on 2011 we are certain that we are not the only ones who will not forget September 17th!  While anchored for lunch in a beautiful cove in the Broken Group Islands, one of our guests dropped to his knees and proposed to his lovely girlfriend of several years. Luckily the unsuspecting bride-to-be said yes – much to the joy of all aboard.  Congratulations Joost and Caroline!  We wish you all the best and are happy you chose our tour for this special occasion.  This was definitely a highlight of our 2011 season!