The Dorothy Project

May 23, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingCompanyCustomer ProjectsShelley's Articles

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“Not only is she beautiful as boats go with her fine lines, but she is also a fine sailing boat, fast for her size, gentle to handle, and extremely seaworthy. And she is a lucky boat, too, in that her owners have always, somehow, managed to maintain her, repair her, and restore her in such a way that she is now fully restored, still sailing, and still looking beautiful.”

- H.C. Charlesworth (Former Owner), Dorothy I, A Sailor’s Legacy.

Dorothy experienced 11 owners in her life before her donation to the Maritime Museum of B.C. in 1995.  Under the auspices of the MMBC, she sailed proudly until February 2003 when she was taken out of the water in February 2003 and put into storage.

For nine years she stayed dry-docked at the SALTS tallship society. Hard decisions had to be made about her care. The Museum was rapidly being drained of the legacy fund to storage fees, but a full restoration was extremely expensive and they were unlikely to find someone to do it for what they could afford. Dorothy waited.

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Tony Grove Woodworking School

May 22, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat Building

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“When a person reaches that time in their life when they possess a rich storehouse of experience and skills in a particular sphere, I believe they are almost duty-bound to pass on that knowledge for the benefit of future generations.” - Tony Grove

Master shipbuilder Tony Grove (see Dorothy Sails article above) will be spreading his wealth of knowledge to other promising woodworkers and shipwrights in his new school on Gabriola Island.

Designed for novices as well as advanced, courses will focus on woodworking skills and techniques for the marine environment with a few non-marine programs mixed in. All skills learned will be transferable to general woodworking.

He is now accepting students and course suggestions for next summer. Visit the school’s website at thegroveschool.ca.


Thanks to Tony Grove for use of his photos.

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Support the “Lemon Love Ride” for Langley Hospice

May 22, 2014 West Wind CompanyEvents

West Wind was proud to support this cause, we hope you will too.

This fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society is a bike ride by Ryan Jones, on August 7th 2014, where he will ride from Langley to Kelowna, that’s 400 kms in one day.

This ride is in honour of Laurie Lemon, Ryan’s mother-in-law and wife to our friend Phil Lemon.

Please visit the lemonloveride website to donate.

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Hope Bay Boat Days 2014

May 21, 2014 West Wind Events

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Visit Pender Island this June 28th & 29th to experience the Hope Bay Boat Days. A wonderful, family friendly event sure to impress with live outdoor music, kids boat building, rowing races and much more!

visit hopebayboatdays.com for more information.

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My Old House

May 21, 2014 West Wind CompanyStaff

Everyone who works at West Wind has formed a close relationship with wood. Most are passionate and take advantage of any opportunity to use and/or work with it. Last year, one of our employee’s bought their very first home. Here is the start of his journey. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates.


The house is from the late 1920s, but well maintained over the years. Being mostly original inside and out, a lot of the original character of the house remains. The history is not known for sure, but it is believed that the first owner was a manager or caretaker of the Agriculture Canada’s Experimental Plant Farm on East Saanich Road (now known as the Centre for Plant Health). Who knows maybe the old fig tree on the property was planted by the original owner? The house sits on a half acre, surrounded by forest and gardens.

The new owners plan to keep the original character and style of the house intact as much as possible. This started with refinishing the original Douglas-fir flooring. Tearing up the laminate floor and carpet revealed a floor full of character. The whole process felt a lot like an archaeological dig to us.

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Currently FOR SALE by West Wind

May 21, 2014 West Wind For Sale

Check out these past posts for more details on the items we have for sale:

boat & trailer: $7500

$900 – includes an oiled finish

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