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Coastal Nostalgia – Princess Louisa Inlet, BC

Then 1916) and Now (2021)

Jan and I have boated twice to Princess Louisa Marine Park, and the surrounding scenery has not changed in over 100 years.  Remotely beautiful, one is surrounded by 40+ waterfalls.

The famous Malibu Lodge/Club – overlooking Malibu Rapids at the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet and Marine Park – opened in July 1941, but its operations were suspended until the end of World War II in 1945. From that point until 1950, the facility was open as a premium resort. Visitors included John Wayne, Senator John F. Kennedy, Barbara Stanwyck, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope.

Photos by Shelley Nielsen – June 2021

Coastal Nostalgia: Pacific Motor Boat Handbook

The Second Edition April 15, 1931

The 2nd edition is prefaced with the following: “The truly amazing success of the Pacific Motor Boat’s 1930 Handbook Edition, led this journal to produce …better… more complete… Nor were yachtsmen alone in uttering their appreciation…for commercial boat operators, boat builders and many other came forward”. This must have been quite the handy dandy book for pleasure yachters; something akin to today’s Dreamspeaker or Waggoner Cruising Guides.

And our boating waters are still of an international class!!

Near and Far: The Little Boat That Won’t

Near and Far: The Little Boat That Won’t

It won’t cost you a lot of money and it won’t keep you in port when the weathers rough.

I don’t doubt for a minute that the Coaster 23 represents the shape of things come for many boaters. A semi-displacement design with small diesel and excellent small boat cruising range, the Coaster is a John Lovett and Dick Chudley creation.  All in all, it’s a boat with the sort of sea-keeping qualities that made this workboat design a success in the first place.

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Passion to Work, Passion at Play.

Do you work to play?  Or is work wonderfully playful??

The lines are blurred for me.  When asked by accountants and other folks ‘is that trip for pleasure or business?’ I’m the deer with eyes in the headlight not knowing what to say.  Resolutely they plunge on; they say it can’t be both.  I say “what the heck?!  Is your work so uninspiring?” There are folks with black and white jobs and there are folks who are simply black and white in their thinking.

So, where does this go?  Our recent trip to the Broughton’s this past July.  We travel there because we love it…..OMG did I allude to the ‘pleasure’ word? There’s that grey area again. LOL.

Yes, the air and water is a little cooler in temperature; it’s like the Gulf and the San Juan Islands on steroids.  Nooks, crannies and oh……the wildlife.  Today, the almost complete absence of development or settlement results in an unbeatable “wilderness” feeling. This quality, which led Captain Vancouver to name the area “Desolation Sound”, is the quality that many people today wish to experience.

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Pender Island, BC – A Hotbed for Wood Enthusiasts


This summer, Jan and I have spent a number of days boating our local waters on Dulwen.  We became reacquainted with Pender and Saturna Islands.  Pender offered a couple of interesting venues for the boaters and woodworkers alike.

Firstly there was the first ever Hope Bay Boat Fest in June. This event was a great opportunity for wooden boat aficionados.  Stay tuned for 2014, it will only be better and West Wind hopes to be involved.

Secondly, the Fall Fair in August offered a slice of old country style farm fun.  Congratulations to customers, David MacKenzie and Sergei Petrov for their winning entries in the Wood Working Division.