My first memory of going to sea was on the Schooner “Roona” owned by Captain Lloyd about 1950. It was a day trip down the Courtenay River to Tree Island. Captain Lloyd also had a basement full of ship models in glass cases where I fantasized of sailing the oceans of the world while he and my father reminisced upstairs
Built of BC Red Cedar on White Oak frames with the Keel from a 100-year-old seasoned timber salvaged from a demolished Vancouver Pier. A 5200 pound cast iron ballast keel was bolted to that. Many thousands of plugs filled the boat-nail holes. Each of these had to be glued then aligned with the grain of the planks. When dry each was cut off with a chisel and smoothed to the hull.
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We loaded bulk water from a glacier fed stream for a bottling plant on the Fraser River 60,000 gallons at a time.
In 1993 I started Waterman Services Computer Solutions for the Mariner and Introduced electronic charting using a personal computer at the Vancouver International Boatshow. I was the first Canadian Hydrographic Service digital chart dealer. Early adopter Professional and Recreational mariners were my clients’ worldwide.