Committing to the Vancouver Island Lifestyle - Winter

It is one thing to talk about the Island Lifestyle, another to live it. 

Here on Vancouver Island we live in a sailing paradise and I just made my commitment to enjoying the best of it. In November I sold my Crown 23 sailboat and purchased Rain Dancer II, a 1977 Catalina 27 that had been very well maintained by the last owners. I researched a lot of boats before making this decision. Read through my description of the boat and our cruising plans and find out how easy and affordable it is to join me in this amazing Vancouver Island lifestyle.


The Catalina 27 is the perfect boat for our East Vancouver Island 

environment. It is a simple boat to take out for a day sail but roomy 

 enough for a couple to spend a week on. In our boat the galley is well laid out and the dinette is right behind it making it easy to prepare and lay out a meal. The boat has berths for up to six people but you had better be very good friends.

Amenities include a head with holding tank and macerator, dual deep cycle marine batteries, propane furnace, barbecue and 3 burner propane range, Marine VHF radio, Sony stereo that connects to my smartphone, depth sounder with fish finder, 9.9 HP Yamaha outboard, a canvas dodger and an assortment of fenders, lines and of course an anchor with lots of chain. The sails are in very good condition and include a mainsail, standard jib and 150 genoa jib. The boat came with a fibreglass sailing dingy with mast, boom and sails. There is also a Raymarine Autohelm but it needs servicing. I already have a GPS navigation program on my smartphone and also on my Blackberry Playbook tablet.

As I mentioned before this boat has been very well maintained and is well
equipped. It is actually a bit of a challenge for me to find projects to work on. Other than polishing, fixing some cosmetic nicks in the fibreglass and customizing the boat to my personal preferences it is completely ready to go.

The first overnight trip in the boat will be to Pirates Cove Marine Park on De Courcy Island, hopefully this winter and soon. Next summer we will begin exploring the Southern Gulf Islands. I have visited most of these over the years and look forward to reacquainting myself with the beautiful parks and anchorages. Conover Cove on Wallace Island and Annette Inlet on Prevost Island are two spots I visited with my daughters around 16 years ago and have always want to return to. I also want to go back to the amazingly beautiful Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast.

I purchased Rain Dancer II for $6,000.00 after researching and looking at a lot of boats. It was not the least expensive nor the most expensive boat in its range. I made my decision based on the condition and the way it had been maintained. I also like the fact that the boat had always been outboard powered, which I prefer.

I was lucky enough to get a berth at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina, one of the nicest little marinas on the Island. It is also owned by its members and is a non-profit organisation.

If you are interested in learning more about our Vancouver Island lifestyle and how you can join us in living in one of the most beautiful spots on earth then contact me at 250-739-3887 or email me at

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