Sea Knight - Somewhat Done and Too Much Fun
Oh my bad, I left you all hanging back in May. Did I get the boat launched? Did it float? I am happy to report that yes I did get to launch my boat in June and yes it did float. I have been having almost too much fun this summer with the boat and I just couldn't get around to finding the time, organizing my pictures or thoughts to update my blog.
Let me start where I left off though as it was a very frantic few weeks from my last blog post to getting the boat in the water. First was getting the cabin door in place and putting the helm box together so that the marine shop would have a place to mount the steering and controls for me.
Next it was off to the marine shop to get my motor and controls installed, but prior to that I put a nice peice of alluminum plate on the back end of the transom for the motor to mount on.
The guys at Lordship Marine here in Vancouver did a fantastic job of putting the motor and control set up together for me. Really appreciate the good job they did and some of the extra advise they provided me with.
Things are moving along pretty smoothly and it looks like I should be ready to launch the Sunday before Fathers Day. The next step was to get the windows in place on the cabin, and I was able to get the swim grid mounted the Saturday night before the Sunday I launched the boat.
Thought it would be nice to add a little map of the area around here and show the little trips I have taken since putting this little girl into the water.
As mentioned I was able to launch my boat for the first time on the Sunday before Fathers Day, essentially a week earlier than I had hoped. I know Allouette Lake (on the right near the top of the map) quite well, it is fairly big (about 10 miles/16km long) and has a good boat launch so I chose this to be the place to launch for the first time.
I was really happy with the performance of the boat and the motor. It goes up onto plane beautifully and stays up. It will do a slow plane of about 20 miles/hr (30km/hr) and top speed was 40 miles/hr (60km/hr).
First time it is touching water. :)
Had to break out the champagne and soak down the boat.
The first trip I took my wife on was to a little island off of North Vancouver called Bowen Island. This used to be a playground back in the 1920's for Vancouverites and every weekend people would pile aboard a steamship and go to Bowen for dancing and picnicking. Bowen was said to have the largest dance floor in BC back then.
Also took some friends there on another visit.
One of the other trips my wife loves to do is to just cruise around False Creek around downtown Vancouver. There is a nice boat launch there and we can use the courtesy dock at Granville Island to pick up some dinner and enjoy at anchor somewhere in the harbour.
I have been out to Allouette Lake a couple times taking people fishing and also got onto the Fraser River to do some more fishing (but not enough).
I took an adventurous trip from downtown Vancouver across the Straight of Georgia over to downtown Naniamo on Vancouver Island. This is about a 60km trip one way, took pretty much a whole tank of gas (6 gallons/25 litres). Took pretty much around 2 hours and I was cruising part of it and planed part of it. I was super impressed with how it handled the trip.
Gabriola Island in the distance about 3/4 of the way across the Straight.
I'm in there somewhere near the middle of the image.
Coming back into Vancouver just off of Point Grey.
The wife and I did a little day trip from a boat launch of the Fraser River in Ladner over to Steveston Harbour in Richmond. Steveston contains one of Canada's largest commercial fishing fleets and there are several excellent fish and chip joints there.
That snow covered peak is Mount Baker (Washington, USA) off in the distance in the middle of the frame below.
So I was having a lot of fun with the boat, but I had my yearly fishing derby coming up in September so I needed to get some more things done to the boat. Curtains being one of them, that I actually put together myself and I have to say a sewing machine is a pretty impressive piece of machinery.
I also wanted to get some benches in the back and a seat for myself, well my wife also wanted me to get the benches in the back. Guess my camping chair(s) was a bit cumbersome but they sure worked in the meantime.
A table inside that would collapse down to create the sleeping berth. I can also take this table out to the back deck and set it up there.
Got my seat in and part of the second bench.
Heading out from Port Moody and going to Bedwell Bay for the day.
Had my fishing derby this year up in the 100 Mile House area at a fantastic fishing lake called Sheridan Lake. Got to sleep in it which was awesome.
Early morning sunrise.
One of the last trips I did this year with my better half was to launch up near Pitt Lake and cruise down Pitt River towards where it meets up with the Fraser River. At the junction of the two rivers there is a pub with a dock so we popped in there for dinner and then made our way back up the river.
I have had a lot of fun this summer and fall is starting to set in so I will get started soon on some other parts of the boat that still need some finishing. I still need to get the rub rail put on, put a sink in and a water tank, clean up some of the wiring, some molding needs to be put in, of course the berth cushions, more painting and a few other things.