If you are a boater and agree with Ratty's celebrated point of view that there is absolutely
nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats, then you probably enjoy boating activities
as much as we do.
Our boat Serenade
is a comfortable, reasonably quick sailboat with a tall masthead
rig, plenty of sail area, and a sleek canoe hull with a deep fin keel and high aspect ratio spade
rudder. The standard marconi rig provides good light air performance. Her tumblehome topsides complement
her streamlined profile.
In the spring, summer and fall months, we live on Vancouver Island
, British Columbia (BC), Canada, where we cruise the amazing
waters surrounding the island. For me, sailing is a very pleasant experience, often full of
elation, at other moments a source of peace and tranquility, where your eyes feast on the beauty of the
scenic marine environment and your lungs breathe volumes of the freshest air on earth.
We aren't open ocean sailors, and our style can probably best be summarized by something a famous naval
architect once said:
"I happen to know several sailors who do not like night sailing, having done too much of it already. They do
not like the hardships of ocean racing in a sport that is supposed to be a pleasure. . . . What they want is to
sail in the daytime in pleasant weather and sail fast enough to get the sensation of sailing. The only thing
that will satiate the desire of these men is the sailing machine, and they should be allowed to have
--L. Francis Herreshoff, The Common Sense of Yacht Design
Our home port is the City of Nanaimo, a perfect sheltered location
to keep a vessel, as you can see in this picture. Serenade is tied up to the Newcastle Island Provincial
Marine Park docks on the far left. You don't even have to leave the harbour to visit one of the most
beautiful marine parks in North America!
With access to the many thousands of miles of spectacular sheltered coastline, including the vast myriad of
islands, inlets, sounds, rivers, lakes and white sand beaches (often with a backdrop of 10,000 ft mountains),
we never run out of places to go and things to see. These experiences have given me the opportunity over the
years to learn something about boating, having met many interesting characters along the way.
So kick back and relax, and take a cruise through our website ... we sincerely hope you enjoy exploring the
wide wonderful world of boating with us!