Work boats of all vintages meet in bay's Spring Rendezvous
Love of all working boats — old, renovated, and new — was what anchored some 30 vessels that visited Cowichan Bay recently.
Keith Williston sat proudly aboard his 43-foot retired troller MV Hardy Maid, describing the West Coast Work Boat Association's annual Spring Rendezvous.
"It's awesome. It helps the bay, and we get together as a community of like-minded people who love old boats."
Folks such as Roger Meuser who enjoyed swapping stories about work vessels like his 28-foot KT Williams, an open rescue-type boat he bought on eBay.
Meuser carefully decked his spacious craft with everything from berths and showers to a galley and heating — naming her after a young woman claimed by cancer.
"We've always had boats — now my kids have them," said Meuser, called "a wood whisperer" by brother Ralph, captain of 32-foot Fiberglas Barbie.
"We love this festival," said Ralph. "We've been coming since this started about 15 years ago."
Don Mossman of 37-foot Herself, called the Rendezvous "terrific."
"It's a good group of people who've done lots of work to bring these boats back; that's not easy; it's dedication."
Gary Nunn devoted untold hours building his sweetheart, MV Romance.
"If I had questions, I just asked people," he said. "Romance isn't heritage, but it's a classic design by Bill Garden."
For more about the association and gatherings, email Williston at firstname.lastname@example.org.