One of the best parts of attending the Wooden Boat Festival at the Maple Bay Marina in the Cowichan Valley of BC, Canada is of course… the boats. For today’s adventure together, we will take a look at a few of the boats that were moored up at the festival this year. And to say they are beautiful is a distinct understatement.
I love this shot, this one is probably my favorite image in today’s post. The crisp white boat is contrasted by the wonderful and warm wooden elements that pepper this scene. I also really love the way the top portion of the door is open, giving us a quick peek of the inside… the beautiful chrome pipe really stands out when you take in this image. We also can’t forget the 3 heads dangling from a string just to the left of the open door. Us Toad’s hoped they were decorations and not remnants of work done by headhunters on the high seas.
We believe this is a classic tugboat. All completely done in wood, I believe this is one of the classic and heritage tugs from years and years ago. This gorgeous vessel was in absolutely pristine condition and had its very own guard-dog on duty on the bow. OK, maybe guard-dog might be a little ambitious here, this fur-bearing friend seemed to love all the attention he was mustering and didn’t really appear to be much on guard, to be honest.
As we walked the docks and met all sorts of wonderful folks, we really enjoyed taking in all the wonderful woodwork on display. Today’s modern boats made of fiberglass are all beautiful creations, but I personally really love to admire the craftsmanship and styling of these boats made years ago. It was a wonderful festival to attend, and to see all these gorgeous boats so well maintained really spoke volumes to the dedication and love that the owners feel for these awesome vessels.
Now, I’m sure you can head down to your local “Boats ‘R Us” and get yourself a lovely little rowboat that resembles this for a few hundred dollars. This gem was all hand-made with exacting standards that can only be met by a true craftsman. All the details were precisely designed and built using the finest workmanship, and this boat was a true pleasure to spend some time with.
Our adventure will continue tomorrow with more sights and observations from the wonderful show. Please do stay tuned!! This blog post is part of an ongoing series titled “The Hollow’s Backyard“, please feel free to check out the previous posts. And as always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please don’t hesitate to leave us any comments that you may have!