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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Boat hunting February 2017

After 13 seasons in Montana the winter of 2016 did us in.  From what we hear in Mexico this winter of 2017 is starting out to be the same.  The never melted.  We are in Flathead Valley that is called the banana belt of Montana in the northwest corner.  The snow usually melts in the valley and stays on the mountain tops.  We had 2 frozen pipes in 2016.  We hope the house sitters this 2017 winter can deal with whatever comes up.
In the past we vacationed in the winter as to optimize our bed and breakfast season in the summer.  We had RV'ed, cruised and traveled by car in the winter.  Mark changed all that in the winter of 2016 by planning a trip to the Seattle Boat Show in Feb. 2017.
All pics of winter 2016

Aah!, Vancouver ,BC in February.  At the Seattle Boat Show we toured a new Hunter/Marlow yacht.  After a conversation we were convinced that the boat we wanted was waiting for us in Vancouver, BC.  We jumped in the car and away to Canada.

The boat was on Granille Island near the heart of Vancouver.  I had just looked at the class to work silk in wool.  This is a product of that art.  I had to take a pic for my friend Dawn who has done is class.

Such a wonderful market on Granville Island.

Grain solos are beautiful on Granville Island.

We stayed in the Granville Island Hotel. Views were great, no rain.

All pics Vancouver on Granville Island.

At last we see Peg (Pegasus). What a beauty. After reading all the books on how to buy a sailboat and watching numerous videos on the subject, emotions can blear reason. We were smitten.We made one more trip together to sign papers and Mark went back for the inspection. We were to find out how long it takes to import a boat to the US from Canada later.  Two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a good size kitchen and really good bones.  A  Marlow-Hunter 50 foot center cockpit is a safe boat on the open oceans and pleasing to the eye.

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