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It turns out that Tim spends most of his time still out on the water, playing at a remote waterfront camp that he built on an island at the western fringe of Desolation Sound in northern British Columbia. Tim and his wife Esther purchased a remote piece of waterfront property on Maurelle Island over 20 years ago. (Note: When you have finished reading an article, just click on the "X" in the tab at the top center of the screen and you will be returned to our DNP web site).

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Maurelle Blues

This year’s camp-out was not quite its usual self but the differences were of form rather than substance. The last 30 minutes of my nearly-three-weeks sojourn illustrates this, at least I think it does. As a result of poor planning, the clothes for the journey home were clean and folded-up on the settee of “LEIVTY” 500 metres away. No worries, mate, I thought, we’ll leave the camp clothes here, lock up and make our way in deshabille above the high tide mark...BAD THINKING!

(Published September 4, 2019)   ...Read More...

Mr.P's Spring Voyage

Mr.P has a childish innocence of the very young and he will carry it with him until his last breath. It is always a pleasure to take a boat ride with him, and this is about our most recent trip together - the first of 2019.

(Published April, 2019)  ...Read More...

Cruising  in the Broughton Archipelago

 

Say "British Columbia" and Vancouver and Victoria are all the names that spring to mind. In fact, they are both latecomers to the exploration and develop of the coast. This began in the mid-to-late eighteenth century with the trade in sea otter pelts from the Nootka and Queen Charlotte Sounds to China.

(Posted November, 2018).  ...Read More ...

Sea Tales: "VIRAGO" - A West Coast Saga

 

After years of rowing and sailing to reach his island waterfront retreat, Tim finally purchased a launch...a very handsome 2010 conversion lying in Cortes Bay. What follows is the saga of that purchase and maiden voyage of “VIRAGO”. VIRAGO is now our DNP Marine Surveyors vessel. ...Read More...

Camp Diary - January, 2015

 

This is all about a winter trip to the island campsite...not usually the best time to be out at sea. This time of year lends a different perspective to the land when compared with the warm summer months.  ...Read More...

Island Tales...Spring to Solstic

 

Spring renewal, eagles and crabs, the habits of single male bears, and all the news fit to print. More tales from Desolation Sound and aboard VIRAGO in the Discovery Islands from Spring to Solstice 2014. ...Read More...

Oar & Sail to Maurelle Camp

 

Getting from the mainland over to the island camp can be a chore sometimes, 

if the only way to travel is by rowing or sailing. Another visit to Tim's camp.

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Another Oar & Sail to the Camp

 

This time Tim Ellis, our hardy DNP principal surveyor, is off again sailing "BoB", a small 1976 DRASCOMBE Scuffie sailing vessel from Granville Island north to his wilderness waterfront camp located on Maurelle Island...a trip as the crow flies of 208 Km. What a wonderful experience!  ...Read More...

Maurelle Camp Diary Trip - January, 2013

 

Winter trips to the camp are always fun, but only provided one is not put off by climatic extremes and the prospect of capsizing in 'cool' waters. ...Read More...

The Dutchman Connection

 

In 1992 CLASSIC BOAT asked me to attend a rally of 32 FISHERS in Holland celebrating the long and remarkable success of the Wyatt & Freeman FISHER designs built by NORTHSHORE and it’s predecessors since 1970. FISHERS are still in production and for the same reasons as they were in 1992. ...Read More...

Drascombe DRIFTER "Lady Bug"

A Drascombe DABBER

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