This is the story of a brave Catalina 27' who drifted into our lives. We immediately fell in love. Announcing the Williwaw. She has officially joined our family and we couldn't be happier.
I had heard of this boat through dear new friends, and that she needed a new home. The owners were choosing another adventure, and this time, it was taking them inland, not out to sea. I spoke to my husband and the kids about it the possibility of a new boat. I'm sure the last thing my family was thinking was that I needed another "stray" to attend to.
My Fane and I have seen many seas together, but it's always more fun with my children. Learning about safety at sea has been paramount in their lives. Rules of the road. Docking manoeuvers. Piloting a course. Port, starboard, fore and aft, bow to stern. How to tie knots. Identify dangers, and handle the seas safely. All of it has been covered, little by little, here and there on each of our trips out on our quaint 1946 Fane.
But where does a parent start? What if you have no sea experience? Growing up the way I did, it takes me a significant shift to consider these questions. What would I start?
The ocean is my greatest teacher. I remember being out on the tugs with my Dad, when I was just a little girl. Watching the waves come up against us. I was so small, and a bit freaked out by the randomness of which waves would crash against us. Which ones would come next? Where was it coming from? How big would it be? Would we be ready?
I'll never forget my Dad telling explaining the waves to me that day.
She doesn't look like much from afar, but the closer you get to her, the more you are intruiged. The "Fane" was a family boat. One that my father picked up for just $1600 from a pair of sisters, who had grown up playing on the waters of Howe Sound in the Fane, with their father. Our family were only the second owners of this special vessel.
HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife. I remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.