ans of the movie Titanic may have been somewhat incredulous about the marble floors and other signs of luxury on that ill-fated liner, but as Vic Woods is happy to point out, that kind of luxury wasn’t a one-off.
His own boat, the Intrinsic, contains some pretty classy features as well and is safe and sound, tied up in Deep Bay.
“The flooring is all hardwood and marble,” Woods said. “It’s a very comfortable boat. It has two salons, one in the back which is very bright, with heating all around and a bar and sink. Forward of that is the main lounge, with TV and more comfortable furniture.”
The 26-metre Broward, the Shipping News boat of the week, was built of aluminum in 1977 and Woods, a Courtenay resident, has owned her for the past two and a half years, sailing her around the Broughton Archipelago and Desolation Sound.
The ship contains a dining room and galley and a huge, six by six-metre master suite and two staterooms, one with a queen bed and the other equipped with bunk beds. Each stateroom has an ensuite. Crew quarters for three are located downstairs.
Intrinsic is powered by two 343 Caterpillar engines and has a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. When all the tanks are full, Intrinsic has a range of 4,800 kms.
“It’s just nice to be on it,” Woods said.