She may not be the biggest yacht to ever pull up to the wharf at Schooner Cove, but Luna Spirit pretty much takes the title for boats regularly tied up to the dock.
A 64-foot Nordhavn, owned by Andrew and Shannon Boddy, Luna Spirit is the Shipping News boat of the week.
The Luna Spirit is 20 feet, four inches at the beam and displaces 185,000 pounds and is designed to be able to cross any ocean. As well, because of the fully modern systems used, a knowledgeable couple can pilot the ship.
The galley rivals the finest gourmet kitchens. Luxury all the way, the stateroom can compete with the finest hotel suites.
• While most of the action at local docks appears to involve little more than otters chewing up a dinner of crab — and leaving a big mess as they do it — looks can be deceiving.
True, there aren’t a great many sailors taking to the waters for a cruise in mid-winter, but many sailors and would-be sailors are sharpening up their skills for the coming boating season.
Starting in early January, salty sorts can learn about the ins and outs of coastal navigation. The eight-week course, taught by a certified instructor, runs Wednesday evenings in Parksville. Topics covered include charting, GPS use, navigational aids, terminology, tidal currents and more.
For more information or to register call 250-937-8046.
• Speaking of getting ready for boating season, the Nanoose Power and Sail Squadron wants to help boaters do just that by offering a Canadian Power Squadron-approved boating course in the new year.
The 13-week course kicks off on Jan. 12 at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Nanoose Bay.
For more information, contact Garry Emery at 250-594-3774 or visit training.n firstname.lastname@example.org.