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It has now been confirmed that Dorothy is indeed the oldest registered sail boat in Canada.

Dorothy moored in Victoria harbour
Dorothy moored in Victoria harbour

Plans of Dorothy
Plans of Dorothy

Dorothy has been waiting all summer for her restoration to start, this winter she was moved from my outside yard into the shop to keep her safe from the winter weather and to commence the project.

I was faced with the dilemma of moving a Folkboat out of my shop and Dorothy in and the thought of hiring a boat mover was an expensive proposition.  So after thinking of options I came up with the plan to find a trailer that could take the weight needed and could be modified to carry a full keel sail boat. Luckily I came across and bought a second hand 7000 lbs capacity flat deck trailer. Now I had to lift the boats, a few years back I used a wooden gantry built into the shop to lift and turn over Prospector and knew a wooden frame system along with 4 - 2 tone chain hoists could work to lift just about any boat. So I designed and built a wooden gantry out of 2x6es that could be erected over any boat so now in the future I can move all my own boats I am working on safely as long as they don’t exceed around 5500 lbs.

Gantry and Trailer
Gantry and Trailer

Dorothy in the shop
Dorothy in the shop

Also this fall and winter a very interesting turn of events has happened, were a team has started the process of making a documentary film on Dorothy’s restoration. Tobi Elliot is the producer along with her partner in the project Kate Bradford and both have been working incredibly hard putting the initial trailer and website together. www.dorothysails.com

Tobi Elliot and Kate Bradford filming Tony Grove in the office
Tobi Elliot and Kate Bradford filming Tony Grove in the office

Tobi explaining to me how things are going to work
Tobi explaining to me how things are going to work

Exploration on Dorothy is next, this next stage will determine the extent of the work needed as well as how long it might take.

 

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI

 

MORE INFO

To see more go to the Maritime Museum of British Columbia:
mmbc.bc.ca/experience/our-fleet-2/dorothy/

MUST SEE A Dorothy website: click here for link

MUST SEE A Dorothy YouTube video: click here for link

New Gabriola Sounder article on Dorothy: click here for link

New Nanaimo News Bulletin article on Dorothy: click here for link

New Video CTV News: click here for link

New Video Go! Island, Shaw TV Nanaimo: click here for link

 
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