Seen a Canadian dime lately? That's not just any boat. Bluenose II is officially a huge part of our sailing heritage and something to be proud of as a Canadian. The original Bluenose doubled as both fishing schooner and undefeated racing machine of her day and was sadly lost on a reef years ago (nb - take your navigation courses!)
The current incarnation is Bluenose II, built in the same yard in Nova Scotia by many of the same people. Now a handful of them and their kids and grandkids are busy at work putting her back together as can only occur on a wood vessel:
We thought Don Martin's Lady Van project was intense. This is officially takes 'keeping up with the Jones' to another level.
Thanks to the miracles of modern day technology, all of Canada (and the world for that matter) can watch the rebirth of a legend. Visit the live webcams and youTube channels.
Some of us were delighted to be part of hosting Bluenose II when she came to Vancouver Harbour to welcome the world to Expo '86. Okay, some of us were cutting class to stowaway on her as much as we could!! We're digging for those photos now... so stay tuned here to the Bluenose's west coast connection right here at Cooper Boating!!
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Subject: Last Martin 242 leaving the Cooper fleet (Posted on Dec 6, 2010 at 05:52PM)
Our last Martin 242 is now available. As the saying goes, we saved the best for last. This boat was hauled in 2007 and completely refurbished with all new gelcoat applied to the hull (above the waterline) and deck. The bottom was peeled off and epoxied. We had this boat in BC PLACE STADIUM for the Vancouver Boat show as part of our display for learn to sail classes. So, she might be a few decades old, but nobody that has seen this one up close can believe it.
We've thrown some nice black sailcovers on her and have spare sails (including a few that would be great on the race course - the local fleet remains strong). We even have a spare mast. Hull #262 (also known as 263 for some reason). Call it two for one (numbers anyways).
Put it under the ChristmasTree for only $14,400!! We need to make room for some more boats at Granville Island... take her away!!