In 1975 I bought my first boat, the Scotian, and it was love at first sight. In my estimation it was so beautiful that I could have sailed around the world in it. It had a white hull with a blue stripe, 7.5 metres in length with sloop-rigged sails and a 9.9 horsepower outboard engine. I spent many weekends sailing around Victoria and Salt Spring Island, but it wasn’t long before I started to see the huge open ocean beckoning me — I had so much more to see. Seven years later, in 1982, I bought Scotian II, a nine-metre sloop carrying much more weight and powered by a 15 horsepower Yanmar diesel engine that greatly extended my range, opening up the world to my travels.