FISHER OWNERS GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA
REPORT on the Rendezvous held at Otter Bay, Pender IslandIt was another fine affair for Western FOG. Great weather, an enthusiastic crowd and fine talk and food!
June 13-15, 2008
Deb and John Morrow (Puffin) coordinated this year's event with great aplomb and organizational skill.
Photographs tell most of the stories:
The line up...
The back view...
Saturday night Pot Luck Dinner Time
Mary Lou and George Hestad/ Dawn Treader, Nan and Steve Simpson/ Kairos, Sally Hamilton and John Morrow/ Puffin
Chris Boulsbee and Andy Lawon and Jackie Waggoner
Chris Boulsbee and Marilyn Campbell/ Kingfisher
Sunday Morning Chats
Terry and June Milne/ Katzenjammer
Don and Sally Hamilton/Kipper
The highlight of the year (at least in the view of your unofficial leader (me) was the AGM. And it was a surprise to the audience that there was much business to be conducted...official acknowlwdgement of the upcoming Eastern Rendezvous, thanks to our official N.A. FISHER sales office, Bo Bolton of Gemini Marine in New Buffalo, Michigan who provided support for the BBQ facilities at otter Bay, recognition of the ease of sales conducted through and with the help of the FOG website, and two pieces of real business.
We were forced to consider the application of a "near Fisher" owners Andy Lawson and Jackie Waggoner of Victoria advised that they were "orphans". Their boat, was clearly a Fisher inspired vessel created in Victoria in the 80's. Only 6 were produced. After much discussion and "heat", the vote was taken to admit their vessel (name?) to the Western Registry with a note clarifying the circumstances of the variation. This means that we will be "open" to other Fisher-like replicas. I can report that Andy and Jackie were delighted and that everyone made them feel most welcome. [They are away and not yet registered but it will appear soon] Their boat is shown below...
It was decided that the next "informal" fall meeting would be at Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island, September 19-21. Once again this is an "unorganized" affair...(Announcement has been sent out)
It was also decided that effective September 1, 2008 all Boats For Sale announcements would require a fee of $25 for a four month listing. This should eliminate the need for donations to the web page approach which has worked very well. DH
THE GUEST SPEAKERS
We were most fortunate to be able to witness an extensive slide show detailing the three summers of Kingfisher's adventure with Marilyn Campbell and Chris Boulsbee. This couple shipped their 30' Fisher to Thunder Bay, Ontario in the spring of 2005 and proceeded over the next three summers to travel down the great lakes through the Ontario canals and locks, into the St. Lawrence river , past Montreal and Quebec City. Then into the Atlantic and PEI and New Brunswickand last summer, down the coast of Nova Scotia and over to Newfoundland and St. Pierre and Miqulon. then it was back to Nova Scotia and on to a truck to return to our waters in the Fall of 2007. It was an incredible venture and those who watched the slides and heard the narrative marvelled at their endurance, planning and courage. It was a fine presentation that every Fogger should see...The things you could do with your boat!
THE POST FOG CRUISE VENTURE
After the rendevous separated a number of boats continued on to Montague: Kairos, Katzenjammer, Harmony II, Kingfisher and Puffin. Kairos, Katzenjammer and Puffin stayed an extra day to enjoy the sunshine. All five managed to snag moorings side by each. Probably the only time Montague has had five Fishers (two 37s, a 34, a 30 and a 25) moored there, and all together in a group just off the dock. SS