Almost a year ago today, after the tragic loss of our vessel, Ocean Light II, to fire, we began our search for a new vessel that we could use to continue our long history in adventure tourism on the BC Coast. Following a lead, we stepped on board a cold and dirty power boat, fit with storage for guns and wildlife taken for trophy, to investigate its potential.
The boat was built fifty years ago in Steveston BC, for guide outfitting (trophy hunting) in what is now known as the Southern Great Bear Rainforest Tenure.
Inspired by Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s 16 year campaign to stop commercial trophy hunting by purchasing the hunting tenures, we embraced the idea of giving the boat a new purpose and focus. The boat had a workable layout, a seaworthy design and a solid structure, but we knew it was going to need an immense amount of work to modernize the interior and bring it up to the newest Transport Canada standards.
We wondered if we were taking on an almost impossible task
We had taken 25 years to craft the Ocean Light II into our perfect charter vessel and now we were attempting to create a new perfect charter vessel in less than a year! Although the project was daunting, especially with extremely tight timelines and covid-19 restrictions, the vessel’s long history was the deciding factor to go ahead with the purchase.
We took possession of the boat in late January 2021 and immediately began our refit. We stripped it down to bare bones and then slowly put it back together.
Today, as we put the finishing touches on Afterglow I and proudly hold our Transport Canada certificate, we can also celebrate the recent announcement that Raincoast has started the process of buying the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure, already having raised $183,133, 10% of their goal!
Eliminating commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest will give us and our guests on the Afterglow I the chance to enjoy thriving, healthy ecosystems and we are proud of the small role we played in making this happen.
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