Recipes without links are works in progress! Check back regularly for additions. Many of them are from family and friends and have been collected since the early 1970s and some of them have been passed down even to them.

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Appetizers – Anita’s Liver Paté
Appetizers – Feta Bruschetta
… Appetizers – Gail’s Pineapple Cheese Ball
Appetizers – Quick Cheese Balls
Dip – Crab Dip
Dip – Dill Weed Dip
Dip – Hawaiian Dip
Dip – Hot Nacho Dip
Dip – Verona’s Shrimp Dip
Dip – Southwestern Dip
Dressing – Anita’s Mayonnaise (perfect for lobster salad or sandwiches or potato salad)
Dressing – Helene’s Caesar Salad Dressing
… Dressing – Japanese Dressing
Pickles – Ailene’s Chow
Pickles – Carol’s Pickled Beets
Preserves – Aggie’s Pumpkin Preserves
Preserves – Wild Blueberry Jam
Preserves – Freezer Blueberry-Strawberry Jam
Preserves – Mint Jelly
Preserves – Plum Jam (microwaved)
Sauce – Brandy Hard Sauce
Sauce – Classic Hard Sauce
Sauce – Gina’s Cranberry Sauce
Sauce – Hot Spirited Sauce
Sauce – Zucchini and Meat Spaghetti Sauce
Syrup – Potato Pancake Syrup

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Biscuit – Heather’s Newfoundland Cheese Biscuits and McLaren’s Cheese Coins
Biscuit – Tea Biscuit Dough
Biscuit – Boat Tea Biscuits
Biscuit – Master Baking Mix with recipes for Biscuits, Pancakes, Waffles, Gingerbread,   Muffins, Oatmeal Cookies, Coffee cake, Yellow cake and Chocolate cake
Bread – Carol’s Brown Bread
Bread – Old Fashioned Porridge Bread
Bread – Overnight Rolls
Bread – Pearl’s Brown Bread (for bread maker)
Bread – Peter Gzowski’s Perfect Bread
… Bread – Rolled Oat Bread
… Bread – Rolled Oat Bread (for bread maker)
Bread – Tom’s Cinnamon Bread
Bread – Verona’s Moist Turkey Stuffing
Bread – Yorkshire Pudding
Pancake – Boat Pancakes
Pancake – Krusteaz Mix (pancake and other recipes)
… Pancake – Pineapple Pancakes
Waffle – Basic Waffles

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Cake – Aggie’s Gingerbread
Cake – Anita’s War Cake
… Cake – Heather’s Cherry Cheese Cake
… Cake – Janet’s Silver Spoon New Year Cheese Cake
Cake – Judy’s Marble Cake
Cake – Laurel’s 100-Year Old Gingerbread
Cake – Laurel’s Tomato Soup Cake (very similar to the ketchup cake)
Cake – Mayonnaise Cake
Cake – Melinda’s Carrot Cake
… Cake – Nutty Carrot Cake
… Cake – Rachel’s Blueberry Lemon Picnic Cake
… Cake – RoseAnn’s Cafe Chocolate Cheesecake
Cake – Rum Cake
Cake – Whole Wheat Apple Cake
Candy – Pulled Taffy
Cookie – Aggie’s Ginger Cookies
Cookie – Almond Butter Crunch
Cookie – Apple Chews Low Calorie
Cookie – Barbado Rum Cookies
Cookie – Best Ever Brownies
Cookie – Best Ever Cookie Recipe
Cookie – Brandy Snaps
… Cookie – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookie – Chocolate Macaroons (Worm or Mud Cookies)
… Cookie – Jello Pudding Oatmeal Cookie
Cookie – Lemon Cookies
… Cookie – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
… Cookie – Soft Ginger Cookies
… Loaf – Banana Bread
… Loaf – Spiced Pumpkin Loaf
… Loaf – Zucchini-Lemon Bread
Loaf – Boat Banana Bread
Muffin – Aggie’s Blueberry Muffins
Muffin – Bonnie’s Bran Muffins
Muffin – Bran/Prune (high fiber low cal)
Muffin – Cornmeal Muffins – Weight Watchers
… Muffin – No Egg Ginger Muffins
… Squares – Blueberry Oatmeal Squares
Squares – Chocolate Bread Crumb Brownies
… Squares – Date Squares
… Squares – Rice Krispie Squares

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Dessert – Anita’s Blueberry Grunt
… Dessert – Baked Apples
… Dessert – Carol’s Choco-Cherry Dessert
… Dessert – Creamed Rice Pudding
… Dessert – Excellent Rhubarb
Dessert – Jocelyn’s Brandied Peaches
… Dessert – Mrs. Bishop’s Strawberry Short Cake
Ice Cream – Banana ice cream
… Ice Cream – Banana Sherbet
Ice Cream – Christmas Bombe
Ice Cream – Grasshopper Freeze
Ice Cream – Lemon Freeze
Pie – Anita’s Impossible Pie
Pie – Boat Apple Pie
… Pie – Barry’s Favourite Pumpkin Pie
Pie – Traditional Pumpkin Pie

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Cocktail – Frozen Peach Daiquiri
Cocktail – Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Cocktail – Fuzzy Navel
Cocktail – Whiskey Sour
Lemonade – Single Serving
Lemonade – Lemon Juice
Liqueur – Audrey’s Homemade Irish Cream
Punch – Brian’s Southern Comfort Punch
Punch – Bridal Punch
Punch – Champagne Punch
Punch – Cranberry Grapefruit
… Punch – Cranberry Wine Cup Punch
Punch – Easy Party Punch
… Punch – Fresh Rhubarb Punch
Punch – Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch
Punch – Sangria (Easy and Best)
Slush – Gin or Vodka
Slush – Rum
Slush – Vodka
Toddy – Spiked Hot Chocolate 450 Calorie warning

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Beans – Verona’s Baked Beans
Beans – Verona’s Boat Chili
Casserole – Ailene’s Chicken Casserole
Casserole – Ailene’s Hawaiian Chicken
Casserole – Boat Chicken Pot Pie
Casserole – Brunch Ham and Broccoli Bake
Casserole – Chicken Divan
Casserole – Deep Dish BBQ Chicken Pie
Casserole – Ham and Cheese Brunch Muffins
Casserole – Isobel’s Seafood Supreme
Casserole – Turkey and Corn Casserole
… Fish – Scallop Melody
Meat – Corned Beef & Cabbage
Meat – Engagement Chicken
Meat – Teresa’s Venison
Pasta – Krissy’s Greek Penne Pasta
Pasta – Verona’s Boat Lasagne
Pasta – Verona’s Easy Lasagne
… Pasta – Verona’s Meat Casserole (sometimes called Golash or Chop Suey)
Pasta – Verona’s Tuna Casserole
Pizza – Verona’s Boat Pizza
Sandwich – Egg Scallop with Peas
Soup – Easy Slow Cooker Stew
Soup – John’s Corn and Crab Chowder (good boat recipe)
Soup – Split Pea and Ham Soup
Soup – Verona’s Seafood Chowder
Vegetables – Marion’s Marinated Carrots
Vegetables – Ailene’s Tarragon Rice
Vegetables – Dot’s Broccoli Salad

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Christina’s Birthday Quilt
Rainbow’s Quilt
Layton’s Quilt
Chantal’s Birthday Quilt
Allison’s Quilt
Baby Quilt
Sewing Machine
Knitting – Needles and Stuff:
Hats and Scarves
Rekindling a Relationship with Mary Maxim
Mary Maxim Comes Out of the Closet
Beginners Cable Knit Hat (Instructions Included)
...Minecraft Creeper Sweater
Another Design for a Cable Hat
Purple Hats
Lazy Hat
Crochet Scarf
Scrappy Knit Hat
The Purple Poncho
The White Maid Marion Hood
Headband and Cowl
A Hat and Scarf for Me!
Christina’s Birthday Hat


YES A SAILBOAT:  Table of Contents
Vancouver 25 “Rainbow”

Other Vancouver 25s

Roué 87 “The Red Hackle”
Skipper & Crew
··Chief Steward and the Admiral
Preparing for Launch
··Boat Yard Etiquette
Outfitting the Galley
··What & Where to Eat
··Shopping by Dinghy
What We Added
··Sun & Rain Protection
··Electric Cooler
··Weather Station
··Portable Water Heater
··Portable Laundry
··Winch Handles
··Guest Book
Added Changed & What Works Best
··Emergency Items
··Power & Water
··Head & Toiletries
··Bed Time
··Cleaning & Storage
··Stop, Stay & Board
··Wood Refinishing
··Mid-Season Maintenance
··Screens & Curtains
··Boat Garden
··WIFI & Internet
··Navigation Systems on a Budget
Boat Recipes
··Apple Pie
··Boat Pizza
··Banana Bread
··Chicken Pot Pie
··Pancakes (optional Blueberry)
··Tea Biscuits & Raisin Scones
··Other Boat Recipes
A Fashion Statement
Adding a Child
Adding a Dog
Haul Out
Boaters & Blogging

Vancouver 25s

What was thought to be an original dozen of these charming pocket cruisers is expanding to many more! Along with being the administrator of the Vancouver 25 group on Facebook, I have taken on the role of chronicling as many of these wonderful sailboats as I can find. With the help of many contributors for over five years now, I have put together a compilation of the boats that can be be found all over the world. For background information on the Vancouver 25 history and excerpts from reviews and the designer, Bob Harris, please refer to the Vancouver 25 “Rainbow” page.

Each boat has been assigned its own page, where you will find as many details as I have been able to obtain, different names, past and present owners and contact information. I have left numbers blank, where I have not been able to find a match. I am not even aware if there are Vancouver 25s with some of these numbers as I don’t understand the hull numbering sequence and possibly they may be from specific importers but apply to a different type of boat entirely.

The Vancouver Yachts Association in the UK have added a page for the Vancouver 25s.

Please note that technical information pertaining to the laying of keel, production number, manufacturer and importer/exporter was found by running the HIN through the HINdecorder website.  There is quite a variation of MECs from the hull numbers.

I encourage both current and past owners to please send me any updates and corrections!

#1 Opah (previously known as Wino)


#3 Escapod (previously known as Dolphin, Cacapoo)



#6 Espiritu

#7 Tusitala (previously known as Lucy Maru, Motlee, September Song, Little Debbie, Miss Daisy Maru)


#9  Desperado (previously known as Steadfast)


#11 Carpe Diem (previously known as Gaffer, Marie)



#14 Luna (previously known as Reverie)

#15 Rainbow (previously known as Bygone, Beguine II)

#16 name unknown

#17 Almitra

#18 Steadfast (previously known as Paper Tiger)



#21 Opus

#22 Haleiwa 3

#23 Marylin May



#26 Nova Queen

#27 Old Squaw (previously known as Gemini)

#28 Nalu (previously known as Vanamos and Jolly Roger)




#32  Looksea


#34 Chinita (previously known as Libido)

#35 Kinsale



#38 Ofek 1 (previously known as Cool Change)

#39 Time Out (previously known as Classea)

Others with unknown Production Numbers:

China Moon




Sea Seal

The Loon

Other boats located in the following locations may be actually one of the above:

Fall River, MA, USA

Michigan, USA

Stockton, MI, USA


This site has taken on several directions in the short while. First set up in 2010, I left it blank for almost 4 years.  Then recently I had a desire to add some of my creative works to a site including genealogy and crafts. I wanted somewhere to show case it all. The whole site soon quickly took a turn, when I started writing about sailing.  It was like I couldn’t shut down the flow of words. Up until after 3am, night after night, the writings took on a life of their own.  I was quickly researching products, pulling up videos, looking through photos, pinning things to Pinterest and integrating it all into this site.  For what began as a somewhat shy venture, all of a sudden I was writing about how many pairs of underwear to bring on a boat!  Certainly, a complete 360! Yes, here you will still find info on the latest stuff I created in the craft world, but the meat and potatoes of the site, is strongly about sailing or just being on a boat!  I am inspired by those I know and those I have not yet met who are sailing to areas, I have only read about. But the whole process is relative and I am quite happy to be sailing around the Nova Scotia coastline with Michael, Whiskey and Layton, meeting up with old friends and new friends along the way. Although the scenery somewhat repeats itself, each trip is entirely different and we just go with the flow. I invite you to have a look at the site. It is designed for those who are just starting out with similar interests which you can refer to it as an introductory lesson on the topic.  If you have anything to add to the postings or just want to say hi , I would love to hear from you!

We often refer to technology as an odd thing. Sometimes you feel it has a mind of its own.  You spend hours upon hours setting something up and someone in Development makes a change out of your control.  My site had turn for the worse. At one point I had dozens and dozens of pages, with drop down menus from the main menu bar. But the functionality of it all just vanished one day. It might come back. Sometimes old technology resurfaces.  But just in case there is no turning back, I decided to make a major change in the site. It certainly is more tablet friendly.

What has replaced the good old coffee table book? Our prized possession TOCnicely displayed for anyone to pick up and browse, reading here and there, gathering tidbits of information.  No longer having a welcome spot in our social life, these pages of print and large sized pictures are now, if lucky, found on bookshelves. Tablets and smart phones have taken their place. What instrument of navigation does a good book have?  The Table of Contents.  Therefore, my website will become my favourite coffee table book. Each menu item is a chapter with a link to its own table of contents. Once on a table of contents, you can select topics and just have fun browsing around. Each Table of Contents image links back to the page.