Sonship Tour
March 24 about 40 members showed up in the rain at the West Bay SonShip factory on River Road. We were treated to a very interesting tour of the factory facilities and the history of the company. Ben, the original owener gave a very good introduction and our group was then split into 3 smaller groups with a tour guide for each. What was most interesting was to learn the size of the company when it was at its peak of 450 staff in the early 2000's. Then the market totally collapsed, partly because of world conditions and partly because of Asian built imports. However, the company faced the situation, restructured, downsized and changed their focus from building boats to servicing boats including upgrades, repairs, etc. When you are in the buidings you can get an idea of what it must have been like. We also got to see through the SonShiip, the personal boat of the owners. It is an older boat, but it has been totally rebuilt and lenghened. It was quite spectacular. We also discovered a new use for old propellors - an umbrella stand! If this catches on we can expect the see them in homes everywhere.
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Personal Boat totally refurbished and lenghened 7 feet.

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Note 5 bladed props.

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New False Creek Ferry. Two more to be built.

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Mold for Monaro Boat. Hulls built here sent to Monaro for finishing.

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Training board. Used when they had 450 people on staff.

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Bas explaining how the windows are glued in.

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BBQ on back deck.

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Interior salon

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Galley

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Main Stateroon

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One of the Detroit 700HP diesels.

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Bridge

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RCYC Burgee at bow.

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Table on bridge deck

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Woodshop

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Boardroom where deals were made.

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Boathouse where boats are worked on.

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Refreshments

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Umbrella stand

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Buddy the dog. Actually runs the company.