Out in Harbor On Old Tugboat Today

Through my BC publicity angel Kim Herter, I got a tour (+ lunch) of the harbor in West Vancouver on Drew and Deb McVittie’s 60-foot “steel coastal tug” today. Drew bought the tug (built in 1962) in 1997 and has been working on it since. It was an amazing couple of hours: the boat and all the work Drew has done on it, including installing a new engine, and all the activity and boats in the water and at dock. Piles of salt, sulfur, and wood chips; grain and oil tankers; lumber. Tugboats of varying sizes all over.

  They love the boat and it shows. “She’s a real sweetheart,” says Drew. “She’s just so much fun.” I’ll post a few photos when I get time. Jeez, am I loaded with “content.”

  After the boat ride, Kim and I went into downtown Vancouver, where I did a half-hour interview on the tiny homes book with Sheryl Mackay for CBC radio. It will air next weekend on the show North by Northwest..

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to Out in Harbor On Old Tugboat Today

  1. I almost bought a tug in the early 70s, and was visiting my bank manager to arrange the financing when he realized I intended to use the Ocean Belle as a live-aboard, not as a working tug, so that was the end of that.

  2. I stumbled upon a book called DomeBook 2. I have a scanned pdf. and was wondering if I could print it. Are you the author of that book? Wondering if I could get permission.

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