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My wife Lise and I had lived respectively a long and exciting careers. We wanted a new way of living in seeking a pleasure craft that could provide us the ultimate Retirement Adventure, our Alternative Home and our memorable summer residence as a reward to our hard-working and successful life.

The current retirement alternatives do not offer much to those who have achieved something in their life and are just ready to be put out to pasture. We needed a boat that could put a sense of freedom into our retirement adventure.

There is a camaraderie in a boating community that is non-existent in a cement high-rise or suburb. We wanted to become more involved in the heartbeat of life as we are more aware of Mother Nature and her ever-changing moods something you lose with the big city. We wanted more than a summer cottage. We bought a condominium for Skiing during the snow season and we wanted a Boataminium for the rest of the year. I sailed since the age of 14 and I was tired with huge headsails, getting soaked in an open cockpit and living in a expensive submarine, all at a 15 degree heel.

After a 3 year research, we made that eccentric choice to Buy a Boat as a liveaboard for the ultimate retirement experience in order to escape the jungle of concrete and asphalt of big cities like Montreal, Canada.

We wanted a Boat that fits our needs and we so grateful to Doug and Brenda Dawson for all their publications. Doug, Brenda thank you for helping us to make the appropriate choice in order to realize our dream! We have interpreted our Research into Reality.

We then established criteria for safety, economy, character, comfort, style and why not grace. We were attracted by a classic look Motor Yacht that did not look like a Clorox bottle or Wedding cake type of Motor Yacht (No offence to anyone who choose Low maintenance and Bigger budget Yacht). We did not want high performance as we have worn out the thrill of rattling our kidneys and our dishes. We wanted to save our pocketbook in keeping our fuel tanks filled so we would spend it visiting area to discover.

Comfort was a personal thing. We wanted to equate comfort with pleasure and enjoyment. This is one of the area's that occupied most our our research and study.

We do not enjoy weathering through a storm although we did encounter some bad weather and put up with Mother Nature during our trip from Fort Pierce to Lake Champlain and we were quite satisfied and impressed with her handling and performance during a thunderstorm.

Our Boat was to be our passport to civilized adventure in the nautical living environment. We did not want a boat to win races or cross the ocean, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves on the water as is it our belief that pleasure boating is for pleasure.

This Boat was to be our escape from the pressures of day-to-day existence. as a new, exiting alternative lifestyle for we wanted to taste more of life. We needed a chage of tempo as we needed to refresh our spririts like to put a smile on our face and in our heart. We are from the ''Stop and Smell the Roses'' School of Boating!

The covered screened after deck (veranda deck) is to be the best comfort place to sit and relax or have our meals. We have in addition two comfy chairs and we can accommodate half-dozen people for happy hour.

We finally bought it from Jim and Joan Elliott, formaly named CHRISTINE. Thank you Jim and Joan!
REAL MOUNTIE is a Canadian icon for a Canadian made 1986 Pilgrim 40 Hull #28 (a.k.a. as P-40) that was developed by Ted Gozzard a talented designer, tool-maker and shipwright.

The first production boat of the Pilgrim 40 Project started in January 1983. The P-40 was designed by an Artist, Ted Gozzard who expressed his natural talent and made the proof of concept (without using a computer), envisioned it three-dimensionally, drafted it, made a model, tooled and builded it to the finest carpentry detail that would be cost prohibitive today.

What a great feeling for us to see the smiles on people who tell us "What a beautiful boat you have"!

Every day, people make us realize that her striking looks is the centre of attention at our Marina or when we pull in to a harbour or an anchoring bay.

"Real Mountie" has given Lise and I, pleasure and pride in ownership in showing her classic, proven full displacement hull, with her plumb bow, fantail stern, gently arched windows, varnished mahogany trim, her sheer line, cosmetic details all combined to create an dream impression about herself and about her owners living their dreams that only one's own eyes and not our words can explain.

.. J. R. Normand Vallée
On board of trawler/ À bord du chalutier REAL MOUNTIE



Lise Tremblay and Normand [ REAL MOUNTIE ] 12-Jan-2012

Willsboro Bay Marina (Point of Interest)

This is family owned marina.

The personel are friendly and professional.

They offer high quality dockage.

The best marina on Lake Champlain
Lise Tremblay and Normand [ REAL MOUNTIE ] 22-Mar-2012

The nicest Marina on Lake Champlain offers an harmonious environment in the Adirondacks Mountains

Willsboro Bay Marina, Inc.
25 Klein Way :: Willsboro NY  12996  (USA)
44° 24' 15" N  ::  73° 23' 40" W  
Tel (518) 963-7276 X 101
Lise Tremblay and Normand [ REAL MOUNTIE ] 29-Feb-2012