Ariel of Victoria

In Festival Boats 2017

Ariel of Victoria was built outside of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island from 1972 to 1980 by Ron Hunt and Fred Peterson at Fred Peterson’s yard. Her hull is 8 quarter Alaskan Yellow Cedar on oak frames and her deck was originally Western Red Cedar 2x4s. Owned and sailed by the Bond family of Victoria for 25 years, the current owners purchased her in 2009 and brought her to the US. Over the last eight years, we have undergone a significant restoration in two phases, the most recent finishing this summer. Recent work includes new deck, cabin, cabintop, bulwarks, cockpit, hull faired, re-corked and puttied, and stern carving restored. Previous work includes significant replanting and redecking, new bowsprit, new head, new galley, new electrical system, new water system, new fuel system, new steering system, masts repaired, new windlass and ground tackle/anchoring system, and engine rebuilt. We’ve also filled two logbooks sailing as far as Desolation Sound, but mostly Salish Sea generally. Ariel of Victoria has also won her class every year she has participated in Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s Race Your House race and has participated in many other regional races. She is our home and favorite place to be.