About This Website

My name is Doug Thomson. Pirate Plunder is my personal blog and contains accounts of  my many adventures aboard my Viking 34, Trouper II. My father purchased her hull and deck from Ontario Yachts, in the Spring of 1980. We towed her back to Victoria, BC during my senior year at high school. Driving across the country with a 34 foot sailboat behind our Ford F150, we garnered many strange expressions. Especially since most every body of water was frozen solid. We'd drive by day and sleep in her bare hull by night. It was quite the adventure.

Over the next year, dad finished her off inside and out. She was launched at Canoe Cove on May 28th, 1981 and arrived at her home at RVYC in Cadboro Bay a couple of hours later. My mother and father motored around the Pacific Northwest until dad stepped her mast at Shilshole Marina on October 14, 1981.

For the next three decades mom and dad sailed the Gulf and American San Juan Islands on board Trouper II. I missed out on most of that as I graduated high school and shortly thereafter left Victoria to pursue my radio career. The bulk of my sailing and racing happened with our previous boat, Sea Jay. A John Booth built fiberglass thunderbird.

I tried to get out with dad whenever I happened to be back in Victoria and we enjoyed our time together on the water aboard T2. Finally, in the summer of 2013, the family listed her for sail as dad was no longer able to navigate or maintain her. They came very close to selling but when the deal fell through they offered her to me and the circle was complete.

Since then I have taken every opportunity to get out on the water and introduce my wife and kids to the pleasures of boating. I try to get dad out a couple of times each summer and he still really enjoys it. What's not to like?

Picking up Trouper 2 from Ontario Yachts in the Spring of 1980.

Picking up Trouper 2 from Ontario Yachts in the Spring of 1980.

On route to BC. Looks like we had to turn the canopy upside down to fit under Trouper 2's hull.

On route to BC. Looks like we had to turn the canopy upside down to fit under Trouper 2's hull.

Arriving home after our long journey to great fanfare. From l to r; Dad, Mom, Me, Cousin Marnie, Cousin John, Aunt Judy and Uncle Bruzz.

Arriving home after our long journey to great fanfare. From l to r; Dad, Mom, Me, Cousin Marnie, Cousin John, Aunt Judy and Uncle Bruzz.

Here she is tucked into our carport. She spent a year here while dad built her interior.

Here she is tucked into our carport. She spent a year here while dad built her interior.

Installing the Chesapeake diesel furnace (which never worked), wet locker and cubby.

Installing the Chesapeake diesel furnace (which never worked), wet locker and cubby.

The galley features a propane oven, running water and an ice box.

The galley features a propane oven, running water and an ice box.

Chart table with house power panel.

Chart table with house power panel.

After a year in the carport, T2 is ready to be loaded and moved.

After a year in the carport, T2 is ready to be loaded and moved.

Trouper 2 at Canoe Cove with newly fitted keel.

Trouper 2 at Canoe Cove with newly fitted keel.

 

After a year in the carport, T2 emerges for her trip to Canoe Cove.

Loaded and ready for a road trip to Canoe Cove.

Mom jigging before the mast was stepped.

Mom jigging before the mast was stepped.

Dad examines the standing rigging and readies for stepping.

Dad examines the standing rigging and readies for stepping.

Up, Up.....

Up, Up.....

...and away. Stepping the mast at Shilshole Marina.

...and away. Stepping the mast at Shillshole Marina.

Safely back at RVYC, fully rigged and ready to sail!

Safely back at RVYC, fully rigged and ready to sail!