An end to an abbreviated season

Out of the water today with our vessel Island Hugger 1.

This day is always a bit of a mix of sadness and elation.

Sadness we have to lay up the boat, but elated we had such a good season.

We made soo many new friends aboard this abbreviated season, all looking for some escape and relaxation.
We had small businesses doing workations with us were so much fun as well.

With 497 guests safely aboard in 2021 and enjoying the fruits of our labour’s online by being #1 on some social media channels we have been that light shining out there saying we can have fun and be safe on the water.

Our biggest kick was seeing families enjoy their time aboard and forget the trials of Covid 19… even if for a short time.

Time for some maintenance and some refits before she heads out to her sleeping place. Scan the QR code picture to see everything we have going in 2022.

A message from our captain

Due to excessive weeds and low water at our approach to Port Rowan harbour dock and to preserve our equipment from damage, as of Wednesday this week we will be departing and returning from our alternate location for all tours going forward.

Our secondary location is located at Collins Harbour Resort, 5 minutes drive east of Port Rowan on the Front Road.

The address is
274 Front Rd
St. Williams Ontario
N0E 1P0

To ensure everyone booked gets this update, we are including a Google maps location on this email.

When you pull in at the sign on Front Road, continue down the driveway, past the main house and garage to the boat ramp. Parking is at the water and is at no charge.
There are washroom facilities present as well.

Thank you for your understanding in change of location due to low water and marine growth at Port Rowan Harbour.

If you have any concerns please call me directly at 519 718 9608.

Graham Ferguson
Owner/ Captain

Anyone that needs assistance getting on or off the boat will still be picked up and dropped off at Port Rowan harbour.

The link to find the harbour on google maps is map to harbour

“A message from our captain.”

Past guests and avid readers:

Under the Provincial government’s reopening plan we are slated to begin operations on the 2nd of July. To allow for any delays we will begin service JULY 3RD 2021.

We have been steadily getting calls for July, August, and September. 
Online bookings can be done contact-free for any tours by booking with us here online.

Due to continued diligence against COVID 19 we will require masks to be worn by all guests with the use to hand sanitizer on and off the boat (medical issues or children 2 and under are exempt) again in 2021 as per Transport and Health Canada guidelines. 

We thank all guests for their continued patience while we await our mandated return to active service July 2nd. If you have any questions or require assistance to book with us please reach out to us at or by phone 24/7 at 519-718-9608 or 9-5 at 519-410-1801.

Stay safe, see everyone VERY soon. 


-Graham Ferguson
Owner / Captain 
Interpretive guide 

Final Top Coat – CHIMO II

Final top coat is now on CHIMO II and I must say she is looking as good as her 1971 debut, possibly even better.

CHIMO II will sit for a day or two before we paint on her strips and take her to IDLE Hour for her final deck fitting.

It is a real pleasure to work on something my dad built years ago, A special restoration with return to duty shortly

Graham Ferguson

PLAA time

PLAA time this evening/morning concluded with CHIMO II getting her first top coat 90% applied.

(We have more to do, but we ran out of top coat… Thirsty boards.)

Sleep well CHIMO II we will see you tonight for your last coat after some gentle sanding.