Toba River is a much loved and well maintained Grand Banks. She was originally sold to an owner in Victoria, BC under the original name of Whimsey. The second owners changed the name to Toba River, named after the river at the head of Toba Inlet North of Desolation Sound.
She has been shed kept her entire life, still has much of the original appoitments inside with a few updates.
All windows that open have a Lexan cover that secures with snaps and a "C" channel on the top, making a see through cover protecting the windows from moisture.
The second owners also installed the Dickenson Antartic to which we have become very fond of. The heat from it keeps the boat cozy in all weather, while using no power. It is placed nicely just astern of the galley in the main salon.
She also has a great deal of Sunbrella Canvas, from a full cockpit enclosure to window covers and 2 piece fly bridge cover as well as bimini.
At last fuel, she burned exactly 6 litres per hour, which really means that fuel is not considered when factoring annual operating costs.
Brightwork is light sanded annually and then two coats of the best varnish I can find are applied, usually Pettit Yachtline. The decks have been Cetolled, something that I am not a fan of, however, they do offer a certain level of protection in exchange for the slight orange color that they take on when applied.
Projects for Winter 2007 are as follows. New headliner, planning on a naugahide pannel held in place with teak battons. Tidy up the engine room. Plumbing for red dot and water heater is not well done, would like to move battery boxes outboard, larger holding tank and so on. The job jar continues to grow.
But man, what a lovely old boat.
Current caretakers, John and Nancy McCallum live in North Vancouver, and are members of Burrard Yacht Club.