The 22' angler was dandy in many ways, but we really wanted a galley and some heat. So, in 2003 we ordered a custom boat that I still think was the prettiest C-Dory color palette I've ever seen, a warm tan hull and rich brown canvas made the generally sterile C-Dory decor much cozier.
As with all our boats, Fred did a lot of clever comfort and storage updates on Anita Marie.
But, he couldn't solve my biggest challenge: I really, really wanted a real bathroom. The 22 (and the 25 for that matter) could get a little cozy. Note the laundry photos below, taken during a prolonged Gulf Islands trip. So, in 2005 we sold the original Anita Marie and bought that year's Boat Show 25' model. It's hull is a taupe color called Nomad. Pretty, but not as pretty as the first Anita Marie.
We belong to a group of people who own C-Dories. We meet at various places several times each year, generally starting with a large gathering (50-ish boats) at Friday Harbor each May.
Fred invited folks to join us at Stuart Island for the last weekend in September. We figured maybe a few boats would come out in the rain and primitive settings. In the end, we had a dozen boats and a heck of a good (although often wet) time.
When we got married in 1987, Fred said he'd never go on the water again. After six years in the Navy, he didn't want to go near a boat. I don't know how it happened, exactly, but one day around 2000, he started talking about these really cool boats called C-Dories.
When Fred mentions something like this, he's probably already made up his mind. So, game for anything, I said, "let's do it."
We've been boating ever since.