The Nitinat Chief – a boat like no other. This vessel is a wonderful example of a purpose built boat that has evolved from a sturdy working boat to a boat with comfort, quality and character.
Rare to the market, this is an opportunity to own a genuine piece of West Coast marine history. The Nitinat Chief has been lovingly well maintained by professionals who have appreciated her unique significance and who value the importance of historical boats. She is in beautiful condition and needs to be seen to be appreciated.
Past, present, and future. This is an opportunity to own a piece of floating heritage and to further the story. The Nitinat Chief was built in 1941 by West Coast Ship Builders Ltd. at Vancouver BC. All the fir used in her 12 by 12-inch keel, heavy keelsons, 2.5-inch planking and sawn frames came from logs selected by Charles Sorenson, her first owner. Sorenson built her to exacting specifications to be used to tow logs booms from the Nitinat Lake area in southeast Vancouver Island, over a 6-foot bar—at high tide—and into the Pacific to Victoria. Over the years she’s had more owners, more engines, and various paint jobs.
Today, the Nitinat Chief has morphed into a pleasure yacht. She has 3 cabins, sleeps 6 easily, sports a galley to please any chef, and is a bright, airy, lady of luxury. Her entire superstructure was redesigned. The decks are now aluminum. The engine is a 1972 Deutz 500hp beast. She’s maintained her strength while adopting technology. She’s a blend of tradition, elegance, power, and grace.
Where her future lies has yet to be determined. She might become a charter boat, attracting all kinds from afar. She could become a research vessel, or a mobile office with the addition of Starlink. She could become a home to someone with the imagination to live outside the box. Or, she might become your very next adventure. Nitinat Chief’s future is up to you. Give me a call and I’ll introduce the two of you.
Discovery Harbour Marina, Campbell River – Moorage is assumable.