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 77 Coronet, SeaFarer

We bought this boat summer 2017, after some debate as it is an older boat, however, the previous owners took very good care of her and made many great upgrades to her systems over the years.  The survey we had done was very positive and we are confident that with continued care, she will last us for years.

Name of Boat: Sea Loons

Boat Specs:
- Make & Model:  Coronet, 31 SeaFarer
- Year Build: 1977
- Hull Length Overall: 31' 8" (33' with swim platform)
- Beam: 10’ 4”
- Draught: 3'
- Air Draft: 11' 6"
- Weigh: 10000 pounds
- Engines: Twin Volvo Pent 4.3 GXi-DF 225hp, V6 (2003)
- Hull Materials: Fiberglass

Note:  Coronet boats were made by Botved Boats, in Denmark. Ours, from what we`ve been able to find, was assembled in Canada (NS) as part of a program back in the 70`s.

We intend to do a few upgrades, mostly to increase the comfort for longer cruising (i.e. the Great  Loop).

Our project/upgrade list includes:

  • Installing Dinghy Davits - Done
  • Getting a Dinghy - Done
  • Installing a "co-pilot" seat - Done
  • Installing a BBQ mount - Done
  • Removing V-berth cushions and installing a "real" foam mattress - Done
  • Add anchor roller and new anchor - Done
  • Change swim ladder on swim platform to be able to self rescue - Done
  • Change fridge and galley counter - Done
  • Add cloth cabinet/bed side storage - Done
  • etc.

How/why we choose our boat name M.V. Sea Loons

  • We choose "Sea" to include/refer to SeaFarer the model of our boat.
  • "Loons" are a Canadian symbol, and they also represent/remind us of the first family boat trip we took on the Rideau Canal back in 2007, aboard our 220 Larson Cabrio cuddy.  Every day we would listen for their song and try to see/spot them during our travel.
  • Sea Loons is also easy to say over the radio.
Just a quick intro for those who don't already know us.

We starting boating years ago in a canoe, upgraded to a bowrider, followed by a cuddy and now we own a "retro" cruiser, a dinghy and a couple kayaks. We are also qualified scuba divers, and you will usually see us (weather permitting) in or on the water. Through the years, we've had a chance to boat the Rideau Canal, the Trent-Severn Canal all the way to Perry Sound, the Ottawa River to Lac des Deux Montagnes and part of the Thousand Islands. We even trailered our cuddy to Shediac, New Brunswick and the bowrider to the Richelieu River, Quebec (that trip deserves it's own story).

Even thought neither of us is from the National Capital Region (Ottawa Ontario, Canada) we've learned to love the area and all it has to offer - which is excellent boating destinations you never get tired of - we've decided to make Rideau Ferry, ON our boat's home port.  I'm originally from Memramcook, NB, a village not far from Moncton, and Papi is originally from L'Épiphanie, a small town in Quebec.

Some may wonder how we could afford to dedicate the time to do the Great Loop when we did. We retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with over 20 years each. Papi in the medical branch (Physician Assistant) and me, in the Logistics branch (initially as a Supply Tech, then as an Resource Management Support Clerk, aka HR and Finance).  As retired CF veterans, we've decided we would take that time to travel and explore while we still had the energy and the health to do so. 

As the "Planner" and Papi as the "Doer", there's not much we can't accomplish together.  We can't wait to see where the next adventure, and life will take us!

Tina & Papi

"In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with"


  1. I love your new blog guys and can't wait to see where your adventures take you. Is there a planned departure date yet?

    1. Thanks Dee! Yes, we do have a projected departure date to officially start our "Loop", weather permitting, we'll cast off 1 July 2018. We've already handed in our resignation letters, and have had a really positive response from everyone. Things are looking very good!


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