As I stated in the first blog I was planning to write about Autumn Dream, so I thought I would tell you a little about her and why we picked her. Autumn Dream is a 32 foot pilothouse trawler. The key here is that she has a pilothouse to operate the boat from. I’ve always wanted a pilothouse boat, but never though I could afford one since vessels of this type typically cost greater than $350,000.00. Especially if they actually have an engine room you can actually work in. Well I’ll tell you Autumn Dream was a fraction of that $350,000.00 price tag. By the way $350,000.00 is for a used boat not new. Beth and I also had some additional requirements for any new boat. They included a queen sized master stateroom, a stand-up head with separate shower. Good fuel economy, and needs to look like a boat not a plastic watermelon seed. Well Autumn Dream meet all these requirement plus other would like to have items. She came well equipped and has been maintained exceptionally well. She has some older instruments but everything works. Her interior has recently been re-done and she has a relatively modern GPS chart plotter, depth sounder and speed log. Her radar is old but works well, her ship to shore radio is also old but works well.
How do you find a boat like Autumn Dream… well the internet is an amazing tool. Where did we find her. If you read the old blog we found her in Canada. The town of Pennatangushine in Ontario, two hours north west of Toronto. Or as Beth will tell you — North of the Arctic Circle. Buying a boat outside you home country is a challenge and you need a Beth to help make it happen. Its not easy. More on the process of buying the boat later!
These photos show Autumn Dream in the water in Canada, her master stateroom and her stern with her old name.