*Steadfast ~The artwork in the logo above was created by Lois Dahl of Whimsical Rabbit Design in Bellingham,WA. for George and Mary Lou Hestad. The artist may be reached at www.whimsicalrabbit.com
FOG was formed in 2000 as a society without an executive, constitution or fees, to offer an informal opportunity to share the joys and agonies of owning and using our own Fishers. Our boats may not be big, or new, but we are mighty pleased with our them and with ourselves.
FOG maintains five distinct registries:Eastern- the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Newfoundand
Western - the Western seaboard incl. Alaska and Texas
Associate - members of the mother group: Fisher Owners Association
"Other" - owners from all over the world
Former Foggers & Friends - those who were members and left the fold, or who want a Fisher
FOG tries to do these things:
• FISHERS FOR SALE has been discontinued. Boats for sale will continue to be offered by members through the Western or Eastern Registries. Look for "This boat is for sale..." note attached to a boat name and a specific web page will provide extensive detail and photographs.
• maintain a list of Fishers and their owners in each region.
• orchestrate annual rendevous and meetings in various locations e.g. Special Report on the 2004 Conference, Roche Harbor event Sept 2005, Friday Harbor June 2006, Genoa Bay Rendezvous September 2006, Otter Bay June 2008, Brentwood Bay June 2010.
• maintain contact with the builder, and other Fisher clubs
The group "fisherowners" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fisherowners/ has been established on Yahoo.
• FOGBLOG will help keep you connected and informed about FOG: http://fisherowners.blogspot.com/
Neat Nautical Links
Current FOG links
• Netherlands FisherClub
• The New Fisher International. A history and a new beginning
• Banjer 37 Club (a wealth of information related to motorsailers)
• Animated Knots
Here is an historical item: a Fisher Brochure from 1975/76:REPORT:
FOG Rendezvous, Anacortes WA, September 14-16, 2018
I can report that a very successful FOG Rendezvous was held with 8 boats and a fine collection of Foggers, Former Foggers and potential Foggers in attendance. Here is a partial list (with apologies for any missing names):
ADVENTUROUS, Art and Trish Herbert, Anacortes, WA
DANCING BEAR, George and Mary Lou Hestad, Lopez Island, WA KIPPER, Don and Sally Hamilton, Victoria, BC
HONU, Ron and Darlene Ulansky, Kamloops, BC, KINGFISHER, Chris Boulsbee and Marilyn Campbell, Gabriola, BC
KINGFISHER, Chris Boulsbee and Marilyn Campbell, Gabriola, BC
KIPPER, Don and Sally Hamilton, Victoria, BC
MOLLY BLOOM, Jock and Karen Warren, San Juan Island, WA
SCUTTLEBUTT, Ced(ric) Marsden, Anacortes, WA
TERRAPIN, Rick and Mary Lou Hobert, Anacortes, WA
Former Foggers and Boatless Foggers: Dick Toft, Deb and John Morrow, Ken and Mele Pearce (with new twins: Abby and Zoey),
While the weather was changeable, everyone enjoyed the location, the ambiance and the food. Here are the highlights of the weekend:
-Re-discovery of the Cap Sante Marina with its huge boats and vibrant activity
-Meeting with new Foggers: Ron and Dalene Ulansky on Honu the 25 Fisher that has been rejuvenated by them
-Discovering Art Hebert and his wife Trish on their Northeaster Adventurous, and in his college classroom at the Skagit Valley Community College in Anacortes
-Meeting and greeting potential Foggers like John Thompson from Australia, and Alastair and Juli from Ontario
-Experiencing a Friday night at the Pub
-Meeting Scuttlebutt and Ced Marsden
-Savouring fresh caught crab caught and cooked by Ced.-Gathering in a huge tent out of the weather for drinks and a potluck dinner
The highlight of the whole event was experiencing some of the trauma and drama endured by Jack Gray from Port Townsend, as he shared his account of the sinking of his 25 Fisher: Tasya, five years before on Sept 13, 2013. He was on his way to the FOG Rendezvous at Deer Harbor when he was struck and submerged by Hyak, a Washington State Ferry just out from Lopez Island. The boat (and Jack) resurfaced with Jack and his dog emerging from the wreakage and rescue. (For a full account read the Report of the Washington State Ferry Board of Inquiry)cFor a copy of Jack's interview on NPR in 2016 click here
It was also a new moment in our history: the passing of the Chair (aka "Commodore") to Art Hebert from me. Art is a experienced marine engineer now with the Skagit Valley Community College in Anacortes,Wa. It was a special moment for both of us. You will hear more about the "new" FOG in the coming months.
May you all find ways to make your Fisher part of your lives.
Donald Hamilton, Victoria, BC
All Fisher Owners and Friends are welcome! Join the Group!
Contact: Donald Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org