I’m Douglas Hunter, and I have lived on southeastern Georgian Bay, an arm of Lake Huron, for about 25 years. My wife Deb and I have cruised eastern Georgian Bay, the fabled 30,000 Islands region, from our home base on Severn Sound to the French and Bad River outlets at the north end of the bay. We’ve used a variety of powerboats and sailboats over the years. From 2006 to 2019, were were out and about in a C&C 27 based at Midland Bay Sailing Club.
In 2020, we went back to power, with a Limestone 24 Express Cruiser, a big-water capable vessel built by Hinterhoeller Yachts and designed by Mark Ellis, who I have long known, based on the Limestone 24 runabout he created for Georgian Bay on a commission for Fredrik S. Eaton. We were hither and yon that first season, dragging a Highfield inflatable dinghy behind us, going as far north as Black Bay, north of Britt. For 2021 we renamed her Orion, in honour of the last boat owned by my father, Bill Hunter, who had passed away that March.
I’m a writer and artist, and have been covering issues of interest to those who treasure the wild Great Lakes for decades. If you want to know more about my work, visit douglashunter.ca. Here on Wild Great Lakes, I’m blogging about issues and events specific to the Great Lakes wilderness experience, which will be of interest to cruising boaters, kayakers, canoeists, campers, anglers, cottagers, hikers, and whoever else values these waters and coastlines. My main focus is on Canada, but posts may wander across the border from time to time.