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    Anyone for a three-hour tour? Boat from Gilligan's Island being restored

    Danielle Bell, Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    There's no guarantee he'll call you his "little buddy," but skipper Ken Schley has plans to offer you a three-hour tour aboard what may be TV's most famous boat.

    And if you're familiar with Gilligan, the skipper, too, the millionaire and his wife; the moooovie star, the professor and Marianne ... well, you'll be interested in the newly restored SS Minnow docked in Nanoose Bay's Cove marina.

    Schley, one of the owners of the Quality Foods grocery store chain, bought the famous vessel in the summer of 2006 and is almost done returning it to original glory.

    But while children of 1960s television might be all excited over the prospect of following behind the seven castaways, Schley isn't one of them.

    "All it was a fluke," said Schley, who bought the boat from a marina neighbour.

    The 11.7-metre vessel has been undergoing restoration for two years and Schley says work is mostly complete.

    Looking at the outside of the boat will conjure images from that fateful trip, but the inside includes a few modern conveniences not available to the original Minnow crew, such as TV screens and a sound system.

    Schley hasn't hammered out details but has plans to set up public tours of the vessel. A couple of local groups, through Rotary auctions, have made arrangements for visits this month, he said.

    Public interest helped encourage Schley - who has watched the show but is not a huge Gilligan's Island fan - decide to offer public tours.

    "They see the name, recognize the boat and strike up conversation," he said of passing dockside visitors.

    Schley does intend to use the SS Minnow to raise money for charity and use it as a promotional tool for Quality Foods.

    "If anything, [the plan is] little three-hour tours between Parksville and Nanaimo, or around Newcastle [Island]."

    The SS Minnow interior is mahogany, and features two bunks, a head, a separate shower and main bed in the forward cabin. It has pull-out fridges, Corian countertops, and microwave. Plants and seaside touches, including decorative starfish and netting, round out a wheelhouse finished with a rug and couches.

    The boat is notorious for running aground on the shore of a desert island during the 1960s comedy, but the vessel shows none of that wear.

    Gilligan's Island used a handful of replica SS Minnows, but Schley said this is the original boat shot in the opening credits of the show, setting out from port in California.

    Despite its current return to celebrity, the SS Minnow has been in Vancouver Island waters for more than a dozen years. Schley bought the boat from Parksville's Scotty Taylor. Taylor purchased it in 1996, after it had hit a reef. The price tag was $3,500. It took Taylor two years and nearly $150,000 to restore it.

    Schley's purchase price was not revealed.

    dbell@nanaimodailynews.com

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    There are still many unanswered questions...

    Why did the Howells and Ginger bring suitcases loaded with evening gowns, tuxedos, smoking jackets and such for a 3 hour tour?

    The tour was three hours.. assuming that they would head out for an hour and half and return, how many uncharted islands could there be off the coast of California?

    If the professor could make a generator and radio out of a an old bicycle (why would athere be a bicycle on a boat anyways?), piece of wire and a couple of coconuts, why couldn't they fix the damn boat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    There are still many unanswered questions...

    Why did the Howells and Ginger bring suitcases loaded with evening gowns, tuxedos, smoking jackets and such for a 3 hour tour?

    The tour was three hours.. assuming that they would head out for an hour and half and return, how many uncharted islands could there be off the coast of California?

    If the professor could make a generator and radio out of a an old bicycle (why would athere be a bicycle on a boat anyways?), piece of wire and a couple of coconuts, why couldn't they fix the damn boat?
    How did they leave Marina del Ray for a three hour tour and end up on an island that only received radio broadcasts from Honolulu?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    There are still many unanswered questions...

    Why did the Howells and Ginger bring suitcases loaded with evening gowns, tuxedos, smoking jackets and such for a 3 hour tour?

    The tour was three hours.. assuming that they would head out for an hour and half and return, how many uncharted islands could there be off the coast of California?

    If the professor could make a generator and radio out of a an old bicycle (why would athere be a bicycle on a boat anyways?), piece of wire and a couple of coconuts, why couldn't they fix the damn boat?
    It was the 60's man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisTheMenace View Post
    How did they leave Marina del Ray for a three hour tour and end up on an island that only received radio broadcasts from Honolulu?
    Though the stock shots were of California,I thought that the Skipper and Gilligan were homeported in Hawaii.
    There was one episode were they'd found a telephone cable washed up on the beach and were listening in on a gang speaking Hawaiian planning a bank heist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    There are still many unanswered questions...

    Why did the Howells and Ginger bring suitcases loaded with evening gowns, tuxedos, smoking jackets and such for a 3 hour tour?

    The tour was three hours.. assuming that they would head out for an hour and half and return, how many uncharted islands could there be off the coast of California?

    If the professor could make a generator and radio out of a an old bicycle (why would athere be a bicycle on a boat anyways?), piece of wire and a couple of coconuts, why couldn't they fix the damn boat?
    Why?! I'll tell you why. Because it was in the script!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Though the stock shots were of California,I thought that the Skipper and Gilligan were homeported in Hawaii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    There are still many unanswered questions...

    Why did the Howells and Ginger bring suitcases loaded with evening gowns, tuxedos, smoking jackets and such for a 3 hour tour?

    The tour was three hours.. assuming that they would head out for an hour and half and return, how many uncharted islands could there be off the coast of California?

    If the professor could make a generator and radio out of a an old bicycle (why would athere be a bicycle on a boat anyways?), piece of wire and a couple of coconuts, why couldn't they fix the damn boat?
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