Ocean Cruiser/Certified Passenger Vessel

'Curve of Time' at anchor

The North Sea Trawler     M. V.  'Curve of Time'

Price: $178,000.00 Canadian

Offers Considered

Description of Vessel


The Curve of Time is a North Sea Trawler, a common sight in Europe but a unique and unusual vessel to encounter on  the British Columbia coast.  Her traditional lines draw much admiration and attention.  The vessel was built in Holland in 1959 as a side trawler. She fished commercially until 1984 at which time she was purchased by the Greenpeace organization campaigned in Europe, crossed the Atlantic three times and finally arrived on the west coast of BC via the Panama Canal where she continued her history with Greenpeace.  In the fall of 1997 Moby Dick was purchased by Due West Charters and renamed the Curve of Time.  The vessel has been in the charter and research trade since purchase.

The Curve of Time is a steel side-trawler, 25.9 m (85 feet) long and 6.2 m. ( 20 ft.) in width. The vessel is Transport Canada Certified as a passenger vessel, undergoing annual inspections and is equipped with modern navigational equipment and safety gear meeting Ministry of Transport standards.  This is a sturdy and well built steel ship. The hull is riveted and welded and was reinforced on the starboard side for trawl nets.

The ship is powered by a slow turning (500RPM) 275hp de Industrie diesel (Dutch) engine enabling her to travel at 7 knots at 400rpm.  The Curve of Time is an environmentally friendly vessel having a keel-cooled engine and generators with no engine discharge into the water.  In addition all waste is held in a self-contained sewage treatment facility.Three phase electric power is provided by two 27 KW/32 KVA Iveco generators. When not in service the vessel lies at our berth in the Powell River Marina - from 1997 to 2016 it lay at out berth in the Fraser River (fresh water) when not on charter.


The Curve of Time has accommodations for 10 guests.  There are two cabins on the main deck,  each accommodating 2 persons.  Aft below decks we have a comfortable sitting area adjoining six individually curtained, traditional ship’s bunks. There are two full washrooms with showers  on the main deck.  Delicious meals are prepared and enjoyed in a comfortable central galley and sitting area. The hot-water heating system keeps the whole vessel  warm and cozy.

The ship still has a full hold lying between the fuel tanks and the Forward Crew Quarters that can be converted to cabins and a salon. The hull was sounded in 1996 and again in 2006.  Reports are available below. Also available is a resent out of water survey from 2016 listing all the equipment and specifications. The last dry docking was at Shelter Island Marine, April/May 2016 at which time the shaft and thru hulls were inspected.

General Arrangement for 'Curve of Time'

Arrangement showing the Well Deck and the Belows Deck.

Note Worthy Equipment

Soundings 1996 Soundings 2006 Survey 2016
Soundings 1996 Soundings 2006 Survey 2016

For more information please contact our broker or contact Capt. Jan Bevelander at the office of Due West Charters at 604.487.9543 or 604.312.9543