When Gilligan’s Island Ended, An Exhausted Bob Denver Got A Boat Of His Own
Bob Denver, the talented actor who brought Gilligan to life on the iconic television show “Gilligan’s Island,” had always been familiar with the concept of hard work. Prior to his acting career, he pursued pre-law in college and took on various jobs to make ends meet. From being an athletic director and a coach to teaching history and math, Denver toiled tirelessly. His dedication paid off when he landed the breakthrough role of Maynard G. Krebs on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” However, it was his portrayal of Gilligan that catapulted him to fame and brought him years of non-stop work. When Gilligan’s Island was finally canceled after three demanding seasons, Denver found solace in his newfound lake retreat and a unique sailboat that allowed him to escape the demands of Hollywood.
After the cancellation of Gilligan’s Island, Denver experienced a mix of emotions. While the sudden end of the show was bittersweet, he admitted that he had barely taken any time off during the intense three-year run. In fact, he had only enjoyed a single day of rest in that entire period. Denver recognized the toll the constant work had taken on him and yearned for an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.
Denver’s desire for respite led him to purchase a house on Lake Sherwood, a serene location nestled over the mountains and north of Malibu. He sought solace in this tranquil setting, hoping to find the peace he had been missing for years. The house provided him with a much-needed escape from the demands of the entertainment industry, allowing him to unwind and recharge.
Despite spending years surrounded by water on the set of Gilligan’s Island, Denver’s connection with the sea persisted. He decided to further embrace the calming influence of the water by purchasing a 14-foot sailboat with a cabin, a rarity on Lake Sherwood. This unique vessel became his sanctuary, offering him a private space where he could retreat and find tranquility away from the prying eyes of the world.