Sept 28, 2017

Silva Bay Shipyard Lift RailwayLocated on Gabriola Island - the perfect jumping off point for the Gulf Islands. Silva Bay is approximately 20 nautical miles from Vancouver, 65 nautical miles from Victoria and a very short trip from Nanaimo. The co-ordinates: 49o09'00.26"N x 123o41'44.67"W.

The Silva Bay Shipyard occupies the historic Whithey shipyard and the Silva Bay Marina and Resort. The Shipyard’s long and storied history that began in 1945 when Norm Sear and Les Withey started their boat building repair company.

Silva Bay Shipyard

Silva Bay calls itself a “Do It Yourself Yard”. Contractors are welcome. Environmental and Shipyard Rules and Regulations apply when working in the shipyard. WCB Coverage required for all Contractors.

The Silva Bay Shipyard offers:
• Project Management and Restoration
• Vessel Watching Service
• Marine Mechanical and Electrical
• Fibreglass Repairs
• Bottom Coating
• Covered 75’ X 21’ Tidal Work Slip
• Winter Boat Storage

For complete history go to http://www3.telus.net/jenni_gehlbach/WitheyShipyard.html

Winter Boat Storage dates are Oct/April 15th; some limited space is available. Contractors are available for mechanical diesel and gas, electrical repairs, wooden boat repairs and restoration.

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An Abacos Adventure

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It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Lifestyle

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Hanse 388

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The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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DIY & How to

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