Apr 12, 2018

Hamilton Harbour ViewSuddenly the once forsaken city of Hamilton, Ontario is booming for at least two good reasons. First, the city has diversified, and its economy is on the rise; secondly, dues to insane housing prices in the Toronto GTA, the Hammer has recently been discovered in droves by artists and families as a comparatively affordable place to live for people craving an urban lifestyle. Once run down streets like Locke and James N are popping up galleries and cafes and the housing stock is being spruced up.

Harbour Piers

 

 

 

 

What better focus for Hamilton to return to its former glory than the harbour that made it great in the first place. The city’s history is synonymous with industry but those heavy steel mills that initially fed Canadian economic growth succumbed to rust belt status making Hamilton the butt of derision especially from smug Toronto-types. While Canada’s Cup heroes like Don Green and Tony Ronza worked hard to put the town on the sailing map over the decades, the industry lined shores were often more the butt of snide sneers.

Mast PolesSuddenly out of almost nowhere, Hamilton Harbour is on the verge of becoming a go-to marine centre. The harbour, long beloved by locals despite it all, is shedding its ugly duckling and becoming a swan beautiful home for boaters and a welcoming destination for cruise-in visitors.

New facilities at the Harbour West Marina include an amazing indoor storage – with a heated floor no less - facility and repair centre, travel lifts, and lovely new docks. There are also new docks at Royal Hamilton. On top of the facilities upgrade wave abatement installations combined with significant greening of the harbour shore have made Hamilton much more welcoming. In the plan, all that will soon be joined by mixed-use development on Pier 8 replacing the hulking warehouse collection that has used up the most prime real estate on the water’s edge.

Hamilton Harbour On the waterOver recent years million ($27.2M in just the 2017 budget) have been allocated to development of the Hamilton West Harbour development and you can already see the fruits of that investment in a very big way. This may be the summer you head to The Hammer
-JM


The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

Sailing north of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago offer cruisers a bevy islands with ample anchorages. Tides cause swift currents to run through the islands’ waterways. Few marinas are found in this large, sparsely populated region but one that provides all the services boaters need and especially enjoy is Blind Channel, a marina and resort operated by the Richter family located on Mayne Passage on the east side of West Thurlow Island (50 24. 82N, 125 30. 00).

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Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

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The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

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“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

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