Jan 10, 2019

Brandon Holding BRNKLThis week, BRNKL by Barnacle Systems is exhibiting on the global stage at CES 2019 alongside other Canadian companies at the Canadian Pavilion in Las Vegas. 

BRNKL Photo AlertBarnacle Systems Inc. has reinvented how people check on their boats. Their product, BRNKL (pronounced barnacle), is like a “home security system for your boat” allowing users to check in on their vessel remotely from their smartphone, tablet, or computer.


Unlike marine electronics that provide monitoring while you’re on board, BRNKL has a built-in global cellular connection that transmits data from your boat to the BRNKL mobile app. Based in Victoria, BC, and founded in July of 2017, Barnacle Systems has already seen success locally as VIATEC’s 2018 “Startup of the Year”. VIATEC is the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector.

BRNKLBarnacle Systems is now being thrust into the global spotlight having been given the privilege to represent Canada at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019. Barnacle Systems will be exhibiting BRNKL in the Canadian Pavilion as a Delegate of Canada. As “The Global Stage for Innovation,” with more than 4,500 exhibiting companies and 182,000 industry professionals from around the world, CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50+ years.

The Barnacle Systems’ founding team consists of Vancouver Island locals. Brandon Wright grew up in Comox and completed Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria. Sean Battistoni, having also graduated from the University of Victoria, grew up in Victoria and managed Marina Operations for the Oak Bay Marine Group. Nick Van Doorn, the team’s software lead, grew up in Victoria and lives by the mantra “talk is cheap, show me the code.”

BRNKL InstallationWhile at CES 2019, Brandon will be able to keep an eye on his own boat located in Mill Bay. Through the BRNKL app he will be able to see inside of his vessel, receive GPS alerts, and know the status of his batteries, shore power connection and most importantly know if water is entering his boat. Having deployed systems as far away as Portugal, boaters from around the world are now gaining peace of mind due to this new innovation.

Installing BRNKL takes generally between an hour and four hours depending on the complexity of the boat. The most time-consuming activity is running wires. The system is installed most commonly beside a vessel’s main breaker panel where the boat owner or marine electrician is simply running small sensing wires from house and starter battery signals, bilge or float switch signals, shore power connections and other critical systems on the boat back to the BRNKL. A BRNKL unit comes fully equipped with all of the sensors built-in to the unit, so no external devices are needed to monitor these critical systems.

BRNKL is available today from Barnacle Systems’ website, www.BRNKL.io. The product MSRP is $995 for the All-in-One and $1145 for the External Camera version. A global cellular subscription provided by Barnacle Systems is required and MSRP is $29/mo. or $300/yr.

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Phone: 1-877-552-BRNK (7655)


Beneteau Oceanis 30.1The Oceanis official US debut will be at the upcoming Newport International Boat Show in September and will be featured at the United States Sailboat show in Annapolis in October.

With an overall size under 30 feet and a light displacement of less than 8,805 lbs., the Oceanis is easily trailerable without a wide load permit. If you prefer to access your sailing grounds by canals and rivers, the lifting keel and rotating mast open a world of endless possibilities. Perfect for sailing on lakes or for coastal hopping, this new Oceanis is, nevertheless, a robust category B sailing yacht, fitted for offshore sailing. The smallest of the range offers the biggest choice of programs! 

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Grady White Freedom 235 Dual ConsoleBy Jill Snider

Once again, I had the pleasure of joining CY’s test guru Andy Adams on a boat review. This time, out on Georgian Bay, we put the Grady White Freedom 235 Dual Console to the test. There are so many great things to tell you about this classic beauty.

If I were required to compare Grady White’s Freedom 235 Dual Console to an animal, I would tell you that she has the character of a Labrador Retriever. Here are a few reasons why...

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English Bay and False Creek, one of the choice urban boating destinations in North America, bring you into the heart of the city. Good moorage and anchorages are available and there is lots happening both on the water and all along the shoreline.



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