Rising WatersThis is a fine video Our correspondent Patrick Festing-Smith of Mango Charters alerted us to this very informative, if totally irreverent, video highlighting a potentially scary ecological problem.

Jan and Bill StoverThe photo of us in our dinghy was taken from the shores of Beausoleil Island.  We were on our way to Honeymoon Bay in the north of the Island and we were attending a Great Lakes Cruising Club Rendezvous for Georgian Bay boaters. Jan is "Admiral of the Fleet" and I am "Bilge Billy.”

Arthurs Family DinghyMeet the Arthurs Family of Penetanguishene, Ontario.  Abbie, Ella, Jennifer and Michael and their pooch Bailey head out from Hindson Marina in their cuddy every chance they get.  They love the many beautiful anchorages on Southern Georgian Bay especially their favourite spot, Giants Tomb. 

Wilson NYPhoto of the Week (POTW) is an opportunity to look at the album of shots that make up a great boating experience.  Our readers, friends and anyone else are invited to share their shots.

Glenora FerryThe skies are moody and weather remains a little fluky, but soon we’ll be into the all-too-brief boating summer. Shelley from Prince Edward County shared this shot of the marina by the dock of the Glenora ferry. The free(!) car carrier that connects the east end of the County to the eastern Ontario mainland.

POTWThis weeks’s Photo of the Week is actually a video, suggested to us by Gord Walker from Thornbury. Please don’t try this at home, even if you are a “girl.”

BermudaUnfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 looking out over the Great Sound in Bermuda and over the course used for the Americas Cup in 2017 but it does show the beauty of the water and why we are attracted to boating.

Big BoatJud Buchanan from Campbellville, ON, is a friend of ours who loves boats but loves cars even more. In preparation for demonstrating the towing capacity of the new Subaru Ascent (Jud’s day job is a professional automotive facilitator) he hooked up a pretty hot-looking Yamaha AR240 Sport Boat.

Boat ValentineBack to more conventional photos next issue. The photo of the week can be anything photographed on or near your boat, pictures from your winter boating adventure...

Cape BretonMy husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray Sundancer. Lovely trip. Looking forward to summer 2019!! 

Valvetech Bridgewater MarinaFor many years now, we have used gasoline in our cars and trucks that contains some amount of ethanol, a form of alcohol, and just as a few drops of water combine almost instantly in your Scotch, moisture from the atmosphere can combine with the ethanol in the gasoline that is in your boat’s fuel tank.

Your motor vehicle has a sealed fuel system to control evaporative losses that are a source of air pollution. Fuel is moved into the engine under pressure and any drips that might escape, drop onto the pavement. The engine is open to the pavement below. In an inboard boat, the hull is below the engine and any drips will collect in the bilge with potentially explosive consequences. 

Read more about gasoline containing ethanol......

 

  

Grand Banks 60 SkyloungeThe Canadian market has always been a tough nut for yacht designers to figure out. Summer days get really hot; other days are downright cold. There is always the chance things could change in the blink of an eye and let’s be honest, who among us hasn’t stepped off the boat wearing shorts, flip flops and a warm jacket? Canadian yachting has always been a world of contradictions, which is why designing cruising yachts for this market has never been easy. It’s not like Florida or the Med, where weather is dependable throughout the year.

 

 

Read more about the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge............

 

ILCA DinghyAustin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class sanctioned events.


“It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50- year history,” said Class President Tracy Usher.

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Port of OrilliaTake your boat and a beautiful waterfront setting, pair that with a fantastic musical lineup of over 100 Canadian and international performers, spice it up with an awesome food truck alley, add in an artistically diverse artisan’s marketplace and finish it with a Folkplay area dedicated to children’s fun and you have the successful recipe for the Mariposa Folk Festival.

Each July this longstanding musical tradition kicks off the summer at Tudhope Park in Orillia on the picturesque shores of Lake Couchiching and you can get there by boat. This year’s festival runs July 5-7 and is celebrating 20 years back in the city where it all began 59 years ago.

Read more about the Mariposa.....