POTW 1“In Grenada, we had about 80 cruiser kids visit our boat...by dinghy of course! Sometimes you experience other cultures, sometimes you import yours!”

Bait ShackAs the sole arbiter of the Photo of the Week I, your editor, get to make the choice. This week, while thumbing through some pictures from trips past, I came across this cheery bait vendor and decided it was what we need to brighten up the autumn.

Howe Sound SerenityOur Photos of the week this time come from BC where our friend Rob Stokes sent us a very nice portfolio of peaceful stunners from the summer past.

POTW MonteOur little treasure: Montague (Monte) taken at Pirate's Cove in the Gulf Islands. Monte is a four-month-old English Labrador and a very keen boater.

POTW September 13, 2018Our Photo of the Week comes from Chester where last month foul-weather gear maker Helly Hansen adapted the old carnival ring toss game to entertain the crowd at Chester Race Week using mini throwing buoys for rings.

 

 

Dark Sky PreviewWe don’t want to invoke panic, but our next edition of Photo of the Week will be in September. That means that the summer photo season is drawing to a close. In a couple of weeks, the coloured leaves change the backdrop of your summer boat shots so this is the week.

POTW - August 9, 2018This quayside shot came in from Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC) taken at the Pirates of Halifax Harbour event last month.

 

 

 

Bluewater Cruising POTWPOTW input is irresistible, so this time you get a couple. And don’t forget to send your own Photo of the Week to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with POTW in the subject line. Thanks!

POTW LighthouseThis photo from a CPS member shows how talented boaters are. Brenda Cochrane from Kelowna BC, a member of the Okanagan Squadron, Western Canada Inland District...

POTW Paul and Keith are nothing if not fashion icons. Cat Ward of Toronto caught them on the dock.

An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

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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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

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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Ask Andrew - Winterization

Winterising your boatBy Andrew McDonald

‘Winterization’ is a broad term used to prepare an engine for extended storage – specifically through the winter season (when temperatures drop below the freezing point).

There are two main purposes for proper winterization: First, to protect the engine from freezing damage; second, to prepare the engine to be re-started easily after a lay-up.

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