June 7, 2017

POTWMichelle Jacques of Cambridge ON share this memory of her adorable pooch. “This is Frodo. Sadly, he passed away last year, but he loved being a boat dog!

“It was hard losing him, but he was a great dog and he lived to 15, so we were lucky. This photo was taken at Go Home Bay. His last summer we got to spend an epic six week trip with him from Honey Harbour to the 1000 Islands and back. “

It’s boating season – get out there and take some shots! The photos can be of anything (including dogs!) or other things nautical. They must be taken from or near a boat. They must be your shots and free from copyright. Most importantly, they must be wonderful. Send them to us along with the story behind them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put Photo in the subject line.

We could publish your Photo of the Week in the next issue!!
-JM

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 – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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