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!! 

PandaThis issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial POTW. It came to us in a text from Roger in Windsor, but it’s hard to resist.

Andrew Muscat and Jordan PetersAndrew Muscat and Jordan Peters of Fort Erie ON run triple 700-Merc Stress Relief and provided this impressive shot.

EagleThis past October we drove to Telegraph Cove with friends and spent a day of wonder cruising the area as part of a fundraiser for MERS (Marine Education and Research Society).

Swimming With WhalesWe have kept our subscription to Canadian Yacht Onboard as we have traveled the South Pacific over the last few years but never thought of submitting anything. 

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.

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......

 

  

Four WInns HD 180By Andy Adams

The Four Winns HD 180 is the kind of family boat I love to drive and enjoy. It’s very approachable, even for less experienced drivers and the accommodations and scale are like a comfortable family car or SUV. It all feels familiar and part of that is the Volvo Penta V6 200 SX stern drive. The engine is inboard; built into the boat and unobtrusive in use.

That is unless you shove the throttles open. Then the performance side of the Volvo Penta V6 200 appears with instant throttle response, partly a result of the variable valve timing and partly because of the direct injection system. 

Read more about the Four WInns HD 180.......

 

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.

Read More about the ILCA Dinghy............


The DocksBy Katherine Stone

Docks are well-lit and wide to accommodate dock carts.

Steeped in tradition that goes back to one of the oldest towns in Canada west of Quebec City, is Penetanguishene. This bilingual community of 9,000 is located in the middle of Huronia on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay in Simcoe Country, Ontario. The name is believed to have been derived from Algonquin (also believed to have come from the Wendat, Abenaki and Ojibwe tribes) meaning “place of the white rolling sands”. 

Read more about the Hindson Marina..........