POTW 1This beauty came our way from Reel Deal Yachts in Bahia Mar, Florida. Why not charter for the summer? 

Commander 44 AlexanderDon’t miss this brilliant photo double header

Splashdown It Never Gets OldIn honour of Launch Day, our POTW this time comes from Wendy Loat in Port Credit. This shot, taken last week, celebrates the more that five decades of the hitting the water in the spring ritual for her 60s plywood Thunderbird, Looney Tunes.

POTWOn the Easter Weekend, the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club from Vancouver Island, had its first cruise of the season to Port Browning Marina on North Pender Island. I snapped this photo on Easter Monday as I was heading up the dock to help set up for the final breakfast. 

POTWOur Photo of the Week is actually a Video of the Week that came our way from Rick Shaddock of Squamish Yacht Club. What a venue.

POTW Blind ChannelWe were all set with this week’s POTW when a real stunner came in as part of a story on the Blind Channel resort in BC. 

Bonaventure Island Bird SanctuaryStephen and Fran Hill are our most prolific POTW contributors. So far we have received at least three dozen beauties.

POTW WolfI took this photo in July 2017 from our boat Ginger which was anchored and stern tied in Mouat Bay near Shearwater. This wolf was very curious about our stern line and actually gave it a couple of hard tugs!

Dusk On The OceanPhoto of the Week is our opportunity to get creative with cameras, phones or even a GoPro!

POTW January 25Great icicles! This is not what one expects from the tropical climes of BC. It’s a nice winter Photo of the Week, though.

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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