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.

POTWWelcome to Photo of the Week 2018. If you are not familiar with this wonderful feature (What???!!!) it’s an opportunity for you to share your fine camera work with the boating nation.

Scott LivingstonFor our last Photo of the Week in 2017, I have picked some nice shots we received – one from the east coast and a couple from the west. 

Racoons Back 1Your boat is tucked away for the winter, but there may still be a few un-invited guests.

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.

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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..........