June 25, 2020

Classic MahoganyClassic boat restoration expert and wooden boat builder Stan Hunter recently sent us this great story about his new Duke Playmate re-power. Here is what Stan wrote, “It seems that every time there is a pandemic someone has to get creative and reinvent the wheel.

I feel like no exception. More truthfully for the past thirty years that I have been in the boat business, I have been dreaming of ways to change things up in my industry and do things differently. Now that the price of gas is at historic levels (low) it might seem counter productive to give up on the internal combustion engine, and certainly the motor heads in my boat club acbs.ca have no interest in doing so.

Still, there is something to be said about addressing climate change and boating quietly, that has motivated me to re-power one of my beloved Duke Playmates electrically. I call it my Duke PlaymateE. What’s different now from the electric boats built over a century ago, is the evolution of battery power. Energy that used to be stored in a considerable amount of ballast can now be delivered with less weight and more strength than ever before. In my example, a robust 10kw of power is delivered by four lithium iron phosphate batteries that have 200amp hours of storage and can deliver over 100 amperes of current. This is what fellow ACBS member Paul Doddington might call ‘electrickery’. It’s the age we live in.

Electric PropulsionAll this means that we can get to the island as quickly as before and attend parties along the way for as long as our bottoms can stand it. If you are sipping coffee, the cruise can outlast one’s bladder. In my corner this is success.

I hope that as things open up again and life returns to near normal that you will check out the new age found at my dock. Ahoy, Stan”

You can visit Stan’s website at www.stanhunter.ca

CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.


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Axopar 37 XCWhole new ball game…


Set aside your assumptions and expectations for a few minutes while we try to describe the new Axopar 37 XC that made its American debut at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show. This boat represents a whole new ball game in terms of design, performance, seakeeping and functionality. In fact, I’d say it takes a ‘clean sheet of paper’ approach to boating – it’s that different.

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Exiting Hogs BackBy John Morris

History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ministers by date and looking out the window. Who knew it was actually interesting.

And in some ways it hardly matters because the Rideau Waterway is just so amazingly beautiful. Driving your boat through the locks is wonderful fun for kids of all ages (adult kids, too) and the scenery is sensational. The history is a huge bonus however, and worth understanding from both as a political lesson and from an engineering perspective.

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The BucketI was cleaning up my workbench the other day. My eyes then scanned across my workbench and fell on ‘the bucket’. Everyone has a one. On a boat, it’s usually in a cockpit lazarette. It’s full of old paint cans and half-used tubes of caulking. There might be some white grease, painters tape or epoxy in there, too. I take my bucket everywhere and it’s full of all sorts of tubes of grease and sealants and adhesives.

I thought to myself that I should probably sort through the bucket and get rid of the stuff that isn’t useful. I quickly realized, though, that each of the items in my bucket (except that had gone bad) were useful, and each is used for a particular job.

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