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Bernard Engraving Acquires Memory-Mate Log Books

Bernard Log BooksBernard Engraving Co has acquired the long-standing Beckson Marine line of Memory-Mate Log Books. With the addition of the Log Books and Manager Series of publications, Bernard continues to grow its line of boating products. The company is also proud to announce the return of the most popular format of the log book, the MM303 22-ring, loose leaf with a two-page spread for each voyage or leg of voyage. Incredibly user-friendly, this format titles the left side of the book as Cruise and the right as Helmsman.

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Seasonings, Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands

Seasonings, Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands by Andrea & David Spalding (Harbour Publishing 2013, $29.95) 2012 was a year of feasting, sampling, collecting, interviewing and cooking for longtime Pender Island residents David and Andrea Spalding. They roamed extensively on Mayne, Salt Spring, Saturna, Galiano and the Penders, sniffing out delectable recipes, interviewing chefs and food gurus, tracking down lavender growers, sleuthing out  cheese-makers, fishermen, coffee roasters and artisan bakers, trying out recipes and arranging all their discoveries in a very readable book.

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Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

altThis book will help you with all the maintenance issues you may face if you own, or are looking to own, a fibreglass boat. It provides clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations as to how to recognize the problems (both on the surface and below) and how to determine the difference between cosmetic flaws and the serious flaws you need to address more quickly.

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So Where Do You Go At Night?

Those of us who recall the world of sailing in the 1970s will remember magazine stories of voyages by intrepid souls to the South Pacific and beyond. This was the stuff dreams were made of―at least for us working stiffs who hoped one day to go to sea. The boats were sometimes home-built or at least home finished, in everything from fiberglass and wood to concrete. Most of these trips worked out just fine and the sailors returned to the drudgery of the working world with a least one dream fulfilled. One such family was Patrick Hill's, who set off in a Fraser 42 for a voyage that would take them from Vancouver to Tahiti, Bora Bora and home again, all in just over 14 months.

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An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

alt"As I write this, back in the real world, back in an office, back home, back up against a deadline, I glance down at the mouse pad to my right, and I am filled once again with powerful longing. The pad is printed with a picture of a laughing woman stripping off a wetsuit on a golden beach. Her hair is streaked blond, her shoulders broad on an otherwise slender frame, muscular shoulders that look like they know how to work. She is completely relaxed, and radiates happiness. The slice of beach in the photo is deserted - pristine, private, no one and nothing on it, except for a pile of snorkeling gear in the sand at the woman's feet. Behind her, the sea is turquoise glass, on which sits a lone boat with a white hull and a tall mast that has impaled the sky's single puffy white cloud like cotton candy on a stick.

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