True North Yachts invites Hunter, Dufour, Bavaria, C&C and Tartan boat owners to participate in their 2012 True North Yachts Island Rendezvous.

Owners who have registered for the event are invited to bring their boats to the Island Yacht Club on Friday, July 13 and dock there until all participants leave on Sunday, July 15. There is also a Dinner Only option for Saturday July 14 where boaters are invited to dinner catered by the Island Yacht Club in the Tiki Tent followed by a poker tournament at the Island Casino.

Our favourite electric outboard motor manufacturer is continuing to expand. The venture arm of the Bosch Group has invested in Torqeedo, the global leader in electric outboard motors from Starnberg, Germany. Since its formation in 2005, Torqeedo has been known to boaters as the undisputed pioneer in electric outboards. Its multiple award-winning motors feature record levels of efficiency, integrated lithium batteries, an ultra-light design and innovative on-board computers.

The federal government is closing BC's command centre for emergency oil spills at a time when the province is facing two possible pipeline projects and a potential spike in tanker traffic in West Coast waterways. Ottawa has said it will shut down BC's regional office for emergency oil-spill responders, located in Vancouver, and centralize operations in Quebec in the wake of the cost-cutting March 29 federal budget. The move could affect about 42 jobs in the BC-Yukon region.

With a loud pffffft and lots of grins, participants at this year’s Ready, Set, Wear It event in Vancouver triggered their inflatable PFDs to launch National Safe Boating Awareness Week May 19-25 – and joined entrants around North America in trying to surpass last year’s record of 1,685 PFDs worn or inflated on one day. The Vancouver team included representatives from Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Vancouver Marine Police, 

With congratulatory speeches, a navy brass band and a First Nations welcoming circle, the Ladysmith Maritime Society recently opened its new dockside Reception Centre. After a number of speakers advanced the welcoming nature of the facility for visiting boaters, local mariners and First Nations neighbours, the proposal to rename it officially a Welcoming Centre was appreciated the large and enthusiastic crowd. The new facility will provide moorage for transient vessels and will have a sewage pump-out station, the first along this

Just in time for summer, the June issue of Canadian Yachting West focuses on two of Canada’s fabled cruising grounds. The issue is on newsstands now. In two related features, we offer a primer for cruisers planning to explore the less-travelled waters north of Desolation Sound. William Kelly, co-author of Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage, guides readers through the challenges of the tidal passes that lead north of Desolation – the Dents and Yucultas

A new name and look has been announced for hundreds of volunteer marine rescuers in BC and the Yukon, launching a new chapter in the West Coast’s 150-year tradition of volunteers saving lives on the water. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is the new name for the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary – Pacific, which was established 30 years ago. The new identity, which has received royal approval, is intended to reflect the vital role that volunteer crews perform in 46 communities in BC, providing marine search and rescue service,

Opposition is increasing to announced cuts to Canadian Coast Guard facilities and services on the West Coast, including the closure of Kitsilano Station at the mouth of Vancouver’s False Creek, as the boating public and leaders in other levels of government voice concern about the implications for safety on the water. Over the past FEW weeks it has been revealed that the Coast Guard is also closing marine radio centres at Ucluelet, Comox and Vancouver, 

The National Bank Easter Seals Waves Regatta returns to the waters of English Bay on June 23 and 24, 2012 and participants are already talking up the fun and excitement of this charity fund-raiser. “I’m the semi-official photographer,” explains Lynn Gordon of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the host Club. “Not only are there great crowds and close racing, it’s such a worthwhile cause. You cannot help just feeling good about the whole day.”

The funds raised in this annual event are critical to the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and their work on behalf of kids with special needs.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the S.S. Keewatin returns to Port McNicoll, Ontario bringing full circle a storied, 100-year route for the crown jewel in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s once-mighty Great Lakes Steamship fleet.

The S.S. Keewatin is the last remaining Edwardian passenger steamship in the world, five years older than the Titanic and as luxuriously appointed.

Lifestyle

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Diesel Fuel MaintenanceSince the late 19th century, a debate has raged on the relative merits of diesel fuel over gasoline. In more recent decades, that argument has included boat manufacturers, and increasingly, individual boaters. As I pass through boat yards in the spring or fall, I’m sure to hear a comment or two (sometimes ruefully, other times with great joy) of the merit of a particular engine or fuel source.

Increasingly, diesel engines are praised for their long-life, ease of maintenance, compact design, reliability and safety, and rate of combustion. As well as cruisers and trawlers, many sailboat manufacturers in particular have chosen to install diesel engines. 

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Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 

 

 

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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Belize: Sailing SolitudeBy Mark Stevens

We’ve just weighed anchor off Thatch Caye, a tiny island nuzzled by Caribbean waters flowing between the world’s second longest barrier reef and the mountainous coast of Belize to our west, and now we’re navigating a serpentine course through a crowded congregation of coral heads.

Once safely in deep water we raise sail. I spin the wheel of “Kavok” (a Lagoon 421 catamaran we’ve booked for our weeklong Belize bareboat adventure from Dream Yacht Charter) until we’re pointed south – steady on a lazy beam reach.

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