altA proposal to build a major marina resort in one of Desolation Sound’s most popular anchorages, Squirrel Cove, is again drawing fire from boaters who argue the development will significantly compromise the cove as an anchorage. After its original plan was rejected by the BC government last summer, Klahoose Resort Limited Partnership has submitted a scaled-down proposal for a marina and moorings targeting boats 45 to 90 feet and longer, as well as an aquaculture...

Skyline Marina is pleased to announce we have extended our already industry leading brand depth with the addition of another Brunswick Group manufacturer in Meridian Yachts. This is an ideal addition to our already stand alone brands that include Sea Ray and Hatteras Yachts. Meridian Yachts is the industry leader in the growing Sedan Bridge segment of the marine market. The lineup consists of four models, 341 Sedan, 391 Sedan, 441 Sedan and the Flagship 541 Sedan.

altLowrance, a division of Navico, has recently announced a limited-time promotion with cash rebates on their Elite-5  fishfinder/chartplotters and HDS Gen2 multi-function displays.

Rebates vary between $50 and $300 depending upon the model purchased. This program is available to

Skookum Yacht Services have announced an expanded commercial diving service that is fully mobile from their Granville Island Marina location. With a professionally equipped mobile dive support vehicle, brothers Jonathan and Stephen Paetkau can provide full commercial dive services anywhere in the Lower Mainland. Routine underwater maintenance including hull service, anode replacement and prop removal are offered by Skookum. They are registered with WorkSafe BC as a commercial dive service and are fully compliant with WorkSafe

Canadian Yachting West’s April 2012 edition, available this month, focuses on the coast’s favourite cruising ground, the Gulf islands, in a pair of feature articles.

In Part 1 of a two-part series on BC Tidal Passes, cruising author William Kelly takes an in-depth look at tidal gateways of the Gulf Islands, including Active, Porlier and Gabriola Passes, with details on how to approach

Vancouver International Boat Show marked its 50th anniversary February 8-12 with increased attendance, enthusiastic crowds, and strong boat and equipment sales. The show ran indoors at newly renovated BC Place Stadium and afloat at Granville Island Marina, its first year at the latter venue.

Show organizers reported total attendance of nearly 33,000 – up six percent from 2011. Despite showery weather,

West Coast powerboat dealer M&P Mercury Sales has been honoured as Canada’s #1 boat dealer in Boating Industry Magazine’s Top 100 Dealers Awards. M&P also ranked as #4 dealer in North America.

The Top 100 aims to help consumers choose the right dealership for their boat purchase. More than 3,000 applications are distributed to dealers throughout North America; awards are based on in-depth research on each company, including overall business operations, customer service and professionalism.

Circumnavigator and cruising author Beth Leonard visits Vancouver Island this month for a series of presentations hosted by the Bluewater Cruising Association.

On Sunday, March 18, Leonard will present a seminar on Heavy Weather Sailing at Sidney North Saanich YC. The seminar runs from 1 to 5 pm, and cost is $40 for BCA members and $50 for the public.

In the moorage-challenged Lower Mainland, word of a new marina creates a definite flurry of interest. Construction of Milltown Marina and Boatyard, the first new full-service marina in the Vancouver area in more than a decade, is expected to begin this summer. But marina management is already flooded with moorage inquiries.
The marina is a partnership between Bastion Development Corp. and the Musqueam Indian Band, and will be

Pierre and Tove Landry have purchased full ownership of the Echo Bay facility in the Broughton Archipelago. Known as Pierre’s at Echo Bay, this marine resort was previously jointly owned with Lucy and Jerome Rose, who have sold their interest to the Landry’s.

Pierre’s at Echo Bay exhibited at both the Seattle and Vancouver boat shows in partnership with Port McNeil Fuel Dock and Marina – close by the CYW booth. Pierre is excited about future opportunities and looking forward to welcoming returning and new visitors to their fully modernized facility.

Destinations

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At the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allyson and ...
Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
There is good anchoring in Cowichan Bay and nearby, and salt water enough to make any boater happy. ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...


Mackinaw IslandA favourite destination for many boaters and tourists alike is the lovely Mackinaw Island. Sitting in Lake Huron on the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac in the state of Michigan, it covers almost ten kilometres, of which 80% is park land. It was a sacred place of the Anishinaabe and home of the Gitche Manitou (Great Spirit) some 700 years prior to the arrival of the first Europeans.

According to legend, the Island was created by the Great Hare, Michabou, and was the first land to appear after the recession of the Great Flood.

Read more about the Mackinaw Island...

 

Lifestyle

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Unfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 ...
On March 1, Tom Ramshaw of Stoney Lake Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National ...
Vero Beach, aka Velcro Beach, lived up to its reputation again. Our original plan was to be there ...
My husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray ...
After an autumn in Canada, we arrived back in northern Florida at Adamant 1 on January 3rd and with ...
This issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial ...
Readers give us a bit of feedback on the 60th anniversary of the Shark 24
We are home for Christmas this year. Soon we will be heading back to Adamant 1 for another winter ...
This past October we drove to Telegraph Cove with friends and spent a day of wonder cruising the ...
We have kept our subscription to Canadian Yacht Onboard as we have traveled the South Pacific over ...

Boat Reviews

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Nelson Gilbert (1854-1921) began building canoes in Brockville in the 1890s, a time when the sport ...
I have heard a lot of talk lately about trends in yacht clubs where senior membership is getting ...
To get you in the mood for cruising the Boat Show then launching in spring, here’s a boat that ...
Quite simply, the styles of boats have changed. Where in past years a buyer might have been looking ...
At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives ...
Sometimes a great idea requires an encore, and French yacht builder Jeanneau got that with the ...
Tactical Custom Boats announces the sale to a North American client of a custom Tactical 77’ – Fast ...
Bruce Elliott is an inventor. And when he sold the technology he developed to build utility poles ...
One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done ...
The latest new model from Cruisers Yachts is the Cantius 42 and this yacht made its debut in the ...


Jeanneau NC 1095Andy Adams

The reinvention of the family cabin cruiser

We will probably look back on 2018 and 2019 as the years when power boats were reinvented by the combined forces of a booming U.S. economy and the wide-spread development and introduction of so many amazing new outboard engines. The result has been the development of many remarkable new designs!

One of the most inventive designers and builders is Jeanneau, and the NC 1095 is their new flagship outboard cruiser by Centkowski & Denert Design.

 

Read more about the Jeanneau NC 1095...

Lagoon 46Lagoon has been building catamarans for too long to make a false move. That’s why when the management felt that their tried-and-true 450 model, long a cruising favourite and winner of transatlantic events such as the ARC, was getting near retirement age, they went back to a team that has designed many successful models for them: Nauta Design for interiors and VPLP design with Patrick le Quément for naval architecture and exteriors.

We spoke with Nauta Design’s Massimo Gino about his work with Lagoon.

“Along with the many custom superyacht projects we do, we have been collaborating with Lagoon since 2009.

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DIY & How to

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Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...
Most of us don’t give a second thought to our sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal ...

Ground Bus BarGrounding is always an interesting idea when on a boat. Can a boat be ‘grounded’ when it’s in the water?


Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from which voltage is measured, a common return path for electric current, or a direct physical connection to the earth.

Connection to ground is also important in order to trigger protective mechanisms in the event of failure of internal insulation, and also limits the build-up of static electricity.

Read More about Electrical Installations Basics...

 

  

Marine Products

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My history with the Cayenne goes back many years, as I was at the launch of the original vehicle ...
Last month, Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the ...
Featuring advanced, intuitive 3D controls, Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems deliver a more ...
Gina de Vere approached me at the Canadian Yachting booth at this year’s Vancouver International ...
A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating ...
After developing the Figaro Beneteau 3, the first production foiling sailing yacht, Groupe Beneteau ...
You most likely operate your vessel with batteries that are rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries ...
This past decade has been a real up-and-down ride for the companies who make boating equipment. ...
Making it’s global debut at the Toronto International Boat Show the new Mercury 5hp Propane ...
Most of us have heard of fuel additives, whether it be for gasoline or diesel. But which one to ...