Dec 14, 2017

BSVTThe Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) allows boaters to practice the basics of recreational small boat handling. 

The BSVT embodies high-end technology featuring three computer screens with a selective rotating field of vision close to 360 degrees. It has a responsive steering wheel with console switches for horn and navigation lights. It is modeled after a Boston Whaler Dauntless 200 with Mercury outboard and controls. It reacts to variable settings for trim, current and wind. On the dashboard you see your compass, tach and speedometer. Boat show attendees can manoeuvre through simulated exercises in a virtual lake, without the risks of a real boat on the water.

 

 

The program consists of fourteen preplanned lessons that cover:

1. Departing the Dock
2. Working with Spring Lines
3. Fairways
4. Pivot Turn
5. Mooring
6. Docking
7. Slalom
8. Crossing/Overtaking/Meeting
9. Emergency Stop
10. Beaching
11. Man Overboard
12. Navigation Aids
13. Night Operations
14. Open Waters

A Boating Skills Virtual Trainer will be at the following shows for attendees to gain hands-on experience and learn new manoeuvres, without risk.

Toronto International Boat Show January 12 - 21
Vancouver International Boat Show January 17 - 21
Salon du bateau et des sports nautiques Montreal February 1 - 4
Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show February 8 - 11
Halifax International Boat Show February 8 - 11
Victoria Boat Show February 16 - 18
Ottawa Boat Show February 22 - 25
London Boat Fishing and Outdoor Show February 23 - 25
Quinte Sportsman Show March 9 - 11

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The Middens of Galiano Island

By Catherine Dook

We motored our way into Montague Harbour along a twisted channel with our engine muffled by the leaning trees.

“This is peaceful,” I told my husband, John.

“Look,” I pointed to an eagle sitting on the top of a tree overlooking the channel entrance like a sentinel giving permission for us to pass. Dignified, unruffled, his impassioned gaze noted and then dismissed us, as uninteresting and perhaps unworthy. I was tired. We’d pulled up anchor at Portland Island that morning, and the grind of the diesel engine had worn me down.

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Cruisers Yachts Cantius 50

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 50By: John Armstrong and Andy Adams
Photos: Cruisers Yachts Inc.

Almost a decade ago, Cruisers Yachts Inc., launched an entire line of express cruisers called “Cantius” (named after company owner KC Stock’s grandfather) that began with the 48Cantius then came the 54, the 60 and now the Cantius 50. In the fall of 2017, we will be at the debut of the 42 Cantius at the Fort Lauderdale International boat show.

These designs have a strong family resemblance withhandsome and distinctive linesand with a design philosophy that you could say, pioneered the new version of the express cruiser. 

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