Feb 8, 2018

80thLooking south across the Detroit River three intrepid Canadian boat owners from the newly formed Windsor Yacht Club after much discussion decided they should travel across the border to the United States of America. The intrepid three’s – Mssrs Fred Dane, George Ruel and G. William Bowman, decision was specifically to enroll in the Junior Piloting Course being offered at the Detroit Yacht Club by the Detroit Power Squadron.

At the time perhaps it was prophetic such a course was not available in Windsor. Somewhat amazingly the Detroit Power Squadron had been founded and chartered more than two decades earlier in 1916 as a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, the world's largest boating educational organization.

No doubt with their copies of Charles Chapman’s quintessential book Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling tucked under their arms the intrepid three graduated. Chapman’s book was first published in 1922 and with revisions and new editions the book remains as the most authoritative and comprehensive work in its field.

Graduating from the junior piloting course the intrepid three quickly grasped the idea to launch a similar educational organization in Canada for Canadian boaters. In the spring of 1938 the intrepid three with other local boaters organized the first Canadian Power Squadron in Windsor, Ontario.The Windsor Power Squadron hosted its first boating course at the Windsor Yacht Club in that same year.

Not quite eighteen months later in the Fall of 1939 after the Windsor Power Squadron had been formed Canada entered World War II. Appreciably due to gas rationing and support for home front activities boating was in Canada was indeed limited. Two years later on October 14, 1941 at a meeting in Chatham to form the Canadian Power Squadron.

The Sarnia Yacht Club formed a second squadron in 1948 followed quickly by more squadrons such as London, Toronto and Port Credit just to name a few.

Mediterranean Shakedown: A Summer Cruise in Spain

Mediterranean ShakedownBy Sheryl and Paul Shard

This summer my husband, Paul, and I bought our fourth offshore cruising boat, a new Southerly 480 built by Discovery Yachts in the UK. It’s a unique boat with a retractable variable-draft swing keel giving you the option of sailing with a deep draft of 3.1 metres when the keel is down or just less than a metre with the keel fully retracted. Southerly Yachts are great for bluewater sailing and also for gunkholing in shallow creeks and inland waterways. You can even dry them out at low tide so they are is the perfect boat for the type of exploring we like to do. Our new boat, Distant Shores III, is the third Southerly Yacht that we’ve owned over 29 years of international cruising to destinations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, UK, Scandinavia and South America. This boat we plan to sail to the South Pacific.

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Beneteau Antares 27

Beneteau Antares 27By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You have to love it when something exceeds your expectations on so many levels; the new Antares 27 from Beneteau looks to me like that sort of all-around overachiever.

This is a brand new express cruiser design. With twin Mercury 200 V6 outboards, it delivers impressive performance, a reassuring and comfortable ride, and a level of versatility that will enable this boat to be your vacation partner for all sorts of adventures.

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew: Electrical Installations – Part 1: Electrical Connections - basics and how-to’s

Electrical InstallationsBy Andrew McDonald

Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is aboard, areas of improvement and ways to upgrade.

One of the most common jobs that I’m asked to look at are electrical installations and upgrades. Surprisingly, the majority of these types of jobs are to ‘clean up’ the wiring of years past – when electrical standards were more fluid, and jury-rigged upgrades have been added and adapted over multiple owners and contractors.

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