RCMRoyal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 08 in Delta launched a new Type 1 Fast-Response boat at Captain’s Cove Marina July 27. The new vessel, purchased by the Delta Marine Rescue Society with funds raised through donations and grants, will serve station 08’s main area of responsibility, including Boundary Bay, the southern Strait of Georgia, and the San Juan and Gulf Islands, from its base at Point Roberts Marina.

SeaSpanSeaspan, the West Coast’s major tugboat, barge-towing and ship-berthing company, has announced a multi-year donation of $1.1 million to three BC marine charitable organizations. The Sail and Life Training Society will receive $100,000 per year from 2013 to 2017, while the Vancouver Maritime Museum and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue will each receive $100,000 until the end of 2015. Seaspan made the donations on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

Squirrel CoveA major marina and aquaculture development proposed for Squirrel Cove, one of Desolation Sound’s most popular anchorages, received a major setback in late August when the Strathcona Regional District Board refused the rezoning bylaw required by the project. The decision was a relief for the BC coastal boating community, which has actively opposed the development, but the project may still have a future.

Tall Ships in MidlandOn the weekend of August 24-25, 2013 the Town of Midland on Southern Georgian Bay welcomed the TALL SHIPS  1812 Tour, presented by Redpath with the arrival of a fleet of magnificent vessels.  This exciting weekend was an outstanding celebration of marine heritage in the region with many other land based events, exhibits, entertainment and activities taking place.  The ships anchored for boarding both at the Midland Harbour as well as at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene.

Canadian Safe Boating CouncilAAh, summer. This is the time that we, as Canadian boaters, enjoy the most. Early morning forays onto the water in search of that elusive catch; afternoons spent carving a perfect wake and quiet evenings spent cruising pristine shorelines. It's also the perfect time to think about recognizing the efforts of those who do so much to make our favourite on-water activities both safer and environmentally sustainable...and it's through the Canadian Safe Boating Awards that you can do just that.

Solar Electric Powered BoatSkipper Jim Greer's remarkable quest to complete the Great Loop, a circular navigation of the eastern half of the US, using only solar power, recently hit a milestone. The solar and electric powered craft has already made it more than halfway through its journey. As of mid-August, it has traversed the Oswego and Erie Canals and will soon navigate into Lake Ontario. The over 6,600 mile journey, which Greer hopes will merit a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, relies

Atlantis Weather GearAtlantis WeatherGear, the American sailing apparel brand designed by sailors for sailors, today announced that they have renewed their sponsorship of the biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.  The event, hosted by the NYYC at their Harbour Court facility in Newport, RI beginning September 7th, 2013, is slated to include teams representing 20 of the finest yacht clubs from 13 different countries.

Hurricane BoatsWith the fall boat buying season approaching, buyers looking for a pre-owned boat can often find deals as sellers, not wanting to take on the upcoming expense of winter storage fees, are in the bargaining mood. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) estimates that 65,000 boats were damaged or lost when Superstorm Sandy struck. Now, nearly a year later, some of those boats are being sold on the used boat market, either in “as is” condition, or after repairs have been made. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if the seller is

One Girl's Ocean ChallengeDiane Reid will race across 4300 nautical miles in a 6.5 meter open class Mini…….single handedly! She is the third Canadian in history to qualify for this gruelling race. For those who have been following the One Girl's Ocean Challenge here is an update on the progress.  This spring was an incredible season of successes.  After training in the Bay of Biscay in snow and sub zero conditions and racing in some incredible events like the Fastnet race, One Girl's Ocean Challenge became the first Canadian woman and the third Canadian ever to qualify for the Mini


Launch Ramp EtiquetteWe wanted to share this thoughtful message that BoatUS sent out this week. Impolite, self-centered behaviour could well describe a kindergarten sandbox at recess, but it also fits the description of the mayhem that some boat launch ramps experience on a busy summer weekend. If America's famed etiquette expert, Miss Manners, were to visit a launch ramp, what lack of courtesy would she find? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has the answer with these top five launch ramp etiquette rules that can make the task go a lot easier and faster for all.

Lifestyle

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The seasoned sailor mapped out an ambitious course around the world — aboard his 28-foot ...
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DIY & How to

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Boating safety is always—always—a critical consideration whenever you push off the dock, but with ...
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Shrink Wrap2020 is a year of change – self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, and working remotely have become the norm. For many, this has been a bitter pill to swallow. Another bitter pill for boaters is the delay of the season. Provincial laws differ – so terms like ‘essential’ aren’t translating widely across the marine world.

In BC, marinas remain open and fuel is available, sometimes with conditions. In Ontario, marinas, boat launches, yacht clubs and the professionals that service the marine industry aren’t considered essential, unless the service and location allows a person to access their permanent residence only accessible by boat.

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Boat Reviews

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New at the end of 2019, the 58 Salon Express design features large windows to flood the living ...
No wonder this is one of Regal’s best-selling boats; the Regal 33 Express offers amazing ...
The newest member of Beneteau’s Gran Turismo line is the GT 36 and this yacht brings the style and ...
With a philosophy of quality and 'doing things right Ranger Tugs launches the all new R-25 at the ...
The new Beneteau Swift Trawler 41 renews the spirit of the practical seaworthy cruiser. The ...
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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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Destinations

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On May 19, the New York State Canal Corporation today announced an updated opening schedule for the ...
If you have four hours to enjoy a fine tour of one of Canada’s most interesting waterways (let’s ...
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NW Explorations, a Bellingham, Washington-based yacht charter, brokerage, and marine services ...

KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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Marine Products

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The new 2020 PORTS Georgian Bay, North Channel & Lake Huron Guide is available for purchase at ...
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Since its introduction last year, the JBL by Harman Marine BassPro 10" Powered Subwoofer (JBLMBP10) ...
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New from Plastimo, this bi-colour backpack in Tarpaulin 500D will keep contents dry from ship to ...
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No wires to install down your mast. Transmit to smartphone/tablet. Works with lots of great ...
Vesper Cortex, the advanced multi-station VHF, AIS, monitor with intuitive touchscreen operation is ...