Essential marine accessories, fender and docking lines help protect the boater's valuable investment. Adding to its lineup of high quality Titan Marine chain products, Canada Metal (Pacific) now offers some of the most well-constructed dock and fender lines on the market. Made from a low-stretch polypropylene material with water-resistant coating, these durable lines remain strong yet supple. The company's controlled manufacturing ensures that its pre-spliced Titan dock lines stay balanced and torque-free, with no unlaying, even under the heaviest loads. High twist yarns and strands create a dense, round rope resistant to abrasion and snags.
Spring commissioning is a great time to take a close look at mooring lines – is an upgrade or replacement in order? After handling mooring lines all last summer, we quickly became fans of softer polypropylene ropes, especially those from Softlines. These are the ultimate in softness in the hand and are super flexible, even in the cold. Like all poly lines, they float and so are less of a danger of fouling props or running gear. We also like how Softlines provide eye-splices through strongly stitched nylon webbing. Tests show the line will fail before the web attachments do.
Nylon double-braided dock l are made with 100% white nylon yard or Firestone-coloured yard and are specially designed to provide excellent strength, flexibility and colour retention. Nylon double-braid offers predictable controlled elongation, UV protection, and resists abrasion, oil, rot and mildew. Bridgeline's specially designed torque balanced construction is fully splice-able and is the ultimate choice for dock lines, anchor lines and fender lines.
Taylor Made dock corner bumpers protect those water toys from jarring impacts with the most unforgiving part of the dock. Marine grade PVC is strong, pliable and attractive, yet extremely functional. Avialable in white. 10-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 3-1/2
Lewmar anchors lead the world in innovation engineering in a range that provides a solution for any anchoring requirement. The range encompasses galvanized, stainless steel, dropped forged and fabricated anchors. Each model displays unique design features making it easy to find the anchor specific to your needs.
Lofrans Cayman windlass features horizontal chain or rope for boats from 26-46'. Sturdy, sleek and compact. This windlass features a 1000W motor, standard manual override, all chain retrieval and separate rope capstan. Mounting studs thread discreetly into the housing. Windlass available in a white painted or anodized aluminum finish.
Story by Sheryl Shard • Photos by Paul and Sheryl Shard
The first time we sailed to Madeira we wondered if the island had vanished. Or at least that's how it appeared. Actually, it didn't appear. Not when we thought it should have.
That was in 1991 before the days of affordable GPS. On that first voyage, we were relying on a sextant, SatNav and dead reckoning. By our calculations, we were five miles off a massive mountainous landform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
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By Katherine Stone
You can’t possibly pack in more national history associated with a yacht club than what you can find on Deadman’s Island in Nova Scotia. This is what Halloween legends were made of, as it was not uncommon once upon a time, to have an arm appear out of the ground in winter with the remainder of the poor skeleton not being reunited with its appendage until the spring thaw.
Many years after the Micmacs discovered Melville Island, the spot they called “end of the water,” the site was used for storehouses and then was purchased by the British, where a prisoner-of-war camp was built to house captives in the Napoleonic Wars and then later during the War of 1812.
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By Andy Adams
Big, elegant, and capable
Families with young people who are seriously into waterskiing or wake boarding face a difficult choice: Buy a dedicated tow sports boat and make the kids happy or buy a more traditional family boat and make everyone comfortable.
In our opinion, the Vanquish 24 Runabout offers up a big, elegant, and capable solution that could make everybody happy. This is not a cheap solution, but it's an impressive one. Last August, we traveled to Gravenhurst, Ontario, and got our first look at the Vanquish 24 Runabout, tied up at Muskoka Wharf Marine. One glance told us this was a special boat.
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DIY & How to
Always a major exhibitor at the Halifax International Boat Show, Seamaster’s sales manager Dave Trott tells us they will have several news products on display including the new Stingray 206cc and the 186cc.
Seamaster Services of Dartmouth is a diversified company with roots in the marine safety business. Over the years they have expanded from liferafts to inflatable boats, as a Zodiac dealers, and now sell and service an extensive line of fibreglass and inflatable boats including Grady-White and Stingray.
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