Seasonings, Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands by Andrea & David Spalding (Harbour Publishing 2013, $29.95) 2012 was a year of feasting, sampling, collecting, interviewing and cooking for longtime Pender Island residents David and Andrea Spalding. They roamed extensively on Mayne, Salt Spring, Saturna, Galiano and the Penders, sniffing out delectable recipes, interviewing chefs and food gurus, tracking down lavender growers, sleuthing out cheese-makers, fishermen, coffee roasters and artisan bakers, trying out recipes and arranging all their discoveries in a very readable book.
Those of us who recall the world of sailing in the 1970s will remember magazine stories of voyages by intrepid souls to the South Pacific and beyond. This was the stuff dreams were made of―at least for us working stiffs who hoped one day to go to sea. The boats were sometimes home-built or at least home finished, in everything from fiberglass and wood to concrete. Most of these trips worked out just fine and the sailors returned to the drudgery of the working world with a least one dream fulfilled. One such family was Patrick Hill's, who set off in a Fraser 42 for a voyage that would take them from Vancouver to Tahiti, Bora Bora and home again, all in just over 14 months.
This book will help you with all the maintenance issues you may face if you own, or are looking to own, a fibreglass boat. It provides clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations as to how to recognize the problems (both on the surface and below) and how to determine the difference between cosmetic flaws and the serious flaws you need to address more quickly.
"As I write this, back in the real world, back in an office, back home, back up against a deadline, I glance down at the mouse pad to my right, and I am filled once again with powerful longing. The pad is printed with a picture of a laughing woman stripping off a wetsuit on a golden beach. Her hair is streaked blond, her shoulders broad on an otherwise slender frame, muscular shoulders that look like they know how to work. She is completely relaxed, and radiates happiness. The slice of beach in the photo is deserted - pristine, private, no one and nothing on it, except for a pile of snorkeling gear in the sand at the woman's feet. Behind her, the sea is turquoise glass, on which sits a lone boat with a white hull and a tall mast that has impaled the sky's single puffy white cloud like cotton candy on a stick.
A compilation of tried and true recipes from the women of the Women Aboard organization dedicated to empowering women boaters. With over 45 women contributing their personal recipes, this handy galley companion covers everything from appetizers to desserts, from breakfast to dinner. After each recipe there are tips these chefs have used to help them with provisioning, along with a ‘Provisioning Hints’ section at the end of the book.
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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