Dec 18, 2016
My copy of Northwest Boat Travel Guide just arrived. This time of the year is the perfect time for making plans for the 2017 boating season. The latest edition of this thorough and affordable cruising guide, now in its 39th year, features all colour photos, maps and diagrams. Northwest Boat Travel features over 2,700 ports-of-call, anchorages, bays, inlets, waterways, marine parks, marina and resort facilities, fuel docks, services and things to see and do along the coasts and islands of B.C., Washington and Southeast Alaska.
The key to any successful trip along the West Coast is planning. The weather and sea condition are constantly changing so as a safety factor I always have a plan “B”, should I need to duck into a safe port. With my charts spread out on the table and my copy of the Northwest Boat Travel Guide close at hand I am ready to chart my courses. At every destination that I plotted on the chart I make a notation of the page number from the Guide that describes the location.
Throughout the winter month my crew and I will refer back to the Northwest Boat Travel Guide as we make plans for boating on the West Coast this coming summer. Can’t wait!
For complete information about Northwest Boat Travel Guide go to: http://www.nwboat.com/about/
Princess Louisa Photo credit: © Ryan Van Veen Photography.
Almost Canadian, Almost Caribbean
By Mark Stevens • Photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Late afternoon, Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos.
I’m chilling on the balcony of our beachside suite at the Bohio Dive Resort, gazing at sun-burnished whispering surf nuzzling the sand ten metres away.
A single couple populates the beach, shaded by a Norfolk pine. She leans over to say something to her partner every once in a while. Moments later he answers her.
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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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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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