altEnjoy ideal temperatures in your boating environment year-round with Dometic’s EnviroComfort air conditioning systems. We offer a wide range of capacities from 5,000 to 15,000 BTU/hr, so you can size the system to suit your boat for ultimate cooling and heating comfort. All EnviroComfort models use R-417A refrigerant, an environmentally safe gas. The EnviroComfort kit includes everything needed for a professional installation on boats with or without an existing air conditioning system. EnviroComfort units use high-velocity blowers that eliminate blower-motor overhang for a smaller installation footprint.

altLarson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of a new high power LED spotlight to its series of LED lights designed for heavy duty and professional applications. The Magnalight PML-90LED-DP-120 90 Watt LED Spotlight produces a 8,100 lumen light beam capable of reaching 2400 feet in length and provides users with the ability to use either 120 volt AC power or 12 volt DC current. An included weatherproof inline transformer that can be run from 90-295VAC gives this spotlight the ability to operate with common 120 Volt AC power as well as 9-50VDC current and provides operators the versatile ability to mount and operate this LED spotlight anywhere AC or DC power is available.

marine_prod-engine-exciting-smallWith the legislation and regulation that was imposed (most significantly) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), on manufacturers of engines of all types, 2 stroke and 4 stroke gasoline engines and diesel engines, new technologies and designs had to be developed to meet the mandated emissions levels. Otherwise the manufacturers would be forced to stop selling their products.

marine_products-electrical-bow_thrusters-smallSome of my first sailing experiences were with my girlfriend's father on his 28' sloop. All went well until we returned to his slip and make that awkward turn to pick up a floating dockline. At that point, my skipper would transform into a red-faced sputtering Captain Bligh while I frantically tried to decipher his yelled instructions.

marine_products-electrical-exhaust_systems-smallIt had never been so obvious to me until the day I drove the new Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius. I was out with Todd Trepanier, one of Cruisers Yachts top technicians. I was doing a boat review for Canadian Yachting and Todd was aboard because it was hull Number 1 and absolutely brand new, so he was adjusting things and running factory sea trials.

marine_products-electrical-variprop-smallNew Hi-Tec Feathering Sailboat Propeller Trumps Fixed Props

SPW G.m.b.H, sailing propeller specialists in Germany, have announced the production of their new VariProfile feathering propeller offering greater efficiency than a twisted standard fixed prop, combined with lower drag than a folding propeller.

marine-products-electrical-yamaha_generator-smallAs a standby for big yachts or portable power for smaller cruisers, Yamaha Motor Canada offers a lineup of industry-leading generators including the all-new EF6300iSDE. Powerful enough to serve as a home standby model, the EF6300iSDE has dual 120/240 volt output and more power than previous inverter models. Yamaha's Pulse Width Modulation inverter system produces electricity clean or cleaner than residential power so you can run computers, satellite television, DVD and more when cruising or camping.

products-lithium_ion-smallEspecially for people who are cruising to remote locations, there is nothing like the independence of being able to be away from shore and still have the power run all of the electronic accessories and systems that you've probably put on your yacht in the last few years.

XANTREX125The Automatic Generator Start (AGS) is a Xanbus Enabled device that can automatically activate a generator to provide an MS or RS Inverter/Charger with power to recharge depleted batteries or assist with heavy loads. Compatible with popular generators, the AGS adds intelligence to power management and eliminates time spent monitoring batteries and inverter loads.

Anchor125ANCOR Marine Grade wire is manufactured from tinned copper stranding for maximum protection against corrosion and electrolysis. Ultra flexible (Type 3) stranding resists fatigue due to vibration and flexing.

Destinations

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We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...
The New Glasgow marina is located about six miles up the East River of Pictou in the heart of the ...
The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the ...
Located about half way between Shediac and the Miramichi on New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast, the town ...
Suddenly the once forsaken city of Hamilton, Ontario is booming for at least two good reasons.

An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Lifestyle

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Stuart Walker a legend in competitive sailing passed away on November 12, 2018 in Annapolis. Stuart ...
“In Grenada, we had about 80 cruiser kids visit our boat...by dinghy of course! Sometimes you ...
Austin Edwards told students and parents at the Saanich School’s “Parents as Informed Partners” ...
As the sole arbiter of the Photo of the Week I, your editor, get to make the choice. This week, ...
Michele Stevens pointed us to this interesting project which recently came to fruition in Cape ...
Our Photos of the week this time come from BC where our friend Rob Stokes sent us a very nice ...
Our little treasure: Montague (Monte) taken at Pirate's Cove in the Gulf Islands. Monte is a ...
It has been a long, hot summer here on Georgian Bay and we miss Adamant 1 terribly. We did manage ...
On Thursday last week, at age 88, Bruce Kirby has been invested into the Order of Canada for his ...
The Olympic Qualification Regatta is now being held in Aarhus Denmark with unlimited entries. That ...

Boat Reviews

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At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives ...
Sometimes a great idea requires an encore, and French yacht builder Jeanneau got that with the ...
Tactical Custom Boats announces the sale to a North American client of a custom Tactical 77’ – Fast ...
Bruce Elliott is an inventor. And when he sold the technology he developed to build utility poles ...
One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done ...
The latest new model from Cruisers Yachts is the Cantius 42 and this yacht made its debut in the ...
The Sabre 45 Salon Express is new for 2017, making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International ...
Jeanneau’s newest NC model is the NC 33, and it’s an exciting and innovative inboard cruiser ...
The Four Winns H290OB combines two of the most popular new big boat trends to come up with a great ...
Commodore’s Boats is a full service shipyard with over 50 years of generational history and ...

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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DIY & How to

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A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...
Most of us don’t give a second thought to our sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal ...
In this time of boat show afterglow, many boaters are counting the days until launch. 
This one-day course consists of both theory and practical demonstration sessions, is designed to ...
 Since the initial article of this column we have identified a wide range of apps and ...

Ask Andrew – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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