Garmin Down VuGarmin has just announced their new down and side-scanning sonar technology called SideVü and DownVü.  Garmin will also be offering a brand new line of standalone echo fishfinders and echoMAP combination units with built-in DownVü capability.  A software update that allows any new GPSMAP 500 and 700 series units to be DownVü compatible will be released in addition to these units.  The company will also be offering the GCV 10


Most people who buy a 60’ yacht aren’t too worried about how much the electronics add-on package is going to cost.  After all, what’s another $30,000 when you’re already in for a million? Many of us fall into a more moderate category, with 25’ to 35’ vessels, some brand-new, some used.  If this is where you’re at, deciding which electronics to put on the boat means a process of trying to get the most function for the lowest price.  Fortunately, new marine electronics make this easier than ever before, with lots of flexibility and value.

Marine electronics has just made a quantum leap forward and into a whole new realm. The high profile of the America’s Cup has inspired the innovation of a video technology called AC LiveLine.  It is an easy-to-understand video overlay that allows the best understanding of sailboat racing in this spectacular event, considered to be the oldest trophy in international sport.

Do you remember the car phones of the mid to late 1980s? A mere 25 years ago, your car phone was bolted onto the dashboard, the handset was as big as the one on your home telephone and it was attached with a thick coiled cord that got caught on the gear shift and wrapped around your neck every time you went around a corner. But wow! That little black antenna on your back window proclaimed to the world that you were a techno-leader!

Solar RechargerAn ultra-portable power supply to keep laptops and tablets charged up anywhere you go. The Sherpa 50 Solar Recharger is easy to pack and light to carry so your gear now goes the same distance you do and quickly recharges from wall, car or sun. If you can plug in a cord you can use a Sherpa 50 Recharger. There are three ways to recharge the Sherpa 50. Recharge from the wall - takes about 3 hours. Recharge from your car using 12V

GOST SecurityThe new systems integrations will be on display at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Electronics Tent booth 310-311 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, October 31-November 4. GOST Watch HD VIP Series packages provide high definition surveillance using a high speed internet connection through the KVH line of mini-VSAT Broadband? systems, along with a penta-band GSM/CDMA cellular data communicator for use when in cellular coverage areas. The KVH mini-VSAT has a pre-configured intelligent “best

Target AntennaeTarget is a 3dB gain VHF antenna designed for any type of boat requiring a short overall length: it’s compact  (530mm / 20,9’ length) and very easy to be installed everywhere thanks to the supplied ratchet mount. With its black flexible steel whip with helical design to avoid excessive whipping action, and integrated 6m

Trailer Backup CameraAnyone who has ever tried to hitch a tow vehicle to a boat trailer or tried backing down a narrow ramp using only rear-view mirrors knows that it can be a frustrating endeavor. Many arguments have broken out over the driver’s inability to reverse properly, threatening to ruin an otherwise idyllic day on the water. To combat this problem and restore peace to marinas and lakes everywhere, AmeriCam has designed a dual backup camera system that makes reversing a boat trailer simple.

Shakespeare Cell BoosterCellphone-Mate and Shakespeare Company LLC announced an agreement in which Shakespeare expands its product range to include SureCall™ cellular signal boosters by Cellphone-Mate. Shakespeare will have exclusive rights to the SureCall product suite in the marine market, branded as Shakespeare® Anywhere Cellphone Boosters. "SureCall cellular signal boosters offer the highest quality combined with ease of use, and Cellphone-Mate is a well-respected leader in the cellular industry. As part of our goal to best deliver connectivity on the water, we now

Space Saving SpeakersThe new 3-inch speaker from marine audio systems manufacturer Aquatic AV® needs just 56mm mounting depth, but will deliver the same crystal-clear sound as a speaker needing much more space on board. The fully waterproof, UV and salt-resistant speaker (model number AQ-SPK3.0-4S) is rated at 60 watts maximum power output (30 watts RMS) with a frequency response of 125Hz-20,000Hz. It is capable of stand-alone operation, delivering full range output, or can used to compliment larger speakers already installed in a boat stereo system.

Boat Reviews

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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. 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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AXOPAR 37 XC

 

Axopar 37 XCWhole new ball game…

 

Set aside your assumptions and expectations for a few minutes while we try to describe the new Axopar 37 XC that made its American debut at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show. This boat represents a whole new ball game in terms of design, performance, seakeeping and functionality. In fact, I’d say it takes a ‘clean sheet of paper’ approach to boating – it’s that different.

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Destinations

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History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ...
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 ...
Boom & Batten Restaurant is suspended over the water adjacent to the Songhees Walkway and ...
Provincial Boat Havens are those special places to drop anchor in British Columbia’s West Coast and ...
NW Explorations, a Bellingham, Washington-based yacht charter, brokerage, and marine services ...

Exiting Hogs BackBy John Morris

History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ministers by date and looking out the window. Who knew it was actually interesting.

And in some ways it hardly matters because the Rideau Waterway is just so amazingly beautiful. Driving your boat through the locks is wonderful fun for kids of all ages (adult kids, too) and the scenery is sensational. The history is a huge bonus however, and worth understanding from both as a political lesson and from an engineering perspective.

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Lifestyle

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Schooner Cove Yacht Club through their staff Capt. and other volunteers organize cruises so members ...
With things the way they are, a whole new batch of Canadians are discovering that boating is IT! ...
Recently while admiring the boats in Victoria Harbour my eyes locked into a 58ft yacht named ...
The 38.1m / 125' motor yacht, custom built in 1930 by Boeing of Canada and last refitted ...
This interesting shot is one you will remember. It comes to POTW from our pal, photographer and ...
Unknown to us at the time, the quest for VIA-MARA started in 1973 when I saved the back cover of a ...
You will find that many of the yachts travelling up and down the BC Coast have Sea Kayaks on board. ...
The Council of British Columbia Yacht Clubs with over 50 yacht club members has become the voice of ...
Classic boat restoration expert and wooden boat builder Stan Hunter recently sent us this great ...
In Mid June, a floatplane plunged into Constance Bay on the Ottawa River after two planes collide ...

DIY & How to

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One of the Great Lakes’ best known tall ships, sail training vessel TS Playfair, will soon be ...
My Dad is not a mechanical guy. He is educated and well-read, and handy around the house – but not ...
I was cleaning up my workbench the other day. My eyes then scanned across my workbench and fell on ...
July and August  in Canada are the months of boating. People are on the water – exploring, ...
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I get a lot of calls for electrical repairs. Not upgrades or installations – the requests are to ...
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Wooden boat production in the 1940’s and 50’s was epitomized by expert craftsmanship, beautifully ...
Wrapping your hull with marine vinyl wrap instead using traditional marine paint seems like a new ...
Boating safety is always—always—a critical consideration whenever you push off the dock, but with ...

The BucketI was cleaning up my workbench the other day. My eyes then scanned across my workbench and fell on ‘the bucket’. Everyone has a one. On a boat, it’s usually in a cockpit lazarette. It’s full of old paint cans and half-used tubes of caulking. There might be some white grease, painters tape or epoxy in there, too. I take my bucket everywhere and it’s full of all sorts of tubes of grease and sealants and adhesives.

I thought to myself that I should probably sort through the bucket and get rid of the stuff that isn’t useful. I quickly realized, though, that each of the items in my bucket (except that had gone bad) were useful, and each is used for a particular job.

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