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.

Raymarine DownvisionThe compact dimension, big specification format of Raymarine’s new "a" Series multifunction displays (MFDs) receives another boost as the company releases its latest models; expanding screen sizes to 7” and adding Wi-Fi, plus new sonar options to the extensive list of a Series capabilities. The combination of CHIRP and Downvision sonar, first seen in Raymarine’s ground-breaking Dragonfly™ which launched earlier this year to great acclaim, is now available in a Series too.  The a Series MFDs feature Raymarine’s LightHouse User Interface and offer advanced navigation, sonar, and network capabilities in a compact, full-featured touchscreen display.

Exposure X2 FlashlightThe Norwegian Sea Rescue Association (NSRA), Redningsselskapet, has recommended the British made Exposure Marine X2 search light for the professional and recreational marine market, by adding it to their existing range of recommended safety equipment.

The NSRA, Norway’s equivalent to the British based RNLI, a voluntary, membership-based organisation that aims to save lives and protect the environment, runs a fleet of high speed rescue craft based at 57 stations along the Norwegian coast. The X2 is to be used and tested throughout the fleet.   Operating in near arctic conditions, man overboard (MOB) and rescue situations become ever more life threatening due to the cold.   The NSRA chose the X2 due to its MOB related features, including a brilliant 700 lumens searchlight, as well as its high-powered SOS and Strobe facility easily visible from over

Bird RepellerDeck-Guard, llc. announced the launch of their new ultrasonic, solar-powered bird repeller for use on boats. “Ask yourself this question...As a boat owner, how much time do you spend cleaning your boat of bird droppings?” asks George Telheiro, CEO of Deck-Guard, llc. “Wouldn't you rather be spending that time enjoying your boat? Absolutely! That’s what Deck-Guard offers the pleasure boater.”

Masts, spreaders, canvas covers, radars, and railings on boats provide perfect perches for birds. Bird droppings can stain canvas covers and other surfaces and can be difficult to clean. Gulls, cormorants, pelicans and pigeons commonly use boats to land on. If neglected, bird droppings can stain

Lifestyle

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DIY & How to

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Shrink Wrap2020 is a year of change – self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, and working remotely have become the norm. For many, this has been a bitter pill to swallow. Another bitter pill for boaters is the delay of the season. Provincial laws differ – so terms like ‘essential’ aren’t translating widely across the marine world.

In BC, marinas remain open and fuel is available, sometimes with conditions. In Ontario, marinas, boat launches, yacht clubs and the professionals that service the marine industry aren’t considered essential, unless the service and location allows a person to access their permanent residence only accessible by boat.

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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. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. 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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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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