Marine BinocularsGalileo made his first telescope in 1609, modelled after telescopes produced in other parts of Europe (primarily Holland) that could magnify objects three times. Later that same year, Galileo created a telescope that could magnify objects twenty times. He did very well after that. Fast forward to 2015 and I am on the hunt for a second pair of binoculars for our boat, as we plan an extended cruise next fall. I say a second pair, because – it seems – Mary’s and my eyes are not aging in the same manner and at the same rate. So when either of us picks up the shared binoculars, we have to re-adjust them for our own use. I read recently that the way to avoid having your binoculars out of focus is to have your own. 

 

Steiner Navigator ProThe porro prism Navigator Pro Series is the choice for recreational boaters, weekend anglers and hobby sailors. It offers exceptional performance for the price with many of the features found on premium, world-famous Steiner marine binoculars...

 

 

Marine Weather AppsWhen any boater is planning to head out onto the water for a two week excursion or even for an hour, the current and upcoming weather conditions are and should be the deciding factor for getting underway. Consider the recent events near Texada Island, BC where a couple was out on their 16 foot open boat for a day of recreational fishing when they were overcome by some bad weather and rough seas and ended up capsizing into the cold April waters of the Pacific Ocean.

GOST The GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies) Nav-Tracker line of GPS tracking systems utilitzes the Inmarsat Satellite Constellation for all communication and control, providing complete global coverage everywhere in the world except the extreme poles.

Motorguide Pinpoint GPSMotorGuide, a trusted fishing brand with more than 50 years of engineering and manufacturing trolling motors, introduces Pinpoint® GPS navigation available on its new Xi5 wireless trolling motor. Pinpoint GPS delivers on-target location accuracy that enables anglers to precisely position their boats and achieve optimum boat control.

Garmin International recently announced the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, their newest flagship series of multi-function devices.  Introducing a true glass helm appearance into the boating industry, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series boasts powerful new features and a revamped user-interface with a streamlined design that can make any helm look custom-built. Offering an 8-inch SVGA, 12-inch and 15-inch XGA multi-touch, pinch-to-zoom multi-function display, the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series boasts a lower profile than previous multi-function models.

Edson Vortex WheelEdson's latest addition to their custom sailboat wheel offerings is the new carbon, teak, and holly Vortex Wheel. It features elegant design details of alternating wood and composite materials that will serve as a stylish centerpiece to any racing or cruising yacht. The advanced design also boasts a lightweight structure that will add to the featherlight touch that the most demanding skippers require.

A further hint of sophistication can even be added by including the name of the yacht on the wheel hub. This wheel is available in a range of diameters and can be made suite various wheel shaft sizes.

Navionics has greatly improved the resolution of its electronic charting of underwater landforms with new high-definition data that draws true bottom contour lines. Created by integrating existing hydrographic data with sonar logs received from the extensive Navionics user community, these new SonarCharts provide up-to-date detail with a level of accuracy not previously available. This new software is compatible with Platinum+ cartography packages for iPad and iPhone at retail prices of $5.00 and $10.00 respectively.

nav-vhf_radio-smallProbably the very first piece of electronic equipment that a boater should get, if they are going out on a large body of water, is a VHF Radio.

The Coast Guard monitors VHF, so do many police forces and a wide range of other boaters; private citizens also monitor VHF Channel 16. Most marinas have a radio on in their office, too. The VHF is a vital piece of safety equipment and next to life jackets, the best thing to have in the event of a breakdown or a problem. So, it makes perfect sense that the time-honoured and proven VHF radio should see its capabilities expand as new technologies come out.

navigation-radar_system-smallIf your boat does not have a radar system and if you venture out long enough to get caught in darkness, or in weather like fog or rain, a radar system is a very important safety investment. If you have radar, but it is an older system, consider upgrading to the new technologies. The performance improvements are simply amazing.

Destinations

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After months of planning my trip to Prince Edward Island in my CL16 open sailing dinghy Celtic ...
Bridgetown, Barbados:With just four days to go before the start of the 2017 Mount Gay Round ...
The first time we sailed to Madeira we wondered if the island had vanished. Or at least that's how ...
A year ago, it’s quite possible that if someone gave me an outline of Canada and asked me to ...
You've all heard of the “Backpacker's Guide to Europe” and the “Hitchhiker's ...
We were cruising for two weeks in Gwaii Haanas. Spread out among three boats, (a Campion, a ...
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I was ruined...completely and utterly ruined. At the young age of 22, my very first trip to the ...

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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Lifestyle

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This picture is of the vessel Puffins II a 1947 30' Taylor Craft. This vessel has been the pride of ...
This shot came to us via Cat Ward of Toronto, although it was her friend Laurie who took it from ...
“This is in Shoal Channel off the town of Gibsons BC. We are awaiting the start of a second ...
When the three day weather window we needed to cross to the Bahamas opened up, we were ready to ...
Hello Photo of the Week enthusiasts and welcome to a superb album to kick off 2017.
You can’t possibly pack in more national history associated with a yacht club than what you ...
Adamant 1 has had a busy month. We only stayed in Mobile long enough to get the mast put up and get ...
Wow you take good shots. We’re delighted with all the input, but please don’t slow ...
This story comes to us from Chelsea Ellard, aged 12 of Thunder Bay Ontario.     ...
It’s nothing short of spectacular, this view of Willemstad’s waterfront from the stone ...

Armdale Yacht ClubBy 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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Boat Reviews

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The Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boatis both a logical extension of the Canadian-built Rossiter line and ...
It's rare for Canadian Yachting magazine to report on the same boat twice, but that is how ...
When French naval architect Philippe Briandand the Jeanneau design team started working on the ...
Canadian Yachting magazine readers will certainly be familiar with the Cruisers Yachts line of ...
You can count yourself lucky to be able to go for a sail on Lake Ontario in mid-October when the ...
We met the new Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius under almost ideal circumstances, on the beautiful Trent ...
The Chris-Craft Scorpion 210F is a sport boat with a unique combination of a midship motor and an ...
There must be a healthy market for the perfect 30-foot cruiser/racer – the boat that combines ...
At the last Miami International Boat Show, we had the pleasure of interviewing Delphine Andre, ...
In today's world marketplace choices abound. In some way, every manufacturer tries to make their ...

Vanquish 24 RunaboutBy 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

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Before leaving on an extended cruise, it is critical to inspect and maintain all systems on your ...
In this second of three parts, we will explore preparing for a longer cruise from the people side. ...
Informed estimates are that barely 10% of Canadian pleasure craft have underwater lighting but in ...
Comfort and convenience are important factors both to keep boaters enjoying boating as well as to ...
Sunshine flooded the waters separating California’s Catalina Island from Channel Islands Harbor, ...
Winterizing your boat in the fall is important and may be a daunting task for some boat owners.  ...

Seamasters Inflatables

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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