Safe Boating AwarenessThe Annual, Safe Boating Awareness Week kicked off across Canada last Saturday and continues to May 27. The purpose of this initiative, managed by the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) and its partners, is to promote safe and responsible boating practices.

BPY Dealer DayOn Saturday June 4 from 8 am to noon, Bay Port Yachting Centre in Midland will return with its annual event.

SailGP TalkEveryone interested is invited to hear about SailGP Season 3 from Sir Russell Coutts, CEO, SailGP; Canada SailGP Team CEO, Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau; and  Tyler Bjorn, Head of Development & Purpose on Wednesday April 6 1700 – 2000 hrs.

Salty Dawg MaritimeIf you are looking for an exciting adventure, come along with the Salty Dawgs on the Maritime Rally. Nova Scotia has an attractive sea-bound coast with quaint fishing villages, numerous isolated coves, and historic sites. The Rally takes participants to beautiful Cape Breton Island and the Bras d’Or Lake.

Salty Dawg Canadian BoatsThe Salty Dawg's Fall Rally to the Bahamas will depart from Hampton, VA on November 2 with the Antigua-bound boats, but will head due south for a fur to five day sail to the Abacos in the northern Bahamas.

ParadeOn Canada Day, Chester Yacht Club presents its Harbour Parade of 8:30 Parade of Lights Sail Pastalong Chester Harbour waterfront and Chester Yacht Club. Experience the parade of lights sail past flotilla of local boats festooned with lights.

Trawlerfest DocksThe trawler world is a growing segment and Trawlerfest is where it reigns. So enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that after several re-jigs and a cancellation, Trawlerfest in now going full speed (well, trawler speed) for Newport RI on Thursday, August 26 to Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street, Newport, RI.

Go SailingCanadians will be invited to discover the joy of sailing or to enjoy their favourite sport this summer, particularly over the weekend of July 31st and August 1st as Sail Canada, in collaboration with the Provincial Associations, sailing clubs and schools across the country, will stage various initiation activities during the 2021 #GoSailing days.

Halifax Venetian NightAn annual tradition, Venetian Night is a parade of brightly decorated vessels that participate in a magnificent evening Parade of Sail along the North West Arm. This is the event where Christmas lights in August are encouraged, along with sparklers, fireworks, noisemakers and more! The Halifax clubs share the festivities.

MLM Fundraiser ChequeFor the entire August long weekend, Friday July 31 to Monday, August 3, five participating Ontario marinas – Bay Port, Beacon Bay, Paragon Marina, South Bay Cove and Wye Heritage  - donated...

 

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Oakley 245 CCBy Andy Adams

The multi-generational island cottagers of Georgian Bay and serious fishermen are just two of the groups most attracted to the new Oakley Boats models.

Brad Oakley has been around the boat business his entire life and he said to me that he has long admired durable, seaworthy welded aluminum boats. His company WMW Vacuum Pumpout Systems in Waubaushene, Ontario on Georgian Bay, builds highly regarded vacuum pump-out systems and Oakley’s equipment is in so many marinas that he knows a lot of people in the business.

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Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42By Katherine Stone

On a beautiful summer morning in July, I hopped aboard a new-owner delivery from the Outer Harbour Marina in Toronto to the Port Credit Harbour Marina in Mississauga, with the President of Navy Point Yacht Sales, Steve McPherson. I don’t know if I have ever referred to a boat as pretty, but this adjective fits the Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 to a tee.

The transitions and communication from interior to exterior spaces are seamless and well-thought-out with functional ergonomics. 

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The Ottawa Flight LocksFollowing the War of 1812, a battle that Canada narrowly won against the United States, the boundaries of Upper Canada were held and the British army realized that the St. Lawrence River was no longer safe as a supply route. A more defensible route was needed to bring supplies from Montreal to Kingston and on into other Great Lakes settlements.

This new, more secure route revealed itself through the travel and trade of the Indigenous peoples. Surveyors learned that one of the Indigenous trade routes began at the mouth of the Cataraqui River in Kingston (Canada’s first national capital) and connected a series of lakes and rivers all the way through to where the Rideau River meets the Ottawa River in the heart of Bytown (known today as Canada’s national capital: the City of Ottawa). 

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Fuel EconomyI filled up last week at $1.90. Pundits are suggesting that prices will stay high throughout the summer. Radio and TV news have been flooded with ‘man on the street’ interviews that show the impact on the average driver. How will these prices affect the average boater this year? Will we see more hours spent on the docks and fewer on the water? Will fuel efficiency become a top-of –mind selling point? Will we see a shift toward electric marine engines?

Time will tell – but for the majority of us, we’ll need to weather the storm as best we can. There are a number of tips and tricks we can employ aboard to make the most of our boat’s fuel. BoatUS published an excellent article this week that I’ll break down...

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