SternAs announced in late 2020, the Pacific Northwest Regional Measurers and IMCA are allowing M242 owners to experiment with deck padding in 2021. Apparently there is concern for backsides when sailing these popular BC boats, so the search is on.

After being our fearless leader and publisher since CYOB kicked off, Greg Nicoll, handed over the reins to our new boss, Jill Snider, just last week. To celebrate her ascendancy, Jill has been granted Photo of the Week with a great shot!

POTW June 24thThings have opened up in Ontario as evidenced by some great shots of Toronto POTW has been receiving! The first is from Mississauga’s Carol Trupke who headed from Port Credit YC for a season opening cruise...

Pirate Ship JordanStuart Hendrie, a pro photographer sent along this photo of the pirate ship in Jordan Ontario. Many of us have seen it from the Lake and many more have seen it from the highway.

Sunset in the BroughtonsOur Photo of the Week (POTW) is the winner of the Canadian Yachting Media online WOW Photo Contest. The lucky winner has been awarded a Wow Watersports 2BER Tube courtesy of WOW Watersports.

Racing Light SabersOur photo of the week comes from Europe where Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen are warming up their 49er FX for July’s Olympics. We have already profiled the pair in our Mett the Olympians column, but when they sent this action shot, who can resist.

Theodore TooLast issue we reported that Theodore Tugboat is moving up to Ontario but HelmBoy of Bedford NS sent along this Photo of the Week that indicates that maybe the children’s hard working nautical hero isn’t too happy about the change in venue. Neither are some Bluenosers. We’ll follow Theodore’s saga.

POTW SC CoinsThis week’s Photo of the Week is unfortunately not the real thing, although lots of people thought it might be. To get in the April 1 mood, the folks at Sail Canada “commemorated” two of Canada’s top Olympic hopefuls in new coins. Too bad we can’t get the Mint to see the merit.

Ice on lake OntarioHere’s a dramatic photo of the Week from Jansin Ozkur. “Walking along the lake Ontario, noticed the interesting ice formations in the shape of rings and used my cellphone to capture the photo.

BSBC BoatThis one came to us (cyonboard) via Instagram with a note: Sadly, we're going to have another summer of no sailing lessons. We are planning for a great 2022!

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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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Boston Whaler 230 VantageBy Andy Adams

The famous Boston Whaler slogan, “the unsinkable legend” has always expressed a safety promise that from their very beginning, set a Boston Whaler apart from other boats, and it’s clear to me that the designers take this heritage seriously.

The Boston Whaler 230 Vantage maintains the virtues that have made Whalers such an enduring success and now the designers have skillfully captured those virtues in a handsome and somewhat more traditional dual console design.

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Brackley Beach PEI National ParkOver the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) gathered in Charlottetown to discuss the idea of bringing these diverse colonies together and forming a country. These discussions laid the foundation for what ultimately led to the Confederation of Canada in July, 1867.

Today, PEI continues to influence the rest of Canada as a vacation playground, known for its laid-back attitude, carefree pace, remarkable food scene and tremendous recreation opportunities. That’s especially true if you choose to explore the island the old-fashioned way – by boat.

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2002 Doral 330Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ofCOVID19. People hauled boats to the end of their driveways with “For Sale” signs. Sailboats and cabin cruisers appeared in Kijiji and Craigs List and it sounds like most were sold to new boaters. But, are they happy owners now?

Last fall we interviewed Rob Hopkins, General Manager at Bayshore Yacht Sales. Bayshore operates at six Georgian Bay marinas and are partnered with Maple Leaf Marinas LP. Rob was quick to agree that web sites like Kijiji can work for boat buyers, especially at the lower price levels for private sellers and buyers looking for a deal.

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Boat FirePhoto Courtesy of Leslie Harper

Boats aren’t inherently combustible. They aren’t firetraps, and they aren’t any more or less dangerous with respect to fire breaking out than an RV, trailer, car or airplane.

But there are certain ingredients that make fires a potential hazard. And because of this, boaters should be aware of that potential, and take steps to minimize the chances of fire breaking out.

 

 

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Cast OffOn Saturday, my boat finally splashed. You could tell it was happy and I was too.  This has been painful. Nonetheless, I have not yet left the dock nor had a social moment aboard.  My excitement has been limited to standing and admiring the scene while thanking the boat gods for vaccines and declining case numbers.

You are likely experiencing something similar as marinas and boat clubs gingerly step forward amid caution and distancing signs.  There is a collective sigh of relief heard across the land because the timing of the delayed launch appears to coincide with a national heat wave. It would have been infuriating to sizzle on the hard with the escape boat stuck in its cradle. I’m grateful for getting this far.

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