Jan 28, 2021

D. DangerD. Danger in work/PPE wear

Our Photo of the Week comes from Correspondent at Large and celebrated foredeck vagrant, D. Danger Mitchele, who somehow ended up in Spain during COVID and has been making the best of it thanks to an abundant supply of fine Spanish wine and a new boat project.

D writes, “So, I'm skimming through boat listings in Barcelona and I found what seemed to be a nice little boat at a nice little price. I though some new rags and bottom paint and I'd have something to cruise on during Covid. The boat is a Decision 7.5. It was built in Spain in 04 and it appears that they ran out of money half way. I got the boat for about $12k CDN.

20 Pounds of Bottom Paintremoving 20 pounds of bottom paint

“As I started pulling things apart, I realized just how bad it was. Everything was broken, soft, missing or outdated. I grew up with a 1929 eight metre so I'm no stranger to making big holes in stuff. Shout out to my Dad who taught me to use power tools and to apply rum and epoxy generously. I'm replacing the keel, rudder, all standing rigging, all lines and every piece of deck hardware. I'm swapping the 5hp Honda for a Torqeedo. I'm adding a bowsprit and a square top main.”

POTWAs winter progresses, we are looking for YOUR Photo of the Week. It is likely coming from your summer album since you aren’t likely up to the kind of project D Danger is getting into in -10 degree weather.

Your POTW can be anything – kids, pets, and summer scenes at the dock. We need it all tin order to stay boating until launch. Please send your shots to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put POTW in the subject line. The photos you share will keep us all sane! Thanks in advance.

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X Shore Eelex 8000By Andy Adams

100% Electric performance available now

When we arranged to interview the designer and manufacturer to write a profile of the X Shore Eelex 8000 for the June 2021 issue of Canadian Yachting magazine, it was on the understanding that we always prefer to actually drive and experience the boats we write about, and we were especially keen to drive the X Shore when BCI Marine here in Canada, got their first boat from Sweden.

There has been a lot of media attention around everything electric lately, especially electric vehicles, but so far, most electric boats are a concept, not yet a reality. The X Shore Eelex 8000 is a reality and a very impressive one at that.

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Beneteau Oceanis 34.1

 

Beneteau Oceanis 34.1By Zuzana Prochazka

Boats have been in high demand for the past two years and there’s no sign of this easing. Sailboats, that can move with the power of the wind, have made an especially significant comeback probably because of the high prices of fuel.

Even more interesting is the increased interest in smaller models that have been doing well at recent boat shows. These compact cruisers have definitely held their own even among the 50-foot behemoths at the docks. A good example of this is Beneteau’s new Oceanis 34.1, the second smallest in the line. 

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Cowichan Bay is a waterfront village with a row of shops, artisan products, marine supplies and a variety of places to eat. It also has a delightful Maritime Centre. You can easily spend a day or more here at one of three marinas hosting transient moorage. The place feels like an old-fashioned fishing village.

We arrived at this quaint hamlet on a calm day when the sun burned off twists of mist and created undulating oval diamonds on the wavelets. From the water, the village looks enticing with its dense jumble of colourful character buildings, float homes and houses-on-stilts lining the coast.

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It seems like everyone has their “guy”, usually a marine surveyor they either know personally or have been referred to by another boater (or someone in the marine or insurance industries). Marine surveyors are often hired based on this type of referral, rather than on the merits of their qualifications and skills.

I often hear boaters express their displeasure about an experience where a marine surveyor “condemned” a boat, or the surveyor was viewed as unreasonable in relation to their recommendations. As a result, surveyors known to be less thorough and less detailed in their work tend to be favoured by boaters, especially for insurance surveys. 

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RS Electric BoatsSailGP, the international racing series featuring high speed F50 wingsailed catamarans, is partnering with RS Electric Boats – sister brand of sailboat manufacturer RS Sailing – to use the Pulse 63 electric RIB as chase, coach and support boats.

RS Electric Boats will supply SailGP with four Pulse 63s, which were designed to be electric boats from the outset. The unique aerodynamic hull form is designed to support the weight of the batteries while allowing rapid acceleration, functional speeds up to 23 knots and ample range.

 

 

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