Feb 23, 2022

Living FlagBruce Honig of Hollywood, Florida sent our Photo of the Week this time. Bruce writes:

We are boaters in Florida, and have been for the last 50 years. Most of journeys are local which is the Miami Beach area. But over the years we have taken our boat to Key West, FL., Jacksonville, FL., Indiantown, FL. and the Bahamas.

We chartered a boat in BC. We visited the Broughton Islands. We left from Alert Bay (near Pt. McNeil, BC) on Vancouver Island.

I love aluminum boats, but they are not popular in Miami Beach, because most people here claim that you can’t have an aluminum boat in salt water.

NOT TRUE! At the Miami Boat Show where there are close to 1,000 boats on display, at best there might be just 1 aluminum boat.

I called the Princecraft factory and the Lund factory and asked them which boat show features the most aluminum boats on display. They told me there are hundreds of aluminum boats on display at the Toronto boat show, and the Seattle boat show. So every year I would go to the Toronto Boat show one year (I have been five times) and then the Seattle boat show the following year.

I ended up getting a Princecraft aluminum boat made in Quebec, which we had for 13 years. We currently have a Starcraft aluminum boat for 6 years.

This shot is from Living Flag Day in Victoria. On the big grassy field that they choose to do the event, the event planners layout with string and rope the outlines of the Canadian flag. Certain areas are for the white shirts and other areas are for the red shirts.

About 2,500 people take part of the event. From the air with a drone or helicopter you can see the living maple leaf flag of Canada.

As far as we know we were the only Americans partaking in the event, and we got to meet dozens of nice Canadian people.

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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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Neptunus 650EBy Andy Adams

Last August, we were again invited to the Neptunus Yachts facility in St. Catharines, Ontario to run and review their latest yacht, a 202650E at their marina by Lake Ontario. Keen readers of Canadian Yachting might recall reading about a Neptunus 650 back in 2016 and while this is the same proven hull, Neptunus is a custom builder and the 2022 650E here has a totally new interior design and layout.

Neptunus builds bespoke yachts. The reality is that no two Neptunus Yachts are the same. Each is individually tailored to its owners tastes and activities and is finished to their specifications. 

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Marianne ScottBy Marianne Scott

Instant towns have sprung up in the past, especially on the BC coast. In the late 1850s, Victoria grew overnight into a tent city when hordes of prospectors stopped by to provision for their quest to get rich in the Fraser goldfields. The tents were followed quickly by brick hotels, stores and brothels. Prince Rupert began as a tent town after it was chosen as the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway’s terminus, then built more permanent structures.

But no place went up overnight like Ladysmith, where coal baron James Dunsmuir moved his miners “stock, lock and barrel” after coal seams further north on Vancouver Island had been exhausted.

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Marine SurveyingStory and photos by Timothy J.S. Martin

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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