BoatoxBefore we announce the contest, here’s a fine shot of very interesting transom your editor took on a recent junket. Love it!!

Rising WatersThis is a fine video Our correspondent Patrick Festing-Smith of Mango Charters alerted us to this very informative, if totally irreverent, video highlighting a potentially scary ecological problem.

Jan and Bill StoverThe photo of us in our dinghy was taken from the shores of Beausoleil Island.  We were on our way to Honeymoon Bay in the north of the Island and we were attending a Great Lakes Cruising Club Rendezvous for Georgian Bay boaters. Jan is "Admiral of the Fleet" and I am "Bilge Billy.”

Arthurs Family DinghyMeet the Arthurs Family of Penetanguishene, Ontario.  Abbie, Ella, Jennifer and Michael and their pooch Bailey head out from Hindson Marina in their cuddy every chance they get.  They love the many beautiful anchorages on Southern Georgian Bay especially their favourite spot, Giants Tomb. 

Wilson NYPhoto of the Week (POTW) is an opportunity to look at the album of shots that make up a great boating experience.  Our readers, friends and anyone else are invited to share their shots.

Glenora FerryThe skies are moody and weather remains a little fluky, but soon we’ll be into the all-too-brief boating summer. Shelley from Prince Edward County shared this shot of the marina by the dock of the Glenora ferry. The free(!) car carrier that connects the east end of the County to the eastern Ontario mainland.

POTWThis weeks’s Photo of the Week is actually a video, suggested to us by Gord Walker from Thornbury. Please don’t try this at home, even if you are a “girl.”

BermudaUnfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 looking out over the Great Sound in Bermuda and over the course used for the Americas Cup in 2017 but it does show the beauty of the water and why we are attracted to boating.

Big BoatJud Buchanan from Campbellville, ON, is a friend of ours who loves boats but loves cars even more. In preparation for demonstrating the towing capacity of the new Subaru Ascent (Jud’s day job is a professional automotive facilitator) he hooked up a pretty hot-looking Yamaha AR240 Sport Boat.

Boat ValentineBack to more conventional photos next issue. The photo of the week can be anything photographed on or near your boat, pictures from your winter boating adventure...

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