Dark Sky PreviewWe don’t want to invoke panic, but our next edition of Photo of the Week will be in September. That means that the summer photo season is drawing to a close. In a couple of weeks, the coloured leaves change the backdrop of your summer boat shots so this is the week.

POTW - August 9, 2018This quayside shot came in from Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC) taken at the Pirates of Halifax Harbour event last month.

 

 

 

Bluewater Cruising POTWPOTW input is irresistible, so this time you get a couple. And don’t forget to send your own Photo of the Week to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with POTW in the subject line. Thanks!

POTW LighthouseThis photo from a CPS member shows how talented boaters are. Brenda Cochrane from Kelowna BC, a member of the Okanagan Squadron, Western Canada Inland District...

POTW Paul and Keith are nothing if not fashion icons. Cat Ward of Toronto caught them on the dock.

POTW 1This beauty came our way from Reel Deal Yachts in Bahia Mar, Florida. Why not charter for the summer? 

Commander 44 AlexanderDon’t miss this brilliant photo double header

Splashdown It Never Gets OldIn honour of Launch Day, our POTW this time comes from Wendy Loat in Port Credit. This shot, taken last week, celebrates the more that five decades of the hitting the water in the spring ritual for her 60s plywood Thunderbird, Looney Tunes.

POTWOn the Easter Weekend, the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club from Vancouver Island, had its first cruise of the season to Port Browning Marina on North Pender Island. I snapped this photo on Easter Monday as I was heading up the dock to help set up for the final breakfast. 

POTWOur Photo of the Week is actually a Video of the Week that came our way from Rick Shaddock of Squamish Yacht Club. What a venue.

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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 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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