JWA in MiamiDear Andy Adams: I am writing in response to your article on the Miami International Boat Show. We have just gotten back from the show and to say we were disappointed is a major understatement.

CYOB InboxTo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., interesting you noted ‘But, with a boat you’re on a new, only-vaguely understood path a lot of the time. Like sourcing, changing and understanding a new anode.

InboxHi Mike, My name is Sergey (59 y.o.) and I'm cruising on Georgian Bay on Jeanneau SO379 for 7 years (late starter), considering owning a cat on the Caribbean somewhere upon retiring (~5 yrs.)

Charlies ReportI’m a Past Commander of Richmond Squadron and have taught boating for CPS for 20 + years. I suggest to you that all electronic navigational instruments, including GPS, are not our enemies.

BridgeMy husband and I purchased this beauty in Gananoque two weeks ago and boated it from there across the top of Lake Ontario into the Trent Severn then all the way to Georgian Bay and up to our family cottage on the South Channel (Parry Sound). Then we crossed Georgian Bay from O’Donnell Point to Wiarton!

VIA MARA videoLast issue we featured a story about the engagement proposal aboard Via-Mara, a 1969 Trojan 42 Aft Cabin Motor Yacht owned by Barb and Dave Gamblin.

 

 

 

CYOB Last IssueI have been meaning to say thanks for your supportive article for our Olympic sailors earlier this week!

Down DisasterWow. That was a lot of fun reading the collection of boat names that came in from all over the country. The judges met over a few cold ones and came to a very carefully deliberated decision. To build suspense, here are the runners up, with the owners’ explanations of where their inspiration came from

OceanvoltHi John, Great issue.  I’ve got Spring Fever too, going over to pat my 1968 Shark24 every week.

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