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

Taj at Isla PardidaLast issue, Mike Wheatstone, our Boat Nerd started a conversation about solar power. While many of you were engaged with the article, one reader too the discussion a whole lot further.

GrindingMy father forwarded me an email with your Photo of the Week entitled 'Grinding through COVID'. I am in Val des Monts, QC, about 45 minutes from Ottawa and I'm working on a 1984 Vancouver 25' that has a pretty soggy hull. Now that the gelcoat is off it is weeping moisture, even at -10C.

Marc RobicThis area is where YOU get to express your opinions. That can include your thoughts on articles in our Digest or on any boating matter. This issue’s piece comes from Marc Robic. Marc is a member of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron. He and his wife, Claude Couture sail their Catalina 270, Aquaholic 3, out of the Ile-Perrot Yacht Club in Montreal, where Marc spent 16 years as Harbour Master.

BRNKL Office Exterior Front DoorThere's nothing that we like to do more than talk "nerd", especially when it comes to boats! Your new feature "The Boat Nerd - the boater's guide to the newfangled" sounds like an outstanding idea.
As a Canadian company with Made in Canada products, our focus is to bring exciting and practical innovation to the marine industry in Canada and beyond.

High WaterHi John, you folks are involved with the Great Lakes area and I have a quick question. For cottage owners on larger lakes/Great Lakes there is usually a chance of large waves unless you are located in a sheltered bay with breakwater.

BoatoxWhat about the tide in your story.  Some marinas have the slips laid out so the tide will pull or push the boat… but some have the slips so the boat will move sideways in the tide. I used to have a slip in such a marina.

Sheen MarineAt Sheen Marine, like almost everywhere else in the world, this has been a most unusual boating season. New Years Day 2020. Everything was normal. We had some large project carry over from 2019. We started booking new 2020 projects.

KayakersWe see people coming into the public docks with people sitting on the bow of the boat or on the outside front of pontoon boats, if the boat had to slow down fast, that person may end up in the motor /propeller.

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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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Boston Whaler 230 VantageBy Andy Adams

The famous Boston Whaler slogan, “the unsinkable legend” has always expressed a safety promise that from their very beginning, set a Boston Whaler apart from other boats, and it’s clear to me that the designers take this heritage seriously.

The Boston Whaler 230 Vantage maintains the virtues that have made Whalers such an enduring success and now the designers have skillfully captured those virtues in a handsome and somewhat more traditional dual console design.

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Brackley Beach PEI National ParkOver the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) gathered in Charlottetown to discuss the idea of bringing these diverse colonies together and forming a country. These discussions laid the foundation for what ultimately led to the Confederation of Canada in July, 1867.

Today, PEI continues to influence the rest of Canada as a vacation playground, known for its laid-back attitude, carefree pace, remarkable food scene and tremendous recreation opportunities. That’s especially true if you choose to explore the island the old-fashioned way – by boat.

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2002 Doral 330Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ofCOVID19. People hauled boats to the end of their driveways with “For Sale” signs. Sailboats and cabin cruisers appeared in Kijiji and Craigs List and it sounds like most were sold to new boaters. But, are they happy owners now?

Last fall we interviewed Rob Hopkins, General Manager at Bayshore Yacht Sales. Bayshore operates at six Georgian Bay marinas and are partnered with Maple Leaf Marinas LP. Rob was quick to agree that web sites like Kijiji can work for boat buyers, especially at the lower price levels for private sellers and buyers looking for a deal.

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Boat FirePhoto Courtesy of Leslie Harper

Boats aren’t inherently combustible. They aren’t firetraps, and they aren’t any more or less dangerous with respect to fire breaking out than an RV, trailer, car or airplane.

But there are certain ingredients that make fires a potential hazard. And because of this, boaters should be aware of that potential, and take steps to minimize the chances of fire breaking out.

 

 

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Cast OffOn Saturday, my boat finally splashed. You could tell it was happy and I was too.  This has been painful. Nonetheless, I have not yet left the dock nor had a social moment aboard.  My excitement has been limited to standing and admiring the scene while thanking the boat gods for vaccines and declining case numbers.

You are likely experiencing something similar as marinas and boat clubs gingerly step forward amid caution and distancing signs.  There is a collective sigh of relief heard across the land because the timing of the delayed launch appears to coincide with a national heat wave. It would have been infuriating to sizzle on the hard with the escape boat stuck in its cradle. I’m grateful for getting this far.

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