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.

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.

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