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Raft-up!

On calm sunny days on the water, you will often see boats rafted together at anchor, their crews enjoying the day and each other’s company, sharing a meal, swimming off the sterns or playing with water toys around the boats in the raft.

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Boat Smart: The Importance of Planning and Proper Preparedness for Your Boating Vacations

May 23, 2024 Summer on the water is what we’re all drea…

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Thinking of Becoming a Looper? Tips from a Looper who has done the Loop Twice

My husband Pat and I had always had the urge to head south when we retired. We heard about the Loop when a couple of our friends decided to do it. As Canadians, we joined the America’s Great Loop Cruising Association (AGLCA) for the wealth of information they have on their website.

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Expand Your Horizons with Adult Learn to Sail

Growing up our dad had a beautiful wooden Knarr and when he could no longer get his daughters to sand and varnish the hull, he bought a new Islander 36. I have fond memories of sailing with Dad, however, none of his daughters was ever allowed to take out the boat without him. Thankfully he purchased an Albacore for his girls to sail… and race.

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The Boat Nerd: Using Electronic Visual Distress Signals in Place of Pyrotechnic Distress Signals

Dec 21, 2023 As a pleasure boater with a vessel that is…

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Know-how: A Guide to Boating Etiquette

Nov 23, 2023 Everyday good manners are only common cour…

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Five Common Questions About Proportional Speed Control Bow & Stern Thrusters 

Sponsored Content: Oct 12, 2023 Most electric motors we…

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Outboard or Sterndrive – which is better for you?

Not sure if outboard or inboard/outboard (sterndrive) p…

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Ask Andrew: Carbon Monoxide

As August heads to September and we move from warm summ…

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The Importance of Practicing Boater Etiquette

Heading out on the water should be an enjoyable experie…

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Ropes for Sailboats – Part 2

As Keven pointed out last issue “as the old saying…

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Ropes for Sailboats – Part 1

As the old saying goes, there are no ropes on a sailboa…

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Cruising with a Captain – It’s easier than you think

Never chartered? No problem. Here’s how to plan, execute and enjoy a vacation on a charter yacht where life is easy and the sunsets can’t be beat.

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Stay and shroud tension: Not just for sailing performance!

I was recently reading a number of Facebook posts from sailboat owners’ groups, wondering why their cabin doors and cupboards were no longer opening properly.

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Seamanship: Avoiding mishaps by understanding how your boat handles

Full disclosure and confession: I enjoy watching boat failures and crashes on YouTube! As long as no one gets hurt, it’s a lot of fun and very entertaining.

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Keven on sails: PHRF racing primer

Most sailboat racing occurs at local sailing clubs, and usually after work hours on weekday evenings. It doesn’t sound as exotic as Voiles St Barth’s, Sardinia or the famous Sydney to Hobart race, but thousands of boats and crews are competing on weeknights against their arch nemesis on the end of Dock C.

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Keven Talks Sails: Crosscut VS Triradial Sail Cutting

Over the last decade, sailcloth weaving equipment has evolved and allowed the production of low crimp warp oriented woven cloth of medium to heavy weights. We have had light weight warp wovens of 200g/m2 (4oz) or lighter for much longer than that, but the finer denier weaves of light sailcloth allowed that with older looms and setups.

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Bareboat chartering for first timers (Part 3)

If chartering is something you’ve been dreaming about, this series is really for you. BUT be forewarned…it can be addictive!

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Bareboat chartering for first timers (Part 2)

If chartering is something you’ve been dreaming about, this three-part article is really for you and I hope will encourage you to give it a try… BUT be forewarned…it can be addictive!

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Bareboat Chartering for First Timers (Part 1)

If chartering is something you’ve been dreaming about, this 3-part article is really for you and I hope will encourage you to give it a try… BUT be forewarned…it can be addictive!

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Top 10 Tips for Responsible Boating in BC

British Columbia’s four-phase restart plan has entered Phase Two and residents of British Columbia are now invited to #exploreBC this summer. All going well, BC will encourage the rest of the country on July 1st and perhaps even see a border re-open in the coming months.

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The Importance of a Sea Trial

I am frequently asked if I think it’s important that a marine surveyor attend a Sea Trial when one of our clients is buying a used boat. In very simple terms, not including your marine surveyor on a Sea Trial is a failure to complete the full marine survey.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying an Electric Sailboat

Slovenian manufacturer, Elan, has introduced the concept of regenerative electrical auxiliary power to its boat and has partnered with engine builder Oceanvolt to develop a step-by-step introduction to the concept.

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So you want to be a better boater? Boating skills for novice to advanced boaters

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected changes in our lives, impacting everything from boating to vacations and these trends look to continue into the future.

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Cars on board: Hooking up – Trailering Basic Knowledge

The other day I started thinking about all the trailer towing I have done over the years and what I have learned. If it has happened, it has happened to me including my trailer going in its own direction. So, I thought I would pass on some of my knowledge and experiences.

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What to do with an Old Boat in BC?

For decades, abandoned boats have littered our coastal shorelines and waterways, posing an environmental and safety risk and negatively impacting local economies.

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TS Playfair Coming to Hamilton Harbour

One of the Great Lakes’ best known tall ships, sail training vessel TS Playfair, will soon be making her home berth at the Hamilton harbour thanks to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) and a hard working group of volunteers.

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Safety on the Water: Marine Rules of the Road

The marine rules of the road are set out in Canada’s Collision Regulations, Schedule 1, Section I – Conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility and Section II – Conduct of vessels in sight of one another.

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The Rules Guy: An overview of the right-of-way rules III

In the past two issues we have been doing an overview of the right-of-way rules. In the first, we did a review of Section A of Part 2, in the second we did a review of the definitions. This issue, we will look at Section B of Part 2, General Limitations, which is essentially limitations applying to boats that have right of way according to Section A.

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Safety at Sea: Creating a Culture of Safety

In my 45 years of teaching sailing and boating there has never been a subject more aligned with my love of boating and cruising than this one. Each person I talked with about Safety at Sea spoke with commitment and passion about the importance of creating a Safety Ethos (Culture of Safety) aboard each boat, fleet, club and association.

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Cruising Sails Tech

Is one better than the other? What are the different advantages and disadvantages of the two sail styles? And what should you get on your boat? Precision Sails’ Senior Sail Designer, Jeremy Roszmann discusses the details and features of the two sail types.

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The Rules Guy: An overview of the right-of-way rules II

Last column we started an overview of the right-of-way rules. That issue focused on Section A of Part 2. At the end of that article, I said would next focus on the definitions. Early in the Rules book, there is a separate section helpfully titled “Definitions”.

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The Rules Guy: An Overview Of The Right-Of-Way Rules – instalment 1

As we start a new sailing season, I am going to start a new view of the right-of-way rules. I hope that by giving an overview, I can help my readers understand the rules for themselves.

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Downwind Starts for the Long Distance Fleet

Many articles speak to the challenges and strategies involved in achieving a good upwind start, however, they often begin with sheets eased or with spinnakers ready to hoist, so let’s dig into some of the considerations that come into play with these types of starts.

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Improve your docking skills

Improve your docking skills whether you are single-handing or have help, on a sailboat or a powerboat. Learn the theory and interaction of propellers, keels, and rudders and how to manage docking in wind and current.

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10 Top Reasons to Never Leave Port Without a Roll of Duct Tape

Purchase your copy of the BRAND NEW Ports Georgian Bay 2020 Edition at the Toronto International Boat Show! Or pre-order a copy TODAY on the CY Store.

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How do we get into sailing?

It’s easy just go to your local yacht club online or in person and sign onto their crew bank. I guarantee that you won’t have to wait long to get an invite, whether you are an experienced sailor or not. Boat owners are always looking for crew that are physically fit and will commit to a series of races.

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PORTS: Can’t miss tips: Preventing Seasickness

The new editions of PORTS Cruising Guides, from the publishers of Canadian Yachting will be available in January!!  Look for upcoming details on how to order your copy early!

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PORTS: Can’t miss tips: Understanding Binoculars

Binoculars are essential for any cruising destination. Spotting potential water hazards, basic navigating and identifying points of interest along the shoreline or waterway are just a few of the many applications. There are a wide variety of sizes, models and focal lengths available.

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