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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Let’s take you back to the days of sail. The steel hulled, four masted 1911 barque Peking was one of the last windjammers used in trade around the dangerous Cape Horn route. For many years Peking has been docked at New York City’s South Street Seaport museum. They can no longer afford to keep the ship given it’s nearly million dollar per year maintenance cost. A 30 million-euro grant from the German government means the 320’ ship is set to be sailed back across the Atlantic to its home and final resting berth in Hamburg Germany where it was originally built back in 1911. This is a 1929 documentary film narrated by Irving Johnson as Peking sailed from Germany to Chile via the dangerous Cape Horn. This is a fantastic film that illustrates well, what it was like being at sea under sail way back then.

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Monday, January 18, 2016


When we were at the Toronto International Boat Show we had a look at this Toronto Police Services boat. Those custom painted flat gray engines on the back are twin 300 HP Merc Verado’s with the new Merc performance props I might add. I jokingly said to the Toronto officer on duty that there are plenty of boats (including my own) that will outrun that police boat with just two 300 Verado’s. I suggested they’d need at least four 300 HP Verado’s to do the job. He shot back that they don’t need to outrun the bad guys – bad guy runners can’t escape the satellite surveillance. They use that horsepower/torque to handle the boat in weather and manoeuvring alongside etc. - but not outrunning centre consoles with triples and quads or cigarette boats. Nice boat though, with aluminum hard-shell bottom, dedicated navigation station and all the bells and whistles built to spec for the force.

So I’m guessing the guys that are operating the satellite surveillance could look at more than border risks or boat chases if they wanted too? Now remember kiddies ... next time you are playing on the boat you might be under satellite observation ... so keep it clean!!! You want to keep law enforcement focussed on the bad guys, and not half naked women wandering around your boat.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Wow ... quite the line-up of seminar speakers coming up for the TIBS show this year. Boating Georgian Bay will be there and we will be doing a LIVE Periscope feed on January 12th. This year promises to be a very good show. There’s lots of new vendors and TIBS seems to advertising all over the place including bill boards on major highways and in select Ontario cities. With our dollar so low, a lot of folks are staying in Ontario and this is a show you can treat as a mini vacation and spend a few days browsing and drooling.

The best place to see boats and marine accessories ... the 58th annual Toronto International Boat Show runs January 8 – 17, 2016 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. www.torontoboatshow.com/. Like their slogan says “We Are Summer” and it’s the closest thing your going to find to Summer in Canada this time of year.

Hours are:

Saturdays (9 & 16) 10am to 7pm

Sundays (10 & 17) 10am to 6pm

Weekdays (11 – 15) 11am to 8pm

New for 2016 – Preview Day: Friday, January 8, 2pm - 8pm

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