Wednesday, March 27, 2013
We are pleased that Captain Bill Everitt has agreed to do a monthly piece called Captains Rant. The deal is, Bill gets to rant about whatever he wants with no censorship. Bill is a real Captain who runs a sailboat charter business and delivers boats. He lives aboard his sailboat most of the year. Even when it’s hauled on land until the dead of winter sets in. Sometimes he Captains yachts for extended periods for owners down south. He is a nice guy and somewhat unique. You won’t find many that would leave in the night on a whim and sail Killarney to Midland by himself regardless of weather. Or maybe Midland to Tobermory and back for something to do on a weekend. Or maybe sail outside past Bermuda to the West Caribbean for the winter months on his own. I know what your thinking – there are lots of people that sail offshore trans ocean. And also radical historic sailors ... like Tristan Jones. And so there are ... but nobody I know is quite as spontaneous as Captain Bill – he just goes. A sign of someone who is very comfortable on the water. Bill can be controversial but he floats intelligent ideas and we hope you will enjoy his rants.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Some lucky people like me have never been sea sick – touch wood. I talked to a King Crab crew chief from Alaska and he told me when it gets bad enough on the wrong boat, in the wrong place, almost everyone at the very least tosses their cookies until they get acclimatized. If your a newbie and conditions are really bad you might be sick enough to be immobilized wanting to die. If your an old salt and first trip of the season you might heave a few times before you settle in.
When we crossed the gulf stream at night from Lauderdale to West End Bahamas a number of years ago by 36’ sail boat my wife was so sick lying on the cabin sole that she could not move the entire night crossing from the time we entered the stream until the light came up the next morning when the wind shifted and the waves died down. As one can appreciate, a disabled crew can develop into a dangerous life threatening situation in the right conditions. Mind over matter will not cure someone who is truly sea sick. If the wave conditions persist it may take them days or even a week to adjust.
If you are planning to cross a wide body of water even in Ontario ... such as Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe or Georgian Bay/Lake Huron there is something you need to be sure about. You can’t always predict or control the weather, but you can control who crews the boat. Every Captain should screen crew based on the trip and challenges the crew will potentially face. It just doesn’t make sense to get out there in a blow and try to attend to crew so sick they can only vomit on the floor of the cockpit while you wrestle Mother Nature and fight for the safety of the boat. You can’t be a Doctor and a Captain and do both under extreme conditions. Choose wisely or pass on the trip ... because you need to be sure that core crew help has sea legs and insure the safety of the vessel and crew.
We carry all the popular motion ease store bought cures on the boat. We also carry heavy duty prescription drugs for such an occasion ... and we have the ever tasty popular ginger candies. These cures need to be taken in advance of the onslaught of sea sickness. And guess what, none of them work in bad conditions, except the prescription drugs which will knock you off your feet almost like sea sickness itself, but without the vomiting. They basically allow one to wake up intact when it’s all over.
So think about it next time you head off with a boat full of people heading from say Midland to Tobermory. Nobody plans an accident - and that is why it’s an accident. Here is a LINK to a Blog that offers some advice that may be useful.
Monday, March 18, 2013
GOOD FOR YOU AND IT TASTES GOOD TOO
So if you haven’t heard, we just launched our own brand of Boating Georgian Bay promotional hot sauce called Habanero & Lime Mayday Emergency. We will be giving it away at various events like boat rendezvous and some trade shows. We might even find a retailer to handle it too, but the real purpose was essentially to have our business brand on the bottle ... and I happen to like hot sauce a lot. In addition to what I put on my food, I always take a couple tablespoons per day for medicinal purposes.
We believe in quality and this hot sauce is “premium”. First of all, there are no preservatives. Habanero peppers, carrot, vinegar, fresh lime juice and salt ... and that’s it. The sauce is produced right on Georgian Bay in a commercial inspected kitchen. Well not produced right “on Georgian Bay” of course ... on the shore ... you know what I mean. No bottling or production in India or China like so many other sauces. It’s a genuine homemade quality Canadian product.
Now this stuff is a lot more flavourful than your supermarket brands, but not so hot that it burns your mouth out like some of the extreme “death” hot sauce brands. On a scale up to 10 in hotness, it’s an 8. It’s primary ingredient is fresh Habanero peppers. Habanero peppers are good for you. They produce 20 times more Capsaicin than Jalapenos. Capsaicin is proven to reduce risk of prostate cancer, reduces the affect of arthritis, increases metabolism for weight control, it is an anticoagulant and it limits the amount of cholesterol absorbed in the intestines. In addition it has 357% more Vitamin C than an orange and it’s a good source of Vitamin A, B, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron. With regular use It can also protect you from many food borne pathogens, as anyone who spends time in Mexico can attest to. It is a very healthy food product.
So you won’t find this in your supermarket, but you might see it at boat related events. Next time your having a BBQ at your favourite remote anchorage you can pull out the Boating Georgian Bay Habanero & Lime Mayday Emergency sauce and amaze your friends.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
BOATING GEORGIAN BAY SITE POPULARITY
Our Boating Georgian Bay parent company First Page SEO www.first-page-seo.com is a web marketing business that builds hospitality/tourist directories as a sideline to the main business of search engine optimization and client website development. We built Boating Georgian Bay as a labour of love, because we keep our own boat on Georgian Bay and we are constantly amazed at the beauty of Georgian Bay and the North Channel. We wanted to share cruising information with others. Everyone should see Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands and North Channel region by boat at least once in their life ... just like you might have other “wonders of the world” destinations on your bucket list. To some extent we might take the beauty of the area for granted ... because we are absorbed in it all the time. For someone cruising up the 30,000 Islands and North Channel for the first time they are likely to be totally amazed by the unique scenery even though they may have cruised extensively in many parts of the world.
Cruising World Magazine named Georgian Bay/North Channel in their Top 10 worldwide destinations. There’s nothing like Georgian Bay region topography and it’s no wonder it inspired Group of Seven artists to paint the wind swept pines, rugged granite and quartz landscape smoothed over by thousands of years by wind, rain and waves. When we initially built the directory we thought our audience would be a niche market of hard core cruisers. Two years have gone by and the site has exploded in popularity.
This past year, the Boating Georgian Bay directory ran over 4.2M hits. In August 2012 it received an average of 19,900 page views per day or 3322 unique visitors per day average with peaks of over 5,000 unique visitors. On a yearly average the site does about 2000 unique visitors per day. The site is getting busier - Feb. 2012 traffic of 148,000 hits has more than doubled to 354,000 hits Feb. 2013. All the sites pages are high traffic ... fairly evenly split, but the busiest pages that edge the others out are What’s New, Weather, Favourite Anchorages, Ship Wrecks and Ports of Call.
The site places #1 on Google for everything boating, marine and lifestyle related on Georgian Bay and #1 for broader search terms like “Ontario yacht brokers”.
What we have learned is two fold. First is, the appetite for this site extends way beyond just the boaters on Georgian Bay. We get about 1/3 of our traffic from outside Canada. Second is, people seem to be interested in many aspects of the site and not only the Bay cruising related topics. For instance we have the most complete data base of ship wrecks on Georgian Bay that we know of. The divers love it. Restaurant reviews, weather and boat products are heavy traffic interests. The bottom line is you don’t have to be a Georgian Bay boater to enjoy this site. It is a great portal for Georgian Bay tourism interest in general.
Most of all we would like to thank our site advertisers ... for without their support, we wouldn’t be able to keep the site up to the extent we do with fresh content being added almost every day of the year.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
LOOKING COOL ... LOOKING COOL ... NOT COOL ... OUCH
Not nice to laugh at the misery of others but we couldn’t resist. Tell this one to the insurance company.
Monday, March 11, 2013
GROUP OF SEVEN CONNECTION TO THE BAY
The Group of Seven artists knew a good thing when the saw it back in 1913. Georgian Bay with it’s windswept pines and bare rock outcrops of quartz and granite represented Canadian landscape at it’s finest. Truth be told there is no where else in Canada or the world that has the unique look and feel of the Georgian Bay landscape. A.Y. Jackson, Franklin W. Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Fredrick Varley, A.J. Casson painted extensively along Georgian Bay. Tom Thompson best known for his Algonquin Park paintings also painted on Georgian Bay. Many of the paintings were done in Killarney Provincial Park using the La Cloche Mountains as a backdrop. At that time they came by train as Hwy #637 to Killarney was not built until four decades later.
A.Y. Jackson and Tom Thompson also painted further south on Go Home Bay where they were invited guests of wealthy arts patron Dr. James MacCallum. The cottage was full of paintings on the walls and they were later dismantled and moved to the Museum of Civilization in Hull Quebec. Replicas replaced those that went to the Museum. The cottage stands today. And A.Y. hob knobbed with Orvil Wright (father of human flight) in the same area. Seems even back then those who appreciated fine art and inspiring scenery knew Georgian Bay was “THE” place to be.