Nanaimo Boat Show
your passion is paddling, sailing or cruising; life on
the water is always memorable
and unique. And the Nanaimo
Boat Show at the Waterfront
Suites and Marina reminds us
all that boating is the quintessential West Coast and island
For new and experienced
boaters alike, this is your opportunity to discover more and
connect with people who share
your passion of being on the
Anacortes Boat Show
Located at Cap Sante Marina,
the Anacortes Boat Show has
you need to start
spring including over
75 floating boats up to 65 feet.
Canoe Cove Open House
Vector Yacht Services Ltd at
Canoe Cove will be welcoming
in the 2017 boating
an open house on April from
10:00 to down and
see to the yard.
There will be free food, including burgers and pop and
you have a chance to enter a
contest for door
Victoria Inner Harbour
One of the largest in-the-water
boat shows on the West Coast
of Canada, the Victoria Inner
Harbour Boat Show is a great
kickoff to the boating season.
Attendees can check out new
and used boats and peruse the
dockside ship tent for marine
related services and products
including equipment, clothing,
electronics and more.
Nordic Tugs Rendezvous
The annual gathering of Nordic
Tugs, sponsored by the Pacific
NW Nordic Tug Owners Association (PaNNTOA), will be
held at the Cap Sante Marina
in Anacortes from June to 4.
MacGregor Yacht Club of
British Columbia 25th
MYCBC is having a 25th anniversary party June to
during their annual MacRendezvous on Bowen Island at
the Union Steamship Marina.
This celebration will mark the
past 25 years as a
club for MacGregor yacht owners. Although Macgregors are
no longer being produced in
California, the club remains as
strong as ever.
Easter Seals Regatta
Call for Entries
Registration is open for the
2017 National Bank Easter
by the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club in support of Easter Seals
House Vancouver. This
event takes place on Saturday,
June 3. The regatta is a PHRF
handicap race with flying sails
and no-flying sails divisions.
A nautical-themed event, we
encourage you to dress up and
decorate your boat!
Marine VHF Radio Handbook
for the B.C. Coast
By Erik Skovgaard Second Edition, 2016
This is a good manual to use for the preparation of the
Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC), Marine, and for
reference. The particular interest of the book is its direct
application to the West Coast: all the main radio stations
and areas are described, together with the working channels used, for instance for communications with the Coast
Guard, ship to ship, vessel traffic service, bridge spans and
The book explains the personal certificates and station
licences, and the main restrictions imposed on the use of
the airwaves. Its main topic is VHF: the manual describes
the channels that can be used on the West Coast by area
and by function, nicely regrouped in several tables in the
Appendix. The subsequent sections describe the equipment itself, radio, antenna and range, power supply and
how to use the VHF sets.
The manual continues with general procedures such
as: authority of the master, priority of communications,
secrecy, radio checks and use of the international phonetic
alphabet, provided in the Appendix.
The following four chapters cover, in details and with
examples, the phraseology to be used for routine calls and
conversations, and for those made under stress, such as
distress, urgency or security. This section is the most important one, and all boaters should be thoroughly familiar
with these various procedures. The random babbling one
hears on the radio during the summer months, is scary.
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is a major element of the
ROC test, and is tackled next. The remaining chapters are a
welcome bonus, needed to answer a few pointed questions
on the test: AIS, SART, EPIRB, Navtex, MF and HF, Ham
radio and power supplies.
This is a good manual to prepare for the test, and to keep
on board for reference.