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F r o m t h e R a n k s - J o h n Hi n k s m a n

Li k e m a n y of us J o h n Hi n ks m a n b e g a n
his b o ati n g e x p eri e n c e o n a s m all l a k e i n
t h e P oi nt e a u B aril r e gi o n. It all b e g a n at
a s m all c ott a g e o n L a k e H arris, t h e at tr a cti o n of t h e w at er w as m or e t h a n j ust
a c as u al p asti m e, it w as a r e al pl e as ur e
a n d t h e fis hi n g w as g o o d t o o. H o w e v er,
w h e n a n o p p ort u nit y t o p ur c h as e s o m e
cr o w n l a n d o n G e or gi a n B a y pr es e nt e d
its elf, J o h n q ui c kl y s ei z e d t h e o p p ort unit y f or t h e a m a zi n g s u m of $ 7 0 0. 0 0 a n d
arr a n g e d f or a k n o c k- d o w n c ott a g e f or
t h e n e wl y p ur c h as e d sit e. T h at s u m m er
J o h n c ar ef ull y b uilt t h e c ott a g e b y hi ms elf a n d w as v er y pl e as e d wit h his eff orts.
Of c o urs e, b ei n g n o w o ut o n t h e l ar g er w at ers of G e or gi a n B a y m e a nt t h at a
sli g htl y l ar g er b o at w as r e q uir e d, s o wit h
t h at p ur c h as e c a m e t h e r e ali z ati o n t h at
b o ati n g o n t h e B a y w as n ot t h e s a m e as
t h e littl e l a k e, t h er e w as a bi g diff er e n c e,
a n d al w a ys c o ns ci o us of b o ati n g s af el y,
J o h n f elt m or e i nf or m ati o n w as n e e d e d.
F ort u n at el y his wif e, D or e e n Hi n ks m a n, w as at t h at ti m e i n v ol v e d wit h t h e
Br a m pt o n S q u a dr o n a n d h a d b e e n i n v ol v e d wit h t h e Bri d g e f or s e v er al y e ars.
S o n e e di n g m or e b o ati n g i nf or m ati o n,
a n d h a vi n g D or e e n as a n i ns pir ati o n
J o h n t ol d h er, "If y o u b e c o m e C o mm a n d er, I will t a k e t h e B o ati n g C o urs e
a n d y o u c o ul d pl e d g e m e i n. " S o J o h n
e nr oll e d i n Br a m pt o n's B o ati n g C o urs e,
w hi c h w as b ei n g t a u g ht at t h e l o c al hi g h

b y R. J o h n G arsi d e, A P

s c h o ol. T h e cl ass si z e w as j ust o v er 2 0
a d ults a n d pr o vi d e d J o h n wit h l ots of
n e w a n d v er y us ef ul i nf or m ati o n. T h at
y e ar t h er e w er e s e v er al B o ati n g Cl ass es
gi v e n, s o w h e n t h e gr a d u ati o n p art y w as
h el d, t h er e w er e o v er 1 0 0 gr a d u at es
i n att e n d a n c e a n d J o h n st a n di n g t all
a m o n g t h e gr o u p w as pl e d g e d i n b y his
wif e D or e e n. H e w as n o w a C P S- E C P
M e m b er.
Wa nti n g t o s h o w his a p pr e ci ati o n
f or all t h e eff orts p ut i nt o t e a c hi n g t h e
B o ati n g C o urs e, J o h n b e g a n pr o ct or i n g f or t h e S q u a dr o n t h e f oll o wi n g
y e ar. " Y o u r e all y h a v e t o k n o w y o ur
s u bj e ct ", J o h n c o m m e nt e d as t h e st u d e nts ar e f ull of i nt er esti n g a n d c h al l e n gi n g q u esti o ns. Wa nti n g t o e xp a n d his b o ati n g k n o wl e d g e f urt h er
J o h n t h e n t o o k S e a m a ns hi p P o w er
t h e f oll o wi n g y e ar, w hi c h t h e n l e d t o
A d v a n c e d Pil oti n g. J o h n c o m m e nt e d
t h at, "t his c o urs e ( A d v a n c e d Pil oti n g)
n ot o nl y a d dr ess e d m a n y k e y p oi nts
b ut c o v er e d e v er yt hi n g i n a n a m a z i n g a m o u nt of d et ail a n d I c o ul d n o w
b o at m or e c o mf ort a bl y. T h e c h arti n g
t h o u g h w as o n e of t h e b est p arts. "
J o h n f elt t h at h e r e all y b e g a n t o tr ul y
u n d erst a n d t h e i nf or m ati o n t h e c h arts
w er e pr es e nti n g a n d n o w h e h a d t h e
c o n fi d e n c e t o pl a n his o w n cr uis es,
o n es t h at w o ul d b e n ot o nl y i nt er est i n g, b ut als o s af e.

J o h n's c o n c er n a b o ut s af et y e xt e n d e d n ot o nl y t o t h e w at ers h e w as
tr a v elli n g o n b ut als o t o t h e b o at h e
w as cr uisi n g i n. As a r es ult h e t o o k t h e
M ari n e M ai nt e n a n c e c o urs e w hi c h
all o w e d hi m t o f urt h er his b o ati n g
k n o wl e d g e a n d c o n fi d e n c e i n cr uis i n g t o m or e r e m ot e a n c h or a g es.
" K n o w y o ur b o at " is s o i m p ort a nt
J o h n f e els, " a n d t o d a y m a n y p e o pl e
d o n ot, r es ulti n g i n a l ar g e n u m b er
of o n-t h e- w at er pr o bl e ms ". J o h n b e i n g a DI Y g u y e nj o y e d t h e e x p ert a dvi c e of t h e i nstr u ct ors a n d r e v ell e d i n
t h e " bri g ht w or k " w hi c h br o u g ht l ots
of p ers o n al s atisf a cti o n. T h e 1 9 7 0's
of c o urs e w as a ti m e p eri o d of tr a n siti o n b et w e e n w o o d a n d fi b er gl ass
a n d m a n y b o ats s ol d at t h e ti m e w er e
a m arri a g e of b ot h, w hi c h w as n ot al w a ys t h e b est i d e a, b ut it w or k e d. S o
wit h e a c h l ar g er b o at a c q uir e d, J o h n
h o n e d his s kills.
T he
We at h er c o urs e w as t a k e n
n e xt a n d J o h n st at e d, " w e at h er is o n e
( c o urs e) t h at I h a v e e nj o y e d e v er y d a y
a n d e v er y y e ar si n c e t a ki n g it. I c o n st a ntl y c o ntr a di ct t h e w e at h er r e p ort ers wit h t h eir gl oss e d o v er g e n er al r e p orts. " H e als o m e nti o n e d t h at w h e n
a fl o at "r e a di n g t h e cl o u ds " is ess e nti al
t o k n o wi n g w h at t o e x p e ct n e xt, b o ati n g h as m a n y s ur pris es, b ut t h e w e at her s h o ul d n ot b e o n e of t h e m.
Wit h his i nt er est i n c h arti n g a n d t h e
s ki es J o h n's n e xt c o urs e w as C el esti al
N a vi g ati o n. T his c o m bi n e d all of his
i nt er ests, a n d w as v er y s atisf yi n g k n o wi n g t h at w h er e v er y o u b o at e d, y o u c o ul d
al w a ys fi g ur e o ut w h er e y o u w er e!
T h e Br a m pt o n S q u a dr o n q ui c kl y
g a v e J o h n a j o b as P R O, a n d t as k e d
hi m wit h p utti n g a fl o at i nt o t h e l o c al S a nt a Cl a us P ar a d e. W h e n I as k e d
w h at w as t h e r es ult, J o h n l a u g h e d a n d
t ol d m e t h e st or y. It s e e ms t h at o p p ort u nit y k n o c k e d, a n d a n ol d er w o o d e n
b o at b e c a m e a v ail a bl e. It w as a wr e c k,
b ut as J o h n s ai d, " We'll t a k e it! ". Us i n g t his as t h e f o u n d ati o n of t h e f ut ur e
fl o at, it w as d e c or at e d a n d a s p ar b u o y

w w w. c a n a di a n y a c h ti n g. c a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2018

At the Helm: Look Good – Feel Great!
Gear and New Products: Nautical Fashions
Club Profile: Polish Canadian Yacht Club
Life On Board: Hogtown to Hogfish
Ask the Expert: Let’s Sink Zinc
Ask the Expert: Smelly boat? Keep the cabin fresh
Power Review: Cruisers Yachts Cantius 42
The Port Hole: Spring 2018
Travel Destination: Canary Islands and Cabo Verde
Travel Destination: How to be as Polite as a Canadian at Gulf Island Marine Park Anchorages
Sail Review: Dufour 412
Crossing the Line: Boating Bookcase
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Welcome
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - 3
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - At the Helm: Look Good – Feel Great!
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Gear and New Products: Nautical Fashions
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Club Profile: Polish Canadian Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Life On Board: Hogtown to Hogfish
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - 23
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Ask the Expert: Let’s Sink Zinc
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - 25
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - 26
Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Ask the Expert: Smelly boat? Keep the cabin fresh
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Power Review: Cruisers Yachts Cantius 42
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - The Port Hole: Spring 2018
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Travel Destination: Canary Islands and Cabo Verde
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Travel Destination: How to be as Polite as a Canadian at Gulf Island Marine Park Anchorages
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Canadian Yachting April 2018 - Crossing the Line: Boating Bookcase
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