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The Boatyard Life
The author recently spent eight weeks in the boatyard of
Curacao Marine, Dutch Antilles, to have the rigging on his
1983 Beneteau First 38 DR FLUE replaced.
Life in the boatyard is hard and dangerous. It is also a
great preparation for my future stay in a nursing home,
where I will move in as soon as I have the parking issues
involving my Porsche Carrera Convertible and my cigarsmoking habit sorted out.
My partner Pam and I are the lucky ones. We are able to
stay on our boat in the water at the dock, while the rigging
is fabricated and it is almost like living in a marina, but just
a little bit more dusty and dirty than we would like it. From
time to time we have to move the boat, for instance to the
mast crane. However, most tradespeople will happily come
to us on the dock to pick up the sails for repair, or to remove
the floor and ceiling in the salon to access the diverse rigging components or to rewire all electrical connections like
the VHF, radar, anchor, steaming and foredeck lights.
We get up before sunrise and at 7 a.m. Pam goes to her
yoga class from 7 to 8 o'clock while I make a nice pot of fresh
Venezuelan coffee and enjoy my first cup while watching the
sunrise and observe our part of the harbour and the boatyard
come to life. From 8 to 9 o'clock we enjoy breakfast together
in the shade of our cockpit, and the temperature is already 29
degrees Celsius. Then from 9 to 10 o'clock I enjoy my morning cigar while watching the daily activities unfold.

Every second or third day I have to cut this part of my
morning short, because we have to scramble to catch the
free grocery bus to the supermarket to stock up on fresh supplies. We wait for the bus together with a group of other old
people, and it will arrive anytime between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m.
Everybody has one thing in common, they are all retired and
live on a boat in the boatyard. There is the nice septagenerian
couple from Germany, he is barely able to walk, because he
fell down the ladder from his boat while being "on the hard"
and suffered a complicated fracture to his leg. There is the
little French guy with a big bandage covering his right leg,
he fell down from the companionway into his bilge after the
floorboards had been removed for keelbolt repairs. We all enjoy the opportunity to catch up on the latest boatyard news.
The bus is airconditioned, thank heavens, because by
now it is well over 30 degrees. So is the supermarket, so it
is a welcome refuge from the merciless heat. We have one
hour to buy our supplies, spending an average of about
$100 US, and if we hurry, we have enough time left to
enjoy a free cup of coffee in the airconditioned cafeteria!
Then, everybody is piling back into the bus with their
treasures and we travel back to the boatyard. We arrive just
before noon, in time to prepare a fresh lunch and enjoy it
while the yard is temporarily quiet to do the same from
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P/D/C Martin P. Hederich AP
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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