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CROSSING THE LINE

THE DOCKMASTER'S
NOTEBOOK
Story | John Morris

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aulout this year was quite different. The boats actually
appeared to want to be hauled out. " When will this end? "
I heard a Beneteau plaintively cry. Or, to be more precise,
since most Beneteaus speak French, " Quelle est cette stupidité? "
Adding to the exasperation every province, every jurisdiction,
every marina or boat club had some variation of the already
confusing rules. As much as the virus was a mood buster, you
couldn't help but feel you were on the wrong side of some regulation no matter what you did. Can I take my cousin out on
the boat (no), can I pass other boaters on the dock (maybe), do I
need to wear a mask water skiing (depends on the length of the
tow rope.)
To get a snapshot of the summer, we spoke with Samantha
Bilge, manager of the Isolation Lake Marina and Skiff Club.
" When the marina put in a system of one way docks similar to
the ones in a supermarket, many of our boaters found they could
no longer get to their boats. This summer, they contented themselves with getting close and admiring their babies from across a
neighboring slip, so all was not lost. "
Here is a sampling of notes received in the facility's customer
feedback inbox:
" Checking on my performance, my mask got caught on my
trim tabs. "
" We have not been able to use our vee berth for most of the
summer. We had to put the takeout food containers, plastic cutlery and ketchup packages somewhere. "
" We have been forced to buy a new boat in order to accommodate the loaves of sourdough bread my husband has been cranking out non-stop. "
" We used the auto pump system dispenser we installed for
hand sanitizer so much we burned out our house battery. "
" I am frequently too lazy to change clothes. I have been sailing in pajamas and sleeping in a PFD. Perhaps Mustang needs to
consider emergency inflatable sleepwear. "
" After it was on the cradle I accidently shrinkwrapped the kids
into the boat. But they have their computers so they should be
able to keep up their schoolwork. "
In mid-August, once it was deemed OK, Isolation Lake had
its first ever Sailpast, Regatta, late Canada Day, Annual General
Meeting and N-95 Festival by Zoom, right on the lake. With a
giant Wi-Fi tower (like the ones you see on office buildings and

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apartments across the land) the boats circled the commodore's
yacht at a distance. Prior to the event, everyone posted their contact numbers in huge letters on the side of their boat and broadcast their adherence to pandemic guidelines on channel 71. On
board, in bubble groupings only, the boating families joined the
event on Zoom. Each crew member wore a tie and no pants in
honour of the occasion.
It was a quiet season of air hugs and virtual barbecues. The
pump out facility got a record setting workout. And a lot of
seaweed accumulated on a lot of bottoms. Not much fuel was
consumed.
Yes, people were on their boats but seemed happy just to sit
at the dock, admire the waterfowl and be thankful to have somewhere to hang out.
It was an odd but somehow enjoyable summer. On to 2021!

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Canadian Yachting December 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting December 2020

AT THE HELM: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
BOOK REVIEW: GREEN GHOST, BLUE OCEAN
SPECIAL FEATURE: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
TRAVEL DESTINATION: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN PART II
SAIL REVIEW: JEANNEAU YACHTS 60
POWER REVIEW: CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS
THE PORT HOLE: DECEMBER 2020
ELECTRONICS: THE LATEST IN NEW MARINE ELECTRONICS
DESTINATION: TRENT-SEVERN: THE GREAT CANADIAN WATERWAY
CROSSING THE LINE: THE DOCKMASTER’S NOTEBOOK
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 3
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - AT THE HELM: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 5
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 6
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: GREEN GHOST, BLUE OCEAN
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 9
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 11
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 12
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 13
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 14
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 15
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN PART II
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 18
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 19
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 20
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 21
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: JEANNEAU YACHTS 60
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 24
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 25
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 26
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 27
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - POWER REVIEW: CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: DECEMBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - ELECTRONICS: THE LATEST IN NEW MARINE ELECTRONICS
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - DESTINATION: TRENT-SEVERN: THE GREAT CANADIAN WATERWAY
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - CROSSING THE LINE: THE DOCKMASTER’S NOTEBOOK
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