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FEATURE

VIA-MARA
" Wood " You Look at That...
Story & Photos By | Denise Miller

T

he Saint John River, located in New
Brunswick, Canada, is world-renowned for its scenery and beauty
and is truly a mecca for boaters from all
over North America and beyond. The river
can be accessed via the Reversing Falls in
Saint John Harbour and Bay of Fundy and
it stretches 673 km long through the province of New Brunswick, into Quebec and
Maine. Once known as the Wolastoq, the
system is revered, as are some of the vessels that traverse the rivers and tributaries;
none more so than the VIA-MARA.
You would be remiss if travelling
between Saint John and Fredericton, you
have not come upon the 1967 Trojan 42
Flybridge Motor Yacht. Berthed at the
Oromocto Boat Club, the VIA-MARA
is truly a sight to behold, towering over
other boats. It comes with a story that is
equally compelling.
Dave and Barb Gamblin are

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VIA-MARA's current owners. Married
in 1970, Dave, trained in engineering
technology and a successful serial entrepreneur and Barb, a lifelong teacher and
administrator, are the glue that keeps
VIA-MARA together. Once that task
got more time-consuming, the Gamblins
retired happily and were able to dedicate
more time to their boat and other hobbies,
including flying. Dave and Barb also own
a private four-seat aircraft. Both have
been volunteers with the Canadian Coast
Guard Auxiliary for more than 35 years,
Dave volunteers as an instructor with the
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and
still occasionally teaches the VHF Radio
course. The couple have no children, but
have had a succession of ship's cats; the
current kitty is Smokey. Neither came
from boating families; they were deciding
between a cottage, RV, or boat, and do not
regret the choice they made.

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The Gamblins had several boats prior
to the Trojan 42: a 14-foot runabout, a
19-foot cuddy cruiser, 28-foot Express
Cruiser, a 31-foot Trojan Flybridge
Express cruiser, then like many boaters...
got a major case of " 10 foot-itis " and were
on the hunt for their next vessel, a Trojan
42.
This did not come on a whim. A lot
of research and a " feeling " as Gamblin
explained, caused the couple to save an
advertisement of the 42-foot Trojan from
the back page of a 1972 boating magazine.
The picture served as the incentive for a
10-year goal. Eight years later, they went
shopping for a Trojan 42 and the story
continues.
Ironically enough, the Gamblins initially went to see VIA-MARA in Ontario
but passed her over at the time, due to the
fact the aft cabin in that particular boat
had twin berths. They found another in



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2021

SARAH DOUGLAS: A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO TOKYO
FEATURE: X-SHORE EELEX 8000
DESTINATION: DESTINATION VICTORIA, BC’S CAPITAL CITY
FEATURE: VIA-MARA – “WOOD” YOU LOOK AT THAT…..
MARINA: QUEEN’S COVE MARINA – AN INVESTMENT IN ENJOYMENT – REGULAR BOAT MAINTENANCE PAYS DIVIDENDS
AT THE HELM: YIPPEE!
SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 530
THE PORT HOLE: JUNE 2021
CROSSING THE LINE: NFTS AND CRYPTOBOATING - A BEGINNER’S GUIDE
Canadian Yachting June 2021 - Intro
Canadian Yachting June 2021 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting June 2021 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting June 2021 - AT THE HELM: YIPPEE!
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - SARAH DOUGLAS: A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO TOKYO
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - FEATURE: X-SHORE EELEX 8000
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - DESTINATION: DESTINATION VICTORIA, BC’S CAPITAL CITY
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - FEATURE: VIA-MARA – “WOOD” YOU LOOK AT THAT…..
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - THE PORT HOLE: JUNE 2021
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 530
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - MARINA: QUEEN’S COVE MARINA – AN INVESTMENT IN ENJOYMENT – REGULAR BOAT MAINTENANCE PAYS DIVIDENDS
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