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Our Boating Adventures

Doug and Brenda write for several National Boating Magazines and share their published cruising adventures for boaters to enjoy. Brenda now has a column in Power Boating Canada Magazine titled "Boating With Brenda".

windyGeorgian Bay was calm with a warm southwest breeze, sunny sky and scattered clouds the morning of July 6, 2013 when we arrived at Meaford Harbour.

These were perfect conditions for the “Day on the Bay”, organized by the Reef Boat Club to raise funds for the Meaford Hospital Foundation.

For a $75 ticket, non-boaters got a 3 hour cruise on Georgian Bay on either a power boat or sailboat.

Pictured above are guests aboard "WINDY".

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There's no doubt skiing, tubing and boarding are great summertime pastimes. Regardless of your pleasure, there are certain precautions to take to ensure the utmost enjoyment for everyone.

wakeboardingcloseupThe excitement of wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, and numerous inflatable water toys have taken the thrill of boating to an entirely new level. Families are spending weekends together more and more, participating in all kinds of activities on the water. But like any pastime, it requires a certain amount of responsibility. In addition to bending to a learning curve, boaters must practice safe boating and be considerate of others on the water.

While, it is unfortunate some boaters end up in trouble due to ignorance, towing a person behind a boat can be lots of fun when it's done with everyone's safety in mind.

With more than 50 years of experience on the water, I have heard many fascinating stories about boaters enjoying themselves, but I have also heard (and seen) many unsafe ones as well.

Here are four major examples of what not to do and most importantly, to learn from.

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brenda-at-the-wheel“He” is the Captain and “She” is the First Mate. At least, that’s the way it seems most of the time, as we seldom see women at the wheel—especially when docking or anchoring. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!


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vhf-16An early departure from the Melbourne Marina in Florida-while we enjoyed breakfast on the bridge would allow us a full day on the water heading north on the Intra Coastal Waterway. We had enjoyed the last two months cruising the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas with our friends. The morning sunshine lit up the multi-million dollar homes along the shoreline, while dolphins challenged our digital cameras. Cruising life doesn't get much better than this! But,

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Doug and Brenda Dawson have just returned from two weeks of boating in the Bahamas.

They were pleased to meet so many Loopers who had done the Great Circle Tour and were now in the Abacos.

America's Great Loop is the continuous waterway that circumnavigates the eastern portion of North America - along the Atlantic seaboard, across the Great Lakes, through the inland rivers, and around the Gulf of Mexico. It is sometimes referred to as the Great Circle Route.

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