May 25, 2012
Friday – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday – 11 am to 4 pm
At Coal Harbour Marina
Grand Yachts Inc Sales Dock
1535 Coal Harbour Quay
A little bit of everything!
A showcase of some fine yachts for sale from under 17 feet to over 80 feet!
Traditional and modern designs, including two unique sailing yachts!
May 23, 2012
If you plan to be in Vancouver on your yacht June 1-3 be sure to check out Vancouver’s own In The House Festival and remember to buy your tickets early as they will no doubt vanish fast. The 9th Annual festival is the brainchild of Vancouver producer Myriam Steinberg who inevitably attracts fine talent due to her own creativity and artistic vision. The In the House Festival will not only introduce you to 20 shows and over 60 acts, it will give you the chance to view them in the intimate setting of 12 private homes and backyards located in Vancouver’s trendy Commercial Drive district. The talent is diverse so choose the individual performances that suit your taste, or buy a weekend pass and take in the entire experience. The full schedule gives details of each act . Genres range from bluegrass, jazz and Gypsy violin; to dance, spoken word, vaudeville and circus acts. This festival is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Vancouver; it will give you a sense of the cultural diversity which makes this one of best places on earth to live and definitely will give you something to write home about. Locals interested in volunteering can apply on-line or support the festival through purchasing merchandise or by making donations. As an added bonus this year’s festival t-shirt sports a picture of a boat!
Amongst other details found on the website, you will see that the mandate of the festival is to:
1) Increase audience awareness of the immense variety and talent of performers in Vancouver through culturally and stylistically varied acts.
2) Create strong communities by getting home owners to open their homes as venue hosts and bringing together people from both the neighborhood and the rest of the city in the intimate setting of the home.
3) Bring recognition and exposure to artists based in the Lower Mainland in a non-traditional way.
Date: June 1-3, 2012
Time: Box office opens at 5 pm on Friday, June 1 and noon on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. The first show is at 7:00 pm on June 1st and 2:00 pm on June 2nd + 3rd.
Address: The box office will be located on Napier and Victoria
Tickets: Single tickets: $15 adults / $10 kids 4-show pass: $50 adults / $30 kids Weekend pass: $95 adults / $75 kids
Tickets are available at Highlife Records (1317 Commercial Dr.) or on-line at http://www.inthehousefestival.com/index.php?article=purchase tickets
May 10, 2012
Whether it’s for entertaining on a sunny West Coast weekend, or for taking advantage of our ability to cruise late into the fall, this boat has many features that will be appreciated. Boathouse kept and professionally maintained, this fine piece of work has all of the modern conveniences and is ready for a trip this weekend. Wood boat enthusiasts will appreciate the quality craftsmanship that one expects to find in a Monk design. The hull is mahogany below the waterline and red cedar planking above; the keel is made of fir and the stem is gumwood. Decks appear to have been well cared for and a visual hull inspection done in October 2011 did not observe any deficiencies.
Below deck you will find 4 well-appointed staterooms and 3 heads. I viewed the boat with the listing broker on a chilly day and noted that the temperature of the lower deck was down right cozy. The warmth of the interior was due in large part to the new block heaters; each heater has a programmable timer and ensures a smoke free quick start to the engines even on cold days. The twin V8 Detroits that give the boat a total of 850 HP are housed in a stand up engine room which is accessible, clean and well maintained. This boat cruises at between 10.5 to 12 knots at 1400 to 1500 RPM and tops out around 16 knots. The Keypower hydraulic bow thruster makes for easy maneuvering and is a feature not found on most wood boats. All new batteries in 2011; two gensets including a 5 kW Westerbeke and a new Northern Lights 12 kW genset with only 45 hours. Remote panels for both gensets were relocated to the helm for easy access in 2011.
For boaters serious about owning a woody this boat is a great option…rumor has it pencils will be sharpened on deals written before the end of May! Full specs can be found at Grand Yachts.
Want to learn more about local boats available in Vancouver? Drop me a note and I’d be happy to preview the boat for you.
Watching the Beach Boys on Jimmy Fallon the other night it occurred to me that I had never known a summer that didn’t include the Beach Boys; they’ve been around even longer than I have. They were promoting their new album “That’s Why God Made the Radio” which is scheduled for release on June 5th. Like the rest of their work, it will surely become a classic part of summer; most of their tunes seem to be synonymous with sunny weather, sailing and good times with friends.
For a long time I’ve thought about assembling a “Great Tunes for Boating” play list and The Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B” will no doubt make the cut, along with Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day O)” and a few other old standards that just seem perfect for boating. It made me wonder what songs readers of Boating Vancouver would include on their “Great Tunes for Boating” play lists. If there is a tune that you crank up each time you start the engine or hoist the sail we would love to know what it is…suggest your favorites so that others can add them to their lists too.