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Vancouver Chapter's Yanmar Needs a New Home

Janet and Martin McKeown

The Vancouver Chapter’s Yanmar 30 engine, used for the education courses, is in need of a new home/garage. As many of you know, diesel mechanic David West offers incredibly informative and practical diesel engine courses for BCA members. The advanced course is hands on using the Chapter’s Yanmar 30, …

Fleets of Bluewater Cruising Association

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year, a number of members of BCA get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. They …

In Memoriam - Tom Hoskin

Rosario Passos

Tom Hoskin had impeccable attendance at the Vancouver Fleet meetings, and some of you, past and current Vancouver fleet members, may remember him helping with the set up and sharing his knowledge about racing, his memories from being a park warden in the Broken Island group and his stories …

Vancouver Fleet Report: May 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The May meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on May 28. The program featured Anders Lonnqvist and Elizabeth Angst drawing from their vast experience delivering yachts across oceans and along rivers in all weathers to tell about common problems that cruisers …

Vancouver Fleet Report: April 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The April meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on April 30. The topic for the evening was “Medical Preparation & Common Illnesses for Offshore Adventures” presented by doctors and Fleet members, Martin and Janet McKeown. Janet and Martin started their presentation …

Vancouver Fleet Report: March 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The March meeting of the BCA Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on March 26th. The presentation was on Marine Electrical Design with Jeff Cote. Among the items he covered were: un-switched distribution switches, the proper use of starter and house batteries, alternator charge …

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The February meeting of the Vancouver BCA Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on February 26 with David Sutcliffe presenting on Safety at Sea. The presentation revolved around a main theme: staying on board. It is well known that the chances of survival are greatly …

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on January 29. The theme for the presentation was, ‘Getting Ready to Leave’, presented by Fleet members Greg and Laurie Yellenik. The topics covered included: banking, wills and beneficiaries, BC Medical, MMSI numbers, …

Vancouver Fleet Report: December 2018 - Solstice Potluck

Rosario Passos

Every December, rather than gathering at the Scottish Cultural Centre as usual, the Vancouver Fleet gets together at Cam and Marianne’s place in Vancouver to celebrate the Holiday season and share adventurous sailing plans amidst conversations that invariably involve watermakers, bilge pumps, switches, batteries…. I could go on. These …

Vancouver Fleet Report: November 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

There were two Vancouver Fleet meetings in November – both held in the Caberfeidh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. OpenCPN The first was a workshop on OpenCPN and GE2KAP led by Malcolm MacPhail of Good as Gold. Eight people arrived with their laptops and followed Malcolm as he …