BCA has just launched a new initiative on the association website that highlights members’ blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram and other social media sites. While there is a list of member blogs in the BCA Member Directory, they arguably have a fairly low profile and some members may not even know the list is readily available in that publication (pp 99-101 in the 2023 edition). Highlighting or showcasing a variety of blogs on the website, however, raises their profile significantly.
These sites provide both BCA members and non-members with easy access to a wide range of personal experiences while cruising, engaging with local culture and exploring a new location, and when dealing with the challenges and “wins” of maintenance or significant upgrades to a boat. There are frank and honest observations and comments about the joys and frustrations of living aboard, as well as a generous sharing of tips, tricks and techniques. Most include stunning visuals that illustrate and bring their stories to life.
To check out the selection of blogs currently online, go to the BCA website, scroll down past the Calendar of Events in the right hand rail and you will see rotating images that link to a boat’s blog or other social media site. The boat and its owners names are superimposed on the images to assist you find a specific blog or you can simply click on any image and see where it takes you. This is a great way to connect with BCA members, many of whom are still out there pursuing the dream and some whose cruising days may be finished but whose experiences continue to inspire the dreamers among us.
Boats that have already consented to be part of this initiative include:
- Sea Rover II
- Cat’s Paw
- Fortitude X
And more boats are being added almost weekly as they are contacted or hear about this initiative and consent to share their website with BCA.
If you are a BCA member in good standing who would like to participate but have not yet been asked, don’t be shy! Send us an email giving your consent to be included, give us the URL you’d like us to use and attach a favourite landscape oriented photo that somehow captures the essence of your boating experience.
Lastly, thanks to everyone who has stepped up to date; your adventures and your willingness to share them in this way bring BCA’s core values to life:
- Community: Friends on a journey; we are not alone
- Inspiration: Fuelling your dream
- Adventure: The lure of what awaits beyond the horizon
- Sharing: The open exchange of experiences, because no one knows all the answers
- Caring: Respecting our environment, the communities we visit and each other
Happy reading! Happy dreaming! Happy reminiscing!