Articles: Cruising

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We Are Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary - A Message from Jeff Cote

It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since we opened our doors. PYS has come a long way from one employee, one truck and a shared office over Skyline Marina. I started this company because, at the heart of it all, I am a boater.

Solar Charge Controllers

Solar energy is becoming a very common addition to many boat’s electrical systems as an alternative charging source for their battery bank. Solar energy is harvested by photo-voltaic cells converting the light energy, photons, into direct current that can then be stored in a battery bank; however, like all charging sources it is important that the charge is controlled to prevent battery damage.

Best Boat Heater Systems for Cruising Boats

A little heat can go a long way towards extending and enjoying boating into the shoulder seasons when the weather gets cooler and damper. A properly installed marine heater can provide that luxury, but not all heating sources are the same.

Boater’s Test – Cell Phone Booster

Quite often we boat up at the end of Indian Arm, behind Croker Island and across from Granite Falls. The cell reception is spotty at best and it really depends on where you are standing on the dock or where you are in your dinghy out in the bay. There are a number of cellular to WiFi modem solutions, such as the Rogers Rocket Hub or the Telus Smart Hub, but I didn’t want to sign up to a monthly service. I also didn’t want to spend a lot on the initial hardware purchase or have something hard-wired to the boat.

Bilge Pumps

Bilge pumps, automatic or manual, are designed to remove liquids from the bilge. An automatic bilge pump should always be a simple system with a direct, continuous and reliable connection to power.

How Many Times Does Your Bilge Pump Run? Bilge Pump Counters

When we are out on the water enjoying the sights and sounds, it can be easy to forget to do checks that keep your time on the water safe. Regular checks of your vessel should never be put aside but when a good time is being had as we hardly feel like lifting hatches or floorboards to check bilges.

The Café at Hope Bay

The Café sits perched over the water with spectacular views across Plumper Sound to Mayne and Saturna Islands. There is a public, self pay dock directly below the restaurant and there are a few public mooring buoys out front. The anchorage in the bay has decent holding and great protection from west and northwest winds, though the ferry wake is a concern at night.

An Eco-Friendly Way to Prevent Corrosion on Your Boat

The traditional zinc anodes usually used by boaters corrode over time and release very small amounts of cadmium into the water. Cadmium is carcinogenic and if you imagine all the boats and all the marinas in the world, that adds up to a lot of carcinogens in the water. Canada Metal created an environmentally friendly aluminum anode which corrodes without releasing toxins.

9/11: How the Boating Community Came Together To Help

On this day, our condolences go out to those who lost loved ones, friends or family members in the tragic events of 9/11. While many people sacrificed their lives to save others on the land, many also took the responsibility of doing what they could to help those who were trapped in Lower Manhattan. Hundreds of boats came together to pull off the largest boat evacuation in history.

The Best Toilet Paper For Your Boat

How should you go about choosing the best toilet paper for your boat? Apart from your electronics and electrical systems, it is important to ensure that your boat's septic system stays clear of any blockages, and one of the ways to do this is to use the "right" toilet paper.

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