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LGB Update

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I want to remind you about your Lets Go Boating website and bring you up to speed on some things that you can expect this year.

WATER LEVELS GREAT LAKES

All boaters should be concerned about water levels in the Great Lakes. Those of us on Georgian Bay have already seen evidence of low water levels. Not only does this affect us as boaters, it also has a serious negative impact on the environment. Check out Restore Our Water Website at www.restoreourwater.com

There is a draft ...

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Water Levels

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

August 25th, 2012

WAUBAUSHENE, ONT. — From The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Aug. 25 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Last updated Friday, Aug. 24 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

Jim Thomas has given up on using the 15-foot sailboats he keeps propped against the dock behind his cottage. In the 12 years since he and his wife, Pat, bought a bungalow on the edge of Georgian Bay, they’ve watched their shoreline slowly recede, creating a grassy patch behind their home and making it im...

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Urgent

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings!

 

Another good day to contact your MP (listing attached)! Do not let this issue ice over during the winter months. Your safety on the water is being put at risk by your Government. Tell them you are opposed to the closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio!

Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing will be raising the issue of the closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio in the House of Commons today (December 5th) during Adjournment Proceedings. This ...

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Marinas Gear up for Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Parkbridge Marina Staff including Bayport Yachting Centre and Wye Heritage Marina, both in Midland Ontario have taken steps to protect everyone's boats. Check out their Fcebook pages.

Suggestion for Boaters

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, there was a fire at Bayport Yachting Centre in Midland Ontario. Two boats were destroyed but fortunately, no one was injured. It did, however, get Scott Cain, Manager at Bayport, thinking and he is now strongly recommending that boaters install smoke detectors on their boat. Even if they are not there, a fire caused by an electrical short would set it off thus alerting any neighbouring boaters who might be at the Marina. It is not unusual for boatersd to contact the marina office if...

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OPP Advisory for August 2012 Long Weekend

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

FROM/DE: Central Region Headquarters DATE: July 31, 2012

OPP OFFER LONG WEEKEND

PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

(ORILLIA, ON) – With the approach of another long weekend and a forecast promising continued warm weather, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the public to be cautious this upcoming weekend.

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of people who have tragically died on area waterways. Boaters are reminded that the best place for a persona...

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Don't Drink and Boat

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Boating Courtesy Request

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I havea request from a fellow boater that all boaters be mindful of their wake when passing by Henrys Fish House at Sans Souci and the Gas Dock at Honey Harbour. Also remember that slower speeds do not necessarily mean a small wake. Look behind you from time to time and adjust your speed accordingly. Lets be considerate and safe boaters. Thanks.

Gary

Request of Sailboaters

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 17, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

When you are tied up in a marina, please secure rigging lines in such a way that they do not clang against the mast in windy conditions. Thank you.

Important....Closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

My name is Marcie Lavoie and I am the Shop Steward for Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 2182 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I represent the radio operators at Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio.

On May 17th, 2012 the Government announced sweeping reforms to the Marine Communications & Traffic Services program (Coast Guard Radio) including the closure of 10 Centres across Canada. One of the Centres slated for closure is located in Thunder Bay. The Government plans to shut down Thunder Bay Coas...

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Important....Closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

My name is Marcie Lavoie and I am the Shop Steward for Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 2182 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I represent the radio operators at Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio.

On May 17th, 2012 the Government announced sweeping reforms to the Marine Communications & Traffic Services program (Coast Guard Radio) including the closure of 10 Centres across Canada. One of the Centres slated for closure is located in Thunder Bay. The Government plans to shut down Thunder Bay Coas...

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OPP Marine Advisory

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 22, 2012 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

FROM/DE: SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY DETACHMENT DATE: June 14, 2012

OPP ISSUE SAFETY ADVISORY FOR THE UPCOMING RETURN OF THE SS KEEWATIN TO PORT MCNICOLL

(TAY TOWNSHIP, On)- Marine Officers of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Coast Guard marine members wish to advise of the following.

The historic vessel SS Keewatin will be returning to the Port McNicoll slip while under tow on ...

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Visited Georgian Bay Madonna

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend, I visited the site of the Georgian Bay Madonna at McRae Lake near Bone Island on Georgian Bay. You can check out tis interesting story on te LGB Forum. Click Here

Bayport Staff receive Award for heroic Rescue

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Scott, Eric & Alison on receiving the Commissioner’s Citation for Lifesaving and the St. Johns Certificate, for the heroic saving of a Bay Port customer 2 years ago.

Glorious Weekend of Boating

Posted by Gary Pickering on May 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This May 24 weekend was an absolutely delightful time to be boating on beautiful Georgian Bay. The weather co-operated and there were many boaters out there taking advantage of the sunshine and warm temperatures. There were even manywho went swimming, including myself. The water was, shall we say, "refreshing". Looking forward to a long hot summer!!!

Video on Georgian Bay

Posted by Gary Pickering on May 17, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Click here for a 25 minute video featuring Ken McDonald Director of Marine Operations Parkbridge Marinas

Cedar Springs Update

Posted by Gary Pickering on May 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The main dock at Beausoleil Island will be out of service for a few months because the ice severely damaged a large crib. Because Parks Canada does not have the eqjuipment to fix it, they have to go to tender so this will take additional time.

Powerboat Television

Posted by Gary Pickering on May 3, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On Tuesday, May 2, 2012 Powerboating Television producer Mike Gridley and Cameraman Aaron Wasylyk were on hand at Bayport Yachting Centre in Midland Ontario to shoot footage for a segment of PowerBoat Television. They kindly agreed to allow me to shoot some video of them at work while Ken Shiers, a Bayport technician, did the actual installation of underwater lights on a Bayliner 5788 Motoryacht.

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Power Boat Televsion

Posted by Gary Pickering on May 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Powerboat Television was taping a segment on how to install underwater lighting on a 55 foor Bayliner Motoryacht. Pictures and photos tomorrow.

Power Boat Televsion

Posted by Gary Pickering on May 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Powerboat Television was taping a segment on how to install underwater lighting on a 55 foor Bayliner Motoryacht. Pictures and photos tomorrow.


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