Kerry Hann

Kerry Hann

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Don’t Forget our First Responders

“Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not”: American singer-songwriter and guitarist James Taylor. As many people in this strange, new world of COVID-19 struggle with the day-to-day routine of our new normal, recreational boaters, for the most part, seem to be doing just fine. For many, boating is an escape — a getaway from the routine and monotony of life. And while recreational boaters ...

Boating: The New Normal

Welcome to the 2020 recreational boating season and the new normal of pandemic-related sailing. As every human on the planet already knows, the best way to avoid COVID-19 is through physical/social distancing — staying at least six feet away from the person next to you. Thankfully, boating is a safe, almost perfect, social distancing activity. Right now, boaters are not the only people navigating the uncharted waters of living in a world with the novel coronavirus COVID-19. But the ...

Environmentally Friendly

There are few groups out there as environmentally aware as recreational boaters. Most responsible boaters will make every effort to ensure they are not doing anything to negatively impact their surroundings. Many boat owners today are making greater efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their vessels in order to burn less fuel and reduce their carbon footprint. And what boat owner would not want to burn less fuel? The Sailors for the Sea Green Boating Guide contains a number of ...

Batten Down the Hatches

You don’t have to be a master mariner to realize that weather patterns are changing — and unfortunately, not for the better. Climate change, yes Mr. Trump it is a real thing, has been turning Atlantic Canadian weather patterns on its head for the last decade or so. Storms are more frequent and becoming more intense. And for many Atlantic Canadian boaters, hurricane season is now part of their marine vocabulary. The Dartmouth-based Canadian Hurricane Centre is predicting that you ...

Weed on the Water?

On October 17 of last year, the federal government’s much publicized Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) legalized, regulated and restricted access to cannabis in Canada. Government stated that this Act is a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale, possession and use of cannabis in Canada. It allows adults to possess and use small amounts of cannabis. This will no longer be a criminal offence in Canada. In addition, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (Bill C-46) ...

Your Most Important Piece of Equipment

The winter season is an ideal time for Atlantic Canadian recreational boaters to check and review their vessel’s equipment. While most boatowners will take this downtime to inspect hulls, sails and engines, the most important pieces of equipment that should be carefully checked are sometimes taken for granted — lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs). You are required by law to have a lifejacket or PFD on board for each person on a watercraft. This even includes human-powe...

Vessel Tariff Could Prove Costly for Industry

Canada’s $10-billion recreational boating industry is caught in the middle of a trade war with its powerful neighbour to the south. As trade talks between Canada and the United States continued on a downward spiral this past spring, U.S. President Donald Trump lived up to an earlier threat and slapped a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum from Canada. While it is more than reasonable for Canada to retaliate to these tariffs, what is questionable and seemin...

A New Course for Atlantic Boating

Welcome to the winter 2018 issue of Atlantic Boating Magazine — the first published under the Navigator Publishing brand. Navigator Publishing has been covering the commercial marine industry in Atlantic Canada for more than two decades and we are now excited about the opportunity to broaden our scope to include recreational sail and power boats. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the recreational boating industry in Canada had an estimated 2016 revenue of $10 ...