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03-07-2010 10:08 PM
Originally Posted by flyz2 View Post
I think we must have a local chapter.. Thanks I hadn't thought of that. any thoughts on importing a us boat.
Highly recommend the CPSS courses - easy to find these offered just about anywhere in Canada.

Importing a boat is dead simple - easier if it's not trailerable (getting the trailer itself approved will be the biggest hurdle, believe it or not). Don't try to BS them on the price to save on taxes/duties anymore - even the Customs can google or craigslist and they will do so to check prices. Never forget that the CBSA has more power (and you fewer rights) than with the police.

No duties on any North American built boat anymore, but you'll still be liable for the taxes when you bring it home. - you should be able to exempt yourself from the state taxes when you buy it across the line.
03-07-2010 09:22 PM
bljones 8k is a decent budget. A grampian 26 is another good Georgian bay cruiser.
Bay Harbour Yachts (Midland, ON)
03-07-2010 09:17 PM
OldSteveH Importing a Boat

Pat's Boating in Canada: Importing a Boat from the U.S.A.
03-07-2010 09:12 PM
flyz2 I think we must have a local chapter.. Thanks I hadn't thought of that. any thoughts on importing a us boat.
03-07-2010 09:09 PM
OldSteveH Another great resource is Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Too late for this years courses, but for next fall they offer classroom courses on basic boating, seamanship sail and power, navigation, weather, etc. Check them out.

03-07-2010 07:48 PM
flyz2 thats kind of my logic given my budget dictates a 30 old boat.
03-07-2010 07:47 PM
tager Swing keels are all negatives. They make noises, the trunk makes noises, if they fall off you are in deep doo doo. If the pennant breaks you might be in deep doo doo. If the bolt breaks you are in deep doo doo. If they rust you are going to have a hard time removing and refurbing them. ...

I hate swing keels.
03-07-2010 07:26 PM
flyz2 Thanks for the info. I will cruise the marina soon as the frigging ice is gone. sorry not a winter guy. In terms of a boat I am hoping for something that I wont outgrow in a few years 8 k budget and able to handle some heavy weather..I have been looking at a cape dory 25, open to anything, Is there and stability plus or negs with a swing keel .
03-07-2010 04:12 PM
OldSteveH I would be surprised if you had to pay anyone to learn how to sail. Nothing wrong with paid lessons of course, but if you go down to your local marina it should not be difficult to find someone who would appreciate your help (and weight on the high side) in exchange for sharing their knowledge.

If it was me I would be careful to find someone who has a calm easy going demeanour, someone has been around for a while and doesn't get into a flap when things get a bit hairy on the water (which they invariably will, sooner or later)

Racing is actually an excellent way to learn to sail. With a good skipper you will learn all of the terminology and jargon. You will learn good sail trim, rules of the 'road' some of which will apply whether or not you are racing, sail adjustments, eg cunningham, reefing, mast rake, main and jib sheet traveller car positions, flying a spinnaker, packing a spinnaker bag, and so on. Club racers are always looking for (reliable) crew. Many clubs and marinas have crew banks.

Happy sailing

03-07-2010 03:34 PM
Originally Posted by OldSteveH View Post
Hi, I'm not looking for a boat though I am indeed a frozen Canuck. Its the fellow with the two girls, who is.

I should post a proper introduction, just bought a boat, but did not want to get ahead of myself...

Sorry, Steve, that was a brainfart on my part.
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