Rick Thompson

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  • in reply to: Silicone sealant/Wax #9618
    Rick Thompson
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    Hi Brian,
    Sealing the stanchions should not be done with silicon sealant. You need a stronger and more permanent sealant like 3M 5200.
    My favourite wax is Meguires #50 cleaner wax. Wax on wax off and keeps boat looking great. I use it twice a year.
    Blue Water Yachts recommends a 3M product for removing oxidation to restore the original shine and then a 3M wax. Check out their website for details
    http://shop.bwyachts.com/category-s/241.htm

    in reply to: Boat Insurance #9310
    Rick Thompson
    Keymaster

    Hi Vlad
    Boat insurance has become a bit of an issue over the last few years as the insurance industry in general struggles. I have not yet heard of a MacGregor being refused insurance but other boats are running into that problem. Group discounts seem to be a thing of the past. Some members with older boats have been required to get a marine survey done on their boat before it can be insured. You can find a list of surveyors and an old copy of policy wording under downloads/reference documents.
    We insured Gemini through our agent who also handles house and car insurance. She found Premier Marine and we are insured for about $450 a year. You need to be a bit careful about the wording of the policy and what is covered. You should check out the MYCBC presentation on Boat Insurance
    I believe you can still get insurance with your membership to the Canadian Power Squadron, so you might want to investigate that.

    in reply to: Campgrounds and Boating #9095
    Rick Thompson
    Keymaster

    Hi Gerry, Excellent idea. LaConner was perfect a couple years ago with the campground right beside the marina. It would be great to come up with a list of marinas that had campgrounds close by to aid in our selection of future Cruise locations. Maybe we can include that information in the posts for each event.
    As regular events, MacRendezvous on Bowen Island has no camping but offers cottages for rent. I’m not sure what kind of camping might exist close to Blaine for our regatta. Sucia raft up has a campground but it is not vehicle accessible.
    This year’s events (if they happen) include Ganges and Bellingham and I’m not sure how close camping might be found.

    in reply to: Shuswap MacShwap POSTPONED TO 2022 due to Wildfires #9091
    Rick Thompson
    Keymaster

    Gemini is definitely interested. First thought on timing is in favour of warmer water but open to either suggested dates.
    On second thought, a little lake sailing in June would be good too. Either, or both?

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