Sunday, April 10, 2011


I've been going through the book on DVD There are a few little errors In the index, should be 390 The Southern Bras d'Or lakes and West Bay somehow, there was a glitch in the scanning and pages 106-109 are not in the right order There are a couple of pages have the same # I'll try and correct these later, but I don't think they'll detract from the usefullness of the book

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

news from lunenburg

The Yacht Shop, next to where the new bluenose is being built, has moved to Halifax and has been taken over by a couple of guys who used to work there. It is now called Lunenburg Boat Locker, and carries much the same stuff as before, hopefully including my book. One good thing is they have a very good mechanic/boat systems guy, a much needed service in this area. Go to them if you have a balky engine etc. While you're there. take a look at the new Bluenose, you can see it on line at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

weather forecasts

In Western Nova Scotia, forecasts are notoriously unreliable. Part of the reason is that the doppler radar in Halifax does not reach anywhere to the south and west. Lurcher and Browns bank are not covered at all. This means it is impossible to see any strong convection cell, developing circulation etc. We are alway at risk of getting unforecast 40-50 knot winds when a front passes. You might like to look at it covers the whole world, its free and pretty good. We are in the north atlantic-new england section. We used it all the time on our trip, after it was shown to us by Capt. Don Barr, late of the Bluenose2. A number of local fishermen are now using it