Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Boat for Sale: 1986 Nash 26 Cruiser

Excellent small cruising boat built 1986 with lots of room down below. Said to be the largest 26 available. According to Sailquest (Used Sailboat Market in Canada): "The Nash 26 first made its appearance in 1977, and while it may not be as numerous as other entry-level models, more and more of these boats have been finding their way on the used market in recent years. It is a relatively large 26 footer with a nice interior layout which includes the maximum in the way of cruising amenities for a boat in this size range. Despite the priority placed on interior space, it still has acceptable proportions for a cruising boat."

  • L.O.A.: 26' (7.92 m)
  • L.W.L.: 21' 3" (6.48 m)
  • Beam: 8' 6" (2.59 m)
  • Draft: 3' 6" (1.07 m)
  • Displacement: 5200 lbs. (2359 kg.)
  • Ballast: 2100 lbs. (953 kg.)
  • Sail area: 287 sq. ft. (26.66 m²)
  • Roller furling, bimini top
  • Steering: wheel
  • Engine: Buch diesel DV8 inboard
  • Battery Charger: Newmar Nautilus-15
  • Headroom: 6' 0" (1.83 m)
  • Rating (PHRF-LO): 225

    Presently lying Port Stanley at the Portside Marina in the Flats. Inquiries: Paul Nicholls 519-630-9729 after 8:00 p.m.,

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

2007 Boating Season Underway

  • Prelaunch maintenance

  • Dock move requests

  • Rising overall costs

  • Hydro/water surcharge

  • Government regulations

  • Onsite boaters' meetings

The 2007 boating season is underway at Portside. Pre-launch maintenance requiring power, will be arranged on a first come first served basis. Returning dockers can retain their same dock, move requests will be entertained where they can be arranged.

Portside appreciates the efforts of all our boaters to conserve energy and water in the past, as we solicit your help over the coming season to control rising costs. On November 1st, 2004, the Ministry of Natural Resources introduced a new format for evaluating fees for water leases to marina operators, and they will double by January, 2009. The price of gas, diesel, propane and Central Elgin taxes, along with water and hydro, have all had increases in the past year. Since 2005, Portside has been forced to pass on these costs to our customers. To those in good standing, a 5% overall increase will be assessed. Time and delinquent accounts will be charged a further 1%-2% on the unpaid balance.

We at Portside have noticed in our decade and a half tenure, many dramatic changes in boating. With changes like licensing permits, vessel equipment requirements, liquor regulations, and more visible enforcement, these are all concerns boaters must be aware of. Make no mistake--a plea of ignorance on any of these issues will not be a viable defense.

Portside Marina sees itself as a proactive player rather than a reactive member of this boating community. Therefore we are offering a gathering place for organized meetings concerned with whatever boating-related information members might consider worthwhile. From insurance, surveying, and general maintenance--all contribute to a better boating season. Portside is always looking for ways to keep our boaters abreast of new products and services available to them. "Listening," we recognize, is rapidly becoming the most valuable tool in our toolbox. "Please don't be shy."

David Taylor, Gerry Koops

Monday, April 04, 2005

Toronto--Jimmy Buffet Live in Concert

Relatively near to home for once. Jimmy Buffet and The Coral Reefer Band, Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on the CNE grounds, Monday June 13, 2005. Tickets on sale now from 19.75 to $74.25 Reserved, or $40.25 Lawn Seating available at all Ticketmaster outlets or call 416/870-8000. Further details on the Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Web site.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Check the March Archive (link is at bottom of the starboard column) for many items on sale around the marina. Some of the still-available ones are listed below, but there are many more. If you have an item for sale or are looking for one, just send the details/pictures to or give them to Gerry or Dave and we'll get your ad posted on the site.

  • Steering, Handbearing Compasses

  • Force10 Cabin Heater

  • Kenyon Alcohol Stove

  • MacGregor 25, Outboard

  • Origo 3000 Alcohol Stove

  • Fiberglass Waste Tank

  • Freshwater Tank

  • Jeep Tow Bar

  • Jabsco Bilge Pump

  • Force10 Seacook Stove

  • Electric Galley Stove/Oven

  • Stewart Warner Air Compressor

  • Bow Pulpit, Stanchions

  • Schaefer Traveller

  • Head and Fittings

  • Pumps and Fittings

  • Pedestals and Winches

  • TMC Freshwater Footpump

Canadian Law Next Problem for Ferry

A Canadian trade act limiting foreign business has been targeted by Cleveland port officials as the No. 1 roadblock to meeting a 2006 deadline for a proposed ferry service to Port Stanley, Ontario. Royal Wagenborg, the Dutch company chosen to run the service, says it can't make the multimillion-dollar investment required without resolving interpretation issues with the Coasting Trade Act. The act discourages large foreign investment, port President Gary Failor said, because it restricts companies to one-year licenses. "If Wagenborg makes the investment and proves the service profitable, someone else could come along a year or two down the line," Failor said.

Rose Ann DeLeon, the port executive overseeing the ferry project, visited with Canadian officials in Ottawa last week to discuss the trade act and the other major unresolved issue - ownership of the port at Port Stanley. The Canadian government is divesting itself of port facilities across the country, including Port Stanley. As such, the port has no solid negotiating partner. However, the municipality of Central Elgin, which includes the village of Port Stanley, hopes to take ownership of the port in the near future. The port authority board voted Friday to extend consultant Stuart Theis' contract by six months for up to $42,000. The money comes from a federal grant. Theis will concentrate on solving the remaining issues in Canada, while port employees focus on issues at home, including lobbying for federal money to build a ferry terminal in Cleveland.

DeLeon said the port authority doesn't plan to take legal action and hopes the Coasting Trade Act can be interpreted in the ferry's favor. Past licensing decisions vary. In 1997, for example, a company proposed a ferry service between Toronto and Rochester, along with other routes. A Toronto-based cruise line objected, however, and the government refused the request, finding that adequate service was already available from the Canadian operator. Less than a year later, another company applied to use two Danish catamarans for a ferry in the Vancouver area. In that case, the government determined there was no Canadian vessel available or interested in pursuing the route and approved the license.

Source: Sarah Hollander. "Canadian law is next problem for ferry plan," The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) 10/19/05.

Water Levels Continue Upward Trend

According to the Canadian Hydrographic Service's Monthly Water Level Bulletin, "Water levels on all of the Great Lakes except Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are above their all-time average level for this time of year. Lake Superior is at its all-time average level for this time of year and Lakes Michigan-Huron are below their all-time average level for this time of year. All lakes are presently above the level of Chart Datum." The details are:

  • Mean Water Level March: 174.30 meters

  • Mean for March Last Year: 173.96 meters

  • March Mean Past 10 Years: 174.17 meters

  • Probable Mean Next Month: 174.36 meters

  • Minimum for March: 173.20 (1934)

  • Chart Datum: 173.5 meters

Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Beaufort Scale

Click to enlarge. Good to print out. Source: Mount Washington Observatory, North Conway NH,

Atomic IV Engine for Sale

For sale: the classic Atomic IV by Universal gas engine, complete with gear box, shaft, prop and panel. Clean, low hours, fresh water unit runs well. Replaced by a diesel-- but it was a hard choice to make. Inquire: David Taylor at 519/773-2342 or 519/870-1753,

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Onboard Entertainment: 13" TV

For sale: 13" television with remote, suitable for small boats. Separate passive VHF/UHF/FM antenna has 12-position fine-tuning control to maximize signal quality. Or plug in a VCR or DVD to watch movies. Cheap at $45, Paul Nicholls,

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Official Port Stanley Web Site

The official Village of Port Stanley Web site designed and maintained by Web Works Unlimited. Lots of current local information here.