Does WLSA need an Online Forum?

Update Feb 15, 2014:

Due to: (a) The relatively small number of members who have expressed interest to date and (b) the lack of available time on my part, I have decided to put the forum on hold until the Fall of 2024.

What is an Online Forum?

An internet forum is an online platform or website where individuals can engage in discussions, share information, ask questions, and interact with others who share similar interests or have common goals. Forums provide a virtual space for people to communicate and collaborate on various topics, Forums are organized into categories or threads based on specific themes or subjects.

1. Structure: Think of a forum as an online hub for discussions. It’s organized into different sections, kind of like rooms in a big building. Each section is dedicated to a specific topic or interest, making it easier for people to find discussions related to what they’re interested in.

2. Threads: Threads are like individual conversations within these sections. When someone has something to say or a question to ask, they start a new thread. Other people can join in by replying to that thread, and that’s how discussions grow.

3. User Accounts: To be part of these discussions, you usually need to create a user account. This is like getting your own badge to enter the forum. It helps keep track of who’s who, and you can customize your profile with a unique username and other information.

4. Moderation: Just like in a real-world discussion, there are forum moderators who keep things in check. They make sure people follow the rules, stay respectful, and don’t go off-topic. If someone misbehaves, moderators can step in.

5. Features: Forums often come with some cool features. You can send private messages to other users, search for specific topics, and personalize your profile with avatars and info about yourself. Plus, you can give a thumbs-up or a like to posts you find helpful or interesting.

Boat Handling & Basic Navigation Course

Boat Handling & Basic Navigation
(Formerly Boating 2 & 3)

Course includes covering basic navigation skills using a compass, reading and interpreting nautical charts, using a chart plotter, smartphone or tablet and manual navigation skills needed to navigate safely including how to locate a position, set direction and measure distance.  Safety topics include understanding how to use navigation aids (buoy system), legal responsibilities and much more.Course material will be provided online (with the ability to print out course notes), with instructional videos, knowledge checks and exercises.12-Week Course:  WEDNESDAY EVENINGS February 7 – April 24, 2024 IN PERSON at the Nanaimo Yacht Club. STARTS FEBRUARY 7, 2024 COST:  $264 CPS Members or $330 for non-members


Grand Adventure – Rudder Angle Indicators

Rudder and indicator gauges have recently been installed on both helms. There are slightly different procedures for each helm.

Main helm – The rudder angle gauge is connected to the same circuit as the depth sounder, The breaker for the depth sounder must be in the “on” position. Gauge will work even if ignition switch is off. The 3 way switch below the gauge controls the backlighting – yellow/off/red.

Flybridge – Ignition switch must be in the on position. A backlight switch still needs to be installed

but gauge can be used without backlighting.

Let’s Get Familiar

Hi Power Division members

I am happy to announce that the vast majority of planned (and some unplanned) mechanical work for this year on Grand Adventure has been completed. Other than finishing a deep clean of the interior , and the installation of the new mattress in the aft cabin, the boat is ready for use.

We will be holding familiarization sessions over the next ten days or so. There are a lot of systems on the boat to become familiar with, so we encourage all members to participate in the upcoming familiarization opportunities which will be announced shortly.

Please contact either Cam MacRae @250-701-3451, Doug Johnson @250-746-5257 or

myself @250-213-2184 if you need to schedule other dates and times.



Grand Adventure Update

The last few months certainly have been a Grand Adventure. Lots of changes, updates and maintenance to the boat. Here is a quick list of some of them:

  1. New anchor installed.
  2. Anchor windlass repaired. New solenoid installed.
  3. Varnish removed from much of the brightwork. Will finish the rest next Spring.
  4. Old varnish removed from the teak on the cabin and flybridge. Teak has been sanded and resealed/stained.
  5. New paint on the cabin and flybridge.
  6. New decals installed.
  7. Old hydraulic steering pumps removed, and new pumps installed.
  8. New toilet in the forward head.
  9. Fixed the vacuum problems with the holding tank.
  10. New macerator pump installed for holding tank.
  11. New sump for the aft cabin shower.
  12. Freed up all through hulls.
  13. Installed new teak sealant where water pools on the aft port-side walkway
  14. Working our way through other potential leak areas.
  15. Replacing old inflatable dingy with a Livingston dingy on davits.
  16. Honda outboard made operational.
  17. Work on stern thruster.
  18. Replaced all fuel filters. This seems to have fixed the problem with getting air in the fuel lines. Engine running smoothly and reliably.
  19. Updated DC electrical schematic.
  20. New diesel heater ordered. Should be installed by mid-October.
  21. In the process of trying to repair leaks in old inflatable in order to sell it.
  22. All safety items to meet Transport Canada requirements have been dealt with.
  23. About to finish installation of new step and railing to help members and guests move safely on/off the flybridge.
  24. All canvas cleaned and re-installed.
  25. New foam mattress for rear-cabin bed has been purchased. Hopefully installed this week.

Currently, the boat is good to take out for at least day trips in areas where you have good local knowledge as the depth sounder at the lower helm and the chart plotter at the upper helm are not working properly at this time. We have identified a small leak in the propane stove which we will address shortly. BBQ works but in need of a good cleaning. After a good cleaning of the interior, we will put basic pots, pans, dishes, etc. on the boat.

Please remember that our insurance requires that, even if you are highly qualified, you still need to be formally approved by the Board as a “club-qualified skipper” before you can take the boat away from the dock. Please contact Doug, Cam, or me, if you wish to set up a time to become familiar with the various systems on Grand Adventure.


Power Division Purchase ‘The Grand Adventure’

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Power Division Purchase ‘The Grand Adventure’

Hello Everyone,

Some good news for the club’s Power Division, “PD”. They have acquired a Grand Mariner with moorage in Maple Bay! The vessel is sound, has good bones, and the engine is solid. PD members are currently attending to numerous items including general housekeeping, survey deficiencies, bright work, and ensuring we comply with all Coast Guard requirements. The intention is to have the vessel in good operational condition and looking good by mid July.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the PD, there are currently five out of the ten memberships available with costs as follows:

MEMBERSHIP COST: $6500 until August 30. $7000 starting September 01

MONTHLY FEE: $150 (not including fuel)

BOOKING FEE: $45 per day

And so, our Club’s Grand Adventure continues, Congratulations PD!