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Take a trip down the Rideau Canal

This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel the length of the Rideau Canal with my dad in our boat. Our boat is a humble 18ft bowrider runabout that I’ve talked about before. Our route would take us from Kingston, Ontario to the nation’s capital in Ottawa, where I currently live. Logistically there was a lot of… » 7/27/15 9:14pm 7/27/15 9:14pm

RMS Titanic : The Virtual Review

Lately I’ve decided to expand my horizons and start learning about boats, and I feel that I gathered enough knowledge to start writing about the subject. For my first boatlopnik essay, I’ve decided to think out of the box and and I’m proud to present the first ever virtual road test of a boat. Buckle up because today… » 7/13/15 10:30am 7/13/15 10:30am

1989 Supra Bravura: Boatlopnik Oppo Review

In the spirit of another Boatlopnik Review I saw recently, I thought I’d write up one about my boat, which is now in the middle of its 10th summer with me. I have a hard time believing that since I was 24 when I got the boat. That was a very different time of my life, I’ve since bought a house, gotten married, changed… » 7/06/15 10:41am 7/06/15 10:41am

Two stroke Thursday: watercraft edition

My family picked up a cottage property in the late 90’s, and the best part about it was that it came with a boat. I was 11 years old at the time, but that didn’t stop me from doing a local boating course to obtain my “Pleasure craft operators card” just coming into effect in Ontario. The boat was a mid-late 80’s… » 6/25/15 9:46am 6/25/15 9:46am

2006 Four Winns 180 Horizon: Boatlopnik Oppo review

Recently there were a few other non-auto Oppo reviews, so I decided to collect my photos and share a review of a product I’m rather enthusiastic about: the 2006 Four Winns 180 Horizon. There’s no question I enjoy driving four wheels, but when the weekend comes, there’s no other place I’d rather be. » 6/16/15 8:00pm 6/16/15 8:00pm

Tips for boat launching?

Figured someone here could help. Soon I plan on taking our boat out with a few friends. I’ve been around boats for a long time and I’m confident in driving the boat and landing it etc. The only thing that will be super new to me is actually getting the boat on the water. I will spend some time practicing beforehand,… » 5/06/15 11:00pm 5/06/15 11:00pm