Chasing Coral – A Netflix Original Documentary – A Must See For Boaters

“Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.  A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why.”

I just watched this documentary and I was overwhelmed.  The dedication of these biologists is pure passion.  The cinematography and underwater photography is amazing.  I was not familiar with the term “bleaching” and I certainly didn’t realize that it was something that happened in months, not years.

The film opens with Richard Vevars explaining that he was an advertising guy who liked diving.  One day he decided that he wanted to do something better with his life and set out to document the ocean like Google maps.  When he was young, his favourite sea creature was the Weedy Seadragon, he started to wonder why he wasn’t seeing as many of these creatures as he used to and, long story short, this documentary was born. Continue reading

Mosquitos on the Boat

I live with someone who does not get bitten by mosquitos nearly as much as I do.  I have been told that I have “sweet blood” and that is why they are more attracted to me than other people.  While I am never one to turn down a compliment, I had to get to the bottom of this.

This is a bit Cliff Clavin but bear with me.  My research taught me that only female mosquitos bite as they are looking for protein to lay eggs.  There is no nutritional value in blood, their main diet consists of sugar from plants.  This is where the misconception of “sweet blood” originated.  The basic fact is, mosquitos like people who smell.  They are attracted to a combination of body odour, skin bacteria, genes and especially your breath as it reflects your blood-sugar level.  Another thing that attracts mosquitos is beer.  Evidently, beer changes your body odour and these pesky bugs can’t get enough of it.  Continue reading

Tired of Your Throw Cushions?

For a really quick update, visit Fabricland on Marine Drive in Vancouver.  They have pre-made (with zippers) pillow covers in a number of different sizes and tons of different fabrics and colours.  Prices start at $4 and go up to $28 – there are lots to choose from, aisles and aisles.  I bought some blue ones for the boat and some fantastic floral ones for the back yard. 

Really Fantastic Hashbrowns

A big shout out to the Shantina for this product recommendation, Golden Grill Hashbrowns.  They are freeze-dried (don’t give up yet) so they don’t take up freezer space.  Simply add boiling water, let sit 12 minutes and then pan fry.  They are fabulous and taste the same as frozen.  They are a blend of hearty shreds and specially combined seasoned potatoes that can be served in loose shred or patty format.  They have a faster grill time and higher yield. No artificial colours or flavour.  The carton says it serves 7 but it really serves 4 – all that fresh air works up an appetite!  I found them at Costco.

The WASPcam Action Camera

I recently purchased the WASPcam 9905 WiFi Action Camera.  My initial thought was to get some great action shots on the boat but now that I have it, I realized that the camera is great for looking under the boat.  I can check out the zincs on the v-drives without getting in the water.  Originally developed by the Canadian action-sports enthusiast Justin Moore, Cobra Marine purchased WASP in April of this year. Continue reading