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 Bulletin: RollerTrol™ Automation Systems is Launched!  
  • We have been busy making and selling 12v marine roller blinds for some time, and we have decided to start selling the components at RollerTrol.com so others can do the same.
  • Take a look at our online store for tubular motors and other associated products - make your own custom blinds that fit your boat perfectly!
  • While you're at it, check out our tubular motors with built-in radio controllers. When used with our multi-channel remotes, you can control all your blinds with a single remote!
  • AND DON'T MISS OUR SUPER LOW DRAW LIGHT SENSING SWITCH - perfect for automatic night-time light sensing operation of your ANCHOR LIGHT!!
  End Bulletin: RollerTrol™ Automation Systems  

Boating is the primary focus of this website. For complementary boating products such as 12v lighting control and 12v motorized blinds and shades, see our RV & boat automation DIY kit store.

If you are a boater and agree with Ratty's celebrated point of view that there is absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats, then you probably enjoy boating activities as much as we do.
our 30' LancerOur boat Serenade is a comfortable, reasonably quick sailboat with a tall masthead rig, plenty of sail area, and a sleek canoe hull with a deep fin keel and high aspect ratio spade rudder. The standard marconi rig provides good light air performance. Her tumblehome topsides complement her streamlined profile.
In the spring, summer and fall months, we live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC), Canada, where we cruise the amazing waters surrounding the island. For me, sailing is a very pleasant experience, often full of elation, at other moments a source of peace and tranquility, where your eyes feast on the beauty of the scenic marine environment and your lungs breathe volumes of the freshest air on earth.

We aren't open ocean sailors, and our style can probably best be summarized by something a famous naval architect once said:

"I happen to know several sailors who do not like night sailing, having done too much of it already. They do not like the hardships of ocean racing in a sport that is supposed to be a pleasure. . . . What they want is to sail in the daytime in pleasant weather and sail fast enough to get the sensation of sailing. The only thing that will satiate the desire of these men is the sailing machine, and they should be allowed to have it."

--L. Francis Herreshoff, The Common Sense of Yacht Design

Nanaimo Harbour picture taken from Newcastle IslandOur home port is the City of Nanaimo, a perfect sheltered location to keep a vessel, as you can see in this picture. Serenade is tied up to the Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park docks on the far left. You don't even have to leave the harbour to visit one of the most beautiful marine parks in North America!

With access to the many thousands of miles of spectacular sheltered coastline, including the vast myriad of islands, inlets, sounds, rivers, lakes and white sand beaches (often with a backdrop of 10,000 ft mountains), we never run out of places to go and things to see. These experiences have given me the opportunity over the years to learn something about boating, having met many interesting characters along the way.

So kick back and relax, and take a cruise through our website ... we sincerely hope you enjoy exploring the wide wonderful world of boating with us!