the world -- from the Kimberley on Australia's remote and rugged northwest
coast to Uganda's Lake Victoria. Our readers love seeing them all, in the
process discovering not only new places, but also boat builders they
(and we) have never heard of. This week we received some pictures from
BoatTEST.com members which are about as far removed from the normal
boating scene as one can get. Clue: they have one of the shortest boating
seasons on planet earth.
To find out where these three men are cruising and the month of the year, break the ice...
This shot was taken while out in Barrow Strait near Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Picture of myself
(Randy Nungaq) captain, my son (Sheldon Oqallak) near the stern, and a friend (Greg Kalluk)
passenger. This is on a 2008 20 foot Silver Dolphin Cuddy Cabin, which is welded aluminum
and powered by a 150-hp Honda outboard. Picture taken on July 29, 2009. Notice the ice.
BoatTEST.com member Randy Nungag with friends and family waving as they leave
Gascoyne Inlet, Devon Island -- the largest uninhabited island in the world.
Randy Nungag and friend after refueling in Arctic Bay, Baffin Island on August 4, 2009.
The boat is a Silver Dolphin 19.5 aluminum boat built by Fab-Tech Industries, Inc, located in
Glovertown, Newfoundland, Canada.
Sat photo of Resolute on Cornwall Island, Nunavut, Canada. In the 1950s this was the
location of a DEW (Distance Early Warning) Line base and because of its long runway is now a
commercial air hub of northern Nunavut. Yes, that is ice in Resolute Bay at the lower left.
Arctic Bay, Baffin Island,Nanuvut, about 250 miles from Resolute, as the arctic tern flies.
The bay is all ice.
Resolute ("A") on Cornwall Island is the home of BoatTEST.com member Randy Nungag.
He and his crew powered across the famous Lancaster Sound ("C") to Arctic Bay ("B"), Baffin
Island ("F") about 135 miles east. Gascoyne Inlet ("E") is just northeast of Beechey Island
("G"), the last known winter-over place of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in the early 1840s.
Devon Island ("D") is home to musk ox and polar bear, but not people.
"A" marks Arctic Bay on Baffin Island, "B" is Resolute on Cornwall Island, and "C" is
Peel Sound which ended up being the key to the Northwest Passage. Thanks to global warming this
sea way is now mostly passable in August and the ice breaks up in early July.
place, please send them with a description to editorial@BoatTEST.com as we would
love to share them with our members all over the world.]