In our August issue we follow a canoeist who takes on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail the hard way, upstream, and see how rowers fare on the Inside Passage when they anchor in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our gear reviews include image-stabilized binoculars and safer switches for shop machinery. We take a close look at the versatile Oxford Wherry from Angus Rowboats and the venerable Sailfish, designed by the Alcort company 72 years ago. Our how-to feature offers ways to keep from losing an anchor that won’t release its grip on the bottom. A serial boatbuilder in Ontario shares with us four of the canoes he has built, one of them a lovely shade of robin’s-egg blue, the color of the insulating foam he used for her unusual strip-built construction.