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Pat created the newsgroup
can.rec.boating in May 1998 for Canadian boaters to talk online. Although it still exists, it is no longer used by boaters and is mostly spam. The can.rec.boating Charter explained the group's creation.
Here is a very old list of boating newsgroups and forums:
can.rec.boating - boating in Canada can.rec.boating (read-only) can.rec.fishing - fishing in Canada can.rec.fishing (read-only) ott.rec.sailing - sailing in the Ottawa River ott.rec.canoe-kayak - canoeing in the Ottawa Riverrec - Usenet world-wide:
rec.boats - hobbyists interested in boating rec.boats.building - boat building, design, restoration, repair rec.boats.cruising - cruising in boats rec.boats.electronics - electronics, hardware, software on boats rec.boats.paddle - boats with oars, paddles rec.boats.racing - boat racing rec.boats.racing.power - speed competition, powered rec.outdoors.fishing.bass - freshwater bass rec.outdoors.fishing.saltwater - saltwater fishing rec.sport.water-polo - water polo rec.sport.waterski - waterskiingalt - Usenet world-wide:
alt.great-lakes - the Great Lakes alt.sailing.boats.crew - crew members on wind-powered boats alt.sailing.pbsa alt.sport.jet-ski - personal watercraft