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2019
Swift Trawlers coming to BC | Canadian competitors clean beaches | The BC Boat Show April 11, 2019
C-TOW Marine Assistance 35th Anniversary | The 16th annual Massive Marine Garage Sale | An excellent winter in the Abacos March 28, 2019
Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage | There is a Fire at the Marina! | 2018 Rolex Sailor of the Year March 14, 2019
Waterfront Cottages at John Henry’s | Beneteau unveils its first motor foiler | CY takes a look at Merc’s tech systems February 28, 2019
Fire in the Port Sidney Marina | Indoor sailing: Glenmore Sailing Club plays pool | AGM VS Flooded Batteries - What you need to know February 14, 2019
2019 VIBS Kicks Off Another Great Season of Boating | New Merc 5hp Propane Four Stroke | Adamant 1: Back On Board January 24, 2019
Bunsby Island | The bright December lights of Victoria Harbour, BC January 10, 2019
2018
Van Isle Marina | R2ak Update | How about a Ranger Tug for Xmas? December 20, 2018
Daigle Welding & Marine Builds EagleCraft Boats | Sailing Around Quadra Island | Nature in Telegraph Cove December 6, 2018
Maple Bay Marina | Surge Narrows and Discovery Channel | Swimming with Whales November 22, 2018
Vancouver Island Racing Series | Crescent Custom Yachts | Hiring a Boat Repair Contractor November 8, 2018
CYOB People: Austin Edwards | Keeping Marine History Alive | The World's Largest Regatta October 25, 2018
Great Memories Sailing BC Waters | Putting Your Boat in a Charter Program | Protecting Your Boat October 11, 2018
What to do With Used Sails? | Treasure Discovered | WWII era Boats at the Classic Boat Festival September 27, 2018
Bruce Kirby Given the Order of Canada | Seaweed Blooms Down South | CY Inspects New Beneteau Models September 13, 2018
Vitamin A and E to the Rescue | Sailing Hall Welcomes Inductees | Register Today for an Online Boating Course August 23, 2018
The Pacific Northwest is a Premier Destination | Sail West Report | Leaks: Keeping Water on the Outside August 9, 2018
Joy Ride wins the 2018 Vic-Maui | British Columbia's Lifetimer Boats | The Canadian Dream July 26, 2018
Rendezvous at Pender Island | Round Bowen Island Race | Victoria's Classic Boat Festival July 12, 2018
R2AK Winners | Volvo Penta Unveils Self-docking Technology | BC Marine Parks Forever Society June 28, 2018
Aquatic Invasive Species Legislation | CYOB Meets the Volvo 65s | Dealing with Overheating June 14, 2018
Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre | Mercury Adds to its Pro XS Product Line | Yacht Sales West Profile May 24, 2018
Puget Sound now a No Discharge Zone | New Operators at C-Tow Comox | How to Keep Your Brightwork Bright May 10, 2018
New CYOB Feature | The BC Boat Show in Sidney | 50th Southern Straits Classic April 26, 2018
2018 Melges 24 World Championships | Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month | Pacific Salmon Foundation Gala April 12, 2018
Blind Channel Resort Part 2 | Boats Big Draw in Edmonton | Tropic Ocean Airways and The Moorings March 22, 2018
BC Multihull Society |An Evening with Ron Holland | Blind Channel Resort March 8, 2018
Name The Boat | Developing a Strong Community | Adamant 1: Dealing With Irma's Mess February 22, 2018
M&P Mercury Wins BICEOC Award | BOOT Review | Leatherman Celebrates 35th Anniversary February 8, 2018
Vancouver Boat Show Review | Going ActiveCaptain with Garmin | POTW from BC January 25, 2018
Vancouver International Boat Show Preview | Salt Spring Sensational | North American IOD Invitational Regatta Announced January 11, 2018
2017
Happy Holidays from Canadian Yachting Onboard December 21, 2017
Crescent Custom Yachts at FLIBS | Incandescent to LED Lights | Battery Maintenance December 14, 2017
Milltown Has it All | Ken Schley Makes a Big Splash | CYOB visits the BVIs November 23, 2017
VIRS Winner Pitoraq | The Moorings Add Antigua | Cantius 42 Preview Video November 9, 2017
Abernethy & Gaudin Boatbuilders | Remembering George Cuthbertson | RORC Caribbean 600 October 26, 2017
George Cuthbertson | Page's Resort & Marina | Commodore's Boats October 12, 2017
SS Princess Sophia Exhibit | Silva Bay Shipyard | Could it Happen Here? September 28, 2017
Irma | Victoria Classic Boat Festival | the Name Game September 14, 2017
COSA Sets the Bar High | Desolation Sound in September | Going iPad or Android? August 24, 2017
Sidney Poker Run | Western Canada Jeanneau Rendezvous | I Hit Something! Now What? August 10, 2017
Reflecting on 50 Years of the FireBall Dinghy Regatta | Royal Victoria Yacht Club Wins Club of the Year in Canada July 27, 2017
Maple Bay Marine "Scoop It Up" | Wish List Looking for Champions | Boating History of Canada Part 3 July 13, 2017
BMW Lasqueti Island Regatta | POTW Goes International | When Opportunity NOXX June 22, 2017
America's Cup Readers Responses | Race to Alaska Begins | 150 Years of Boating in Canada June 8 2017
Cowichan Bay Boatbuilding Challenge | Basil Hobbs Memorial SIN Regatta | Electronics Onboard with Owen Hurst May 25, 2017
Race to Alaska Explained | Safe Boating Awareness Week | Meet the National Team May 11, 2017
Going iPad with Marine Navigation | Preventing Boat Propeller Accidents | Pacific Gateway Marina April 27, 2017
2018 Melges 24 World Championships at Victoria International Marina | Supporting Our Olympic Athletes April 13, 2017
Victoria International Marina | Adamant 1 in George Town | New Chandlery at Port Sidney Marina March 23, 2017
2017 Racing Rules | 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta | Guide to Green Boating March 9, 2017
Bluewater Rigging Moving | I Heart My Boat | Rolex Sailor of the Year February 23, 2017
Eye Catching Black Fishing Boat | Captain Cook's Journals at the Maritime Muesum | New Boating Safety App February 9, 2017
New Racing Rules | Journey Across Canada | New CEO of Sail Canada January 26, 2017
Meet the CBSC Racing Team | VIBS 2017 Digital Show Guide Now Available | Patos Island Race 2017 January 12, 2017
2016
Happy Holidays from all of us at Canadian Yachting December 22, 2016
Salty Dawg Rally | Sail Canada's New CEO | Clean Marine BC December 8, 2016
Brand New CYOB Calendar | Living the Dream | Adamant 1 Has Engine Trouble November 24, 2016
New Seawind 1160 Lite | Adamant 1 in the Tennessee River | Sailing Coaches Celebrated November 10, 2016
Clean Marine BC | New Beneteau 41.1 | Removal of Viki Lyne ll October 27, 2016
Adamant 1 Blog | Volunteer Of The Month | Annapolis Boat Show October 13, 2016
Silver Medal Sailors | Classis Boats in Victoria | Thermopylae Regatta | Travel Blog: Lake Michigan and so much more… September 22, 2016
Digital CY Now Ready | Heineken Regatta | Lots of New Models | CPS-ECP Conference and more… September 8, 2016
Rio Wrap-Up | CY Fall Sneak Peek | DIY Water and Ground | Pig War | Rescues and more… August 25, 2016
Remembering Derek Hatfield | Racing at Maple Bay and Cowichan Bay | Team Canada at Rio | MJM 50Z Review and more… August 11, 2016
Pokémon in PFD's? | Cruisers 60 Sneak Peek | Lifejacket Challenge | Rio Around the Corner and more… July 28, 2016
Remembering Steve Tupper | R2AK & Vic Maui | Thunderstorm, ESD and Towing Tips and tons more… July 14, 2015
7 Tips for Night Boating | Poets Cove Rendezvous | Coastal Craft Made Accessible | Cruisers Cantius 54 and more… June 23, 2016
73rd Swiftsure | Victoria Sailors Prepare for Rio | Weather Seminars | Evening Cruise with CY and more… June 9, 2016
Olympic Sailors | Best Burgers | Featured Videos | Emergency Help and more… May 26, 2016
Safe Boating Week | Survey Draw Winner | Victoria Show | Kitsilano Base and more… May 12, 2016
Keep Our Waters | Flare Disposal | Readers' Stories | Marine Gadgets and more… April 28, 2016
Thank a Volunteer | Marine Careers | Azores Video | My First Storm and more… April 14, 2016
Win $100 Gift Cert | CY April Digital Issue | Galley Guys |Flare Disposal Days | Mobile Service Identity and more...  March 24, 2016
April Sneak Peek | Vancouver Cruising | Race to Alaska | Marine Products and more… March 10, 2016
Why Take a Boating Course | GIN Race | Learn to Sail | Signal Flags App and more… February 25, 2016
CY Boat Reviews Online | BC Yacht Clubs & Parks Canada | Stupid Boat Tricks and more… February 11, 2016
Sail Management Courses | Brentwood Bay Cruising | Call for Nominations | Highspeed Boat Lifts | New Launches and Products and much more… January 28, 2016
VIBS Show Guide Download | CPS Virtual Trainer | Azimut 55S | Raymarine Wireless CHIRP and more… January 14, 2016
2015
Happy Holidays from all of us at Canadian Yachting December 24, 2015
CY Boat Show Issue | New Beneteau | Environmental Issues and tons more… December 10, 2015
Shop CY Store | Fall Racing News | VIRS | Seattle Show and more… November 26, 2015
Galley Guys | CY December Peek | Spill Drill | FLIBS and more… November 12, 2015
Contest Winner | Holiday Gift Ideas | Sailing News and Charts to Cuba October 22, 2015
Mustang Recall | Boat to Cuba | Annapolis Show | Our Product Reviews and more… October 8, 2015
Contest Time | Remembering  Dirk Kneulman | Invasive Species | Lagoon 630 and more... September 25, 2015
Hot Yachts with Hot Cars | Racing Everywhere | Beneteau First 22 | Touching Reunion and more... September 10, 2015
CY New Issue Sneak Peek | Rum Education & Oysters | Boat Show at the Creek | WiFi Onboard and more... August 27, 2015
Racing Wrap-Ups | Hall of Fame |  Jeanneau and Beneteau  |  Cool Products and more... August 13, 2015
Dragon Class | Jeanneau 54 | PanAm Sailing | Electronics on Water... July 23, 2015
Lots of Racing | Hanse 315 | West Coast Regattas | New Products and more... July 9, 2015
Prevent Invasive Species | CORK and PanAm Racing | Monte Carlo 6 | Scholarships and more... June 25, 2015
Blue Flag Program | Prince Rupert Stopover | Storm Dock Protection and Lots of Racing... June 11, 2015
Easter Seals Regatta | Experts Sacrificial Anodes | Volvo Ocean Race | Neptunus Launch and more... May 28, 2015
Safe Boating Week | June CY Peek | Swiftsure Race | Shipwreck Found and much more... May 14, 2015
Be Prepared | Diesel Fuel Pt 3 | Dispose of Flares | Beneteau | Product Focus and more... April 23, 2015
Diesel Fuel Filters | Regal 2100 | May Issue Highlights |Swiftsure Race and much more... April 9, 2015
Nanaimo Boat Show | Diesel Fuel Additives | Barnacle Removal | Neptunus 62 and more… March 26, 2015
Clean Marine B.C | Solar Panel Installation | Sonship 72 | Victoria Boat Show and more... March 12, 2015
CY's YouTube Channel Launches | Ask the Experts | Sewage in Burrard | Coast Guard Vessels in Sydney and more... February 26, 2015 
Power Cats in Pacific | Solar Panel Power | VIBS Results | Rolex Sailing Awards and more... February 12, 2015
How to Care for your Marine Battery and much more... January 22, 2015
Because it's All About the Boats January 8, 2015
2014
Happy Holidays from Everyone at Canadian Yachting! December 11, 2014
Vancouver Boat Show 2015 | CY at METS Amsterdam | Holiday Shopping | St-Barth Cup Winners and more… November 27, 2014
Winter Getaways | Seattle Boat Show | Ask the Experts | West Marine Canada Closing and more... November 13, 2014
CY Website Has Fresh New Look | Ask the Experts | Sailing News and more… October 23, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! October 9, 2014
Green Innovators, New Electronics, BC Marine Museum and more… September 26, 2014
Focus on New Products, C&C 30 One Design, Prevent ESD, Good Harbour-Bad Day and Comfort Food September 11, 2014
Racing Events, October Issue Sneak Peek, Survival Suit Innovation, Shrimp Stew and more… August 28, 2014
CPS Vessel Checks, New offering from Beneteau, Launch 36 Tour, Award winning recipes and more… August 14, 2014
BC Summer Games, Saturna Cookout, Volva and Sail Canada, Best Dip Ever and more… July 24, 2014
Squamish Open, Build a Boat, New Audio Solutions and the new CY Blog July 10, 2014
Fruit Infusion, Boat Scams, Regatta Season, Bavaria Sport 360 and more June 27, 2014
CY Onboard West Introduces Our New Look! June 12, 2014
You may have read in the April issue of Canadian Yachting, that the Galley Guys took a delightful and scenic cruise on the Rideau Canal aboard a Le Boat Horizon Escape 1350.
At the end of last month, Canadian sailors ...
The Walker Bay Venture 14 claims to be the ...
ILCA is seeking new builders to complement its ...
It has been hot in the Abacos this winter. ...
In 2019, C-TOW celebrates its 35th anniversary of ...

Destinations

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At the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allyson and ...
Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
There is good anchoring in Cowichan Bay and nearby, and salt water enough to make any boater happy. ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...


The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

Sailing north of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago offer cruisers a bevy islands with ample anchorages. Tides cause swift currents to run through the islands’ waterways. Few marinas are found in this large, sparsely populated region but one that provides all the services boaters need and especially enjoy is Blind Channel, a marina and resort operated by the Richter family located on Mayne Passage on the east side of West Thurlow Island (50 24. 82N, 125 30. 00).

Read more about the Blind Channel Resort...

 

Lifestyle

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At the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ...
In 2019, C-TOW celebrates its 35th anniversary of providing 24/7 “Peace of Mind Boating” for ...
West Vancouver Yacht Club reports that following an independent certification process the Georgia ...
It has been hot in the Abacos this winter. Whoever said this area was cool this time of year must ...
Unfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 ...
On March 1, Tom Ramshaw of Stoney Lake Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National ...
Vero Beach, aka Velcro Beach, lived up to its reputation again. Our original plan was to be there ...
My husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray ...
After an autumn in Canada, we arrived back in northern Florida at Adamant 1 on January 3rd and with ...
This issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial ...

Boat Reviews

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ILCA is seeking new builders to complement its existing network of manufacturers, the International ...
Nelson Gilbert (1854-1921) began building canoes in Brockville in the 1890s, a time when the sport ...
I have heard a lot of talk lately about trends in yacht clubs where senior membership is getting ...
To get you in the mood for cruising the Boat Show then launching in spring, here’s a boat that ...
Quite simply, the styles of boats have changed. Where in past years a buyer might have been looking ...
At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives ...
Sometimes a great idea requires an encore, and French yacht builder Jeanneau got that with the ...
Tactical Custom Boats announces the sale to a North American client of a custom Tactical 77’ – Fast ...
Bruce Elliott is an inventor. And when he sold the technology he developed to build utility poles ...
One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done ...

Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

Read more about the Swift Trawler 47......

 

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1When Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 46.1, they were inspired by the fact that their previous Oceanis 45 was one of Beneteau’s best sellers and the new 46.1 had to be a clearly superior boat. The Oceanis range is about space and comfort for cruising while still delivering strong performance.

The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

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DIY & How to

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I’ve had two emails over the past few weeks with a count-down to launch (47 days per the last ...
Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...

Sea to Sky SailingSea to Sky Sailing has just been approved as the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognized training centre on the west coast of North America just in time to deliver an epic 2019 season!

“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

Read More about Sea to Sky Sailing......

 

  

Marine Products

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The Walker Bay Venture 14 claims to be the world’s first luxury Explorer Sport Tender. It is ...
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the launch of the new MerCruiser V8 6.2L 370hp Jet Ready ...
My history with the Cayenne goes back many years, as I was at the launch of the original vehicle ...
Last month, Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the ...
Featuring advanced, intuitive 3D controls, Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems deliver a more ...
Gina de Vere approached me at the Canadian Yachting booth at this year’s Vancouver International ...
A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating ...
After developing the Figaro Beneteau 3, the first production foiling sailing yacht, Groupe Beneteau ...
You most likely operate your vessel with batteries that are rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries ...
This past decade has been a real up-and-down ride for the companies who make boating equipment. ...