Dec 14, 2017

BSVTThe Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) allows boaters to practice the basics of recreational small boat handling. 

The BSVT embodies high-end technology featuring three computer screens with a selective rotating field of vision close to 360 degrees. It has a responsive steering wheel with console switches for horn and navigation lights. It is modeled after a Boston Whaler Dauntless 200 with Mercury outboard and controls. It reacts to variable settings for trim, current and wind. On the dashboard you see your compass, tach and speedometer. Boat show attendees can manoeuvre through simulated exercises in a virtual lake, without the risks of a real boat on the water.



The program consists of fourteen preplanned lessons that cover:

1. Departing the Dock
2. Working with Spring Lines
3. Fairways
4. Pivot Turn
5. Mooring
6. Docking
7. Slalom
8. Crossing/Overtaking/Meeting
9. Emergency Stop
10. Beaching
11. Man Overboard
12. Navigation Aids
13. Night Operations
14. Open Waters

A Boating Skills Virtual Trainer will be at the following shows for attendees to gain hands-on experience and learn new manoeuvres, without risk.

Toronto International Boat Show January 12 - 21
Vancouver International Boat Show January 17 - 21
Salon du bateau et des sports nautiques Montreal February 1 - 4
Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show February 8 - 11
Halifax International Boat Show February 8 - 11
Victoria Boat Show February 16 - 18
Ottawa Boat Show February 22 - 25
London Boat Fishing and Outdoor Show February 23 - 25
Quinte Sportsman Show March 9 - 11

To book a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer for your Squadron event contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Canary Islands – Staging Area for Atlantic Crossings Through the Ages

The Canary IslandsBy Paul and Sheryl Shard

I don’t know what I expected the first time we made landfall in the Canary Islands but I have to admit that after sailing from the lush mid-Atlantic island of Madeira, I was seriously surprised when the barren desert-like landscapes of the Canary Islands came into view.

The Canary Islands are a mid-Atlantic archipelago lying only 70 nm off the African coast at it’s closest point. An autonomous community of Spain, the Canary Islands lie at the outermost point of the European Union recognized for their historical significance. 

Read more about the Canary Islands... 



Canadian Yachting Digital April 2018



Jeanneau NC 33

Jeanneau NC 33By John Armstrong and Andy Adams

Jeanneau’s newest NC model is the NC 33, and it’s an exciting and innovative inboard cruiser ideally suited to young families or couples.

Nick Harvey, President of Jeanneau America wanted to emphasize that their new NC 33 features a hull design by Michael Peters. Peters’ hand has been on many of the company’s recent designs and strong performance and excellent sea-keeping are to be expected.

At an overall length of 34.5” and equipped with twin engines, the NC 33 has been designed to fit in between Jeanneau’s NC 9(30’11” with a single engine) and the NC 11 at 36’6” and with twin engines.

Read more about the Jeanneau NC 33.....