Canadian Yacht ChartersHorizon Yacht Charters announces the opening of their latest yacht charter base in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Located at the redeveloped Blue Lagoon Marina the new base will serve clients who seek to cruise the unspoilt Grenadines. The base will open on 1st October 2014 with a fleet of monohull and catamarans ranging from 37 to 51 feet in length. Luxury crewed yachts as well as bareboat charters will be offered.

Route Halifax St. Pierre 2014Eyes were on Hurricane Arthur as a fleet of ocean racing sail boats were scheduled to leave Halifax harbour on Tues., July 8th, 2014. The fleet for “Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2014”start Halifax harbour at noon and then race on a 353-mile course to the French islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

SoarThis year celebrates the 35th running of the Squamish Open Annual Regatta hosted by the Squamish Yacht Club.

The Galley Guys were invited to party, in fact we were invited to a Birthday party, make that a double birthday party. Pam and Ken Blodgett, the owners of Canadian Yacht Charters, invited friends to celebrate their birthday at their charter base in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island.

As expected, our drive from Toronto to Tobermory to catch the Chi Cheemaun Ferry to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island, was well worth the drive as we met up with Pam, Ken and a troop of of revellers for the festivities.  The cast of characters was made up of charterers readying their boats, staff, tradespeople, locals and others that just seemed to belong to this amazing community.

Trent Severn Rideau HoursThe federal government announced extended hours of operation for both the Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway, in time for the Canada Day long weekend. Parks Canada will add a total of 112 hours to the navigation schedule over the entire boating season — a great achievement for recreational boating and the result of our industry's unified advocacy efforts under the leadership of NMMA Canada.

Marlow Hunter Rendezvous 2014The 2014 summer rendezvous schedule starts with truly something special, "We congratulate our long time dealer consistently in the Top 10 in sales and customer service on being in business for 50 years", stated Mr. John T Peterson, President of Marlow-Hunter, LLC.  "And there isn't a better way to kick off the season, than to be at the Specialty Yachts Rendezvous for the 35th consecutive year," Peterson went on to elaborate..

On July 19 and 20, 2014 the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club celebrates its third annual Summer Blast Regatta, open to all white sail boats with valid PHRF certificates.  Fleets accepted. It will be a blast indeed!  A panorama of on shore festivities will surround two full days of racing with seven races scheduled for each of the one-design classes. PHRF boats will sail three scheduled course races and a medium distance race.

West Marine 1West Marine announced the grand opening for its new flagship store in Sausalito, CA. Grand opening festivities kick off on Thursday, July 31 at 8 a.m. and go through Sunday, August 3. The parking lot will be transformed into a waterlife show, with boats and marine-related schools and clubs. In-store events will include tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles. The new Sausalito store is located at 192 Donahue Street, in the Marin Gateway Shopping Center.

Pink BoatOnce again, Naden Boats, a Northern Ontario boat building company is supporting the campaign to find a cure for breast cancer by building and donating a boat – a pink boat of course – that will be raffled off in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure - North Bay.

Smartfind A McMurdo Smartfind Plus G5 GPS Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) recently helped to save the lives of three sailors off the coast of North Carolina when the mast and rig on their 36 foot catamaran came crashing down to the deck.

Destinations

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CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

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Lifestyle

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Boat Reviews

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Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

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DIY & How to

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Marine Products

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