Canadian Yachting West June 2012 Highlights

Just in time for summer, the June issue of Canadian Yachting West focuses on two of Canada’s fabled cruising grounds. The issue is on newsstands now.

In two related features, we offer a primer for cruisers planning to explore the less-travelled waters north of Desolation Sound. William Kelly, co-author of Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage, guides readers through the challenges of the tidal passes that lead north of Desolation – the Dents and Yucultas, the Okisollo Rapids and Seymour Narrows. In “The Broughtons for Beginners,” Mark Bunzel, editor and publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, takes a user-friendly look at how and where to cruise in this unique area, commonly known as the Broughtons: marinas, anchorages, what to look for and what to expect.

In Ontario, Lake Huron’s North Channel enjoys similar must-see status among serious cruisers. North Channel vets Lynn and Pat Lortie offer a guide to their favourite spots.
CYW reviews two power and two sailboats in June: the Beneteau Swift Trawler 52, the Boston Whaler 285 Conquest Pilothouse, the Hunter 33 and the Catalina 385. Tech specialist Robert Buller continues his series on marine electrical systems with a review of shorepower systems and components.

And finally, we launch a new department entitled Messing About, a forum for readers’ boating stories, reflections, memories and humour.

Subscribe now or pick up your copy on newsstands today!

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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