M&P Mercury Takes Top Dealer Honours, Opens Nanaimo Location

West Coast powerboat dealer M&P Mercury Sales has been honoured as Canada’s #1 boat dealer in Boating Industry Magazine’s Top 100 Dealers Awards. M&P also ranked as #4 dealer in North America.

The Top 100 aims to help consumers choose the right dealership for their boat purchase. More than 3,000 applications are distributed to dealers throughout North America; awards are based on in-depth research on each company, including overall business operations, customer service and professionalism.

M&P is West Coast dealer for six Brunswick Boat lines: Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Hatteras, Meridian, Trophy and Bayliner.

M&P also opens its first Vancouver Island this month at the Anchorage Marina Building, 1520 Stewart Avenue, Nanaimo. Managed by Dave Boxrud, the store will showcase Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Bayliner and Trophy boats.

“Vancouver Island has always been a very important market to M&P Mercury,” said president Bob Pappajohn. “We’re excited by the opportunity to better represent our brands to our Island clientele in such an optimal location.”

Visit www.mpmercury.com for details on the new location and plans for an open house.

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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