Video of the MonthWe all know that having the right clothing for boating makes a world of difference. Bowman extraordinaire and CYOB correspondent D. Danger Mitchele demonstrates the proper use of foul weather equipment in this short video. You won’t want to miss it.

POTWWe hardly need tell you about the pandemic but it’s worth noting that the marine industry is acting to mitigate the situation where it can. That makes this Photo of the Week an ultra timely. Let’s hope we can take these signs down soon.

Baby CradleThis issue’s Photo of the Week comes from reader Phil Vogler in the Maritimes who found a photo on a woodworking site. But a quick look on other sites turned up a whole lot of baby on davits ideas. Rock a bye seagoing baby.

POTW: Canadian Sailing Development Squad - Laser Radial WomenThis brilliant shot comes to us from professional shooter Elle Bruce.  These four sailors are aiming to join the Canadian National Team and (let’s hope it happens!) win hardware at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

POTW February 13, 2020This issue’s Photo of the Week comes from Emily Sipe wintering in Key West. (What a great idea!)

POTWOur Photo of the Week comes from AJ Twist in Montreal who was getting away from the off-season in Cuba when he saw this wall mural of the Granma, the decrepit boat that brought Fidel, Ché and the others to begin the revolution. It’s the stuff of legend in Cuba!

POTW Squirrel Appreciation DayWe admit it, this Photo of the Week shot was just too cute to resist even though it was blatant promotion from the Boat Show. Yes, it’s Twiggy doing what squirrels do every day in their natural habitat, water-skiing, captured by Dave Sanford.

POTWReader Lorraine Gentleman took some liberty with our request for Photo of the Week shots from the summer. Here’s hers “It's always summer in French Polynesia - we've been cruising the past 3 years and enjoying being in Tahiti and Moorea.

POTWWe love the great signs that crop up in the boat business. This week’s Photo of the Week is one of the best from Emily taken in a Florida marina. Certainly this is one area of boating that doesn’t get sufficiently celebrated.

POTWThis afternoon portrait of her son enjoying a snooze in a pretty unlikely spot comes to us from contributor Laura Briscoe-Schell who boats with her family on Georgian Bay.

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When we arranged to interview the designer and manufacturer to write a profile of the X Shore Eelex 8000 for the June 2021 issue of Canadian Yachting magazine, it was on the understanding that we always prefer to actually drive and experience the boats we write about, and we were especially keen to drive the X Shore when BCI Marine here in Canada, got their first boat from Sweden.

There has been a lot of media attention around everything electric lately, especially electric vehicles, but so far, most electric boats are a concept, not yet a reality. The X Shore Eelex 8000 is a reality and a very impressive one at that.

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Neptunus 650EBy Andy Adams

Last August, we were again invited to the Neptunus Yachts facility in St. Catharines, Ontario to run and review their latest yacht, a 202650E at their marina by Lake Ontario. Keen readers of Canadian Yachting might recall reading about a Neptunus 650 back in 2016 and while this is the same proven hull, Neptunus is a custom builder and the 2022 650E here has a totally new interior design and layout.

Neptunus builds bespoke yachts. The reality is that no two Neptunus Yachts are the same. Each is individually tailored to its owners tastes and activities and is finished to their specifications. 

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I often hear boaters express their displeasure about an experience where a marine surveyor “condemned” a boat, or the surveyor was viewed as unreasonable in relation to their recommendations. As a result, surveyors known to be less thorough and less detailed in their work tend to be favoured by boaters, especially for insurance surveys. 

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RS Electric BoatsSailGP, the international racing series featuring high speed F50 wingsailed catamarans, is partnering with RS Electric Boats – sister brand of sailboat manufacturer RS Sailing – to use the Pulse 63 electric RIB as chase, coach and support boats.

RS Electric Boats will supply SailGP with four Pulse 63s, which were designed to be electric boats from the outset. The unique aerodynamic hull form is designed to support the weight of the batteries while allowing rapid acceleration, functional speeds up to 23 knots and ample range.

 

 

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