CYOB Inbox: Launch ramps and high water

June 13th

June 13, 2019


1) Boat Launch ramps (CYOB May 23); it is not the first time that there has been some serious errors have been committed on a boat launch ramp. A google image search will prove that. Some are grimacing funny however the fact remains, they are all potentially serious is more to the point.

Where is the education? I have parked at a boat launch for a coffee break to watch the silliness. Transmission in Park (automatic only), hand brake (ebrake to others) block wheels? (perhaps depending on the situation), and turn off the engine. Sounds a little laborious but then that’s why we have people jumping steps in a procedure. And stay calm while performing tasks. One friend is adamant, that he is not distracted till he has finished his procedures. Save the conversation till later.

2) Trent Seven Waterway season delayed; I was there in late September at the Peterborough Lift Lock and now I am concerned as to how they will be fairing with the high water?

I was employed in engineering and I am always curious about nuts and bolts mechanical solutions. That lift lock is a Canadian wonder and should be on everyone’s bucket list of travel stops. Did you know that the lock uses an air compressor with no moving parts? Given that perhaps there was not electrical power in the region at the time, take the time to ponder that one!

Ion Barnes
Shawnigan Lake BC

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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