A sigh of relief

New BoatTest Section

Oct 14, 2021

This weekend is haulout and while it’s always a sad moment when the boat comes out, it is with surprisingly upbeat log entries we mark the end of what turned out to be a more enjoyable summer than some of us expected.  To be sure, the Summer of ‘21 has been an up and down experience thanks to this pandemic, which has brought with it a collection of restrictions and operating procedures, many of which proved to be a complete pain in the transom.

Still, the report from across the country is positive; cruising has happened with caution, the fair winds blew as we social distanced and the season was more predictable than you might have expected from our vantage last spring.  There were some almost normal boat parties, some races, some dockside cocktails, and lots of family onboard.

Well done all with hopes for an equally enjoyable off-season.

New tests

With this issue, we begin a new feature called Boat Gallery developed via a recent relationship with BoatTest.com.  Canadian Yachting and CY OnBoard are the exclusive national Canadian BoatTest partners, something we are very proud to announce.

With a very busy testing schedule, BoatTest is the US-based source for top quality reviews and news. Especially with the current border restrictions, BoatTest provides a window that just isn’t available to us right now while providing even more quality boat review content for you to enjoy. Their people are experts, their approach is professional; we think you will find their content informative and valuable.

John Morris
Online Editor
Canadian Yachting Magazine

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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