American Tug Spring Fling

Big Red Arriving

By Shawn and Corinne Severn

For American Tug owners, the season officially starts at the annual Spring Fling. This year, the informal rendezvous was held at Deer Harbor Marina in the San Juan Islands April 24-27. Twenty-six American Tugs, more than 50 crew, and about a dozen dogs were present. For the second year in a row, the marina rolled out the red carpet for the group.

The event started with the “best ball” golf tournament: 12 golfers enjoyed sunny weather at the Orcas Island Golf Course. Two evenings of potluck dinners were held at the beautiful community centre, and the wrap-up was a memorable dinner Saturday night at the Deer Harbor Inn.


The Spring Fling enables folks to catch up with friends and start planning the summer boating season. Thanks to Rex and Susan Chadwell, AT owners and Fling organizers, from the entire group. 
Happy Tuggers

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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