Catch CY Contributors on Stage at Vancouver and Seattle

CY Contributor Bill Kelly

Several Canadian Yachting contributors are featured on seminar stages at the 2014 Vancouver and Seattle Boat Shows:

William Kelly, co-author of Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage, will offer two presentations drawn from the pages of the cruising guide: “Exploring Fitz Hugh Sound” and “Big Passes on the BC Coast” at both shows:
Fitz Hugh Sound – January 22 at 3:30 pm, January 23 at 11:00 am
Big Passes – January 23 at 4:15, January 24 at 12:30 pm
Fitz Hugh Sound – January 31 at 5:15 pm
Big Passes – February 1 at 10:15 am

CY Contributor Mark BunzelMark Bunzel, publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, presents four different seminars throughout the Seattle Boat Show:
Using the iPad and Tablets for Marine Navigation and Information – January 26 at 3:00 pm
Waggoner Cruising Guide’s 2014 Favourite Destinations – January 28 at 3:00 pm
Top 10 Places Not to Cruise To in the San Juan and Gulf Islands… And the ones you don’t want to miss – January 29 at 3:00 pm
Planning Tips for Your Next Cruise from the Waggoner – January 30 at 3:00 pm

CY Contributor Mandy SpottiswoodeAmanda Spottiswoode, author of South Islander – Memoirs of a Cruising Dog, recounts “Tales, Triumphs and Tribulations of Cruising the West Coast with Dogs on Board”  at the Vancouver Boat Show:
January 22 at 2:00 pm, January 23 at 1:00 pm and January 24 at 2:00 pm

Find complete seminar schedules for each show at:

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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