Catch the February 2020 Boat Show special issue of Canadian Yachting!

Canadian Yachting February 2020


Dec 19, 2019

It’s our biggest issue of the year – the February Boat Show issue of Canadian Yachting and this year, we include a special 16-page, pull-out supplement, Dinghies & Davits. The little boat is your most important boat in many ways, and choosing the right dinghy with the right features is the starting point. Cruising instructor and noted boating author, Rob MacLeod tackles these questions and more.

Because this is the Boat Show issue, we open the editorial with coverage of two boat shows; the METS Trade show in Europe where Craig Ritchie searches for the most interesting new products and then, Katherine Stone gives us a Sneak Peek of the new sailboats at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD.

Boat reviews! We start with a dream yacht, the Neptunus 750 Flybridge. This is a design by Canadian Gregory C. Marshall, that marries timeless elegance with stellar performance in a 75 foot long yacht. It’s stunning!

For the sailors, and especially the racers, we review the Beneteau First 53, a gentleman’s racing yacht. It’s our cover boat for this issue. Then, we review the Excess 12 and the Excess 15, bringing the unique performance and remarkable accommodations that only a sailing catamaran design can deliver.

For the cruising power boat enthusiasts, we have the spacious and sexy Gran Turismo 36 with twin MerCruiser 300 V8 sterndrives; perfect for Canada’s market. For the more adventurous boaters, we have the new and very innovative NC 895 Sport with twin Yamaha outboards and a host of features for exploring, diving, fishing and taking your summer toys on the trip.

For the cottage market and the fishing outdoor enthusiast, we have the Boston Whaler 230 Vantage equipped with a Mercury 350 Verado outboard; lots of great new boats to enjoy as you plan your visits to the boat shows!

Canadian Yachting is the Canadian boater’s 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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