CY Preview: 30 Most Exciting Boats For 2021


Jan 14, 2021

Faced with an uncertain future, Canadian families bonded together in the spring of 2020 like never before. Even as lock- downs continued through April, boat dealers began noticing their website traffic spike, and customer enquiries skyrocket. Boats were suddenly in high demand, as families eschewed overseas travel and sought new ways to safely enjoy leisure time together.

Beneteau Boston Whaler






Interestingly, data confirms that fully one-third of the people who took delivery of a new boat in 2020 were first-time buyers. These typically younger consumers expect to find all the same amenities and conveniences onboard that they enjoy in their cars, and over the past few years they’ve been driving whole- sale changes in the way that boats are made.

In the February issue of Canadian Yachting, contributor, Craig Ritchie brings us a look at some remarkable designs highlighting the 2021 fleet. You’ll find them all, from Axopar to Yamaha, interesting and inspiring.




We’ve included just a few of featured boats to initiate your winter dreaming process – subscribe to Canadian Yachting or the digital edition to get the entire collection.

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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