Happy Holidays and All The Best of the Season from Canadian Yachting

Happy Holidays 2013

2013 has been an interesting and eventful one in the yachting world.  The cleanup of Hurricane Sandy in the southeastern part of our world kept many people who would rather be boating busy right into the summer.  New innovations in equipment and electronics made the America’s Cup race a nail-biting finale to follow as America’s Team Oracle finally mastered their electronics to come from behind and triumph over New Zealand’s Team Emirates in a flying and drawn-out finish.  Boat shows across Canada and indeed North America saw great attendance, providing an optimistic upswing for the yachting industry in general.  Water levels in Lake Michigan Huron which were at an alarming low in the fall of 2012 showed steady improvement over the spring, summer and fall of 2013, showing us that the water levels issue isn’t predictable or simple. Changes with Parks Canada brought issues to the forefront concerning fees and operating hours on the Trent-Severn and Rideau canal systems, and in BC the closure by the government of the Kitsilano Coast Guard station drew public attention and generated important discussion around the issue of cutbacks. 

At Canadian Yachting magazine we try to bring you the best and most interesting of the boating lifestyle by drawing attention to issues as well as great products and interesting events as they transpire.  We would like to thank all of our readers as well as our healthy roster of Facebook and Twitter followers who are steadily growing in numbers, allowing all of us to cultivate more boating interest and awareness throughout Canada. 

Happy Holidays, Folks.  Enjoy the season and all that it brings. 

The Canadian Yachting Team

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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