Harbour West Marina Looking to Attract Larger Boats

Harbour West Neptunus

New 80-ton Con-O-Lift from Kropf Industrial of Parry Sound Ontario boosts Marina’s ability to serve recreational market. Harbour West Marina, operated by the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA), has acquired a new lift for recreational boats, capable of handling vessels up to 80 tons.

With the Marina’s existing lift equipment at the end of its operational life, Harbour West is making the jump from its previous 50-ton capacity to a new 80-ton lift, used for launching and hauling out customers’ motor- and sailboats. 

 “The trend has been for recreational boats to get larger, but not many marinas can handle the big ones,” said Harbour West Marina Manager Kelly Flood. “With this kind of lift capacity, we’ll have an advantage that can attract new slip-holders to Harbour West. We continue to welcome new boaters to the enthusiastic boating community here on the Harbour.” 

One of the new, bigger yachts already calling Harbour West home is the Calstar, a 62-ft Motor Yacht built by Neptunus in St. Catharines. “Calstar calls Hamilton Harbour West home due its unique location within Hamilton Bay. Even on windy days when Lake Ontario is nasty, Hamilton Bay is relatively quiet and we can still take Calstar out and enjoy the boat,” said Jan Willem De Jong, Managing Director of Neptunus Yachts. “Harbour West also offers nice nearby restaurants and has covered winter storage, as well as fuel and service.” The Neptunus arrived in Hamilton this summer. 

The $360,000 marine-lift is part of HPA’s ongoing investments at Harbour West Marina, to ensure the Marina is a prominent anchor within Hamilton’s redeveloping waterfront neighbourhood, and to attract seasonal slipholders and visiting boaters to the Harbour. “We’re growing the recreational boating activity, and adding to the vibrancy of the waterfront,” said Flood.  

Harbour West Marina is located at the far western end of Lake Ontario, in Hamilton Harbour. 


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. 

Read More


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.

Read More