It Is With Great Sadness That the Crates Family Shares the News that Lloyd Crate Has Passed Away

Lloyd Crate

It is with great sadness that the Crate Family announces the passing of our beloved Father, Grandpa and Poppy – Lloyd Crate. Surrounded by his loving family at his home, Lloyd left us early this morning at the age of 89 years young. Lloyd was the patriarch of the Crate Family and a leader in the boating industry and he will be deeply missed by everyone whose life he touched. Special thanks is given to all his support staff, especially Donna and Bev, who added so much joy to his life in his final days. Visitation will be held at Taylor Funeral Home in Sutton with a Celebration of Life at Crate Marine Sales in Keswick.  Details will follow soon. We thank you all for your loving support and condolences.  He truly was, Simply the Best.

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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