New York opens limited marine facilities

RCR Yachts Sign

Apr 23, 2020

Marinas in New York state can open on a limited basis, State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a statement on Saturday night. Cuomo said marinas can “open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.” The statement was not explicit, but appears to clear the way for boating season to begin. Cuomo made the announcement in concert with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut.

Previously, Empire State Development had determined marinas to be non-essential, and had to remain closed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cuomo’s statement also said marina restaurants must be limited to take-out or delivery only.

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Cuomo made the announcement in concert with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut.

Don Finkle, well known friend of Canadians and operator of seven RCR Lake Ontario facilities in New York and on and Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and Ohio tells CYOB “We have been tracking a moving target here as we do business in NY, PA, OH and Ontario primarily and the rules for what we can and can’t do are not only different from place to place, they have been changing. Our sales and office staff are all working remotely and service teams are working where they are permitted to do so. We are following the safe practice protocols emphasizing social distancing, masks, etc. We expect more changes in the days ahead.”

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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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Sunset off St John

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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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