Projects: Skiff competition

First Row

Sept 22, 2022

First row

After borrowing boats for a couple of years, longtime J105 fanatic and many-year organizer of the Royal Canadian YC’s fundraiser Paddlethon for Ronald McDonald House decided to build his own boat to participate.

Doug picked a 13×4 Havilah Hawkins-designed rowing skiff. On this accompanying video he makes it look easy, but Doug had to use the excellent plans and materials list but make up his own instructions.

Boat Complete on Dolly Bow View

Boat complete on dolly bow view

Building the skiff helped Doug create interest in the event, which continues to generate significant funds for a good cause. We covered the event in CYOB earlier this year.

Here’s the video that tells the whole story

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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