Sneak peek: CY May Preview – Planning Your Boating Season

May 2023 Cover

Apr 12, 2023

In the May 2023 issue of Canadian Yachting, we offer up a host of ideas for planning your boating season, from the practical to the party tunes!


Who Says You Can’t Take It With You…we have a series of “Listicles” and lots of photos of great ideas on Music for your boating playlist, Clothing to look stylish and stay comfortable, Food of course (!), Preparedness to stay safe and Watersports to help make your summer boating adventures even more enjoyable. So, plan to take it with you and have a great time!

But where does all that stuff go on your boat? Life-long cruiser and boating author Marianne Scott shares her best ideas for provisioning your boat in her story, Organizing Your Boat for Quick Getaways and More Efficient Storage. Extensive photos from her own boat clearly show the smart storage ideas and inventory checklists that make a cruise, a pleasure. You are bound to find some good ideas for your boat here!

OK, but where do you go? One great suggestion that is less well-known is Lake Huron and Sharon and Mark Stevens detail the many attractions of Lake Huron’s Lee Shore. A great selection of photos and colourful detail are sure to attract you to visit Port Franks, Bayfield and Grand Bend.

Of course, you want to keep your family and friends safe when boating. Through a grant to the Canadian Safe Boating Council, a series of innovative experiments are expanding our knowledge of what happens when a boating incident occurs. For the story Why do strong swimmers sometimes drown? PlaySafe Productions invited Canadian Yachting to observe their experiments for the Shock Factor.

Also in the May issue are two new boat reviews; the sensational Fountaine Pajot Tanna 47 sailing cat and the Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius equipped with Volvo Penta’s new Assisted Docking system. Now handling a big yacht around the docks is easy and effortless.

For our readers with great older boats, author Jennifer M. Smith details the planning and process they went through to re-power their classic cruising yacht Green Ghost with a new Yanmar diesel. Lots of photos and thoughtful detail may get you thinking…

As always, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons offers great boating articles in The Port Hole, their featured supplement.

In May, our Crossing The Line takes a (not very) important anthropologic look at Boating’s Cultural Advantage.


Enjoy the May issue of Canada’s Boating Magazine. We hope this inspires you to have your best boating season ever!

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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