Water huggers vs. billowing smoke

Apr 22, 2021

Amidst everything else that’s going on, let’s not miss Earth Day today.  While the world generally is getting greener, boating has made some quite decent strides. It’s a no-brainer that boaters should be aware of the water resource and there appears to be increasing cognizance that this is not an infinite resource.

I have been admonished for throwing an apple core over the rail – I was both embarrassed and pleased to realize that the giant trashcan attitude to the waterways is happily going away. That’s just one minor anecdote; we all are increasingly aware of the plastics lining beaches, showing up in sea animals and floating around in the middle of the oceans.  But at least we’re aware. 

Other progress in boating closer to home: there appears to be some moves toward recyclable shrink-wrap. Engine manufacturers have cleaned up their act to a very large extent incorporating reduced emission tech, shifting to four-stroke and limiting two-stroke oil proportions. Mostly gone are the oil rings trailing outboards and the black/blue smoke that accompanied those ghastly old beasts.

Coming on strong, just like in the auto industry, is electric power. In Europe, electric outboards abound and in our pages we have profiled some solar-powered, regenerative auxiliary engines that basically run on nothing and emit zero. Plug-in docking is on the horizon and a rush of electric boats is coming to market.  And then there’s sail, as there has been for centuries.

While there’s much more to accomplish, we are moving in the right direction. Boaters are leaders in touch with the water, as they should be.

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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