Start your spring prep with some reading

Mar 23, 2023

These volumes provide the in depth info you need  from knowledgeable experts to get your boat in shape for the season.

Understanding Boat Plumbing and Water Systems

by Payne, John C.

CAD $18.95

Covers: Water Systems, Water Tanks, Pressure Pumps, Hot Water Calorifiers, Diesel Hot Water Heaters, Desalination Systems, Bilge Pump Systems, Bilge Alarms, Bilge Pump Maintenance, Sewage Systems, MSD Systems, Shower Drain and Sink Systems. Payne has written many other titles on boat systems.








Boat Owners Guide to Corrosion 275The Boatowner’s Guide to Corrosion

by Collier, Everett

CAD $27.95

2nd ed. A comprehensive guide to help boatowners find corrosion problems before they are obvious, take simple steps to prevent them, protect all metals used on boats, and guard against the dangers of electrolysis.








boatyard book 275The Boatyard Book

by Jollands, Simon

CAD $48.00

When haulout and launch approach, this is the book to have handy. A practical, comprehensive reference manual, it provides sensible, accessible advice about annual maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and refits of both sailing yachts and motor boats up to 20 metres in length. Jolland has also collected advice and tips from highly respected boatyard owners, specialists, and surveyors, as well sharing insights from his own quarter-century of boat ownership. Fully illustrated with step-by-step photos and illustrations.







boat improvement bible 275The Boat Improvement Bible: Practical Projects to Customise and Upgrade Your Boat

 CAD $52.95 CAD $9.99

Detailed manual on how to improve all aspects of a yacht or motorboat, including many projects that will improve a boat’s safety, comfort, faciities, storage, performance on the water, and value. Projects include installing heating systems, water systems, air conditioning, better ventilation, solar or wind-power chargers, interior lighting, adding a bathing platform and much more.








Wooden Boat Restoration 275The Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration

by Larsson, Thomas

CAD $32.00

Larsson is one of Sweden’s most experienced wooden boat restorers. This book is both an introduction and a reference guide to restoration work, with chapters on boat care, boatbuilding, gluing, tools, and making clean repairs. Helpful glossary also included.








Shipshape 275Shipshape: The Art of Sailboat Maintenance

by Mate, Ferenc

CAD $39.95

This step-by-step, detailed, and indispensable guide covers maintenance jobs from launch prep to weekly, monthly, and yearly projects. Mat? draws on his own years of boatbuilding and sailing experience and also includes practical advice from such manufacturers and boatyard experts as North Sails (on sail care), Edson (on steering gear), Interlux Paints (on polyurethanes), British Seagull (on outboard engines), and Concordia Yacht Yard (on wooden boat maintenance).







BoatWorks 275BoatWorks

by Sail Magazine

CAD $57.95

The editors of SAIL magazine, have assembled from BoatWorks magazine an incomparable collection of how-to projects, procedures, and advice you won’t find anywhere else. From stem to stern, BoatWorks takes you step-by-step through exciting DIY projects such as: building a spinnaker, mounting an in-hull depthsounder, assembling rigging terminals, installing an anchor windlass, building a folding saloon table, and much more.






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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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