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AT THE HELM
February 2020

Looking Ahead to a
Great Summer in 2020!

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Is your summer half empty, or half full? Here at Canadian Yachting, the summer of 2020
is more than half full already because we have so much going on for our boating readers.
First, this is the February Boat Show issue, our biggest edition of the year and this
year, we include the 16-page, pull-out supplement, Dinghies & Davits. The little boat
is your most important boat in many ways and choosing the right dinghy with the right
features is the starting point. Then, for many of our readers, how to carry the little boat
is the biggest challenge.
Cruising instructor and noted boating author, Rob MacLeod has written Dinghies &
Davits for your enjoyment and information. We hope you find this interesting and valuable!
Because this is the boat show issue, we wanted to open the editorial with coverage
of two boat shows; Craig Ritchie scours the METS Trade show in Europe for the most
interesting new products. METS is probably the largest marine show on the planet
(although it's only open to the trade - not the public). Then Katherine Stone gives us a
Sneak Peek of the new sailboats at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD.
This past summer, we went out and performed sea trials on some great new boats.
We start with a dream yacht, the Neptunus Yachts' flagship Neptunus 750 Flybridge.
This is a design by Canadian Gregory C. Marshall, that marries timeless elegance with
stellar performance in a 75 foot long yacht. It's stunning!
For the sailors, and especially the racers, we bring you a review on the Beneteau First
53, a gentleman's racing yacht and a thing of beauty. It's our cover boat for this issue.
The Beneteau First 53 is joined by a pair of cats - the Excess 12 and the Excess 15,
bringing the unique performance and remarkable accommodations that only a
catamaran design can deliver.
For the cruising power boat enthusiasts, we have the spacious and sexy Gran Turismo
36 with twin MerCruiser 300 V8 sterndrives; perfect for Canada's market. For the more
adventurous boaters, we have the new and very innovative NC 895 Sport with twin
Yamaha outboards and a host of features for exploring, diving, fishing and taking your
summer toys on the trip.
For the cottage market and the fishing outdoor enthusiast, we have the Boston
Whaler 230 Vantage equipped with a Mercury 350 Verado outboard. Lots of great new
boats to enjoy as you plan your visits to the boat shows.
Boaters in central Canada will be delighted to know that PORTS, The Cruising
Guides have been acquired by Canadian Yachting Media!
PORTS, The Cruising Guides are the most trusted and respected resource for
cruising boaters for the Great Lakes, Trent-Severn and Rideau Waterways in Ontario.
People who read PORTS own boats -whether it's a weekend getaway or a summer-long
vacation, boat owners read PORTS and we have been getting calls from our readers
hoping to get new copies of these guides.
No other boating publication goes onboard like PORTS, because the information it
carries is used on every trip, all along the way. It tells boaters what landmarks to look
for, how to get there safely, and what they'll find when they arrive at their destination.
The Canadian Yachting team is hard at work updating the cruising guides that everyone loves. PORTS Georgian Bay will be ready for purchase in early 2020
followed closely by the brand new Rideau Canal and Ottawa River edition.
So for now, we hope you enjoy this February 2020 Boat Show issue of Canadian
Yachting and starting with the Toronto International Boat Show, we hope you will come
by our display, say hello and get re-acquainted with PORTS, The Cruising Guides!

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John Morris, Zuzana Prochazka, Craig Ritchie,
Mark Stevens and Katherine Stone
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting February 2020

Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
Power Review: NC 895 Sport
Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The Port Hole: February 2020
Book Review: Ready to Come About
Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Cover2
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: NC 895 Sport
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - The Port Hole: February 2020
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Book Review: Ready to Come About
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
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