Gulf Islands Focus in Canadian Yachting West April Issue

Canadian Yachting West’s April 2012 edition, available this month, focuses on the coast’s favourite cruising ground, the Gulf islands, in a pair of feature articles.

In Part 1 of a two-part series on BC Tidal Passes, cruising author William Kelly takes an in-depth look at tidal gateways of the Gulf Islands, including Active, Porlier and Gabriola Passes, with details on how to approach and transit them safely. In a Destination feature, editor Duart Snow explores Ganges, the islands’ most engaging and boater-friendly cruising stop.

Robert Buller reviews the latest technologies in marina batteries, while Elizabeth Kerr compiles a buyer’s guide to binoculars. And we review the new Jeanneau NC 11, a stylish sedan cruiser well-suited to West Coast waters, and the Bavaria Cruiser 36, a great value in a cruising sailboat.

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