Old Friend New Name

Oct 26, 2023

First Canadian Boating Issue Arrives Soon

Let us introduce you to an old friend with a new look – our first ever issue of Canadian Boating magazine, formerly Canadian Yachting. Your contributor friends will be there as always starting with the sail review by lifetime sailor and racer, Katherine Stone talking about the Beneteau 34.1. The power review of the Regal LS9 Surf with Volvo Penta Forward Drive by Andy Adams includes a wake surfing video clip that you can see online and lots of great photos. Our Destination in this issue will be the scenic Telegraph Hill in British Columbia written by regular contributor Marianne Scott. 

We will also have an update on the latest in the new world of electric boats and propulsion from Jeff Butler, the editor of Plugboats. As always, we also have the interesting and informative CPS-ECP communication, The Port Hole.

The big feature in our December issue is our annual Holiday Gift Guide compiled by Associate Editor, Allegra Smith-Herriott. Another major feature is our annual Marine Electronics Feature by Editor Andy Adams. Both of those features are perfectly timed for holiday gift giving for the boaters and adventurers in your life, and as a guide to the exciting new marine electronics that you will see at the winter boat shows this year. Perhaps best of all, our resident curmudgeon and humorist, John Morris is here with his latest Crossing the Line column. 

All this and more in the first ever, December 2023 issue of Canadian Boating magazine!

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