The Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card

9 year old operating outboard engine

Many Canadians are rushing to get their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) before boating season starts in earnest. Since September 2009, anyone operating a motorized vessel (including a sailboat with auxiliary engine, or dinghy with motor) in Canada needs to … Continue reading

Beneteau Oceanis 323 Sailboat Review with Photos

The Beneteau 323 is a fast, responsive and comfortable coastal cruiser. With an LOA of 32’10” (10m) and LWL of 29’2″, she has “long legs” that can take you where you want to go. She can easily be sailed single-handed. … Continue reading

New sailing speed record across the Mediterranean sea

Another maxi-trimaran, Banque Populaire V,  breaks the average speed record under sail across the Mediterranean Sea. Average speed of 33.24 kts over a crossing distance of 477 miles between Marseilles (France) and Carthage (Tunisia). Quite a sailing achievement! For detailed info, … Continue reading

All time fastest sailboat to sail around the world: trimaran “Groupama 3”

News came in last night that French maxi-trimaran, “Groupama 3”, bettered by over two days the previous ’round the world non-stop sailing record held by Bruno Peyron on “Orange II” since 2005. These speed records are attempted and sometimes achieved in response … Continue reading

SV Concordia Crew’s Rescue Made Possible by Safety Procedures and Emergency Equipment

Hooray for the crew of Class Afloat‘s SV Concordia who had the safety equipment and knew what to do when their ship went down off the coast of Brazil on Wednesday. Even without knowing all the facts, it is obvious … Continue reading

Inspiring footage of sailing clippers by Alan Villiers

Sailing clippers of the second part of the 19th century were fast and, well over 100 years later, remain totally fascinating, not just as sailing ships but especially in terms of the skills, endurance and agility mariners of those days clearly demonstrate. These merchant sailing ships … Continue reading

How to protect bronze parts on your sailboat

On occasion, YachtPals will come up with an article regarding a maintenance issue on sailboats that hits the nail right on the head. The latest one has to do with caring for bronze parts on boats. Bronze is used in a variety … Continue reading

The Beneteau Oceanis 323: weekend sailboat or extended-range coastal cruiser?

Note: We have sold our Beneteau 323. In this article and another, Beneteau Oceanis 323 Sailboat Review with Photos (which is based on our online ad), we share much of our experience with that lovely boat. Canada’s east coast is … Continue reading