Mercury MarineMercury Marine added 13 dealers to its North American dealer network in February 2013:
 
Accutech Marine Propeller in Dover, N.H., U.S.A.    
Calusa Certified Marine in Cape Coral, Fla., U.S.A.
Freedom Outdoors in Saint Marys, Ohio, U.S.A.    
Jones Bros. Marine in Centerview, Mo, U.S.A.

Legend's 16XterminatorBack by Popular Demand, Legend Boats' has re-introduced its 16Xterminator Aluminum Fishing Boat for 2013. Legend Boats is one of Canada's largest manufacturers of aluminum fishing and pontoon boats. 
 
“Every year we listen to our customers’ feedback and research industry trends before designing our next year’s boat lines,” says Marc Duhamel, General Manager at Legend Boats.  “This year the 16 Xterminator brings an extremely high value in features and it is being introduced in 2013 with an additional one thousand dollar savings.”  The experts at Legend Boats feel that the 16Xterminator will be one of this year’s customer favourites because it delivers extremely high value and strong appeal while delivering everything you could want in a fishing boat. Its distinct lines, new colours

Coastal Craft Concord 65Coastal Craft’s newest model, the 65' Concord, is currently under construction at the builder’s Gibsons factory. This high-speed yacht will be powered by twin Volvo IPS1200 diesels to cruising speeds of up to 30 knots. The vessel will incorporate a variety of new technologies including Coastal Craft's new DC power system. Launch is expected in late 2013.

Grand Banks 36West Coast Grand Banks dealer Grand Yachts invites boaters interested in GBs in general and GB 36s in particular to “take the helm” of one of these boats Saturday, March 23 at their sales docks in Coal Harbour, Vancouver or at Port Sidney on Vancouver Island.

The 36 was among GB’s most popular models over its history, and Grand Yachts has several of them available for sale, so is staging the event to show them off. Each sales dock will have three or four4 36s on display, and one or two of them will take interested parties for a short cruise.

Tall Ships 1812 TourThe TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour presented by Redpath Sugar will sail throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013! In commemoration of the War of 1812, 16 ports will be participating and the tour is produced in partnership with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes. 

The Redpath Waterfront Festival, June 20-23, 2013, will be the official launch of the tour when TORONTO welcomes the entire international fleet, occupying two kilometers along the inner harbour. The spectacular Opening Ceremonies will take place on Thursday June 20 and the entire four-day weekend is given over to festivities for all ages and interests.

Uncharted Waters ExhibitPresented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority, from now until June 2013, come and see the

Some of Canada’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists continue to participate in a photographic exploration at Toronto’s harbour. Dianne Davis, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jesse Louttit, Eamon Mac Mahon, Joanne Ratajczak and Clare Samuel represent the broadest range of photographic practice, and are recognized for their photo documentary, studio and series work.

NMMA logoThe National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced the integration of the Northern California Marine Association (NCMA) and its members with NMMA. The integration comes in an effort to grow boating participation across the U.S. and expand the market for recreational boating.

NCMA and its members will be part of NMMA under the recently formed NMMA West. NCMA voting members unanimously approved the integration. “NMMA continues to look for new and strategic ways to help all segments of the recreational boating industry anticipate, adapt and prosper from changes in the economic landscape,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. “With NCMA’s integration, we can help devote resources to spur growth of recreational boating in Northern California.”

Halifax International Boat Show 2013Boat Dealers and marine retailers supported the the 2013 Halifax International Boat Show in a big way this year, with new boat lines, new equipment and great deals. Good weather meant that the show had a record breaking attendance day on Saturday and the other days were very steady as well with thousands flocking to Exhibition Park.
 
“The buzz on the floor was fantastic,” said Show Manager Scott Sprague. “The excitement about the upcoming boating season coupled with the new line of boats debuting and great sales activity made this event one to remember,” said Sprague.

NSBA 2013 ConferenceThere are still a few seats available for the NSBA Marine Industry Conference this week at the Lord Nelson Hotel in downtown Halifax. The sessions run on March 7th and 8th, 2013.

Five internationally-renown speakers – all of whom were featured at the recent IBEX 2012 – will be talking on topics ranging from new and emerging marine electrical technologies to the design and construction of lightweight plywood boats.

Program outline:
Thursday, March 7th from 7pm – 10pm    Evening Industry Reception at Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites

Central Ontario Boat ShowThe Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale just concluded its third successful boat show. The show ran Family Day Weekend, February 15-18 at the Careport Centre in Hamilton. Overall attendance was 23,191, a slight 3% dip from 2012, however, crowds were still very strong.

Figures showed that while Saturday’s attendance was down slightly, Friday, Sunday and particularly Monday were very strong show days as compared to the 2012 recorded attendance.  Dealers reported to show management that a combined total of 118 boats were sold on the show floor which is an increase of 12% from 2012 show floor sales, with many dealers confident in after show sales expected to close in the near future from the show.

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