Kitsilano CG Base ClosureAs protests of the federal plan to close Kitsilano Coast Guard Station mounted in late February, the government abruptly closed the Vancouver base without warning other levels of government, first-responder agencies or line CCG personnel. On February 19, three vessels departed the station, near the month of False Creek, 12 staff were assigned to other stations, and signage and flags were removed from the site.

While Canada’s busiest year-round port lost its CCG station, Newfoundland made out big: two days after closing Kits base, the government announced it would spend $6.6 million to refurbish the station at Burin, a town of about 2,500 in southern Newfoundland. The closure of Kits base is expected to save the coast guard about $700,000.

ICOMIA 2014The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) together with renowned event organiser, Amsterdam RAI and ICOMIA member, the Turkish Marine Industry Association, DENTUR, are pleased to announce the much anticipated World Marinas Conference 2014 will be held in Istanbul, Turkey between 2 – 4 June 2014.

The globally prominent travelling Conference is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group and, for the first time

Mercury RacingThere’s no argument, Mercury’s Formula 2 powerboat stole the spot light at the 55th annual Toronto International Boat Show! With the success of Mercury’s highperformance display at Canada’s largest boat show, boat owner Ted Gryguc of Speedmaster Marine was sought after by Canada’s largest Motorsports Expo to have this breathtaking Formula 2 powerboat added to the exhibits at there show.
Tammy Wolfe is the first and only Canadian to compete at the world famous 24 Heures de Rouen (24 Hours of Rouen) in France. Her all-female team finished 4th in Formula 2 and 9th overall, beating some Formula 1 teams.

She finished second in the American Powerboat Racing Superleague Formula 3 Series points race in 2012.

 
Evinrude LogoWhat a year it has been! BRP celebrates the first birthday of E-NATION, the socially-driven online community.

Visitors to www.evinrudenation.com will experience new features like an enhanced navigation bar, and special sections for both Evinrude product reviews and professional teams.  

“Whether you’re into fishing or just hanging out with friends and family on the water, visitors will find there’s something for everyone on E-NATION,” said Christopher Berg, Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for Evinrude. “With a new look, new features and constantly updated content, the website brings all of us together to share our passion for the water.”

VIBS 2013The 51st Vancouver International Boat Show drew steady visitor traffic throughout its five days, including BC’s first Family Day, Monday, February 11.

Strong boat and retail sales at the show bolstered confidence in the local recreational boating industry heading into the 2013 season.  To take advantage of Family Day, organizers switched from the show’s usual Wednesday-Sunday slot to open the show on Thursday, which may have been the show’s single best day. Field and concourse exhibits at BC Place were busy from the opening and exhibitors began reporting strong sales almost immediately. One dealer made 20 major sales of boats or motors on Thursday alone.

Miami Boat Show Innovation Awards 2013Eight products took home 2013 Innovation Awards and two were recognized as Honorable Mentions during NMMA’s State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast, held Thursday February 14th at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
 
The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and, availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.

Sea Ray Next WaveSea Ray announced the launch of its Next Wave initiative during a media event on Thursday evening, February 14 at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show. The event was hosted by Dustan McCoy, President and CEO of Brunswick Corporation and Andy Graves, President of the Brunswick Boat Group and Interim President of Sea Ray.

Opening the event, McCoy was emphatic about Brunswick's commitment to the marine industry and particularly to Sea Ray as its flagship brand. He cited several Innovation Awards received by Brunswick's Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Harris FloteBote brands earlier in the day as evidence of

Marlow MainshipDavid Marlow of Marlow Yachts Ltd., and John Peterson, president of Marlow-Hunter proudly introduced the brand new Marlow Mainship 32. Calling this America’s Trawler, the very first boat was on display at the Sea Isle Marina section of the 2013 Miami International Boat Show along with an impressive display of larger Marlow Yachts.

Peterson explained to a group of dealers and journalists that the new Marlow Mainship 32 brings back a familiar brand name, Mainship, but with totally new levels of design and construction quality of the type that Marlow Yachts has become famous for.

The first of what is planned to be a more extensive line fast trawlers,

Halifax Boat ShowThe Halifax International Boat Show returns this Thursday thru Sunday at Exhibition Park in Halifax. This event encompasses the largest and most sought after brands of boats and boating equipment in Eastern Canada and it’s all under one roof.
 
The Halifax International Boat Show is the largest boat show in Eastern Canada. Exhibited boats range in size from 6' to over 30' and include runabouts, cruisers, motor yachts, sail boats, sailing dinghies, pontoon boats, bass boats, inflatables, RIBS and personal water craft.
 
“For nearly four decades this show has not disappointed,” says Show Manager Scott Sprague.

Nova Scotia Island DocumentaryNova Scotia Islands documentary airs Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12 Noon. With intriguing pasts and mysterious happenings, the islands of Nova Scotia have been the setting of stories that stir the senses and rouse the imagination. Abandoned settlements and homesteads, lighthouses and keepers, fisherman and fishing grounds, pirates and treasure, contagious diseases and mass burials, ghostly apparitions and lost cemeteries are all highlighted in this homage to Nova Scotia's colourful island history.

Islands are part of the geography and history of the Maritimes, nowhere more so

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