Montreal Boat Show 2013Despite the terrible weather on February 9th, the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show, held from February 7th to 10th at Place Bonaventure, ended on a high note with 2.5 - 5% increase in attendance compared to the previous year. This attendance rate reinforces last years which had a remarkable increase of 25% (nearly 30,000 visitors).
 
Presented by the Quebec Marine Association, the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest event of its kind in Quebec with more than 400 models of boats and over 275 exhibitors (10% more than in previous years). The 2013 Show has been diversified in order to fully satisfy all

Taku Hatch Fan500 CFM Air Blast Exchange Mode exchanges stale cabin air in minutes.  The Caframo® Taku Hatch Fan has been chosen by West Marine as one of its top six most innovative products for 2013.

The announcement was made at a press conference hosted by the USA’s largest retailer of boating equipment and accessories at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.  Winner of a 2013 Pittman Innovation Award, the 12-volt Taku is designed to provide both powerful ventilation to remove hot, stale air from the cabin and quiet circulation to move air throughout.

Repass and EisenbergWest Marine’s Randy Repass and Geoff Eisenberg Receive NMMA 2013 Charles F. Chapman Award.  The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today recognized Randy Repass whose distinguished career spans 45 years in the boating industry, and Geoff Eisenberg, a 37-year marine industry veteran,  as the recipients of this year’s Charles F. Chapman Award. Both received the award this morning during the annual Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast held at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail.

First established in 1977, the Chapman Award recognizes individuals or groups that have provided consistent promotion and protection of the sport of boating and its benefits to both the recreational boating industry and the public. The award, presented each year during the Miami show, includes


Bob Long - Marine ConceptsThe National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today honored Bob Long, Owner and CEO of Marine Concepts, with the 2013 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Long received the award this morning during the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast held at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail.
 
NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) introduced the Freedman Award in 1984 to recognize individuals who, throughout the course of their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation.

CMM RecipientsCertified Marina Manager (CMM) honours were bestowed upon two Canadian marina operators at IMBC Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Mike McKeown, Manager of Beacon Bay Marina (Penetanguishene) and  Rob Walters of Outer Harbour Marina (Toronto) were awarded the designation of Certified Marina Manager, from the International Marina Institute, making them numbers 5 and 6 only in Canada.

The AMI (Association of Marina Industries) is the association that regulates the training and certification process. It is a very involved process to

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.

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