Beneteau LogoBeneteau is pleased to announce the appointment of Denis Ricard as Director of Export sales for Beneteau.




Don LambDon was the president of Legal Support Services and a long-standing member of the Boating Ontario Association. 

Bill ProvisWe recently learned from yacht broker Rene Blanchet that William (Bill) Provis had passed away.

Steve KillingOn November 29, Toronto’s Shellbacks Club paid tribute to club member and founder of C&C Yachts, George Cuthbertson who passed earlier this year. 

Joe SgroMercury Racing is saddened by the loss of our dear friend, veteran offshore powerboat racer and performance boat industry icon Joe Sgro. 

Brown 400As an executive with both Dalex Industries and Mercury Marine, he was a moral man with good business ethics. Dave's contributions and his impact on the marine industry will not be forgotten.

Ray DonahueIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of Dr. Ray Donahue who passed away on Tuesday evening.

George CuthbertsonWe were saddened to learn that George Cuthbertson, founder of Cuthbertson & Cassian (C&C) Yachts, passed away on October 3, 2017 at his home in Toronto.




Oct 3, 2017

Mel Barr Award Winner 400

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented its 2017 Mel Barr Award to Ron Schmitt, president and CEO at G.G. Schmitt & Sons. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA and its first president. Tim Hennagir, editor of Boating Industry magazine, and NMRA incoming president Neal Trombley made the presentation at the 2017 IBEX Industry Awards Breakfast in Tampa, Florida.

Schmitt, son of company founder G.G. Schmitt, started at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based family owned and run business after graduating from the University of Baltimore in the 1970s. G.G. Schmitt & Sons designs and manufactures quality marine hardware.

From early on, Schmitt's inventiveness shined. He holds numerous patents for products that continue to impact the industry. He also successfully led his company through the turbulent economic downturn that affected many of his colleagues.

"His successful career is one dedicated to leadership, hard work and integrity," said Hennagir during the presentation. "It's one that exemplifies the values of the NMRA and its members."

Contact National Marine Representatives Association, PO Box 360, Gurnee, IL 60031. 847-662-3167; Fax: 847-336-7126. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

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Fenelon Falls LockAs a part of an historic investment program along the Trent-Severn Waterway, the lower lock gates at Fenelon Falls Lock 34 were painted this winter. Painting and routine maintenance helps to extend the life span oflock gates by protecting against rusting, corrosion, and natural wear. This work has now been completed. The site has now been turned over to Parks Canada maintenance teams once again, to complete seasonal maintenance tasks in advance of the opening of the navigation season on May 18, 2018. READ MORE





METS Boat Builder Awards 2018 400The 2018 edition of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, is now open for nominations in 10 categories that highlight key facets of the industry, from innovation and collaboration, through to future investment and performance by individuals.

Entry is free and easily accessed via the improved website, which offers clear explanations of each category.

Nominations can be made by individuals or companies on their own behalf. Or by any other industry professional who believes a boat builder, supply chain partner or individual should receive recognition. READ MORE



Albin Pump

Hot water on board a boat is no longer an unaffordable luxury. Offered in a wide range of capacities and configurations, Albin Pump Marine's efficient Premium Water Heaters are engineered to ensure the highest water quality in a rugged, long-lasting marine housing.

Available in 120V or 230V, both drawing 850W, Premium Water Heaters run off AC current from shore power or a generator, or the engine's coolant exchanger. They heat quickly and efficiently. Sized to fit most installation spaces, they're direct replacements for common Isotemp models. READ MORE