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2018 NMMA CANADA HALL OF FAME – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada Hall of Fame.

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Quebec Lakes

EIGHT DROWNINGS IN QUEBEC LAKES AND RIVERS IN 2014 SEASON

As the boating season nears its end, the Quebec Boating Council (QBC) is taking stock of its 25th boating safety awareness campaign. In total, eight drownings occurred during recreational boating activities on Quebec’s lakes and rivers this summer.  This is the lowest number in the past 10 years. 

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VISIT THE BVI DISPLAY AT TIBS AND ENTER TO WIN A DREAM CHARTER VACATION

Visit the British Virgin Islands display during the Toronto International Boat Show and enter to win a 7 day/6 night luxury bareboat vacation aboard a MarineMax 382 Power Catamaran or a MarineMax 433 sailing monohull plus two coach class airline tickets from Eastern Canada. Prize value is $9,000. Prize is valid for travel April 15th – December 15th, 2013 & January 16th- January 31st, 2014. Prize is subject to certain restrictions and holiday (Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and Easter) blackout dates apply. Winner must qualify to captain the boat him/herself. If the winner is not qualified to captain, a licensed captain from MarineMax can be hired.

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Mercury Marine

MERCURY MARINE ADDS DEALERS TO ITS NETWORK

The most recent additions to Mercury’s dealer network span the continent from Alaska to Florida: Alaska Frontier Fabrication in Wasilla, Alaska Freedom RV & Marine in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada JAS Marine Service in Lake Park, Fla. Journey Auto Sales in Berea, Ken.

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ICOMIA SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW AND FESTIVAL IN SANYA, HAINAN, CHINA

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations – ICOMIA – has signed a long-term agreement to support the International Boat Show and Festival – a new four-day boat show commencing 17 October 2013 at the Serenity Marina, Sanya, Hainan Island in China. The show will focus on mid-range boats (10 – 15 meters) afloat and small craft ashore for watersport promotion. The International Boat Show and Festival is organised with the assistance of the Beijing based China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA), a full Member of ICOMIA.

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CDI Electronics

CDI ELECTRONICS COMPLETES MOVE TO NEW FACILITY

CDI Electronics has announced that it has recently relocated to a new facility located at 353 James Record Road SW, Huntsville, AL 35824.  This move comes 30 years after the company was founded and five years after the current owners took the reins of the company.  The move will accommodate growth and enable the company to continue to maintain superior customer service to its continually expanding customer base.   The new building is a state-of-the-art facility designed for manufacturing electronic components and is 50% larger than the combined spaces the company was

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Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills

LEARNING TO SAIL JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT EASIER

Rob MacLeod’s learn-to-sail book, Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills, was the go-to book in the late 80’s and 90’s. The book introduced 1000s to the joy of sailing and for many, launched a life long passion for the sport of sailing. It has been 28 years since Rob first wrote and released Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills while still a sailing instructor in Hamilton, Ontario. And now he is back with a new and significantly updated book. Through his company, InformedBoater.com Ltd., Rob is releasing 2 versions of the revised Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills: Handling a Larger Sailboat under Power and Sail – an enhanced electronic publication (ePub or eBook) and a print version.

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Bad Elf 2200 GPS

BAD ELF GPS WINS TECHRADAR BEST OF CES 2013 AWARD

At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this past week, the Bad Elf® GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200) Direct Satellite GPS was named the Best GPS Device in the TechRadar Best of CES 2013 Awards presented by DTS. The small, compact, water-resistant handheld Bad Elf GPS Pro is an Apple-approved accessory that wirelessly connects (via Bluetooth® wireless technology) up to five users of an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad to share real time, direct satellite GPS data for display on digital charts and a wide range of other compatible marine apps on board via satellite – anywhere in the world.

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MARSKEEL REPRESENTATIVE AT BOOT DUSSELDORF SHOW

MarsKeel Technology™ is excited to announce that our International Sales Representative, Willem Vraets at the boot Düsseldorf show. Willem will be in attendance on Friday January 25th to provide information on how MarsKeel Technology™ can produce quality Lead Keels for production manufacturers and custom builders worldwide. If you would like to Willem to visit your booth or arrange a meeting please see his contact details below. The boot Düsseldorf show is a leading trade fair of nautical business that sees an average attendance of 250,000 visitors from around the world.

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Toronto International Boat Show Guide

PUT SOME SUMMER IN YOUR WINTER AT THE TORONTO BOAT SHOW!

Canadian Yachting is a proud participant in the 55th Toronto International Boat Show beginning January 12th, 2013.  Canada’s premiere boat show is the best place to see and buy the latest in boats and boating-related accessories and services. The Toronto Boat Show’s Special Preview Night on January 11th showcases a united industry working together to help others in need.  Over the course of 11 years it has raised more than $585,000 for initiatives that are close to the hearts of the boating community.  In 2012 it raised $24,615 for childrens’ charities and, in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, for Canada’s Boating Olympic Athletes!

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STATE OF THE RECREATIONAL BOATING INDUSTRY SESSION AT TIBS IS SOLD OUT

This is to inform you that the NMMA Canada's State of the Recreational Boating Industry Session on Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at the Toronto International Boat Show is now officially Sold Out. The event is sponsored by GE Capital and Boating Industry Canada magazine. Presentations will include valuable market research insights from both NMMA and GE Capital, as well as a Discover Boating presentation and the induction of the NMMA Boating Hall of Fame recipient.

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Matt Wood - ASA Electronics

MATT WOOD APPOINTED MARINE NATIONAL SALES MANAGER AT ASA ELECTRONICS

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer and supplier of marine audio and video electronics and appliances is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Wood as the Marine and Spa National Sales Manager.   Wood has served as the OEM Account Manager for the Marine and Spa Division for the past two years and his background in these areas provide him with skills needed for his new role. In his new position as the national sales manager, Wood will coordinate product planning and development, directly

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Trojan Battery Launches iPad App

TROJAN BATTERY LAUNCHES IPAD APP

Finding the most current information on Trojan Battery Co. products and markets is now faster and easier with the launch of the company’s new iPad App.  As a top manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, Trojan customers and distributors are now able to access a comprehensive library of Trojan information with the power of their iPads.   To download the free Trojan iPad App, users simply visit the "Apple App Store" on their iPad, search "Trojan Battery Company,” and select "Trojan App.”  The Trojan App features a wide variety of documents including market brochures, technical spec sheets, user’s guides, white papers, glossary of battery terms, Trojan Tips video tutorials and corporate videos.

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Roswell Wake-Air and High Output Sports Canada

ROSWELL WAKE-AIR AND HO SPORTS CANADA JOIN FORCES

Roswell Wake-Air and High Output Sports Canada (HO Sports Canada) are partnering to bring exciting and innovative wake sports products to Canadians. Roswell has spent the last 15 years growing and advancing to become a top innovator of wakeboard towers and accessories.  By teaming with HO Sports Canada for distribution to Canadian dealers, Roswell gains the opportunity to grow brand recognition alongside a determined and passionate water sports equipment supplier.

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Ben Duke - Mercury Marine

BEN DUKE NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AT MERCURY MARINE

Ben Duke has been appointed vice president of marketing at Mercury Marine. In addition to leading and supporting marketing and sales initiatives in the Americas, Duke and his team will also provide support for international marketing activities worldwide. A seven-year Mercury Marine employee, Duke most recently served as general manager of the company’s Controls, Rigging and Propellers unit, introducing a number of products that substantially enhance boaters’ experiences on the water with intuitive designs and unprecedented reliability.

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New Glastron GT 225

GLASTRON PREMIERES NEW GT SERIES AT TORONTO BOAT SHOW

Rec Boat Holdings has rolled out the latest in the Glastron GT series of sport boats – the GT 225 has started production and will make its first public appearance at the Toronto International Boat Show and the New York National Boat Show in North America. “The GT 225 really complements the newly designed GT series of boats for Glastron," stated Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings. “Our dealers placed orders for this new sterndrive model before they saw the finished product; a true testament to the excitement from our network with the new GT line-up. This new model expands the offering with a roomier bowrider for the customer looking to step up into a larger, feature packed Glastron boat," Lambert concluded.

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Sea Ray Jet Boat

SEA RAY ANNOUNCES NEW JET BOAT AT ATLANTA ON JAN 10TH

Back in June of 2012, Sea Ray announced that it would launch a new sport boat series featuring the very latest in water-jet propulsion technology. AT the Atlanta boat show on January 10th, 2013, Sea Ray will officially introduce their new 21-foot sport boat with plans to follow up shortly with a 24-foot model.   An earlier announcement stated that Sea Ray has an exclusive partnership with renowned German engine manufacturer Weber Motor to build the four-stroke engines and jet propulsion that will power the all-new Sea Ray models.

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OUTSTANDING TORONTO NMEA TRAINING OPPORTUNITY OFFERED THIS FEBRUARY

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is offering an outstanding training opportunity this coming February 26, 27 and 28, 2013. Toronto area NMEA Educational Training Sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, located at  33 Carlson Court in Toronto. Courses offered will be the: NEW Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Tuesday, February 26th NMEA 2000 Training, Wednesday, February 27th

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CPS-ECP 75th Anniversary Starts January 1st!

Help the Canadian Power and Sail Sqadrons (CPS-ECP) celebrate 75 years of bringing boaters home safely! For the CPS-ECP 75th Anniversary to be celebrated starting January 1, through to December 31, 2013, the organization has created an anniversary logo which has been used to create anniversary pins and to embroider on a choice of shirts. For CPS-ECP members, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons 75th Anniversary pins are now available for purchase

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Environment Canada Weather Survey

Marine Weather Services Survey

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons are the primary source of boating education in Canada including courses in navigation and weather prediction and their recent member newsletter invited readers to participate in an important survey about weather.   Environment Canada (EC) is responsible for providing marine weather and ice information, and issuing all marine weather alerts for Canadian waters. Environment Canada is committed to understanding the needs of mariners. They are conducting a survey to better understand those needs and the use of their services.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Team at Boating Industry Canada!

In this, the final edition of Newsweek for 2012, everyone on the team at Canadian Yachting and Boating Industry Canada magazines want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. Starting with January in Toronto and in Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal, we look forward to seeing you at the boat shows. We hope 2012 has been a good year for you and we invite you to join us in welcoming in what we believe will be a great 2013!

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Canadian Power and Sail Squadron Supports Children’s Wish Foundation

Give A Little..Help A Lot The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron is pleased to support the 2013 Boating Calendar program in support of The Children's Wish Foundation. You can order your copies today and help the foundation in their mission of never denying an eligible child their wish. These calendars make wonderful gifts for the coming Holiday Season. Proceeds from this project go to provide children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity

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Galley Guys at Toronto Boat Show

CANADIAN YACHTING ISLAND VILLAGE IS A RAY OF SUNSHINE AT TIBS

When you’re planning your time at the Toronto International Boat Show 2013 this January, plan to stop by the Canadian Yachting Island Village for a drink, or bring your clients in for a relaxing and enjoyable place to sit down, taste some island cuisine and close some business too! The Canadian Yachting Island Village sets a mood and theme that really helps get show visitors in the mood to think about boating.

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Vancouver Boat Show

Celebrate BC Family Day in 2013 at the Vancouver Boat Show

Enjoy new dates and extended hours at the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show Embracing BC’s new statutory Family Day Holiday, to be held the second Monday of February, the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show will run from Thursday, February 7 to Monday, February 11.  Boat aficionados and novices alike will be able to explore the latest and greatest boats and marine products showcased by more than 250 exhibitors at Western Canada’s premiere boat show.

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Baja Marine

Baja Marine Announces New Personnel Appointments

  Baja Marine has announced that long-time boating industry veteran Nick Miller has re-joined the company as Vice President. Miller’s primary responsibilities will be Sales & Marketing for the company’s Baja, Donzi, Fountain, and Pro-Line boat brands. He will report to Baja Marine CEO Johnny Walker. In addition, Presley Eley has been named Lamination Manager and B.K. Millaway is the new Director of Customer Service for Baja Marine.   Nick Miller previously was president of NGM Consulting, helping companies to improve their sales, marketing and profitability.

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Canadian University Sailing 2012 National Rankings Decided

The 3rd official season of the Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association (CICSA) has come to a close and we are very excited to release our first ever National University Rankings for collegiate sailing in Canada! This season featured some very exciting races at the National Fleet Racing Championships hosted by the McGill University Redbirds and the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club.

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Boating Ontario

Awards Presented at the 2012 Boating Ontario Conference and Tradeshow

Industry leaders were presented with special awards at the 2012 Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show last week.  John Chippindale from HUB International, Brad Buck from Buck’s Marina, Dave Mayhew from The Boat Warehouse and Port Whitby Marina were presented with the top honours by Ontario’s recreational marine industry. John Chippindale, Vice Chairman of HUB International

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Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

Change of Watch at Desolation Sound Charters

One of the oldest and most respected bareboat charter operations on the BC coast has passed into new hands. Merion Martin and Jennifer Knox-Martin are the new owners of Comox-based Desolation Sound Yacht Charters (DSYC). They take over from longtime DSYC owners Bob and Lois Stevenson.

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Atlantic Marine Trades Association

AMTA Elects new Board members

The Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA) held its Annual General Meeting and Conference on November 22nd at the Saraguay House in Halifax. Great presentations were received from Tracey Hart, Program manager of Discover Boating, Richard Straka of GE Capital and Chip Dickison, Training Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association. Brad Fleet continues as President

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Torqeedo Launches Powerful Production Electric Outboard

On the day it debuts, the 80hp electric outboard system Deep Blue from Torqeedo wins the boat industry's prize for the most important innovation of the year – the DAME Award. Torqeedo is recognized as a leading manufacturer of electric outboards, especially in the smaller hp range – up to 8hp.  Now, with a new 80hp motor, the company is gearing up to support electric mobility in the higher hp ranges. 

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Dustless Hull Blasting System

MMLJ Manufacturing Introduces Dustless Hull Blasting System

MMLJ Manufacturing in Houston, Texas has developed an eco-friendly process to quickly remove paint and marine growth from your boat's hull.  The new Dustless Hull Blasting System uses an environmentally inert combination of water and recycled bottled glass to remove paint and marine growth from boat bottoms without harming the gelcoat in 1/10th the time as traditional techniques. Dustless blasting uses a minimal amount of water (about 15% of a power washer consumption). The inert combination

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State of the Recreational Boating Industry Session to be held at the Toronto International Boat Show

You are cordially invited to attend the State of the Recreational Boating Industry Session for exclusive in-depth analysis on the future of our industry Tuesday January 15th at the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show (TIBS), beginning at 8:45 am in the Direct Energy Centre, Galleria East. Proudly sponsored by Canadian Yachting, Boating Industry Canada and GE Capital, highlights of this event include an exclusive look at the 2012 Canadian Economic Impact Study for the Recreational Boating Industry, a review of the Discover Boating Program and the NMMA Hall of Fame Award presentation.

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Fred Kiekhaefer will leave Mercury Marine

Mercury Racing President Fred Kiekhaefer has announced he will end his distinctive 22-year career with Mercury Marine at the conclusion of 2012.   Kiekhaefer founded Kiekhaefer Aeromarine Inc. in 1983, and sold that company to Brunswick Corporation in 1990. Brunswick is the parent company of Mercury Marine. With the sale of Aeromarine to Brunswick, Kiekhaefer joined Mercury as president of its Performance Products division.

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Marlow-Hunter President John Peterson Delivers Keynote at 2012 Boating Ontario Conference

The 2012 Boating Ontario Conference and Tradeshow closed out on Tuesday, December 4th with an inspiring keynote address by Marlow-Hunter President John Peterson who shared the remarkable story of the survival of the Hunter sailboat brand. Hunter's original parent company was the Luhrs Marine group that included the Mainship brand, Silverton yachts, Luhrs fishing boats and Hunter sailboats. When the industry downturn occurred in 2008, their principal market in the United States declined very dramatically and the company could not meet its obligations.

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Declining Great Lakes Water Levels Addressed at Boating Ontario Conference

This month's Boating Ontario Conference, held in London, Ontario, raised awareness of many timely issues.  In case you missed the conference, the hot topic this year is the problem of declining water levels in the Great Lakes. Guest presenters Aaron Thompson, of Environment Canada, and David Sweetnam, of Georgian Bay Forever, spoke on behalf of this increasingly visible problem to a large group of concerned attendees.

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BC Marine Trades Enjoy “Bullish” Annual Conference

The 2012 BC Marine Trades Association Conference November 28-29 was an upbeat, optimistic affair throughout, starting with a 40 percent increase in attendance from 2011. Nearly 200 representatives of all sectors of BC’s recreational marine industry gathered at the River Rock Casino in Richmond for the two-day event. The theme was “business and personal growth” and a series of speakers offered compelling stories of their own successes, as well as practical advice on translating personal success into business growth.

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MarineNav Custom Marine Electronics Locates Head Office in PEI

MarineNav Ltd. designs and manufacturers custom marine electronics specializing in offshore navigation, multimedia and vessel monitoring systems. Their roots are in the offshore oil and gas industry. Originally based in Aberdeen Scotland, they expanded to North America making Montague, Prince Edward Island their head office. All manufacturing and R&D work is done in PEI.

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Education Costs Lowered to Attract Student Boat Designers

Westlawn Institute of Technology, the non-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has lowered education costs to help boat design students follow their boating passion and attain their goals. “Westlawn has trained more practicing boat designers than any other school in the world,” said Dave Gerr, Westlawn’s Director. “Our alumni and students are working throughout the industry, and we’re working hard to keep costs down to enable more students to study at Westlawn.”

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2nd Generation Boatdealers.ca Mobile Site Launches

DEM: (ThinkDEM.com) has announced that it has launched the 2nd generation mobile site of Boatdealers.ca, Canada’s most visited boat listing site. “Our team is extremely efficient at bringing world class technology to the niche of the Canadian Boating Industry.” said Chris Perera, Digital Era Media’s President & CEO. “Responding to the huge explosion of mobile web devices, we feel we have built the best mobile boat listing platform. This new version of Boatdealers.ca Mobile replaces the original version we launched less than a year ago. We wanted to raise the bar, and the enhancements to our new Mobile Platform have done just that.”

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ICOMIA Publishes New Global Conformity Guideline

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has published an amended Global Conformity Guidelines for construction standards: No. 7 Capacity Labels. The purpose of ICOMIA’s Guidelines is to assist boat builders who comply with either American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) or ISO, but are looking to start exporting to countries using the opposite system. ABYC and ISO standards’ systems have different requirements for the construction of boats, and are based on separate calculations and criteria.

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CMC Electronics Announces Management Changes

The marine electronics industry is evolving, necessitating a more streamlined and focused approach to the various segments of CMC Electronics' business. CMC’s new management structure is designed to put a more concentrated effort on sales, service, products, and major projects. CMC foresees excellent opportunities in the coming years and needs to be positioned to maximize a share of those opportunities. In the continued interest of growth the following changes will take effect immediately.

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Advantage Boating – 20 Years and Counting!

It is said that time passes softly on a sailboat, and that is certainly true for Ron Schute, owner of Advantage Boating, as he celebrates twenty successful years teaching Ottawa-area sailors and boaters.   Advantage Boating (formerly Ottawa Sailing School) got its start in 1992 by offering a single course with a single instructor on the mighty Ottawa River.  Today, the school offers a wide range of educational programs provided by over 30 instructors in Ottawa, Kingston, and the Caribbean, and boasts thousands of satisfied and skilled alumni. As Ron puts it, “The past twenty years have been a blur.

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Class AFloat Announces a $15,000 Young Sailor Scholarship

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia's Class Afloat has established the Class Afloat ‘Young Sailor Scholarship’ to assist two students – endorsed by their sailing school, sail training program or yacht club – to participate in an extraordinary educational experience — attending high school while ocean sailing aboard a majestic square-rigged tall ship. Class Afloat offers young people a unique journey of education and personal discovery.  For nine months, students live, study and sail aboard The Sørlandet, a fully restored 210 foot 1927 Class ‘A’ square-rigged tall ship.

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2013 NMEA Educational Training Schedule Announced

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is pleased to announce its 2013 Education Training Schedule. The NMEA strives to promote the technical marine electronics dealer through education, communication, training and certification, strengthen the industry’s reputation in the marketplace through industry standards and recognition of excellence, promote good business management and fair business practices among its members, encourage the industry to hire highly skilled and qualified technical service personnel and educate the boating public through publications and seminars to promote the safe and proper use of marine electronic equipment.

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MP Tilson Announces Support for World-Class Marine Industry to Compete Globally

Funding for the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA) in Bolton will help create good jobs, growth, and greater long-term prosperity for hard-working Canadians, MP says. David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, today announced that the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA)  received $64,000 to help industry members expand their footprint abroad, bring in new investment, and attract top talent.  “Our Government is committed to growing our economy and creating good, new, high-value jobs for hard-working Canadians,” said International Trade Minister Ed Fast.  “That is why we are helping our world-class marine sector expand and succeed abroad as a key part of our plan to open new markets around the world for our exporters.  The funding we are providing today will help with these efforts.”

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Boating Ontario’s Video-Newsletter Hits Highlights of Upcoming Boating Conference

Boating Ontario's video newsletter of November 23rd is worth a second look before you head off to the 2012 Boating Ontario Conference this week.  The Conference runs from Dec 2 – 4 at the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario.   Highlights of this year's conference address issues of concern including sessions on Great Lakes water levels and waterfront property taxes.  John Peterson, President of Marlow-Hunter Sailboats and Byron Bolton, CEO of Westwinn Group, will be presenting as guest speakers.

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2012 Pittman Awards for Innovation Recognizes Pindell Engineering

Each year the Pittman Awards for Innovation recognize the most innovative and interesting products on the boating market.  Pindell Enginneering has developed a method for packaging their drying media in ways that are useful on boats.   The H2OUT system features perforated metal housings that allow for efficient air ventilation and easy visual inspection.  When the drying media, which is infinitely reusable, changes from blue to pink it is time to dry it out again. The units range from being toolbox size to units large enough to dry out large living spaces.  They can also be used for preventing a freezer from icing up.  

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Outboard Motor Dealers Blue Book has New Owner/Publisher

The 6th and 7th generation of Dawsons in the marine industry have taken over ownership and publishing of the Outboard Motor Dealer Blue Book.  Glen Dawson, of Dawson Enterprises, purchased the business from Computer Boat Values this year.  Glen will continue working for Computer Boat Values producing the Boat Value Book and will be publishing the Outboard Motor Dealers Blue Book through Dawson Enterprises with the help of his daughter, Kaitlyn. The Outboard Motor Dealers Blue Book has over 300 pages of pricing and specifications on major lines of outboard motors sold in Canada from 2012 to 1994.

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26 Sea Ray Dealers Recognized as Top 100 Dealers

Sea Ray is pleased to announce that 26 of its North American dealers were recognized by Boating Industry magazine when it released the 2012 list of Top 100 Dealers in North America recently. Among the notable achievements by Sea Ray dealers this year: Boating Industry noted that Port Harbor Marine of South Portland, Maine, was chosen as the “Best Place to Work” and Sail & Ski Center of Austin, Texas, was honored for “Best Boat Show Strategy.”

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2012 Best Ideas Award Presented

At an awards lunch on Wednesday during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, Courtney Chalmers of Boat Trader and Mike Davin of Boating Industry magazine presented Bob Pappajohn of M&P Mercury Sales with the award for the Best Idea of the year. Pappajohn's Burnaby, British Columbia-based dealership won for its efforts to sell to non-traditional boater populations. This included outreach to the Chinese community through interpreters, ambassadors and advertising written in their native language.

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53rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® Shines After Stormy Start

Following a squally beginning the 53rd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapped up on a high note with sunshine and pleasant temperatures following inclement weather the first two days of the five-day event.  Despite the weather, exhibitors reported serious buyers, qualified leads and closed deals during the first two days, while the weekend attracted near record-breaking attendance.  "After being down 30 percent during the first two days because of Hurricane Sandy, attendance was very strong the last three days and finished down just 2 percent over last year for the show overall," said Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show. "The number of boats in the water was up 10 percent … as were brokerage boats over 126 feet, which were 15 percent ahead of last year."

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ICOMIA Launch Latest Statistics Book

The latest annual statistics book from ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) is now available, providing the recreational marine industry with reliable global boating statistics.  Representing the global marine industry since 1967, today ICOMIA has 35 marine industry association members (MIAs), estimated to represent more than 90% of the global boating business, making it well positioned to provide an international compilation of data covering the industry’s varied segments. The ICOMIA Statistics Book is the foremost annual tool the industry has to sum up international activity and, for the first time, this year’s edition includes invaluable market data from China.

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Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. Named One of GTA’s Top Employers for 2013

Yamaha Motor Canada is extremely pleased to be selected as one of the GTA’s Top Employers for 2013. Greater Toronto’s Top Employers is an annual competition with applications from 6,000 companies in the Greater Toronto Area. This special designation recognizes the GTA’s employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers are evaluated on eight criteria: Physical workplace, work atmosphere & social, health, financial & family benefits, vacation & time off, employee communications, performance management, training & skills development and community involvement.

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Randy Caruana Promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Mercury Marine

Randy Caruana has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Mercury Marine. Caruana, who has spent his entire career in the marine industry, has held a variety of executive positions during the 10 years he has worked at Mercury Marine, most recently vice president of sales for the Americas. Prior to that, he was director of outboard marketing, director of the large outboard product line and director of sales and marketing for Mercury Marine Canada.

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Canadians Welcome at ABYC Composite Boat Builder Certification in Maine

The Maine Marine Trades Association has extended an invitation to Canadians to attend their  Dec. 17 – 19, 2012 ABYC Composite Boat Builder Certification couse held by the MMTA, 2 Main St. Biddeford, ME. The classes will run   8:30 am – 4:30 pm and the cost is  $525.00 ABYC/MMTA Members,  $810.00 – non-members.   This composites course is designed for boat builders and manufacturers. The curriculum includes marine composite construction, production and advanced manufacturing processes, structural details and hardware installation, quality assurance, and safety and environmental compliance.

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Fraunhofer ICT and University of Western Ontario Open Research Facility in Canada

The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) announced in early November the the official opening of the Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Composites Research, a 12,000 ft2 (1,115m2). applied research facility located at the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. The FPC is a collaboration between the university and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (Pfinztal, Germany), an institute that is part of the largest applied research organizations in Europe.

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John Pfeifer Named Vice President of Global Operations for Mercury Marine

John Pfeifer has been named vice president of global operations for Mercury Marine. In his most recent role, Pfeifer managed Brunswick’s global marine businesses as president of Brunswick Marine in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) and president of the Brunswick Asia Pacific Group. Prior to joining Brunswick in 2006, Pfeifer, held executive positions with ITT Corporation and Milacron, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in Economics and Japanese from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Register Today for the Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show.  The event is only two weeks away on December 2nd to the 4th at the London Convention Centre.  Here are some brief highlights of the agenda.  For more information visit conference.boatingontario.ca On Sunday December 2nd it’s ‘Safe Lifting Awareness- A Roadmap to MOL Compliance‘ and later, an evening of NETWORKING! Join the group for dinner and a fun night of game shows.

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U.S. Media Reports Say Hurricane Sandy Damaged or Sank More Than 65,000 Boats

BoatUS has estimated that Hurricane Sandy caused more than US$650m in damages to boats across the US. The US boater association also expects that more than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of the storm. "We've never seen anything like it,” said Scott Croft, BoatUS AVP of Public Affairs, in a statement. “The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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Esterline CMC Electronics Picks Marcovitch and JR Media

CMC Electronics Inc. has selected Marcovitch PR of Toronto and JR Media of Keswick to manage its advertising and communications in Canada.   The team will manage media planning and execution, including print, and online advertising. Marcovitch PR and JR Media will also provide CMC with focused Canadian creative executions and public relations initiatives.

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Raymarine RayControl & RayRemote Apps FREE For Limited Time

To celebrate the achievement of Raymarine’s RayControl app being shortlisted at this year’s Dame Award, for design excellence, at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), Raymarine is offering the RayControl and RayRemote apps FREE to download until Sunday 13th January 2013.   The RayRemote and RayControl apps, which enable users to control e and c-Series multifunction displays wirelessly from any smartphone or tablet, are available for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and can be purchased via the Apple iTunes App store, Google Play Store for Android, and through the Amazon Android Marketplace.

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METS 2012: Vote of Confidence for 25th METS

METS 2012 ended on a high note for a cautious industry, bringing sparkle to the year. “The atmosphere has been brilliant, with high attendance levels reinforcing the fact that the concept of METS stands firm,” said METS Domain Manager Irene Dros. “There could have been no greater vote of confidence for our 25th anniversary event.” Vibrant networking and social events added extra buzz to the largest show to date, international visitor attendance was around 2% up on last year and exhibitor numbers – at 1,318 – dropped only marginally when compared with the record breaking 2011 figure of 1,331.

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Dwight Davies Named BCMTA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

The BC Marine Trades Association (BCMTA) will recognize one of the recreational marine industry’s most accomplished leaders at the upcoming BC Marine Industry Conference. Dwight Davies, former President of Mustang Survival, has been named the recipient of the BCMTA Lifetime Achievement Award.   “This is the first time the BCMTA has bestowed such an award and there is no doubt this is absolutely the right time and the right person,” said BCMTA President Don Prittie.

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Spirit of Qatar Wins Superboat Unlimited World Title in Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. — Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Steve Curtis piloted Spirit of Qatar to the Superboat Unlimited Class title Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Key West World Championship offshore powerboat races. Al-Thani, of Doha, Qatar, and England's Curtis took first in the final race after posting second-place finishes during preliminary races Wednesday and Friday.

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NMMA Encourages The American Public To Help Pass the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

In an email communication released November 9th, 2012, the NMMA  says that as an American angler, supporting this new government bill is the most important legislative action you can take all year. Their email blast stated that in the next few days, U.S. Senators are expected to vote on the most comprehensive package of sportsmen’s legislation in recent years. Introduced on September 10, 2012, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525) includes 15 bills that will benefit the sportfishing community, as well as recreational shooters and hunters.

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Boating Ontario Conference – Where did the Water Go?

This is an invitation from Al Donaldson – Boating Ontario Executive Director – It is now the middle of November 2012 and I am in Georgian Bay. For the past six weeks we have had a reasonable amount of rain. The rain was welcomed following a marvelous summer for boaters but not a great summer for farmers due to the almost drought conditions. Despite the recent rain falls, the water level throughout the Bay has dropped considerably, in some cases marinas now can only access two thirds of their slips due to low water levels and many deep draught vessels cannot be hauled out due to low water. A cottage near my home had 40 feet of beach in August 2012 today it has four hundred and fifty feet of beach.

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Bavaria Virtess 420 Wins Nautical Design Award 2012

The international Association for Industrial Design (ADI) has presented the Bavaria Virtess 420 motor yacht with the Nautical Design Award 2012. The Virtess 420, the first flybridge yacht ever produced by the Giebelstadt shipyard, was only launched this autumn and has already notched up its first design award. The Nautical Design Award is presented every year to the yacht with the most innovative and demanding design.

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Help Locate the Scarlet Pimpernel

Boating Industry Canada has been approached by the archivist for the Bangor (Northern Ireland) S Class of yachts. This club would be most grateful for any help that our readers could give in tracing “Scarlet Pimpernel” (built in 1950 of mahogany on oak) which was last known to be in Ontario in 1973 when she was owned by G. B. Turner. The picture below is from that date. The other picture of Salna No 19 is for comparison showing the distinctive class outline and cruiser stern.   This year is the 65th anniversary of the first three boats being launched.

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Explosion at BRP’s Research & Development Centre

On November 9, 2012, BRP confirmed that an explosion occurred at its Research and Development Centre in Valcourt shortly after midnight November 8th. A BRP employee and a security guard were badly injured and were transported to the Enfant Jesus de Québec hospital. R&D employees were informed and an information hotline has been set-up to keep the lines of communications open. BRP is doing all it can to support its employees.

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Have You Forwarded Your Boat Info for TIBS Boat Finder?

If Not, Your Boats Won't be Seen by Consumers Pre-Shopping the Show on TorontoBoatShow.com! It's simple: Consumers pre-shopping the show on TorontoBoatShow.com will not be able to consider the boats of manufacturers and dealers who do not provide photos and information for our Boat Finder online virtual showroom. The week of November 19, Boat Finder will go live again on TorontoBoatShow.com, showcasing boats that will be on display on the show floor during the 2013 Toronto Boat Show.

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Marlow-Hunter Announces Distributorship Arrangement for China

To further enchase the marketing and sales opportunities in the growing region of China (including Hong Kong) and the countries of  Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam, Marlow-Hunter, LLC announced that it has signed Omina Marine Corporation, Ltd. as a distributor for this area. Omina will operate out of its central location with a full sales and service center including parts and customer service support from Shenzhen. Mr. Wei hong zhuang, Chairman and Managing Director, along with Mr. Doug Sparks, General Manager, provide a wealth of marine experience in the sailing/boating arena.

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Paul Rayburn Teams Up With Freedom Marine

The Rayburn name has long been recognized as a world class yacht builder. Freedom Marine is pleased to announce that Paul Rayburn of Rayburn Custom Yachts has joined Freedom Marine.   Paul is well known by clients and industry personnel for his integrity, hard work and consistently delivering quality results. As a second generation yacht builder, his talents have evolved from hands on work on the shop floor to include yacht design, production management and sales of many (and counting) successful new build construction projects ranging from 62’-107’.

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The Industry Mourns The Loss of Campion Boats’ Gordon Elliott

Gordon Dugald Evans Elliott, FCA passed away unexpectedly at the age of 82.  He will be sadly missed by his wife Pat, his sons and their families: Mark (Sylvia), Carlyn (Ben),Blair and Kelsey; Brock (Leona);  Ross(Dolores),Leanne(Matt), Tanis(Andrew) and Denise; Guy (Kathy),Melissa and Laura; and Kent (Carole) Elise, Stefan, Justin and Claire; and his daughter and her family, Jan Filippelli (Tony) Danielle, Elliott, Melia, Shane, Seyarra.  He will also be missed by his two great-granddaughters Ella and Emily and his close sister-in-law, Jolyne and niece, Susan.  Gordon graduated from King Edward High School in 1948.  In 1955 Gordon started his career in accounting in Vancouver with Rudd and Goold and in two short years was promoted to partner.

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Mercury – Canada Makes History with Canadian Powerboat Champion Tammy Wolf

Mercury-Canada is once again creating history by sponsoring Canadian powerboat champion, Tammy Wolf.  Tammy will be the first Canadian women to compete in the SST 200 class in North America.   Powerboat racing is the most exhilarating sport in the world. Drivers, teams, and equipment are constantly tested. Each lap is different, drivers not only compete against each other but also against the ever changing water and wind conditions. Boats reach the turn buoy at speeds up to 110 mph and in a split second; they accelerate out to the next turn while riding on a cushion of air.

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IBEX Hires Kate Holden as New Marketing Director

Professional BoatBuilder  magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), owners and producers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), the marine industry’s largest annual technical trade event, have announced the hire of Kate Holden as the new Marketing Director and Sales Representative.   Holden is uniquely qualified to take on the many facets of IBEX marketing and exhibit sales. With 15 years of experience, she’s held positions in advertising and exhibit sales management, show management and as an account executive and marketing consultant.

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Industry Mourns the Passing of Campion Boats’ Gordon Elliott

Boating Industry Canada received this sad announcement early on November 6th from Brock Elliott at Campion Boats. "It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing on November 4th, 2012, of our Chairman, Gordon Elliott, F.C.A., at the age of 82". Brock Elliott, President and son said, "It is difficult to find the words for such an announcement. Our Dad was such a great leader, his life filled to the brim, very diverse and rewarding. He made lasting impressions with so many people; from his professional accounting career, to his strong interest in agriculture, farming and ranching, to the power boat industry.”

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Boating Ontario Conference To Feature Presentations By Byron Bolton and Tim Timpano

The Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show is only one month away on December 2nd to the 4th at the London Convention Centre.  Read more to see a brief highlight of the agenda.    On Monday December 3, see Byron Bolton, WestWinn Group and Renaissance Marine Group. Byron Bolton, CEO of the Westwinn Group in Vernon, has figured out a winning strategy for success that has allowed their business to expand while everyone else seems to be running away from the boat manufacturing business in Canada!

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hanseboot 2012 – Focus on the North Proves Effective

“The increased focus of hanseboot on Northern European waters has produced good results,” said Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) at the close of the 53rd Hamburg International Boat Show on Sunday. “Exhibitors from all segments have confirmed to us that they had noticeably more visitors, especially at the weekends, from Denmark, Sweden and other Northern European countries. In Year one of this new orientation, the overall result after nine days of hanseboot is positive.”   Torsten Conradi, President of the German Boat and Ship Building Association (DBSV, one of the official supporters of hanseboot), is convinced that this sharpening of hanseboot’s profile is a good thing.

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Harbercraft Rebrands as KingFisher

The Harbercraft brand has been a distinguished name in Canada for the past 53 years, earning its pedigree as the leading brand of welded heavy-gauge aluminum boats. “With the investments we made in product development, bringing manufacturing under one roof, and successfully entering the multi-species boat market, we are well positioned to bring our brand to another level,” explains Andrew Klopak, Sales Group President.   After extensive consultations with its dealer network, a decision was made to move to a powerful master brand approach as the most effective way to continue to enhance its customer experience.

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MRAA’s First Marine Retail University a success

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media announced today that the first-ever Norman-Spencer Marine Retail University was a resounding success. Held in San Antonio on Oct. 21-22, the MRU event attracted 61 total attendees for the two-day event, which featured a networking riverboat cruise and dinner, as well as a full day packed with six educational sessions.

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The American Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increases Again

In the United States, the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in September, improved again in October. The Index now stands at 72.2 (1985=100), up from 68.4 in September. The Present Situation Index increased to 56.2 from 48.7. The Expectations Index rose to 82.9 from 81.5 last month. The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey®, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch. The cutoff date for the preliminary results was October 18.

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Tall Ships America Statement Regarding The Loss of HMS BOUNTY

Tall Ships America has issued the following statement. The tall ship HMS BOUNTY was lost yesterday (October 30, 2012) in Hurricane Sandy off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Of the 16 persons reportedly aboard at the time, we understand that one individual has perished, and that 14 others were rescued, thanks to the exemplary courage and skill of Coast Guard search and rescue personnel.  It appears that the vessel’s master, Robin Walbridge, is missing, and the search continues.   A member of Tall Ships America, HMS BOUNTY was a popular participant in public maritime festivals around North America.  Our membership is united in sending our thoughts, prayers and best wishes to the crew and their families,

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Yamaha Motor Canada Announces Organizational Changes To Sales and Marketing Division

Yamaha Motor Canada has announced a re-organization of their Sales and Marketing Division. Jean-Francois (JF) Rioux has been promoted to Assistant National Manager, Outboard and Special Markets. JF will be responsible for managing special markets and outboards. Dave MacDougall is now Manager, Special Markets. Dave will assume responsibility for developing Special Market Opportunities, Business to Business and OEM partners.

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Beneteau Visionary Honored For Influence On Marine Industry

Active Interest Media (AIM) Marine Group held their Inaugural Editor’s Choice Awards on Friday October 26, 2012 during the 53rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where the group honored Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux with the Lifetime Achievement Award. AIM Marine Group, publisher of magazines such as PassageMaker, POWER & MOTORYACHT, Yachts International, SAIL and Soundings hosted the event to pay tribute to the marine industry’s best of 2012. While presenting Bénéteau-Roux the Lifetime Achievement Award, Efrem Zimbalist III, chief executive of AIM joked to a crowd of approximately 300 people, “Once in a while a resume takes 45 minutes to read, but even that amount of time wouldn’t approach explanation of the icon’s influence on our industry.”

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CYA Votes to Change Name

The Canadian Yachting Association's annual general meeting concluded Saturday with an afternoon vote to change the association's name. An overwhelming vote in support of the motion to change the name of the 74 year old organization to SAIL Canada was recorded, which allowed the national group to begin to align its positioning alongside many other national governing bodies in the sport. The move was prompted by a renewed effort to begin to collaborate in its efforts across its training, coaching, judging and high performance disciplines allowing it to better brand, build and grow the sport's awareness nationally in Canada.

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Campion Runs World’s Most Powerful Electric Outboard

Campion Marine, Canada's largest fiberglass boat builder, has launched their new Chase 550 bow rider powered by the world's first 180 horsepower electric outboard engine designed by ReGen Nautic USA Inc.   At 45 kilos, the engine weighs about a quarter of the traditional gas-powered outboard. The engine is extremely quiet. At top speed, the loudest noise is the sound of waves splashing on the boat. The first boat Campion built using this new technology will be going to Pro Nautic, a Campion dealer in Switzerland.

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Technology Expo at the Boating Ontario Conference, December 2-4, 2012

The Boating Ontario Conference is excited to announce that they will help you connect with existing and prospective customers and operate your business more efficiently by offering a Technology Expo that will highlight new technology and applications. Learn more about the Conference at conference.boatingontario.ca Every business needs technology, for staying in contact with customers, co-workers and suppliers, daily business operations, maintaining financial records and marketing.

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Hagerty Announces Its 2012 Classic Marine Hall of Fame Inductees

4th Annual Class Includes Ken MacStephen, Tony Mollica and the Antique Boat Museum   The 2012 inductees into the Hagerty Classic Marine Hall of Fame were announced at the ACBS International Meeting in Table Rock Lake, Mo.  Founded in 2009, the Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the preservation and awareness of the classic boating lifestyle.  This year’s inductees include author Tony Mollica, ACBS Toronto co-founder Ken MacStephen and the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y.

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Jury Announces Nominations DAME – Design Award METS 2012

From a total of 115 products entered into this year’s prestigious DAME Design Award METS competition, 39 have now been nominated to go forward for final judging by the DAME Jury who will eventually choose a maximum of seven Category Winners and one Overall Winner.   The DAME Design Award competition is held every year in conjunction with METS incorporating the SuperYacht Pavilion and this year it received entries from all around the world, with the successful nominations coming from 13 nations.

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Government Grants Help Canadian Industries Compete Globally

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced that 44 industry associations will receive funding from the Government of Canada to expand international business activities, bring in new investment and attract top talent. “Our government is committed to growing our economy and creating good, new, high-value jobs for hard-working Canadians,” said Minister Fast. “That is why we are helping our world-class industries expand and succeed abroad as a key part of our plan to open new markets around the world for our exporters. The funding we are providing today will help with these efforts.”

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Weather Did Not Spoil the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The media is calling it "Frankenstorm" and it's not over yet, but the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show largely escaped the effects of Hurricane Sandy as it headed north. The exhibitors breathed a collective sigh of relief. It started out badly. After heavy rains virtually washed out the last 3 days of the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the 2012 show opened with 35 mph winds, overcast skies and frequent cloud bursts.

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NSBA Hosts Marine Systems Certification in Halifax

From Tuesday, December 4, 2012 through to Friday, December 7, 2012, starting at 8:30 AM each day, the NSBA will hosts an ABYC Marine Systems Certification course in Halifax. The course will be held at the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, in Halifax. This four day systems course will draw key information from 21 different ABYC Standards as they apply to boat component selection and installation.

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NMMA Announces Executive Staff Promotions

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced a series of staff promotions at the executive level to coincide with its growing responsibilities in advocating for and promoting the strength of marine manufacturing, the sales and service networks of its members, and the boating lifestyle. Craig Boskey and Carl Blackwell were promoted to Senior Vice President. John McKnight, Dave Geoffroy and Ellen Hopkins were named Vice Presidents.   “NMMA has a talented group of staff dedicated to the interests and success of our members,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president.

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Chris-Craft Corsair 32 Makes U.S. Debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Chris-Craft has introduced their new Corsair 32 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Corsair 32 is the newest member of the Corsair family the sister ship to the new Launch 32; which made its debut to rave reviews at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show earlier this year. Steve Heese, Chris-Craft President, said: “The Corsair line carries the core DNA of the legendary Chris-Craft brand. We built her to fill a need in our closed-deck series of cruisers.”

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Furuno’s “Fantum” Takes Customer Feedback and Makes the Mechanical Feedback Disappear from the Navpilot 700 Autopilot

Over the past several years, Furuno has been hard at work making an Autopilot that sets the bar for how an Autopilot should operate and steer a boat. They started with self-learning and adaptive software that taught itself more about your boat each time you took it out. Then they created unique FishHunter modes to aid fisherman and special Wind modes for sailors. Now they’ve taken customer feedback to create software that allows the NavPilot 700 to work without the use of a physical rudder feedback. Furuno's all-new Fantum Feedback NavPilot software clears the path to a simplified installation, while also delivering enhanced steering control.

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Exceptional Speakers, Sponsors, Entertainment, Activities and Draw Prizes at BC Marine Industry Conference

The BC Marine Trades Association (BCMTA) has finalized an exceptional and diverse lineup of speakers and topics for the upcoming BC Marine Industry Conference. Details on schedule, speakers and each presentation are available at bcmta.com. A variety of engaging sessions have been designed to support the conference theme – Business and Personal Growth – and are ideal for business owners, employees and anyone else involved in the recreational marine industry who is looking to achieve business growth, increased sales or personal success. GE Capital is co-sponsoring the keynote address by renowned business coach and CEO mentor, Cameron Herold, who will share tips on growing a business from ‘Zero to Good.’

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Government of Canada Introduces Navigation Law Amendments

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced on Friday October 19th, the introduction of amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. The Act allows for the building of bridges and other works that might interfere with navigation. From the day it was enacted in 1882, the intent of the Navigable Waters Protection Act has been the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic.

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Canadian Yachting Presents: “Safety For Sea” at PCYC, Sponsored by Chubb Insurance

Captain Eric Hill of Royal Canadian Air Force Maritime Helicopter Tactics will be providing an informative and possibly life-saving presentation on Safety at Sea at the Port Credit Yacht Club, Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7PM.  It is open to the general public, but space is limited.   Captain Eric Hill is a yacht training and safety consultant.  He is the offshore training skipper for the Royal Canadian Navy and holds a commercial endorsement for sailing vessels to 200 gt and is a qualified RYA/CYA radar, diesel, and commercial Yachtmaster instructor.

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As Cold Waters Move In, Boaters Should Step Up Safety

The BoatUS Foundation has sent out a reminder that it's hard being a boater in the fall. Most of your friends on the water are gone, the days shorter, the waters colder. However, the lack of crowds or better wind in the sails is still appealing to many boaters, anglers and sailors, but safety must be stepped up, says the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. What makes the risk go up and what can you do? Here's five ways you can easily get in trouble this time of the year. Sunshine isn't your friend: Don't let sunny days deceive you – while it may be T-shirt weather in the morning at the launch ramp or dock, weather can change quickly this time of year. Bring extra clothing to dress in layers and always bring foul weather gear.

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Small Town Dealer Wins Big Time Regal Service and Sales Awards!

For the second time in four years Crate's Lake Country Boats has been named Regal Marine Industries #1 Dealer worldwide for Customer Service! Earlier this month Crate’s Lake Country Boats attended Regal’s dealer conference in Sanibel, Florida and came home, literally, with a boat load of awards. In addition to their CSI award, Crate’s also won Regal’s prestigious President’s Club Award, finishing #3 worldwide for sales volume. Not too shabby for a small town Canadian dealer with 18 employees!

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ICOMIA Publishes New Global Conformity Guidelines

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has published new and amended Global Conformity Guidelines for construction standards. The purpose of the guidelines is to assist boat builders who comply with either ABYC or ISO, but are looking to start exporting to countries using the opposite system. There are now a total of nine universal guidelines published by ICOMIA. The launched guidelines include: (Guideline 1) Fuel Systems and Fixed Fuel Tanks; (2) LPG Systems and Appliances; (3) Electrical;

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Baja Marine Acquires the Assets of Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line

Leading performance boat builder Baja Marine, Inc. announced it has acquired the assets of boat companies Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line Boats from American Marine Holdings, Inc. All four brands – Baja, Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line – will operate as independent entities. They will be headquartered at the Baja Marine facility on Whichards Beach Road in Washington, North Carolina.   The acquisition was prompted by ongoing demand by customers and marine dealers for new boats from Donzi,

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Survivor and the Future of Sailing in North America

Boating Ontario is pleased to present John Peterson at the Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show, December 2-4, 2012 at the London Convention Centre. Not only has John led the survival of Hunter Sailboats through a recent chapter eleven acquisition but he did it when all other divisions in the boating group he belonged to failed. An expert in the field of marketing recreational sailboats, John will give us his views on the future sales potential of sail boats in North America.

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KCS International Inc. Announces Hiring of Paul Hughes

KCS International Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Hughes as a manufacturing assembly manager. In his new position Hughes will work to streamline operations, supervise production expansion and work with suppliers. He previously worked as an engineering operations manager for Tiara Yachts and the senior production manager for Haworth Inc.

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Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterways To Be Open For Full 2013 Season

The Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway will be open for a full season of boating, the federal environment minister announced, despite an earlier statement stating the season would have to be shortened. Minister Peter Kent told reporters Thursday, October 18th, that the 2013 season would last as long as usual, from the Victoria Day weekend in May until Thanksgiving in October.

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MarineMax Vacations Announces One Year Anniversary

MarineMax is pleased announce their one year anniversary of the launch of MarineMax Vacations Yacht Charter Division. MarineMax Vacations has been delivering outstanding charter vacations in the British Virgin Islands with the newest and most exceptional fleet in the market since its introduction in October 2011.  Operating from its beautiful base in Tortola, the year has been one of accelerated growth through its fleet additions of sailboats, power cats and the building of a custom 46 power catamaran to be introduced in January 2013.

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Boston Whaler Debuts New Dual-Console Vantage Series

With a cutting-edge dual-console design, the exciting new Boston Whaler Vantage combines performance, comfort, function and style. The Vantage series debuts with two sizes—23’ and 27’. Fully equipped for everything from leisurely cruising to family watersports to serious fishing, each Vantage suits a wide variety of boaters’ needs and desires, opening up a whole new view on the possible. One of the most notable new features on the Vantage is its revolutionary convertible portside lounge seat, which folds into a variety of positions so that passengers can ride facing fore or aft, partially or fully reclined, or even use it as a leaning post for offshore fishing.

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Victoria Marina Wins Federal Approval

A dramatic new Victoria Harbour marina to serve superyachts to 150’ has moved a major step closer to reality with approvals from Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries Oceans. When complete, Victoria International Marina will provide 29 moorage slips for yachts 65’ to 150’ in length on the north shore of Victoria Harbour, just outside the Inner Harbour. “The project has already received municipal and provincial approvals, and these federal approvals are significant milestones,” said Larry Halgren, who recently joined the marina project team.

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This Fall Protect and Lubricate Snaps and Zippers

Snaps and zippers are one of the most overlooked mechanical items on a boat.  Boat owners tend to notice them the most when they stop functioning properly by becoming stiff or hard to snap.  To help prevent this, every owner should have Shurhold's Snap Stick and the EZ Snap Tool on hand. The EZ Snap Tool has a long, forked end that slides on the underside of a snap and allows users to pull and seal a snap from the inside.  Owners can now put up an entire enclosure in the rain without having to go on the outside.

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NMDA Signs On To Provide MDCE Educational Funding Support

The National Marine Distributors Association has signed on to provide Educational Funding Support for this year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Support from the group made it possible to assemble the strongest lineup of speakers in the history of the event in 2012, including 22 all-new educational sessions.

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Mermaid Marine Dealer Show to Feature Brownell Trailers, ROK Boat Stands

Brownell Trailers, manufacturer of hydraulic boat trailers and ROK Boat Stands, will be featured at the 2012 Mermaid Marine Dealer Show, October 19 at the Moncton Convention Center in New Brunswick. Established in 1954, Brownell Trailers is a manufacturer of fully submersible hydraulic trailers and ROK Boat Stands with fully galvanized bases and cast steel galvanized handles.

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Sierra Introduces All-New Carburetors For Popular Sterndrive and Inboard Engines

Now, many boat owners can skip the rebuild and simply replace their troublesome old carb with a brand new Sierra carburetor and restore the performance and fuel economy of their engines. These new carburetors from Sierra are built to original factory specs, and are not rebuilt or remanufactured products. Housings are cast from corrosion resistant aluminium and machined using Sierra’s own specially engineered tooling. Components are anodised and carefully assembled to provide season after season of reliable performance.

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Furuno Wins Seventh Straight “Manufacturer of the Year” Award

Furuno, renowned manufacturer of marine electronics, once again received more National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awards than any two manufacturers combined at the prestigious 2012 NMEA Convention in Orlando, FL. These four awards bring Furuno’s NMEA Award total to an incredible 205, since NMEA started presenting awards in 1971. For seven years running, Furuno has received the coveted Manufacturer of the Year – Support award. Furuno remains the sole recipient of this award since its introduction on the ballot in 2005.

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Troop Island Saved From Development

A pristine 11-hectare island near Halifax has been saved from development after local groups raised enough money to save the land. Troop Island, home to an Acadian forest full of towering hardwoods hundreds of years old, is now in the hands of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

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Brunswick Names New VPs in Marketing and Planning and Operations for Recreational Boat Group

Effective November 1, Brad Anderson will lead the Marketing and Planning functions for Sea Ray, Meridian, Bayliner and Trophy brands. This newly created group focuses the group’s marketing talent across all Recreational Boat Group (RBG) brands, further accelerating our progress at building stronger brand equity with consumers. Reporting to Brad will be: Matt Guilford, Vice President, Marketing and Janet Ritchie, Director of Portfolio Planning. Supporting Matt will be Joe Cacopardo, Director of Marketing – Sea Ray and Meridian, Michael Yobe, Product Portfolio Manager – Bayliner and Trophy, and Shelby Deck Marketing Manager. Brad will report to Andy Graves, President of the Brunswick Boat Group in this role, and will also be accountable to Rob Parmentier, President – Sea Ray Group and Jeff Behan, President – Bayliner as brand leaders.

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New Leadership for Beneteau America

Groupe Beneteau has just announced changes within Beneteau America’s leadership team. Wayne Burdick has been elevated to a more strategic role in Groupe Beneteau, as the President of the holding company for the different US Groupe entities, and Laurent Fabre, formerly the director of sales and marketing for Beneteau's North American powerboats division, has been tapped to replace Burdick as president of Beneteau America. Under Burdick’s direction as president of Beneteau in North America since 1997, Beneteau became the leading brand of high quality production sailboats in the U.S. In his new position, Burdick will manage relationships with industry partners on behalf of all Groupe Beneteau marine brands.

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Vancouver’s Specialty Yachts Wins the Marlow Hunter Marine Dealer of the Year Award for 2012

John Petersen, President of Marlow Hunter Marine presented Lawrence Fronczek, President of Specialty Yachts in Vancouver with the Dealer of the Year Award for 2012.

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ABBRA’s Boatyard Business Conference Scheduled for January 16th – 18th 2013

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association's (ABBRA) Boatyard Business Conference will take place from January 16 – 18, 2013, at B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. Previously, ABBRA was a co-producer of the IMBC but determined that the Boatbuilding and Repair industry had specific needs in the current economic climate and a conference that is wholly focused on the business of building and repairing boats was called for.

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Exhibitors Positive At IBEX 2012

Reflecting a steadily improving sales picture in the U.S. marine industry, exhibitors we talked to in the final hour of IBEX 2012 were positive about the outcomes. Boating Industry Canada was in Louisville, Kentucky for the entire event starting with the All-Industry Breakfast on Tuesday. The room was packed and Thom Dammrich of the NMMA opened the sessions with some recent sales data suggesting that overall, the business was seeing a lift in the magnitude of 10% this year, with some segments stronger than others as always.

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Kropf Industrial Launches New Website

Active now, Kropf Industrial Inc., has launched their new website with crisp, colourful new photography and a very clear and easy-to-use layout. The website home page is highlighted by primary menu buttons taking visitors to the “Conolift”, “Aquaculture”, “Marine” and “Industrial” sections which then unfold into more specific headings. The home page features animated changing photography for visual interest and to scroll through the company’s more detailed product areas.

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ICOMIA Publishes Fourth Edition of Global Environmental Legislation Guide

ICOMIA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, has published the fourth edition of its Global Environmental Legislation Guide. The Guide is updated regularly to provide readers with the very latest environmental information from the recreational boating industry and is available in the ICOMIA Online Library. The fourth edition of the guide features the latest environmental legislation available as of August 2012, with additions/amendments highlighted in red. The Guide is divided into the following regions and/or continents and international organisations:

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Wiarton Marina Changes Hands

On August 1st of this year the Wiarton Marina on Georgian Bay changed hands. Ian Allan who has owned the marina since 1978 transferred ownership to Jeff Hammill. Jeff and his family are long time boaters of Georgian Bay. Since the early 1960’s the Hammills’ have cruised most of the Great Lakes. It was a natural fit for Jeff to purchase the Wiarton Marina and continue on with his passion for boating. With a boat owners perspective and very talented staff at the marina Jeff will be a hands-on operator of the marina keeping the customers needs at the forefront.

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Registration Now Open for the 2012 BC Marine Industry Conference

Presentation Lineup to Stimulate Business Growth, Sales and Personal Success The BC Marine Trades Association (BCMTA) has announced that registration is now open for the BC Marine Industry Conference to be held November 28-29, 2012 at the River Rock Casino Resort. The theme – Business and Personal Growth – is supported by renowned headline speakers that will motivate both business owners and employees in the recreational marine sector to take the next steps to achieving business growth, sales and personal success.

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New Director for APRIL Marine Canada

APRIL Marine Canada has sent out a statement saying that the company is pleased to announce the arrival of Daniel Ramos on their team as Director. Daniel has 22 years of managing experience, 42 years of sailing experience and a great knowledge of the brokerage industry. He is a great addition to the APRIL Marine Canada team, has a lot of innovative projects for APRIL Marine in mind and one goal: To lead APRIL Marine in becoming the #1 MGA in every brokerage across Canada. With over 20 years of experience in the marine insurance industry, APRIL Marine has a reputation for quality products, competitive pricing and efficient claims service.

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Strategic Investment Positions Two Strongest Aluminum Boat Manufacturers For Strong Growth

Six of the most prominent brands in the heavy-gauge welded aluminum boat industry now share one owner.  A strategic investment by Byron Bolton, current owner of WestWinn Group, manufacturers of KingFisher, KingFisher Multi-species, Harbercraft and Jetcraft boats, has completed a private stock purchase of Renaissance Marine Group, Inc., manufacturers of Duckworth, Weldcraft and Northwest Boat brands from current owners Dan Larson and Jim Moore. The Bolton family completed the transaction through a newly formed entity, RMG Holdings Company, of Seattle, Washington.   WestWinn Group and Renaissance Marine Group will continue to operate independently and maintain the continuity of the existing management teams, physical factories, highly skilled work forces and independent dealer networks.

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IBEX Announces 2012 Innovation Award Winners

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the winners of the 2012 IBEX Innovation Awards. The winning products were selected by a panel of experienced technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International (BWI), and were presented at the All-Industry Breakfast. “IBEX is where the future of boating begins,” said show director Anne Dunbar. “It’s where companies introduce their new products and technologies that will improve boatbuilding and enhance the boating experience for consumers in the years to come.”

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IBEX Announces Winners of Exhibitor Video Awards

At the Opening day's All-Industry Breakfast at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) the three winners of the first-annual Exhibitor Video Awards (EVAs) were announced.   The winners were Vetus America for Best Corporate Video, Marinco/Mastervolt for Best Product Video and Insync Marine, People’s Choice. Honorable mention for People’s Choice went to second-place winner Dometic Marine.

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Bluenose II, a Canadian Icon Returns to the Water

Thousands of Nova Scotians and visitors from across Canada were in Lunenburg today to celebrate the relaunch of the Bluenose II. Taking advantage of morning tides, the schooner was slowly winched into the water, link-by-link, from the 1,200-tonne marine railway at the Lunenburg Shipyard. 'The return of Bluenose II to water is a significant milestone in preserving Canada's and Nova Scotia's proud maritime history and a testament to the shipbuilding history of our great province,' said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia.

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Canada’s “The Boat Warehouse” Named Largest Four Winns Dealer

Rec Boat Holdings has named Kingston, Ontario-based The Boat Warehouse as their largest Four Winns retailer for the 2012 model year at the 2013 annual dealer conference held at The Abbey Resort, Fontana, Wisconsin. The Boat Warehouse has been a Four Winns dealer for 19 years and has received the top award multiple times. “The Boat Warehouse is an exemplary dealer for our Four Winns brand," stated Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings.

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Canada Metal Promote Staff, Updates Octopus Website

Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. named Mark Pocock its new Octopus sales manager for North, Central and South America.  At the same time, the company launched its striking Octopus website makeover.  Octopus leads the marine industry in the design, manufacture and marketing of autopilot drives. Pocock assumes this new role from Jonathan Ingente, who now serves as Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd.'s customer service manager.  Pocock joined the company last year.

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Caframo To Launch Taku Hatch Fan At IBEX 2012

Canada's Caframo, leading manufacturer of marine fans, will introduce the Taku Hatch Fan at the 2012 International Boatbuilders’ Exposition & Conference (IBEX), October 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. 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. A unique locking suction cup mounting system allows the fan to be installed directly on hatch glass in seconds, with no hole drilling or fasteners required.

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BRP Reveals New 2013 Sea-Doo and Can-Am Products

BRP dealers and distributors from around the world gathered in Maryland, U.S. to attend the unveiling of model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder roadsters and Sea-Doo watercraft. Among BRP's new Sea-Doo product updates is the GTI Limited 155 watercraft, a striking, luxurious watercraft in all-new Anthracite Grey colour. The GTI Limited 155 model comes with BRP's industry-exclusive Intelligent Brake & Reverse (iBR) technology and cruise control with the Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) system with ECO Mode for best fuel efficiency.

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The Moorings Announces New Price Promise Program

Announced September 25, 2012, The Moorings has introduced a new Price Promise program – an assurance to customers that should the cost of their Sail, Power or Crewed Yacht charter go down in price at any time up to 30 days before their departure date, they will be reimbursed with benefits equivalent in value.   In addition to offering unprecedented value, The Moorings Price Promise guarantees an attractive price protection feature that allows for reimbursement through benefits that include yacht upgrades, food and beverage options, water toys and more.

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New 3M™ Laminating Bulker Offers Ease of Use, Increased Efficiency

3M introduces 3M™ Laminating Bulker, offering outstanding properties for fiberglass construction applications. With high conformability on compound curves, excellent print-blocking capabilities and low resin consumption, 3M Laminating Bulker provides ease of use along with a host of other qualities designed to help fabricators increase efficiency. 3M Laminating Bulker is a non-woven polyester mat with uniform holes designed for resin flow. Available in thicknesses of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5mm as well as one- or two-meter wide rolls, the material lends itself to a broad range of applications.

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CCP Composites Canada has Relocated Two Canadian Facilities

The new locations are based in Ontario and Quebec. The moves were first announced in February and later launched in May, with the Ontario facility being relocated from Mississauga to Brampton, and completing the project, in August, the Quebec location moved to a new facility in Drummondville. Harold Visser, managing director of CCP Composites Canada was quoted in IBI as saying that, "Both are larger facilities supporting the recent growth of our business. This investment underscores the ongoing commitment by CCP Composites to the Canadian business and its customers.”

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Ebbtide Names Richard Anderson President of North American Operations

Ebbtide Corporation, manufacturer of fiberglass sports and recreational boats, announced on September 27th that Richard Anderson has been promoted to president of North American operations. “Richard has been invaluable to the Ebbtide team and he is well-respected in the recreational and sport boating industry,” said Mr. Xianhua Ma, the new owner of Ebbtide.   “He brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the job, and this promotion formally recognizes Richard’s hard work and his ongoing leadership of the team.” 

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Riviera has 5000 reasons to celebrate

For this Australian boat builder, the history-making milestone for Riviera will be the launch of its 5000th boat at a special gala dinner celebration held later this year.   Riviera’s state-of-the-art Coomera facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast will be transformed into a five-star entertainment precinct as Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder hosts a celebration like no other.

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Adastra Media Inc. Welcomes John Avdic

Canadian Yachting and Boating Industry Canada are pleased to announce that John Avdic has joined the magazines' team as Senior Account Manager, Western Canada. John brings 20 years of media advertising experience with several large newspapers and magazines. Most recently he worked with Canada Wide Media and several of their titles and platforms. “We are delighted to have John Avdic join our team. His years of experience with British Columbia’s Boat Journal, and his knowledge of the BC marine industry strengthen our position considerably in providing integrated media solutions to our clients and prospects in Western Canada,” commented CY and BIC publisher Mark Collett on the appointment.

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Campion Marine Inc to Build the Biltmore Fibertoon® Boats

Campion Marine Inc and Biltmore Marine Industries LLC are pleased to announce what they believe is a “game changer” for the marine industry. Campion Marine has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to build the Biltmore Fibertoon® Boats. Brock Elliott, President of Campion Marine says “that many will initially ask; what is a Fibertoon®?” “The Campion built Biltmore is a pontoon boat like no other our industry has ever seen or experienced! The patent protected boat with its tri pontoon hull is produced entirely of composite materials including the side walls, helm, seating bases and so much more than ever offered before.

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KCS International Inc. Rebrands Azure Sport Boats Line into Cruisers Yachts Portfolio

KCS International Inc. (KCS), parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, announced Monday Sept 24, that the recently acquired Azure Sport Boats line will be renamed Cruisers Sport Series in order to reflect the true essence of the Cruisers Yachts craftsmanship. The acquisition means the Cruisers name now offers a full product line of vessels from 22-54’. “We learned, after conferring with consumers, dealers and media observers that the new Azure boats, recently produced at our Oconto plant, possess all of the quality craftsmanship that Cruisers Yachts are known for,

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IBEX Compliance and Coffee Hosted by ABYC and Rulefinder.net

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and Rulefinder.net invite all 2012 IBEX Exhibitors to “Compliance and Standards Coffee” on Wednesday, October 3 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet and network with compliance experts from around the globe while enjoying free coffee and pastries. Exhibitors are encouraged to come hungry with topics in mind and walk away full from picking the best minds in the industry. Leaders from both ABYC and Rulefinder.net will be on hand to talk about topics such as the Standards and Technical Information Report for Small Craft Supplement 52 that was released in July 2012, CE and ISO compliance, and much more!

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Buckeye Hosts Charity Night and Raffle for Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes

As of September 18th, Buckeye Marine has started selling tickets in support of Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes, bedroom restoration project. “The raffle marks the kick off of our work with Women’s Resources on their bedroom restoration project” states Carly Poole, marketing co-ordinator for Buckeye. “Annually Buckeye hosts a Product Preview & Charity Night on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend. We are always looking for a worthy project in the community to help with and this year Women’s Resources’ bedroom project really struck a chord with our committee.

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TowBoatUS Port of Oswego Offers 24/7 On-the-Water Assistance

The Port of Oswego, New York, in an effort to continue to upgrade marine resources and offer a much-needed towing service for boaters and charter fishing operators, has reopened TowBoatUS Oswego, which offers 24/7 non-emergency on-the-water assistance, including boat towing, battery jump-starting and ungrounding services. "Our TowBoatUS on-the-water towing service addresses a real issue and complements our marina activities and the Port Authority operations as a whole," said Port of Oswego Executive Director Jonathan Daniels.

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The Swift Trawler 34 Concludes 5,137-Mile Great Loop “Sea Trial”

After 5,137 nautical miles and nearly four months traveling the circumnavigation of the Eastern U.S. and Canada commonly referred to as the Great Loop, Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 34 has returned to her home port in Annapolis, MD last week. “Beneteau is most grateful for the warm welcome received at the many marinas we visited, the dedication of The Greatest Loop’s twelve crews throughout her journey and the unfailing loyalty of her many followers on TheGreatestLoop.com, said Maryline O’Shea, marketing director of Beneteau’s North American Powerboats Division. “Our sponsors were instrumental in this awesome endeavor. We would not have even considered such an undertaking without their support,” O’Shea said.

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Volvo Penta Launches Two New V8 Gasoline Engines

Volvo Penta has just launched two new V8 gasoline engines for their sterndrive and inboard applications; the V8-225 and the V8-380. Claimed to be the cleanest engine ever from Volvo Penta, the V8-225 combines fuel economy of a V6 with high altitude power, durability and class leading acceleration. With eight cylinders and 5.7 liter displacement, the V8-225 delivers torque, power and world class performance across the entire speed range.

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Charles Industries Announces New National Sales Manager – Marine Group

Charles Industries, Ltd. has announced that Fred Kolacki has joined the company as National Sales Manager – Marine Group effective immediately. Kolacki’s responsibilities include coordination and management of Charles’ worldwide marine sales representative team. In addition, he will lead and oversee implementation of strategic sales and customer development to achieve profitable growth and market share objectives with Charles’ Marine OEM, distribution, and retail customers. He will also be responsible for driving pricing strategy and marketing plan development and execution, while also providing leadership and input to new product development and design.

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ABYC Announces Judith Ramsey’s retirement

It is with great regret that the American Boat & Yacht Council is announcing the retirement of Judith Ramsey, ABYC’s Membership Director.  Judith has a long history with ABYC creating the ultimate customer service environment.  The sentiment we always hear from our members is “if you want it done, call Judith!”  Judith was also the driving force behind ABYC’s popular publication “The Reference Point,” spending hours contacting authors, proofing articles and ensuring deadlines were met.  It is a rare occasion to meet a member that has not at one time or another had assistance from Judith.  Please join us in wishing Judith good luck as she moves on to her next challenge…she will be missed!

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Hundreds of Owners Turn Out for Sea Ray Homecoming Event in Tennessee

Wearing a Canadian Yachting logo shirt,  Boating Industry Canada and Canadian Yachting Managing Editor Andy Adams had just arrived at the Sea Ray Homecoming Event in Knoxville, Tennessee when he heard, “Hey! Canadian Yachting!” It was a couple who had come all the way from Vernon, BC (and won the Long Distance Award as well) to attend the 2012 Sea Ray Homecoming. They have a 370 Sundancer and their enthusiasm as owners was all it took to convince them to make the trip.

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BRP To Exit Sport Boat Market

BRP announced on September 14th, that it will exit the sport boat business over the coming months, citing the continued global sales decline in the marine industry, particularly the drop in sales of sport boats since the financial crisis. “This is a difficult but necessary decision for BRP,” said José Boisjoli, president and CEO.  “We worked hard to grow our sport boat business through a serious sales decline that began in 2007. But now, we must focus our research and development resources and capital investments in areas of our business that offer greater growth potential.”

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Mercury Marine Earns Three Customer Satisfaction Index Awards from NMMA

Mercury Marine has received 2012 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards in the outboard, sterndrive and inboard categories from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Mercury Marine is the only engine manufacturer to win awards in multiple categories. The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and emphasize continual improvement to better serve the customer.

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Full Agenda Released for IMI’s Fall Workshop “Marina Makeover: An Interactive experience”

A detailed schedule for IMI’s fall workshop “Marina Makeover: An Interactive experience” scheduled for October 21–22, 2012, and the annual Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study Tour scheduled for October 23–24, 2012, is now available on the Association of Marina Industries’ (AMI) website. The events, organized by the International Marina Institute (IMI), a subsidiary of AMI, are being held at the Renaissance Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida. Marina Makeover: An Interactive Experience is based on the same proven methods IMI uses in its Advanced Marina Management courses to train hundreds of Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) worldwide.

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Crestliner Announces Million-Dollar Club & Dealer Award Winners

Canadian dealers were three of the eight boat dealerships from across North America that earned Crestliner’s prestigious Million-Dollar Club Award for 2012, an increase in the number of award winners compared to the previous year. The Million-Dollar Club Award winners were awarded by Crestliner President Ben Cast, who was accompanied by Andy Graves, president of Brunswick Boat Group, and Jeff Kinsey, president of Freshwater Boat Group, during the company’s Dealer Meeting, heldrecently in Crestliner’s home state of Minnesota. To earn Million-Dollar Club membership, a dealer’s annual sales of Crestliner products must be in excess of $1million.

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West Marine Names Navico as Vendor of the Year For Second Year in a Row

Navico — a world leader in recreational marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands — announced today that it has been awarded the West Marine Vendor of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Presented at the company’s 2012 Annual VIV (Very Important Vendor) Conference, West Marine awarded Navico the top honor for consistent excellence in collaboration, product quality, sales growth and excellent customer service. “We are truly honored that West Marine has recognized us as Vendor of the Year for the second year running,” said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer, Navico Americas.

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Bluenose II to Officially Relaunch Sept. 29 in Lunenburg

Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, will officially relaunch in Lunenburg on Saturday, Sept. 29, during an all-day celebration for Nova Scotians, Canadians and international visitors. The official relaunch will lower the Bluenose II into the water from the 1,200-tonne marine railway and winch it out, link by link, to be towed beside the Fisheries Museum for the event.

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Got Customers Cruising South? The Tax Man Goes After Visiting Cruisers

BoatUS says that for cruisers making their way south, staying too long in one place can ruin a good thing. At least that's the case with boaters making lengthy journeys, who are finding themselves targets of cash-hungry states when they stay too long and are subject to various taxes. But how can boaters prevent overstaying their welcome? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has online state tax information at BoatUS.com/gov/states that will help keep them on the right side of the law and out of hot water with the taxman. In most states, a privately-owned recreational boat must be registered in the state where it is principally used, and any sales and use taxes paid to that state.

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IBEX Launches Personalized Online Event Management Tool

Registered attendees at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) this year will have access to a free planning and networking online tool called myIBEX. “myIBEX is a new service we are introducing for the first time this year to enhance the IBEX experience for exhibitors and attendees,” said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director. “Even before the show begins, you can log onto your myIBEX portal and start building business relationships at the boating industry’s number one networking event.”

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Four!

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Boating Ontario Dealer’s David de Eyre Classic Golf Tournament being held on Thursday September 13th, 2012 at the Nottawasaga Inn & Resort in Alliston.  Registration and the Driving Range will be open at 11:00am, with shot gun start at 12:30pm.  Cost per player is $135.00 plus HST which includes:  driving range, golf, power cart, bbq lunch & steak dinner.  What a great way to meet some new people in the industry and network out of the office.

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Rick Layzell Joins Gordon Bay Marine

Gordon Bay Marine is pleased to announce that Rick Layzell joins the company as Sales Manager for their Muskoka-based dealerships. Layzell brings more than 23 years of experience in the recreational boating industry, including more than 18 years at Yamaha Motor Canada. Says Gordon Bay owner Bruce Hatherley, “I am truly thrilled that Rick has agreed to come and join the Gordon Bay team and we look forward to his motivational, leadership and management skills to propel our sales growth in the coming seasons.”

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New Mobile App for IBEX 2012

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) has announced that the new mobile app for IBEX 2012 is now available for download. This new smartphone app will make it easier to navigate your way around the expansive IBEX exhibit halls, and offers complete show information in the palm of your hand. The new IBEX app was designed specifically for use in a trade show environment. It is user-friendly, and operates on all major smartphone brands.

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MRAA to Manage North Central Marine Association

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the North Central Marine Association announced today that the MRAA has been selected to assume the management of the NCMA. The NCMA, based in Minneapolis, is a nearly 60-year-old marine trades association that serves the state of Minnesota and businesses from neighboring states. The award-winning trade association was managed for years by a local management firm, but when the recession hit, it narrowed its offerings to the services of a full-time lobbyist. Now, the NCMA is officially back up and running at full capacity, thanks to a working relationship between the two associations.

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Annapolis Boat Shows Announce Change of 2013 Dates

The United States Powerboat Show 2013 will be scheduled a week preceding the sailboat show.  The US Powerboat Show will be presented October 3-6, 2013 with the sailboat show to follow on the traditional Columbus Day weekend.  All activities, show features, seminar programs, and other aspects of the boat shows will remain the same as has been the custom through four decades of boat shows in Annapolis.  In addition, other show featrues and innovations will be developed and announced throughout the year.

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You Can Read the Canadian Yachting October 2012 Edition Free, Online Now

Free and available at your convenience, the digital editions of both the national version of the October Canadian Yachting magazine and our Canadian Yachting West editions are available, both as business references and for your personal enjoyment. Both Canadian Yachting magazine and our Canadian Yachting West editions are always converted into full and complete digital editions including hotlinks to advertisers and companies referenced in the articles and in the advertising.

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Baja Marine Resumes Production on Models from 23′ – 35′

Baja Marine, Inc. (bajamarine.com) has resumed production on new boats, as well as offering Elite Service for customers' existing boats, at its facility in Washington, North Carolina. The company announced it will re-introduce three popular offshore models for 2013: the Baja 278 Performance, 30 Outlaw and 35 Outlaw, with exciting new graphics and a full range of Mercury power options. Baja's family-friendly performance boat line also includes the 23 and 26 Outlaw, 247 and 277 Islander models. "Baja is back in production after a few months' shutdown," said Baja Marine CEO Johnny Walker.

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Mustang Survival HIT Inflatable PFD Safety Alert

The following notice was released on September 5, 2012 by Mustang Survival. In keeping with Mustang Survival’s commitment to the highest levels of quality and safety, we are notifying the public of an urgent advisory for specific Hydrostatic inflatable PFDs manufactured during April and May of 2012. A portion of these PFDs may be subject to delayed or non-inflations. To determine if you are impacted by this precautionary advisory please reference the instructions below.

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Skyline Marina Announces Arrival of 2013 Meridian Yachts

Skyline Marina  has announced that they have already sold both a 391 and a 441 Meridian 2013 model. These represent great value in a flying bridge boat. Meridian Yachts is the industry leader in the growing Sedan Bridge segment of the marine market. The lineup consists of four models, 341 Sedan, 391 Sedan, 441 Sedan and the Flagship 541 Sedan.

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Winning Photo Could Have been Taken This Weekend!

With the expectation of warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies in much of Ontario right through to Labour Day Monday, it was the perfect opportunity for boaters to get out their cameras and capture those on-water memories for our "I Love Boating" Photo Contest! Boat show exhibitors, their families, and their customers, are eligible to enter the contest, and those who manage to capture images communicating why they love boating, could win one of three $1,000 SHOPPING SPREES, or one of ten $100 SHOPPING SPREES at the next Toronto International Boat Show!

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SALTS Sail and Life Training Society to Relocate in September

SALTS, the Sail and Life Training Society has announced that they have secured long-term leases at new shipyard and office locations in Victoria. Back in 2005 the organization found out that their future at 203 Harbour Road was uncertain, since the site was being eyed for redevelopment. It became apparent in August 2011 that SALTS could not stand in the way of the significant physical and economic expansion of Point Hope Shipyard, nor could it be accommodated within that redevelopment. They spent the past year exploring every other option available that might best meet the facility’s needs.

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Liz Walz joins MRAA as Director of Membership & Marketing

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced that the organization has hired Liz Walz as Director of Membership & Marketing “Liz and I have had a long working relationship together, and I’m absolutely thrilled to add her passion and enthusiasm for the marine industry to the MRAA team,” says Matt Gruhn, President of MRAA. “There are very few people who are as passionate about the marine industry and the dealer body in particular than Liz has proven to be, and that, along with her well-known communication skills, makes her the ideal person for this position and this association in general.”

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Annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Conference to be Held Nov. 13 – 14

Canadian cruisers and marine industry business people may find this conference interesting. Every fall, thousands of snowbirds – of the recreational boating kind – migrate south by boat via the Intracoastal Waterway that threads along the coast from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami. With severe shoaling in many areas, following the course isn’t easy, with groundings and delays getting more common each year. At just about the same time this annual migration peaks, another course to ensure the future of the historic waterway will be charted out at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association’s Conference Nov. 13 – 14 in Charleston, South Carolina. Interested parties and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) advocates are urged to attend.

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Teleflex Introduces New Touch and Test Engine Diagnostic Tool

STATS™ which stands for "Sierra Touch And Test System" is an innovative new handheld engine diagnostic tool from Teleflex Marine. Now a marine technician can plug into a marine engine’s Electronic Control Module (ECM) and diagnose engine problems without needing a laptop or PC. Technicians will save time – and dealers will save money – moving directly to the job, instead of having to maneuver a boat trailer or motor on a stand to the computer bay, or roll around an ungainly computer cart. Engine diagnostics can even be performed on boats while they’re still in the water.

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Mercury Marine Launches Two Important Construction Projects

Mercury Marine has launched two important construction projects to support growth and the company’s commitment to provide the most advanced products, and to increase manufacturing capacity within its Fond du Lac facilities. The areas under expansion include product development and engineering, component manufacturing and fabrication. The enhanced capacity and operations will be fully operational by the end of 2013. The total cost will near $20 million.

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Canadian Olympian is National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee

Canadian native Bruce Kirby (Ottawa, Ontario) has been named as one of the nine sailors who are members of the 2012 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.  Kirby, a newspaperman and former editor of One Design Yachtsman (predecessor to Sailing Worldmagazine) is internationally known as the designer of the Laser which is sailed in Olympic competition.  Over 250,000 of the one-design single-person boat have been built since the early ‘70s.  His designs also include the America’s Cup 12-Metres Canada I and Canada II, as well as the Ideal 18, San Juan 24 and the Sonar, which is raced in the Paralympics.  Kirby represented Canada at the Olympic Games:  sailing a Finn in 1964 and a Star in 1968. At the young age of 82 he can still be found racing a Sonar – his favorite of the 63 boats he has designed – out of the Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, Conn.

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2013 Campion Dealer Meeting Wraps Up in Kelowna

Brock Elliott and his team at Campion Boats has just wrapped up their annual dealer meeting at the Delta Grand Hotel on Okanagan Lake. Meeting highlights included the introduction of their new Chase 550 and other models. Our Boating Industry Canada people attending the meeting noted that Campion was moving towards outboard power in many of their new boats. As Brock Elliott explained, Campion knows outboard engines are getting quieter and also more fuel efficient plus, winterization is often far easier with new-technology outboards. Another consideration is that the outboards give more room inside the boat by placing the engine outside on the transom rather than in the interior.

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Deadline for 2012 Interlux® Waterfront Challenge is September 2!

Please note the September 2 deadline for community organizations to apply for a 2012 Interlux® Waterfront Challenge award. Last year, no one in Canada received support through this great program. Can your group get an application to them in time? Interlux will award a total of $50,000 in October to organizations to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. Eight awards from $4,500 to $20,000 will be made to groups in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

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The Moorings Announces Power Yacht Charters in Pacific Northwest

The Moorings, the world’s leading yacht charter company, announced today it will now offer Power Yacht Charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest with their Preferred Partner, Anacortes Yacht Charters. The expansive cruising range offered by this power catamaran will allow charter guests to enjoy the natural splendor and lively cosmopolitan atmosphere offered by a two-country itinerary throughout U.S. and Canadian waters.

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2012 NMMA Canada Hall of Fame – Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada Hall of Fame. Recipients of the NMMA Canada Hall of Fame include those who have, or those who continue to generate substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. The Hall of Fame honours individuals whose achievements are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation and perfection within their respective spheres of expertise.

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A+ for Aquanaute’s 2012 Rendez-vous Nautique

The 9th edition of the annual Rendez-Vous Nautique earned once again an A+ note. After two consecutive postponements due to bad weather, the event was held on Sunday, August 19th, at the beach of Oka National Park on the Lake of Two Mountains. The event organizers, Aquanaute Training Centre, were delighted with this year’s overall attendance of over 100 boats, which makes this event still the most popular in its kind in Quebec. The Rendez-Vous Nautique is held once a year for pleasure craft operators – motor boats, sailing boats, PWCs, canoes, kayaks and all other types of vessels – who join the celebration from all parts of Quebec and, for the first time, even from Ontario.

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Mercury Pros Earn Year-end Honours at AIM Lake of the Woods Tournament

Mercury angler Sam Anderson won the AIM Pro Walleye Lake of the Woods tournament Sunday in Baudette, Minn., while Mercury’s Marianne Huskey became the first female Angler of the Year for the AIM Pro Walleye Series. The tournament – the final AIM event in 2012 – got off to a rough start when day one was canceled due to high winds. But, according to the tournament anglers, the bite was strong on Lake of the Woods and, with only two days to compete, Anderson finished first with 98.92 pounds. He was handed the keys to a $35,000 1875 Lund boat powered by Mercury’s new 150 FourStroke, by Jason Oakes of Lund Boats.

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Rec Boat Holdings Announces Top Four Winns and Glastron Sales Achievers

Rec Boat Holdings presented the top retailer awards for Four Winns and Glastron dealers at their recent dealer meeting, held at Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin. Each brand presented the awards during a presentation of the 2013 model year programs. Glastron award winners, presented by company Vice-President, Bruce Sargent, were honored for Outstanding CSI as well as Top Volume. The Four Winns sales achievement awards were presented by company Vice-President, Jeff Brunson, in the categories of Outstanding CSI, Best Market Growth, Largest Volume and the prestigious Admiral Awards. And finally, International awards were presented by Vice-President, Bruce Baron, to those dealers ranking best in Top Volume and Admiral Award for both brands.

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Facebook Recognizes Discover Boating Efforts as ‘Success Story’

Facebook recently featured Discover Boating’s social networking platform as one of its success stories, alongside such brands as Ford, Dominos, AT&T, USA Today and Sony. The Discover Boating  case study was one of several snapshots of what Facebook deemed “inspiring campaigns” from around the globe. Their overview provides a look at the goals, approach and results of Discover Boating’s successful Facebook campaign. Results highlighted include: 111% increase to date in overall fan base, 160% increase in average likes per day, and 181,000+ fans added to the Discover Boating Page within two months, which accounts for 77% of its total new connections.

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Marine Trades Textbook is a Must-Read for All Boaters

This new textbook, written for the high-school and post-secondary levels is a handbook for all boaters. Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology (ISBN 978-0-9856847-0-9) was published by The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) with support from The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation. Topics include the basics of boathandling and safety, marine systems design and maintenance, boatbuilding materials and construction, and everything in between.

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Try the Enhanced St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mobile App

Globetrotters seeking a truly off-the-beaten-path getaway filled with quiet azure waters, unspoiled forests, and stunning white sand beaches can take advantage of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) newly upgraded mobile app.  The free app, which was first launched in April 2011, now provides an even clearer snapshot of the “ins and outs” of this multi-faceted destination. With a more user-friendly interface, coupled with updated iPhone and iPad versions (via the Apple iTunes Store) as well as the Android and a Web app version for all handheld touch devices such as Blackberry available at discoversvg.com.

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MarineMax signs on as MRAA Premium Retail Member

MarineMax, Inc., has signed on as a Premium Retail Member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the highest level of retail membership within the association. “We are proud to have earned such a high level of commitment from MarineMax,” says Matt Gruhn, President of MRAA. “As a major player and innovator in our industry, the MarineMax team has a lot to contribute to the association as we move forward, and we look forward to working with them to continue to expand on our mission to be the voice of and leading resource for all marine dealers.”

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Halifax NMEA Training Opportunities in September

If you are in the Halifax area, don’t forget the upcoming NMEA Educational Training Sessions on September 11, 12 and 13. These will be held at the Future Inns Halifax Hotel and Conference Centre, 30 Fairfax Drive in Halifax. The courses start with Basic Marine Electronics Installer, on Tuesday, September 11th.

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RS Sailing Appoints new Marketing and Sales Coordinator

RS Sailing is proud to announce and welcome Gemma Frohlich in the newly created role of Marketing and Sales Coordinator. Gemma will be responsible for a variety of areas, incorporating elements of marketing, design and sales with the view of expanding the already successful brand. The decision to create the new role within the company forms part of the company’s growth plans both in the UK and internationally. What makes Gemma ideal for this diverse new role is her equally varied career history.

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Read the August Canadian Yachting and Boating Industry Canada in Digital Form Now!

Free and available at your convenience, the digital editions of both the national version of the August Canadian Yachting magazine and our Canadian Yachting West editions are available, both as business references and for your personal enjoyment, Canadian Yachting National, Canadian Yachting West Canadian Yachting West is substantially different from the national edition of Canadian Yachting with a wealth of West Coast cruising, destination and regional information specialized to that audience.

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Rec Boat Holdings Hosts First-Ever Meeting For Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft

On August 14th, Rec Boat Holdings presented their 2013 boat models to an audience of more than 200 dealers during their first-ever all brand dealer meeting, held at The Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin. Dealers, representing 25 countries, were captivated by the impactful and exciting news delivered by company president, Roch Lambert, which included additional new models and support programs designed to drive dealer traffic. The company has labeled this event "Re-Think" which centers on the rethinking of every aspect of the business and how it will benefit their dealers moving forward.

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Chris-Craft Announces the New 2013 Corsair 32

Chris-Craft welcomes a new member to the family. Chris-Craft introduced the new Corsair 32 at the 2012 Sales Meeting, held in July, in Sarasota, Florida, USA, to Chris-Craft Dealers from around the world. Steve Heese, Chris-Craft President, said: “The Corsair line carries the main DNA of the legendary Chris-Craft brand. We built her to fill a need in our closed-deck series of cruisers.” The Corsair 32 is the newest member of the Corsair family and is also the sister ship to the new Launch 32; which made its debut to rave reviews at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show. The Corsair 32 is well-suited to accommodate overnight excursions but is also built for day cruising and quick turns around the bay before a champagne sunset.

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West Marine’s Annual “Green Product of the Year” Contest Now Open

West Marine, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, is proud to announce that it is accepting applications for its fourth annual Green Product of the Year Award. The contest is accepting entries from the entire U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec). Through the award, West Marine hopes to encourage green product development throughout the marine industry.  “As a leading marine retailer, we want to use our position to support and promote sustainable innovation in the marine industry,” said Matt Hyde, CEO, West Marine.

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Applicants Invited for 2012 Kevin Lodder Scholarship

The MRAA Educational Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2012 Kevin Lodder Scholarship. The Kevin Lodder Scholarship Fund provides a full scholarship to attend a week-long Spader Business Management Total Management 1 Workshop to an employee of a Marine Retailers Association of the Americas retail member. The Total Management Workshop details skills that will increase profits, stability and growth for the dealership. Attendees will leave the workshop with a clear set of principles, processes and tools to take their company to new levels of performance and profitability.

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The Vancouver International Boat Show Introduces New Photo Contest

The Vancouver International Boat Show is launching a new photo contest celebrating BC’s love of boating.  The “Why BC Loves Boating Photo Contest” invites boaters to share with the world why they love boating the more than 27,000 km of ocean coastline, hundreds of lakes and countless rivers, that make the waters of BC amongst the finest boating destinations on the planet. The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree at the 2013 Vancouver Boat Show and a pair of tickets to the show; plus, 10 honourable mentions will each receive a $100 shopping spree and tickets to the show. The 2013 Vancouver Boat Show will be held February 7 to 11 at BC Place and in-water at the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.

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Canada Metal and Si-Tex Collaboration Doubles Sales

Companies working together often achieve far more than they can separately.  This is certainly true for Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. and SI-TEX Marine Electronics, who shared their specialties and strengths to launch a winning autopilot package.  By further collaborating on marketing materials, customer development and sales support, Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. has doubled its sales to SI-TEX this year. As SI-TEX was introducing its newest SP110 autopilot, Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. worked with them to supply its unique Octopus Products drive unit.  It mounts behind the dash to replace the manual steering helm for cable-steered boats.  It turned out that the new SI-TEX autopilot also complemented a range of smaller Octopus drives with varied applications.

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Ron Huibers Announced as New President Volvo Penta of the Americas

Ron Huibers has been appointed the new president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.  He succeeds Clint Moore who announced his plans to retire earlier this year. Ron Huibers, currently President of Sales & Marketing North America within Volvo Trucks Americas, will assume his new position on September 1, 2012.

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Hutchings Marine Products Celebrates Their 40th Anniversary

Marinas, dealers and suppliers alike all took the time to drop into Hutchings Marine Products in Gravenhurst, Ontario on August 8 to help owners Scott Crichton and Judy Semple at their 40th anniversary celebration. Guests started arriving at 1 PM but the first pig went on the barbecue at 4 AM to slow roast for the guests. Hutchings is well known for their March Shirtsleeves dealer education sessions but this year, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Ralph Hutchings founding the business, Hutchings decided to honor their customers and suppliers instead.

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Workshop on New Technologies and Manufacturing at METS

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and European Boatbuilder proudly present the fourth edition of Workshop on New Technologies and Manufacturing to be held at METS Trade Show on Wednesday 14 November 2012. Workshop on New Technologies and Manufacturing is tailored for boat builders operating internationally and will feature topics such as future yacht design, natural fibres, noise reduction, pre-pregs in production building, quality assurance and boat-building regulations in China. The Workshop's primary objective is to discuss available technologies and business practices which are easy to implement in manufacturing.

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IBEX Issues Last Call For Innovation Award Entries, Names Boating Writers as Judges

There is still time for Canadian companies to enter! The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced that the deadline for 2012 Innovation Award entries is Aug. 28, and named the panel of judges for the annual awards. “IBEX is, at its heart, a technology event where exhibitors show the new products and processes that will change the face of boating in the future,” said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “The annual Innovation Awards honor the best of the best, and have become hotly contested over the years.”

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Show Guide Publisher Named for 2013 Toronto International Boat Show

Canadian Boat Shows announced on August 13th that Adastra Media Inc., in association with Kerrwil Publications Limited, has been named the official show guide supplier for the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show, January 12 to 20, with Special Preview Night on January 11. The group is also the official show guide supplier for the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show, February 7 to 11, and publishes Boating Industry Canada, Canadian Yachting and Canadian Yachting West magazines. Its print platforms are available in digital format and online, and the group publishes numerous websites, all with weekly or monthly newsletters.

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Carver Yachts Announces All New 34 Fly Model

Carver Yachts has just announced the first model in a series of exciting new yachts currently in development and production at their Wisconsin based shipyard – the all new Carver 34 Fly. Carver Yachts are well known for their spacious, ergonomic interiors that are logically designed to meet the demand of the avid yachtsmen, and the 34 Fly will not disappoint. Sleek new lines paired with forward thinking naval architecture and supported by fine North American design, engineering and craftsmanship define this new series of yachts from top to bottom. The Carver Systems and Design Engineers focused on developing a yacht that meets the need of today’s and tomorrow’s yachting enthusiasts.

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Plan to Visit the 22nd Port Credit In-Water Boat Show, August 24-26!

The Port Credit In-Water Boat Show is celebrating its 22nd year from August 24-26th.  The only show of its kind on Lake Ontario, the Port Credit Boat Show is THE late summer boat show to attend. Board over 100 new and used power and sailboats, or check out the land displays of marine accessories and services. The Speaker’s tent features seasoned boaters who talk about boat handling; boat repair; cruising and more.  And there will be lots of bargains available at the marine industry’s only consignment tent for boat stuff’ in support of Ontario Sailing and their Junior/Olympic programs.

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Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012 a Major Successes

Tall Ships America set out to make its Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012 series, a success that would be remembered for years to come, and with the help of local organizers, the non-profit organization achieved its goal with flying colors. More than 20 member tall ships, representing six nations, traveled up the Eastern Seaboard this summer, participating in one or more maritime festivals in Savannah, Ga., Greenport, N.Y., Newport, R.I. and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Public participation trumped all expectations, as visitors thronged the waterfront to tour the ships and join a bi-national celebration of maritime heritage.

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YBAA E-SEMINAR – Establishing a Client/Prospect Registration Protocol

There may still be time for interested YBAA members to get involved in this seminar. It takes place Wednesday, August 15th at 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern and as an E-SEMINAR, you can join in from the comfort of your own office, home, etc … call-in instructions will be emailed to you after you register. This e-SEMINAR is open to Principals, Owners and Managers of YBAA and CPYB member firms. Pease take note of our new Participation Guidelines before registering. Participation is limited to the first 20 registrants!

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Marine Insurance Market Remains Favorable for Buyers Despite Losses

Marine insurance market conditions remain generally favorable to buyers despite a succession of natural catastrophes and other significant losses since the beginning of 2011, according to a report published August 6th by Marsh. The Japan earthquake and tsunami, flooding in Thailand, the Costa Concordia loss, and Rena oil spill have resulted in significant cargo, hull, and liability claims, notes Marsh’s latest Marine Market Monitor. But despite poor claims experiences from these and other disasters, underwriting capacity for marine risks remains high and insurers have not sought significant premium increases.

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Every Marina Operator Should View the ABYC Webinar on Electric Shock Drowning

There is a very interesting webinar on Electric Shock Drowning on the ABYC website ABYCINC.ORG. It will be available to non-ABYC members until August 19 for part 1 and until August 31 for part 2. Every marina supplying shore power is at risk because it’s a boat wiring problem that can occur unexpectedly, even on newer boats. The ABYC video describes several tragic electrocution/drownings that have occurred around boats in freshwater marinas, causes for these tragedies, and ways to reduce the dangers.

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Beneteau Launches Powerboat Designed for Liveaboards

Beneteau will launch the all new Swift 50 simultaneously in Europe and in North America beginning this fall. The newest in the Swift Trawler range, the Swift 50 incorporates significant design innovations to make living aboard easy. The addition of pod propulsion enhances performance and maneuverability at slower speeds without sacrificing the attributes that has made the Swift range unique in the trawler/motoryacht category. “Architect Michel Joubert and designer Pierre Frutschi created a masterpiece with the new Swift 50. The boat features a more modern silhouette and smart interior design for living onboard.

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Dr. Ira Trocki Has Purchased Silverton & Ovation Yachts

EH Yachts, manufacturers of Egg Harbor Yachts, Buddy Davis Yachts, Buddy Davis Edition, Predator and Topaz Boats announced its acquisition of Silverton & Ovation Yachts in a move that continues its strategy of acquiring companies to offer the industries most complete range of cruising and sportfishing yachts.  Silverton, an over 40-year old company located in Millville, NJ creates sport and convertible yachts in a different package than the Egg, Davis, Topaz or Predator lines, which now gives EH Yachts the ability to offer both fishing and cruising solutions for every boater.

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Canadian Tammy Wolf Current Formula-3 Series Points Leader

The Formula 3, Region 6 Championships were held in beautiful Marietta, Ohio at the 12th annual Riverfront Roar.  Formula powerboat racing has become the primary event in this quaint Ohio town.  Once a year, this historic riverfront area is ignited into a powerboat racing arena.  Thousands of people gather along the Ohio River to watch the powerboat races. Last Friday as race teams arrived to set up there pit area.  Gary Williams, chair of the Riverfront Roar committee said “The turnout this year is great…Friday evening was very crowded and, we believe, set a record for the Riverfront Roar opening night attendance.

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Halifax NMEA Training Opportunity September 11/12/13

The NMEA has organized a great skill development opportunity in their upcoming Educational Training Sessions to be held at the Future Inns Halifax Hotel and Conference Centre, 30 Fairfax Drive in Halifax, this September 11/12/13. The courses scheduled are: Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Tuesday, September 11th NMEA 2000 Training, Wednesday, September 12th Advanced Marine Electronics Installer, Thursday, September 13th*

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GE Capital Provides Outlook on Canadian RV, Motorsports and Marine Industries

GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) has released its outlook for the Canadian recreational vehicle (RV), motorsports and marine industries. In general, each is performing well, with volume growth and relatively healthy inventory turns, in spite of some regional variations. CDF provides inventory financing, also known as floorplan financing, that allows dealers to stock, market and sell a wide variety of products from manufacturers, including those in the RV, motorsports and marine industries. It’s an important element of a successful manufacturer-dealer business model.

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C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference Videos Online Now

“Our Home and Native Boat” is a story by John Morris in the August 2012 issue of Canadian Yachting and Canadian Yachting West magazines, that talks about the 2012 C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference held in May of this year. C&C Yachts was certainly Canada’s greatest sailboat brand and huge numbers of C&C’s are still sailing and racing today. The brand is still in production and most significantly, the simply amazing team of people who worked there under the tutelage of George Cuthbertson and George Cassian have gone on to be a highly successful and influential force in boat building and racing today.

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Nautic Global Group Welcomes Enthusiastic Worldwide Dealer Network

Nautic Global Group has announced an incredibly successful first day of its annual dealer meeting, which has welcomed over 600 attendees from more than 400 worldwide dealerships. An exceptionally high level of enthusiasm at the meeting has been attributed to the fact that virtually all the dealers had a successful first half of the year. With more than 70 boats on display at the company's headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana, dealers for one or more of four primary product lines have gotten an up-close look at the extensive offerings for model year 2013, including eight all-new models and dozens of other boats with significant enhancements.

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ASA and Shakespeare Bring Affordable SiriusXM® Radio Service to the Market

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer and supplier of premium audio and video electronics is pleased to announce they have entered into a new distribution agreement with Shakespeare Electronic Products Group to bring their SiriusXM® satellite radio antenna to the Marine OEM Industry and other Specialty Markets at a significantly lowered price. "SiriusXM satellite radio is a fantastic entertainment product. It goes hand-in-hand with enjoying the boating experience. We are pleased to help bring this service to the market at an affordable price," said Brent Barrow, President of ASA Electronics.

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Appointment of new CPS Executive Director

Richard Bee, Chief Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is pleased to report that the organization has completed the search process and hired a new Executive Director. Their new Executive Director is Walter Kowalchuk. He will be joining CPS-ECP on September 4, 2012. Walter was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta and moved to the Toronto area in 1984. He is married with two children. His wife Susan is the Program Manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.

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Marlow Acquisitions, LLC Completes Sale of Hunter Marine Corporation

The sale to Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, for all of the assets of Hunter Marine Corporation, and selected assets of Mainship Corporation and Luhrs Corporation has closed, according to John T. Peterson, President of Hunter and Chief Restructuring Officer/Treasurer of Morgan Industries Corporation, the holding company of Mainship and Luhrs. “With this behind us it is time to shift all our resources to get back to the task at hand, building and marketing boats”, stated Peterson.

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Northern Waters – Northern Lifestyle: hanseboot 2012 Opens October 27

The 53rd edition of hanseboot will open its doors again from October 27 until November 4, 2012. The event is an established meeting place for the industry and water sports enthusiasts. The new slogan “Northern Waters – Northern Lifestyle“ is geared towards professionals, amateurs and beginners. Leading up to this year’s event, the organizer will undertake a series of promotional measures to build on the existing strength of Hamburg International Boat Show. A detailed marketing campaign has been implemented to attract additional exhibitors from the Baltic Area, Scandinavia and Northern European Countries. The goal is to increase the number and range of boats and yachts shown at the Hamburg exhibit halls. The organizer expects that about 700 exhibitors from 30 countries will showcase their boats, equipment and provide information about the latest industry trends and innovations.

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Sea-Dog & Uflex USA Win 2012 NMDA Supplier of the Year Awards

Sea-Dog Line and Uflex USA are the winners of the 2012 National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) Supplier of the Year Awards. The awards were announced at a July 18th luncheon  during the NMDA’s annual Sales, Training, Education & Purchasing (S.T.E.P.) Conference in Rosemont, IL. Sea-Dog Line won for the eighth year in a row in the Platinum category. The Everett, Washington-based company is a leading supplier of over 5,500 marine dock, deck and rigging hardware items, 12-volt electrical/lighting and ventilation accessories. Runners-Up in this category were Blue Sea Systems (1st) and Tie Down Engineering (2nd).

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Employment Insurance Changes May Drive Marine Industry Employees Out

The August 2012 issue of Boating Industry Canada magazine is devoted to alerting the industry to changes in Canada’s Employment Insurance program that could drive literally hundreds of workers out of our marine industry. Ontario and Quebec seasonal marine industry workers are likely to be hardest hit. A July 27 article from The Canadian Press reflected the concerns raised in both Western and in Atlantic Canada.

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Introducing OneNet® – NMEA 2000® on steroids

NMEA 2000® is about to take off! Over the last few years, marine electronics manufacturers have been working overtime to develop a common infrastructure to transport NMEA 2000® messages over Ethernet. The solution is called OneNet®, and it’s scheduled to be operational by late 2014. Some manufacturers currently use higher bandwidth Ethernet for video as well as for proprietary messaging on Ethernet to add NMEA 2000® messages. While this approach may be expedient, there are problems with individual solutions, including a lack of interconnectivity and support of many different implementations.

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The NMMA Distributes E15 Warning Labels to Manufacturers for use on Boats

Beginning last week, the NMMA  announced that they are distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to member boat manufacturers to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol. The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not be used in their boat. Contrary to numerous studies that have shown ethanol to be hazardous to marine engines, the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a plan submitted by the ethanol industry that effectively completes the last step in the regulatory process and allows E15 to enter the marketplace.

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Treat Your Staff to a Day out of the Office!

The David de Eyre Classic has become a popular event for Boating Ontario Dealers as well as industry colleagues and friends over the past few years.  It is now time for you to join us too! Boating Ontario suggests that you treat your staff to a day out of the office and take them to the 5th Annual David de Eyre Classic Golf Tournament. This tournament is a great way to: Meet others in the marine industry, Celebrate the end of a busy boating season, Network,

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ICOMIA’s Marinas Group Welcomes New Member

The Portuguese Association of Recreational Harbours (APPR) has joined the ICOMIA Marinas Group. Established in 1992, APPR is a not-for-profit organisation representing 20 recreational marina and port facilities. The ICOMIA Marinas Group’s (IMG) mission is to be recognised globally as the peak Marina Industry body with respect to planning, development and best practice management for marinas, boat harbours, boat storage and service facilities, waterways access and associated infrastructure for recreational boating throughout the world.

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Yamaha Outboards Now Packaged with Over 50 OEM Boat Brand Choices!

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce significant changes to our Canadian distribution model for outboard motors. Over the last several years, Canada’s marine market has shifted toward OEM, factory-installed, packaged engines – from a wide variety of boat manufacturers – across all segments of the Canadian market. Effective today, all Yamaha dealers in Canada will have over 50 independent OEM brand choices from which they can receive Yamaha outboards direct from the boat manufacturer!

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ABYC and Association of Marina Industries Present Free Webinar Tuesday July 31

Tune into the FREE Webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. EST.   The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and Association of Marina Industries (AMI) partner to present additional safety information on Electric Shock Drowning via the free, live webinar Electric Shock Drowning – The Invisible Killer Part II – Marina Electrical Safety. ABYC received an overwhelming response to "Electric Shock Drowning-The Invisible Killer" webinar that was held earlier this month by Kevin Ritz, an ABYC certification instructor who lost his 8- year old son Lucas in 1999 to electric shock drowning.

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New 3M™ Reinforced Polyurethane Foam is a Lightweight, Rot-resistant Alternative to Plywood

3M has just introduced its new 3M™ Reinforced Polyurethane Foam, a lightweight and rot-resistant alternative to plywood for use in structural and semi-structural applications. These polyurethane foam boards with fiberglass reinforcement provide high strength in applications including marine, transportation and general construction, with a weight savings ranging from 30 to 60 percent versus plywood. Available in five densities ranging from 15 pounds to 26 pounds per cubic foot, Reinforced Polyurethane Foam complements 3M’s existing line of lighter density foam boards and rounds out the company’s innovative offerings in the field.

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Plan for YBAA’s Yacht Brokerage University on August 16 at Port Credit

Mark your calendar for the YBAA's Yacht Brokerage University sessions to be held on August 16, 2012 at Port Credit, Ontario. Attendees will need to submit a separate registration form for each individual attending any of the YBU Regional Conferences co-hosted by Yachtworld.com and YBAA. Individual participation in each full-day Yacht Brokerage University is valued at $99.00. In order to encourage your participation, YBAA and Yachtworld.com are pleased to offset the full costs of the program for each attendee.

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Mermaid Marine Products Now Offers Blackfin Skeg and Blade Saver

Mermaid Marine Products now distributes the Blackfin™ Skeg and Blackfin™ Blade Saver manufactured by Regarding The Outdoors. Established in 1973, Mermaid Marine is headquartered in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and supplies marine products to boat builders, boat yards and dealers throughout eastern Canada. Designed to protect lower units from damage and enhance the performance of most marine engines, the Blackfin™ Skeg gets a boat on plane faster and holds it on plane longer at lower speeds.

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Lighting and Electrical Manufacturer DRSA Renews Partnership with ABA

DRSA of Riviera Beach, Florida, has once again been selected by the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) as a Preferred ABA Supplier of Choice for marine interior lighting and Vimar electrical devices. The agreement extends the partnership between DRSA and ABA through June 30, 2015. The American Boatbuilders Association is America’s leading buying group for independent boat builders.

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Financial Post Reports TCF Inventory Finance, Inc. and IBBI Enter into Financing Agreement

The Financial Post on July 18th, wrote that TCF Inventory Finance, Inc. (“TCFIF”), a subsidiary of TCF National Bank and an indirect subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (“TCF”) (NYSE: TCB), had announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (“IBBI”). TCFIF will provide wholesale floorplan financing solutions to the 22 boat manufacturers that are members of IBBI in the United States and Canada. “We are very excited to begin this relationship with IBBI,” said Ross Perrelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of TCFIF. “I am highly confident that our dedication to our customers and strong commitment to the marine industry make TCFIF the best choice for IBBI and its members.”

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First Station in the USA Offers E15 in Kansas

For the first time in nearly three decades, American drivers can now choose a new fueling option at the pump.  The nation’s first E15 (15 percent ethanol/85 percent gasoline) gallons are being sold at the Zarco 66 “Oasis” station at 1500 E. 23rd Street in Lawrence, KS.  Plans to offer E15 at the nation’s second retail station, the Zarco 66 at 2518 E. Logan (intersection of I-35 & HWY 68) in Ottawa, KS, are nearly complete with an announcement coming soon. On June 8, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave final approval for the sale and use of E15 ethanol blends in light duty vehicles made since 2001.

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The Canadian Safe Boating Council Wants You To Nominate Your Local Boating Heroes Today

As the 2012 boating season goes into full swing, it’s your opportunity to have your own local boating safety advocate or hero recognized for their outstanding or life saving efforts in the field of boating safety and environmental stewardship.  They may have pulled someone to safety from a capsized boat, taught school children about the importance of always wearing a lifejacket or helped to keep the waterways clean and free of pollutants and debris.  Whatever they have contributed to the boating community, we want you to nominate them!

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Encourage Your Customers To Enter The TIBS Photo Contest

Why not encourage your customers to enter the Toronto International Boat Show Photo Contest? They just might win one of three $1,000 Shopping Sprees!   In their latest newsletter, the show organizers say, "It's a proven fact that boating goes a long way towards improving your quality of life!" There are so many ways to reconnect with family and friends on the water — from fishing, to waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing and cruising, or simply relaxing and enjoying the warm glow of an evening sunset.

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Mercury Marine Starts Production on 8.2L Second Generation

Mercury Marine announced the company has started the production of a second-generation 8.2L engine this past week. The engine – an improved version of the 8.2L released by MerCruiser in early 2010 – has been redesigned to enhance user experience on several fronts. The engine is scheduled to reach dealerships and to be available for consumer purchase by mid-August. It starts with the second-generation 8.2L engine block that is MerCruiser-crafted to be available in sterndrive and inboard configurations.

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Campion Announces 39th Annual Dealer Conference

Campion Marine Inc. will be hosting its 39th Annual Dealer Conference on August 26th and 27th in Kelowna, British Columbia to introduce the 2013 model year. Campion Marine, a family owned business, has a strong diversified product line up, consisting of Chase high performance boats, Explorer sport utility boats, Allante runabouts and cruisers, Svfara wake and surf tow boats and Infinyte alternate energy boats. With more than 20 boats on the water, the Dealer Celebration provides an excellent opportunity for all current and prospective dealers to get together and try out Campion's high quality product line, first hand on beautiful Lake Okanagan.

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Beneteau Set to Launch New Outboard Range

The Barracuda, Beneteau’s newest powerboat range will launch in North America next month with the arrival of the Barracuda 9. The new 29-foot outboard, which features a modular design, was built to satisfy the needs of fishermen, divers and recreational boaters who value versatility and durability. “The inspiration for the Barracuda was to build a fishing/cruising crossover which could easily be customized based on its intended use while providing more protection than ever; we believe that is the real appeal of the range.

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MarsKeel Announces the Addition of Willem Vraets to European Sales Division

Kevin Milne president Mars Metal Group, is proud to announce the addition of Willem Vraets to their Custom Keel Division as European Sales agent with their European Sales Division. With an extensive background in marine and offshore applications Willem brings a broad base of experience to the MarsKeel team.   Willem Vraets has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and business administration.

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CC Marine Distributors’ Charlie Bulmer Celebrates 80th Birthday

With his family, his CC Marine Distributors family and a large group of friends and business associates, Charlie Bulmer celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday, July 13. Charlie continues to work on the business every day and puts in the same kind of effort he always has in support of his customers and the many suppliers to CC Marine Distributors. The turnout at the 80th birthday party was tremendous and predictable.

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NMEA 2012 Conference Exhibitors and Attendees Brochure Packs Mailed Out

The NMEA 2012 Conference Exhibitors and Attendees brochure packs packs were recently mailed to all NMEA members and past members. There is a lot of information in these packs and the organizers wanted to highlight some great benefits available this year.  DID YOU KNOW THAT: Registered members at the conference can attend one MEI, AMEI or NMEA2000 full day class AT NO EXTRA CHARGE? Manufacturer product discounts exclusively available at the conference, can more than cover the cost of dealers attending?

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IBEX Announces New Awards For Best Exhibitor Videos

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) and Marine Marketers of America (MMA) today announced the creation of the Exhibitor Video Awards (EVAs) to honor the best product and company videos produced by IBEX exhibitors in 2012. The EVAs winners will be selected by a panel of judges from MMA, and the awards will be presented at the IBEX Industry Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 2, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

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Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Invests in Helly Hansen

According to a July 14, 2012 release by The Canadian Press, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring roughly 75 per cent of Helly Hansen from Altor Fund II, which is keeping a quarter stake in the company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in Friday’s announcement. “Helly Hansen is an iconic brand with a long heritage and a strong commitment to innovation and design,” said Teachers Private Capital vice-president Jo Taylor, who heads the pension plan’s London office.

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Eight Bells

It is with sadness that the sailing community is notified that Bill Cheek, Canada’s longest current serving International Judge (1989) and International Race Officer (1991) passed away on Friday, July 6 after a living with cancer for a number of years. Bill was deeply involved with the development of race officials on many levels.  As President of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) during the early eighties, through his support, the formalization of the Judges Program occurred in 1982 and the manual for the Race Management Program was finalized in 1988.

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Brownell Trailers and ROK Boat Stands Choose Woodard and Company as Canadian Sales Rep

Brownell Trailers of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, manufacturer of hydraulic boat trailers and ROK Boat Stands, has chosen Woodard and Company Ltd., to represent the company’s product lines in Canada. Woodard and Company has offices across Canada and has been representing manufacturers of marine OEM and aftermarket products since 1967.

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Design Award METS (DAME) Calls for Entries Following Renewed Regulations

The DAME (Design Award METS) – the world’s most prestigious design competition for new marine equipment and accessories is now open for entries under new, tighter regulations. METS/SYP organiser, Amsterdam RAI invites this year’s exhibitors to enter their most innovative designs to be judged by an independent, international jury. Exhibitors wishing to submit products for the DAME 2012 should complete the online application by September 14, 2012.

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Xantrex Launches H.A.L.T. Safety, Quality and Reliability Testing Methodology

Xantrex Technology has launched its own comprehensive internal quality testing system which it has applied to all product platforms, christened “H.A.L.T.” for Highly Accelerated Life Testing. As an IS090001:2008 registered company, Xantrex products are all put through the rigors of independent laboratories testing. However, Xantrex has chosen to further invest heavily in its own safety, quality and reliability procedures to ensure that its products meet or exceed all required standards, with the goal to ultimately improve product reliability and performance.

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Cruisers Yachts Unveils New 2013 45 Cantius

Cruisers Yachts has  announced that a private unveiling of the 45 Cantius will take place at its 2013 annual international dealer meeting in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., held July 30 to Aug. 1, 2012, followed by a public debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show this October. The stylish 45 Cantius, complete with Volvo Diesel IPS propulsion, is the sister yacht to both the 41 and the 48 Cantius; the Cantius line originally launched in 2010. “Both the 41 and 48 really set a standard for engineering design in the Cantius family; it was up to our engineers to not only hit, but to exceed those standards with the 45.”

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Marlow Yachts Approved to Acquire Hunter Marine, Construction to Remain in USA

In a letter to the dealers on July 10th, John T. Peterson, President or Hunter Marine Corporation announced that Marlow Acquisitions has been approved to acquire Hunter Marine corporation. The letter, sent on July 10, 2012, stated that the US District Court has approved the sale of the operating assets of Hunter Marine Corporation; and selected assets of Mainship Corporation and Luhrs Corporation to Marlow Acquisitions, LLC.  Marlow Acquisitions is affiliated with other Marlow companies worldwide operating across a broad spectrum of Marine and related industries in a vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution environment.

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32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show Blessed by Great Weather

The Antique & Classic Boat Society [ACBS Toronto] held their 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show this past Saturday, July 7 at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst, Ontario. The show was a packed event with steady crowds throughout the day looking at the amazing range of restored antique and classic boats on the docks in the water, as well as many more on land displays where you could get right up close.

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Wow Regatta Was A Great Success

Dedicated to getting more women out on the water and boating, the 2nd Annual WOW Regatta was a great success again this year. The event was at the group's host club, the Island Yacht Club. This year there were 10 boats and over 40 women vying for the flags and prizes. The organizers want to thank Lakeshore Yacht Club for sponsoring and providing the committee boat with John LSYC and Kristina from PCYC as Race Officer!

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Free Weatherlink Network Gives Real-Time Reports Worldwide

Whether out cruising for the day or sitting at the docks, boat owners have free access to thousands of local weather reports through the WeatherLink Network.  Hosted by Davis Instruments, WeatherLink Network provides detailed, current weather conditions to any boat owner with a computer or compatible mobile phone. The community of Davis weather stations at weatherlink.com has more than 9,000 real-time reporting stations worldwide.

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ABYC Announces Last Chance for Pre-Order Standards Pricing

We have just been informed of a last chance for the new ABYC Standards at Pre-Order Pricing! Limited copies will be available again this year and the special pricing will expire on July 15, 2012. Expect delivery after July 31, 2012 and be among the first to receive the new and revised ABYC Standards.

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Now there is Direct Water Access to Georgian Bay’s Cobble Beach Golf Links & Resort

Cobble Beach’s award-winning links-style golf course, designed by Doug Carrick, is now accessible by boat and seaplane with the launch of a new floating day dock. The latest addition to the distinguished luxury resort community marks a new destination on Georgian Bay. As the only golf course in the area with direct water access, the 260 ft. dock has already attracted chartered aircrafts and mariners from across the region. “This is one of the largest day docks in the area, and we are very excited to provide a new recreational and commercial destination to communities all around Georgian Bay and beyond,” says Rob McLeese, President and Owner of Cobble Beach.

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Thetford’s Long-Time Chemist, Mary Burrows, Dies

The Thetford Corporation family is in mourning after Mary R. Burrows, 53, the company's long-time manager of chemical engineering and a true RV industry expert, died following a bicycle accident near her home in Dexter, Michigan. "Mary was a wonderful friend, person and co-worker," Thetford executive vice president Kevin Phillips said.  "She was liked and respected by everyone who worked at Thetford the past three decades.  Mary touched so many people…to say that she will be greatly missed is an understatement."

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The Whole Industry Benefits from The Aquapalooza Events

All the Aquapalooza 2012 events across North America and beyond, are fast approaching! First created by Sea Ray boats in the USA as a way to increase boating fun and bring boaters together, there are now Aquapalooza boating events organized and taking place all across North America. In B.C., M&P Mercury is organizing an Aquapalooza event and on Georgian Bay, Skyline Marina has also got an event ready to go.

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Fortress Recycles BP Oil Spill Anchors

Fortress Anchors, is keeping environmental issues in the forefront by re-purchasing a quantity of FX37 anchors from BP, that were used to hold booms in oil spill. The Fortress factory has completely refurbished these for resale through marine dealers in the marketplace. This popular, high holding power, stronger than steel, aluminum/magnesium alloy Fortress FX37, which is adjustable for sand and mud applications, weighs about 22 lbs. and is recommended for up to 51 ft.boats.

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Fred Lachlan Named Sales Director of Volvo Penta Canada

Effective immediately, Fred Lachlan has assumed the role of Sales Director, reporting directly to Clint Moore, President, Volvo Penta of the Americas. Fred has a long history with Volvo Penta products. In addition to his 15 years of experience as a Volvo Penta distributor, Fred has been an employee of Volvo Penta Canada since 1993, most recently serving as National Sales Manager.

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Schultz Motorsport’s Darrin Ostapowich Crowned Yamaha Tech GP Canadian Champion!

After months of arduous tests and interviews, the top 10 Yamaha technicians from across Canada arrived at Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. headquarters in Toronto for the 2012 Technician Grand Prix. Competitors were put through ten skill-testing labs that included troubleshooting mechanical issues, precision measurement and customer service interviews. By the end of the competition, Darrin Ostapowich of Schultz Motorsports in Kamloops, BC was awarded the title of Tech GP Champion.

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True North Yachts Island Rendezvous for Hunter, Dufour, Bavaria, C&C & Tartan Owners

True North Yachts invites Hunter, Dufour, Bavaria, C&C and Tartan boat owners to participate in their 2012 True North Yachts Island Rendezvous. Owners who have registered for the event are invited to bring their boats to the Island Yacht Club on Friday, July 13 and dock there until all participants leave on Sunday, July 15. There is also a Dinner Only option for Saturday July 14 where boaters are invited to dinner catered by the Island Yacht Club in the Tiki Tent followed by a poker tournament at the Island Casino.

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BRP Regroups Outboard Engine Activities Under One Leadership

BRP has appointed 17-year veteran Alain Villemure as vice-president and general manager of its Outboard Engine division. As such, he will be responsible for all outboard engine-related activities including product development, manufacturing operations as well as North American sales, marketing and after-sales. Villemure is currently leading the Vehicle Development and Manufacturing Operations division that includes all vehicle-related development,

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BRP Employees In Boating Accident

A group of BRP employees were involved in a fatal boating mishap last week. The company released the following statement: It is with much sadness that BRP must report that two of our employees and three of Milsco employees, a BRP supplier, were involved in a serious boating accident during a trial ride in Rend Lake located in Benton Illinois yesterday (June 27) at approximately 3:30 p.m. CST. Our first employee involved in the accident has sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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Canadian Polishing Tool Allows High Polish In Tight Spaces

Created to make buffing and polishing easier, H.T. Mould, Inc. of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada has recently released Polish Boss, the first of its kind to use an air-filled drum. The flexible rubber drum, inflated with any pump, enables the tool to conform to a wider variety of convex or concave shapes than other polishing tools. And because the air in the drum can absorb heat, it also extends the life of its belts. Polish Boss is particularly suited for boat parts, motorcycles and cars.

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Northport Systems Introduces Innovative Actisense® Products

For Canada, Northport Systems Inc. and in the USA, Gemeco Marine Accessories, have announced the availability of intelligent National Marine Electronic Association (NMEA)-compliant interfaces, gateways and cables from Actisense®. Renowned for quality engineering and designs that protect and enhance the integrity of a boat’s electronic systems, the innovative NMEA 2000® product range is purpose-built to meet industry standards, greatly simplify installation and withstand the harsh marine environment.

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Hourly Social Media Group Sessions at IBEX 2012

A brand new attraction at the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) is the Social Media Lounge, where marine professionals can connect and engage with their online communities, and learn how to use these new tools to enhance their professional development and grow their businesses. Managed by social media guru Josh Chiles, the Social Media Lounge will be located in the center of the exhibition hall.

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Former Director of U.S. Census Bureau Keynote Speaker at IBEX

Steve H. Murdock, former director of the U.S. Census, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville Oct. 2. He will speak on how demographic trends in the U.S. population will affect the boating industry. While the focus will be the US market, Canada is facing major demographic changes as well and our mix of products and advertising are strongly affected by the US market forces.

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Sea Ray Announces New Jet Boat Initiative

Sea Ray has announced that it will launch a new sport boat series featuring the very latest in jet propulsion technology. Sea Ray is slated to launch a 21-foot sport boat in fall 2012, followed shortly by a 24-foot model. According to Robert J. Parmentier, president Sea Ray Group, “We will leverage the world’s leading marine brand, drawing on our best-in-class product development and engineering practices, as well as our award-winning dealer network, to deliver the very best jet propulsion boats on the market.

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Mercury Marine Wins Three Consumer Digest ‘Best Buy’ Accolades

Mercury Marine announced that the company was the only marine engine manufacturer to receive three “Best Buy” outboard designations from Consumer Digest in its July/August issue published last week. Mercury winners included the new 150 FourStroke in the 150-199 hp category, the 9.9 hp Bigfoot in the Below 50 hp category and the 75 hp OptiMax in the 75-99 hp division.

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ABYC Corrosion Certification Course Available in Canada

The ABYC Marine Corrosion Certification will be offered in Kingston, Ontario starting Tuesday, September 25, 2012  through Friday, September 28, 2012. Classes run from  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily. The course location will be the PeachTree Inn at 1187 Princess Street, Kingston. The four day Corrosion Certification course with instructor, Dwight Escalera, covers all aspects of marine corrosion.

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Campion Announces Korean Distributor

Campion Marine, Canada's largest independent fibreglass powerboat manufacturer, has announced Doohan Company Limited as the distributor of Campion products to South Korea, effective June 1, 2012. Campion Marine participated for the first time at this year's Korean Boat Show during which time Campion's President, Brock Elliott, met with Mr. Park Min Seok to work out details of the agreement.

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Saturday June 23rd, The SS Keewatin Returned To Georgian Bay

The "Friends of Keewatin" a volunteer group from Port McNicoll invited all of the boats in the Midland, Penetang, Georgian Bay area to come and celebrate the return of the SS Keewatin.  Literally hundreds turned out! There were boats of every size and description taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Many boats opted to anchor along the route and gave the proud ship a salute as she went by. She was decorated with bunting and flew the Red Ensign and the Union Jack, flags that she had been flying when she was decommissioned in 1966.

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Large-Scale Outdoor Exhibition Explores Toronto’s Harbour

Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour is opening on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the opening of Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority. This outdoor exhibition, held in Canada’s biggest outdoor exhibition space, features work by six of the nation’s premier artists exploring the various facets of Canada’s largest inland port.

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Whale Managing Director, Patrick Hurst Awarded an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honors List

Patrick Robert William Hurst, Managing Director , Whale (Munster Simms Engineering Ltd) has been honored with an MBE in the 2012 Queens honors list for service to the Northern Ireland Business Community. Patrick is currently involved in a number of business activities, which include the role of Managing Director for Munster Simms Engineering as well as working on behalf of Invest NI, and a number of privately owned manufacturing companies as an Independent Business Advisor.

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Despite Chapter 11, Hunter Marine Corporation Gains Two New US Dealers

Despite being in Chapter 11 proceedings, Hunter Marine Corporation has announced that the company has gained two new US dealers. Simple Sailing Charter & Sales is located in St. Petersburg, FL and operating out of the Municipal Marina in St. Petersburg. They will exclusively represent Hunter’s full line of trailerable small boats and up to the 27 foot keelboat for the Tampa Bay area and the Northern Florida Gulf Coast. Simple Sailing’s owner, Ed Ecker, states that their offering of charters and sailing lessons will give potential customers a chance to “try before they buy” experience.

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Northen Marine Adds HR/Safety Manager To Team

Custom yacht builder Northern Marine has added Wes Fridell to its team as human resources and safety manager.  Company president Andy McDonald made the announcement. Fridell has more than 30 years of marine industry experience, serving the boatbuilder, retail, marina and distribution markets.  He worked previously for Northern Marine under former owner Bud LeMieux.

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Buckeye Marine to Host Family Fun On-Water Event in Fenelon Falls

On July 7th, Buckeye Marine will host Ontario’s only Wake Surf competition at an all new location-Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls. This exciting location is only one of the upgrades to an annual event hosted by Buckeye called Mastercraft’s Big Day Out. “We are so happy to be offering this premier event in Fenelon Falls. This great new location and the addition of a rock climbing wall, paddle boarding, and live entertainment are sure to add to the excitement!” states Carly Poole, marketing co-ordinator for Buckeye.

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Volvo Penta Announces Training School Location Change in Canada

New for the 2012-2013 instructor led training season, Volvo Penta has announced that they are relocating from the former Midland location of Georgian College to a Volvo Group facility, located in Mississauga, Ontario, not far from the Toronto Pearson International airport.   The company said the decision was in response to dealers’ requests for more comprehensive training in a more central location, so Volvo Penta has decided to relocate the Canadian training facility to the Toronto area.

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Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race Announces Ackroo as Official Sponsor

The organizers of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race are proud to announce that loyalty and rewards platform provider Ackroo will be the title sponsor of the 2012 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge taking place on Saturday, July 21st starting from the Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga Ontario. The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge race organizers are delighted to have a sponsor who shares similar desires to grow and support the boating industry.

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CORRECTION – 27th Annual Paynes Marine Show is Nov. 3 to 5, 2012

This corrects the information in the Paynes Marine Group advertisement on page 17 of the June 2012 Boating Industry Canada magazine. The 27th Annual Paynes Marine Show will be held on Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5 at the Crystal Garden Conference Centre from 9:30am to 5:00pm. The Preview Night will be on Saturday, Nov 3 from 6 to 8pm.

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Sea Ray Group Adds 20 Dealers To Its Worldwide Network

Sea Ray Group, which consists of the Sea Ray and Meridian Yachts brands, continues to add to its award-winning network of sales and service representatives, which numbers more than 400 dealers operating on six continents. The Group is pleased to announce the 20 newest dealers to join its global industry-leading team. “With the addition of these distinguished dealerships, we continue to expand our heritage of credibility and reliability around the world,” said Rob Parmentier, president of the Sea Ray Group.

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Discover Boating Launches “Welcome to the Water Movie Maker”

Discover Boating Canada has launched their new “Welcome to the Water Movie Maker” app on Facebook. The movie maker app is now LIVE on facebook.com/DiscoverBoatingCanada. “Welcome to the Water Movie Maker” enables boaters to create their own customized short boating movie using photos of their favourite boating memories. Once created, the personalized boating movie can be shared with family and friends on Facebook.  In addition to using their own photos, boaters can choose their favourite music, background theme and write their own captions to create their individual ‘Welcome to the Water’ movie.

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IBEX 2012 Registration Is Now Open

The boating industry will gather in Louisville, Kentucky from October 2nd to the 4th for IBEX 2012, the premier marine technology trade exhibition, conference and network event of the year. More than 90 seminars in 13 tracks will be hosted by more than 100 industry experts. Whether you're a boatbuilder, designer, distributor, marina operator, boatyard owner, marine dealer or sales rep, there's something of value for you at IBEX 2012. The show organizers promise you'll return to work with lessons you can put to use for your business immediately.

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ICOMIA Announces Free Online Keel-Checker V3.0 Now Available

ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) and Southampton Solent University have launched Keel Checker Version 3.0 in response to ISO-12215 Part 9 being published as a full ISO standard on 8 June 2012. Keel Checker is a free online tool for assessing whether keel designs are within the parameters of ISO 12215-9 (sailing craft appendages) and is intended to serve as a training aid to help with interpretation of the standard.

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Bavaria Celebrates B/ONE’s World Premiere at Lake Constance

Bavaria has announced a new, state-of-the-art boat called the B/ONE that is a delight to sail in. B/ONE has adopted some of the features included in its big sister, the FARR-400 standard category. The boat's design is ultra-modern, but extremely stable – both in terms of the design and when sailing on the wind. As a dinghy yacht, the B/ONE is so stable that even in strong winds, beginners will quickly have fun. The boat spans the bridge between dinghy and yacht sailing. At the same time, it offers the agility of a dinghy and the characteristics of modern yacht design.

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Canadian Yachting and Boating Industry Canada form foundation of new media partnership serving Canada’s national boating market

June 11, 2012 – Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Kerrwil Publications Limited announced today that it has formed a new partnership company, Adastra Media Inc., with Mark J. Collett and Brad Marsh, both of British Columbia. The partnership has been formed for the specific purpose of holding and operating Kerrwil’s marine media brands, Canadian Yachting and Boating Industry Canada.  The focus of operations for the new company will be these well established brands, all online platforms and related properties.

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True North Yachts Becomes One of Canada’s First Marine Industry Certified Dealerships

Marine Industry Dealer Certification is a new industry standards program developed in a cooperative effort by boat manufacturers, dealers, and engine builders, as part of an industry-wide effort to develop programs focused on delivering an excellent boating experience. The program provides dealers with a set of criteria designed to create continuous improvement across all departments and, in turn, develop processes for meeting and exceeding customer expectations. The criteria and business best practices address the quality of dealer sales, service, parts, follow-up, facilities, as well as employee and customer satisfaction. Criteria compliance must be verified by an independent program consultant, and dealers are reevaluated every year to ensure they continue to meet the Certification requirements.

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Invitation to Send Your Historic Material for 25th METS

2012 is an historic year for METS as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark the special occasion, the METS team invites exhibitors, visitors and other professionals involved with the show over the years to send in photographs, newspaper clippings, personal videos and anecdotes to form the basis of special displays. The material will be used on the METS website and in prominent positions around METS 2012. “For a quarter of a century, METS has been the launch pad for thousands of innovative products, the show of choice for major meetings and business deals, and a prized venue for social and networking events,”

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Two SAR Volunteers Die in B.C. as Boat Overturns

In a Canadian Press report, we learned that two search-and rescue-volunteers have died after a boating accident on a dangerous set of rapids on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. The two women died late Sunday morning, June 2nd on the Skookumchuk rapids, about 60 kilometres north of Sechelt, B.C. The RCMP said four members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue were heading through the rapids in a boat when the accident occurred.

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Hunter Marine Continues Building Boats as Stalking Horse Bidder Is Named

At the end of May, Florida-based Tiger International Management entered into an asset purchase agreement with Hunter Marine Corp., Luhrs Corp. and Mainship Corp., according to court documents posted recently. In what’s known as a “floor bidder” or  “stalking horse agreement,” Tiger International was approved by courts and creditors to become a base bidder for all assets of Hunter Marine and selected assets of Luhrs and Mainship.

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Clint Moore to Retire from Volvo Penta

Clint Moore has decided to retire as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas after more than 15 years of service. Clint Moore, will retire on September 1, 2012. Moore, 65, has more than 35 years of experience in the marine industry ranging from propulsion to boat building to retail sales and has been with Volvo Penta since 1996.

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Read Boating Industry Canada June 2012 – Online Now

You, or any of your friends and associates can now read the Boating Industry Canada June 2012 edition in digital form, live in online now! This is a particularly important issue to members of Canada’s marine industry. We have a substantial article about the recent C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference where George Cuthbertson and most of the members of his illustrious team, gathered at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club to celebrate the accomplishments and the legacy of what was probably the largest and most influential yacht builder in the world during their heyday.

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Eighth Nanaimo Three-Day Floating Boat Show a Success

For the eighth consecutive year, boat sellers and potential buyers gathered in Nanaimo’s waterfront for a successful three-day floating boat show. Inconsistent weather might have kept attendance a bit lower than last year, but there was a positive “buzz” for the three-day event. The mood among exhibitors and attendees was very positive. Buyers were present and some sales were clearly advanced and some were completed. “The second-hand market is still strong”, reported broker Trevor Matthew of Westerly Yacht Sales, the west coast Beneteau dealer, “a few good nibbles on new boats too.

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The June Canadian Yachting Magazine is Now Online

All 140 pages of the June Canadian Yachting Magazine is now online in digital form and available for you to read, copy, share with friends and refer back to at any time. And, it’s free! There’s a lot of great reading in the June edition; see our new boat reviews on Hunter’s new 33, the magnificent Beneteau Swift Trawler 52 and the pilothouse version of Boston Whalers 285 model.

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BoatUS Gives Thanks to Boaters Who Spoke Up: “Save My GPS”

The GPS system gets some breathing room, but the battle is not yet over. Nearly a year ago, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) began asking recreational boaters, anglers and the marine industry to speak out about the potential loss of reliable GPS – the country's sole electronic navigation system. A private venture, LightSquared, backed by billions of dollars in funding, had plans to build a nationwide 4G broadband cellular telephone network but unfortunately, tests had shown this plan would interfere with GPS signals creating grave safety concerns.

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Pacific Advantage to Represent Jensen Marine in Western Canada

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer of audio and video electronics is proud to announce a new business partnership with Pacific Advantage, who will be responsible for representing ASA in the marine OEM, marine aftermarket and spa industry segments in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. ASA is the manufacturer of the Jensen marine brand of stereos, speakers, LCD TVs and other premium accessories. All of their products are specifically designed to withstand the rigors associated with an aquatic environment.

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Canadian And U.S. Governments Stepping Up Efforts To Stop Asian Carp

According to a recent CBC Windsor, Ontario web story, Ottawa will make a significant investment to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp, a large invasive fish that could jeopardize the food supply of native species if it enters Canadian waters from the U.S. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield has just announced that $17.5 million will be allocated over the next five years to four key activities: prevention, early warning, rapid response and management and control.

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NMMA Canada’s “Day On The Hill” Raises Boating’s Profile With Government

On May 28 and 29, 2012, members of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada met directly with Canadian MPs on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at the industry's first-ever Recreational Boating Day on the Hill. NMMA Canada's board of directors and several of its members were organized into small groups for face-to-face meetings with more than a dozen MPs from ridings across Canada, members of Transport Canada and other policy makers.

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BRP Moves Sea-Doo Assembly To Mexico

In an announcement made May 31, 2012, we have learned that BRP is reorganizing part of its operations. Starting in 2013, the company will expand its existing production capacity in Mexico by transferring engines currently being manufactured in Juárez to a new plant. The assembly of watercraft (PWC) will also be transferred from Valcourt to the new plant. In addition, BRP will assign the North American distribution of its parts, accessories and clothing (PAC) to a logistics provider.

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2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sailors Announced

The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to announce the following Olympic and Paralympic sailors who will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee for inclusion on the 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team. The formal announcement took place at the Weymouth & Portland International Sailing Academy, home of the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Sailing venue.

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North South Nautical Groups Adds Another Certified CPYB Broker

Mike Burns, President of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce that Greg Stratychuk has been designated a Certified Professional Yacht Broker by the National Yacht Broker Certification program.   Greg has been a power boater for over 25 years and an active member of the Canadian Power Squadron. He is a recognized provider of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and publishes a regular newsletter to over 350 local boaters.

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Shane Turcotte Joins Crestliner’s National Pro Team

Crestliner is proud to welcome Shane Turcotte as the newest member of the Crestliner National Pro Team. Hailing from Goulais River, Ontario, Canada, Turcotte has been fishing for more than 30 years. He launched his professional fishing career more than four years ago, and quickly made a name for himself as a fierce competitor and seasoned educator. Turcotte splits his time on the water between tournament fishing—on the Northern Ontario Walleye Trail and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit—and teaching others tips and techniques for multiple species through his guide service,

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An Afternoon of Elegance

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 (The Greatest Loop) was at the Port Credit Yacht Club this past Saturday afternoon for a viewing, combined with a cocktail party sponsored by Anchor Yacht Sales the Beneteau Power Boat Dealer, Powerboat America-Beneteau Group and Canadian Yachting. The new Trawler was a great hit with the guests who got to explore the fit and finish of this magnificent vessel as well as see the versatility and ease of handling that was demonstrated in the harbour.

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Mercury – Canada Sponsors Tammy Wolf and Rouen Women’s Team

At the 48th-annual, 24 Heure Motonautiques de Rouen, Mercury – Canada has sponsored, Canadian Powerboat Champion, Tammy Wolf and the Rouen Women’s Team. “The 24 Hours of Rouen is legendary in powerboat racing, it is one of the toughest events in history. Mercury is proud to be involved with this event and is thrilled to make history with this extremely talented team.” Georges Jalbert, General Manager, Mercury Canada.

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The Last Edwardian Passenger Steamship in the World – S.S. Keewatin, Returns Home to Canada

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the S.S. Keewatin returns to Port McNicoll, Ontario bringing full circle a storied, 100-year route for the crown jewel in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s once-mighty Great Lakes Steamship fleet. The S.S. Keewatin is the last remaining Edwardian passenger steamship in the world, five years older than the Titanic and as luxuriously appointed. Skyline International Development Inc. celebrates the ship’s historic return to the town of Port McNicoll not only as an homage to the region’s rich past, but as the first step in its revitalized and prosperous future.

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World Record at Ready, Set, Wear It! Event

Mustang Survival, along with key marine industry partners, took part in the third annual National Ready, Set, Wear It! Event on Saturday May 19, 2012. Participants in cities around the world gathered to set another world record for the most personal flotation devices (PFDs) and lifejackets worn or inflated in one day. The goal of this year’s event was not only to surpass the 1,685 entrants from last year but also to promote the comfortable and versatile PFD and lifejacket options available.

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Visitors Welcome as the Greatest Loop Crew Arrives In Toronto!

This Saturday, visitor’s are welcome to meet the Greatest Loop Crew for an “Afternoon of Elegance” Cocktail Party with John Armstrong from Canadian Yachting Magazine at the Port Credit Yacht Club, from 3.30 pm till 8.00 pm on Saturday, May 26th. Just a week ago on Tuesday, May 15th, Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 34 #202 left the Annapolis city dock to begin her 4-month journey on the Great Loop.

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Naval Architect Stephen Leake Launches the Esposa 15-5

Naval Architect Stephen Leake launches a new style of houseboat -the Esposa 15-5. There was a time when savvy consumers recognized the value of being able to live and vacation on the water comfortably yet be mobile. Boaters chose the ubiquitous North American houseboat style. Many of those offered thirty years ago are no longer in production. Those that remain are tired, shabby and require considerable investment to restore to modern requirements.

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Jim Bronstien to Host IMI’s Marina Study Tour

Marine industry veteran Jim Bronstien will host and facilitate IMI’s 6th Annual Southeast Florida Marina Study Tour, October 23–24, 2012. The Tour is produced by the International Marina Institute (IMI), a subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). “We’re fortunate to get such an authority for our study tour,” Jim Frye, CMM, president of AMI says. “Jim is a 20-year veteran of the marine industry in South Florida and brings with him a vast collection of knowledge about the industry from the perspective of a marina owner, a boatbuilder, and a developer.”

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IMBC Publishes 2013 Exhibitor, Sponsorship, and Advertising Openings

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has posted a brochure with exhibitor, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities for the 2013 show to its website: marinaassociation.org/imbc. Produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), IMBC is scheduled for January 31–February 1 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The brochure combines all commercial and vendor opportunities into one inclusive document that provides attendee demographics and the benefits of participating along with exhibitor, sponsorship and advertising openings, and contracts.

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Schmitt & Ongaro Expands Relationship With Agence CK

Canadian rep firm Agence CK has added the Schmitt line of steering wheels and related accessories to its current offerings of Schmitt & Ongaro products.  Agence CK now serves as the company's exclusive rep for Eastern Canada and the Maritimes.  Timothy Schmitt, president of Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, made the announcement. Agence CK's history with Ongaro products extends back over a decade, before Ongaro was acquired by Schmitt.  "Agence CK has a proven track record with our company.  We look forward to the new opportunities they'll present with their additional responsibilities," said Schmitt.

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Canadian Yacht Charters, Gore Bay Ontario

Ken Blodgett and his wife Pam McLaughlin-Blodgett have been running Canadian Yacht charters for the past 20 years, pictured here are Ken and Pam just prior to a surprise Birthday Party that Pam organized for her Husband last Saturday night, upwards of 30 friends and clients attended a sit down dinner at the School House restaurant in Providence Bay in honour of Ken.   

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Make Your Business Plans For the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show

Now celebrating its 22nd year, the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show continues to attract an ever increasing enthusiastic audience of seasoned and novice boaters.  Hosted at Port Credit Harbour Marina in Mississauga, ON, the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show is strategically located in the heart of Lake Ontario boat country.  The show is within 2 hours of South Western Ontario; Muskoka; Georgian Bay and the South Eastern Ontario, the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show is easily accessible by highway; public transit and water.

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GE Capital Announces New Inventory Finance Program for Groupe Beneteau Dealers

GE Capital's Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business has been selected by Groupe Beneteau, the North American business of France's Groupe Beneteau as a preferred provider of floorplan financing for its retail dealerships. Approved Beneteau dealers in the U.S. and Canada are eligible for vendor-subsidized interest support on specific brands as well as preferred program terms for their wholesale purchases. Those brands are Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige and Monte Carlo Yachts.

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MRAA’s Young Leaders Advisory Council is Seeking Applicants

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is accepting nominations and applications for its Young Leaders Advisory Council. The MRAA created YLAC as an advisory group to represent the needs and the thinking of the next generation of marine retailers and to provide additional insight and direction to the MRAA Board of Directors. The council’s creation was based on a desire to help develop future leaders to aid in the progress and growth of the boating industry.

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Even Man’s Best Friend Needs A Life Jacket

It shouldn't take National Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 19-25) to remind us that life jackets are important, even for man's best friend. But no matter if you have a water dog or a lap dog, the life jacket has to be right-sized – so how will you know it fits? We thank the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety that has released "Foundation Findings #52," the latest boating safety equipment product testing series now chronicled in the June/July 2012 BoatUS Magazine, "It's a Dog's Life (Jacket)."

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Smartplug Donates to International Rescue Group

Doing its part to support those in need of aid, SmartPlug recently made a donation to International Rescue Group.  The company gave this non-profit organization shore power cables and inlets. "International Rescue Group is a great group of people who are working hard to help others," said Aaron Bronson, SmartPlug sales rep.  "This group helps survivors all over the world and we're proud to help further this cause."

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Skyline Marina Announces Aquapalooza 2012

Skyline Marina’s Aquapalooza 2012 event is fast approaching. On Saturday July 21, 2012, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, everyone is invited to join the Skyline Marina Team for an ON-WATER PARTY at Papoose Bay, located on the southern end of Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay. Water Access Only Coordinates 44.847563N 79.858332W. Aquapalooza is an invitation to ALL boaters and promises to be a fun-filled family day on the water with water activities for the kids and fantastic prize giveaways. This year’s entertainment will be “NORTHERN HARBOUR AND ROCKY THE DJ” – keep watch on the Skyline Marina events calendar on their website.

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ICOMIA Announces Hybrid Marine Propulsion Conference and Call for Speakers

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) is pleased to announce its much anticipated ‘2nd International Hybrid Marine Propulsion Conference’ to be held immediately preceding the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) on Monday 12 November 2012 at the Amsterdam RAI. Following the resounding success of last year’s conference, described by Theo Lingmont, Director International Exhibitions, Amsterdam RAI, as an “invaluable insight into the perfect marriage of innovative technology and environmental benefit”,

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Lori Mason Retires from The Store May 19

After 34 years at The Store, Lori Mason is retiring. Her deal to sell The Store is complete and her last days will be Friday May 18 from 10am-4pm and Saturday May 19 from 10am-4pm. We would like to invite you to come by The Store on those days to say goodbye, sign a book and give Lori a lasting memory of all those who were so much a part of her life. An active and respected member of the Canadian Marine Industry, she was the recipient of the CASBA Award for Top Individual Dedicated to Safe Boating for her many safety seminars in 2000;

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Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons Seeks New Executive Director

Richard Bee, Chief Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons has announced the launch of the association’s search for the recruitment of their new Executive Director. CPS has engaged Knightsbridge Executive Search to ensure a national and transparent search to find the best candidate possible. In a recent letter to the communications officers in CPS / ECP Squadrons across Canada,

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BRP To Begin Testing Next Generation Biofuel

BRP begins a program to test butanol-extended fuel in a variety of recreational marine engines for Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. Butanol-extended fuel will be tested as an alternative to gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver allowing up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline. According to industry test data published last October, E15 can cause significant damage to marine engines.

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ASA Electronics Purchases Marine Audio

ASA Electronics, manufacturer of the industry leading Jensen brand announced they have purchased the assets of Marine Audio Engineering and Sales.  For the past 35 years, ASA has been dedicated to providing premium, high quality JENSEN products to the industry and this acquisition will diversify ASA’s portfolio allowing them to add additional outdoor electronics to their line-up. Marine Audio, a St. Louis, Missouri based company, has been an established leader in the audio entertainment industry for many years and is regarded as one of the leading suppliers of environmentally engineered outdoor entertainment systems.

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Become an ABYC Electrical Certified Tech by Summer!

The fastest growing area of the marine business is electronics and employment opportunities abound for well-qualified people. Now anyone from anywhere with access to a personal computer with a DVD drive can study for this ABYC standards-based, marine electrical certification when and where they want. The DVD is the next step in an evolutionary approach to internet-based training, education, and workforce certification.

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Support Shirley LeGresley in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 26

Almost everyone has been touched by cancer at some time – perhaps it was you or one of your family members. The Marine industry is almost like a family; small enough that many of us know most of the other players. Darlene Ballantyne, the Purchasing Manager from Stright-Mackay in Nova Scotia has reached out requesting support for one of her team members, Shirley LeGresley. Shirley has been a good friend and a great asset to the marine industry and she is participating in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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Chubb Raises the Sails with a New Standard for Watercraft Insurance

On April 23rd, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada launched its enhanced Watercraft Policy. The policy has several advantages including a new discount, improved deductible options, expanded navigational coverage, travel-sized certificates of insurance and greater damage coverage. The enhanced policy provides a 5% discount if the watercraft owner also has their home covered by Chubb Canada, and provides a 0.5% deductible option for boats with hull values over $50,000. Recognizing that many boaters live along the border, there are enhanced navigational limits with expanded West Coast navigation and a more cost effective Port of New York trip charge.

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Lunenburg Wooden Boat Reunion and Regatta Will Be July 28/29 in Lunenburg NS

Started last year, the Lunenburg Wooden Boat Reunion and Regatta is a two-day event that began as a celebration of all things wooden boat. Certainly, the rebuilding of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Schooner Bluenose II, currently continuing at Lunenburg, was part of the inspiration but of course this area has a long history as a ship and boatbuilding port. A full slate of weekend events includes the Nova Scotia Schooner Association’s annual Heritage Cup Race (plus this year, the festival will lead directly into the association’s Schooner Race Week, which will directly follow the Reunion and also be based out of Lunenburg);

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Wolverine Worldwide, Owners of Sebago, Have Purchased Sperry Top-Sider

US footwear giants, Wolverine Worldwide, owners of Sebago, have announced effective 1 May one of their largest acquisitions to date: Wolverine Worldwide has purchased Collective Brands’ Performance and Lifestyle Group (PLG) consisting of Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds. This adds to Wolverine’s existing portfolio of Sebago, Merrell, Hush Puppies, Wolverine, and Caterpillar Footwear. Wolverine has a good track record of successfully integrating brands. As well as creating a $2.5 billion global footwear and lifestyle empire, this transaction also brings established marine names Sebago and Sperry Top-Sider into the same powerful stable of iconic brands.

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Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd.’s Technician Grand Prix Final

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd.’s Technician Grand Prix final competition will be held at the Yamaha Motor Canada head office in Toronto on June 12, 2012. Canada’s top technicians have completed a grueling qualifying exam in search of the top 10 nationwide.  The 10 finalists have now been selected and will vie to become “Canada’s top Yamaha technician”. The winner will have the privilege of representing Canada at the Yamaha World Technician Grand Prix Finals in October at Yamaha Motor Corporation Ltd. headquarters in Iwata, Japan.

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North American Safe Boating Awareness Week – Hoist Your Sails!

The following message is brought to you by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC): IT’S Time to start your engines, hoist your sails and grab your paddles! North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2012 is on the horizon and it’s time to get busy! Volunteers are the backbone of Safe Boating Awareness Week! It was through your efforts that, in 2011, we were able to deliver safe boating messages across the country through over 80 million media impressions on television, radio and newspapers. But more importantly, your efforts are saving lives. Proof positive is the Lifesaving Society’s 2011 National Drowning Report which indicates that boating-related drownings (2005-2007) are down 13% from those in 2002-2004.

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Doral Files For Bankruptcy, Again

For the second time in two years, boat-builder Doral International has filed for bankruptcy. According to an article in La Presse, owner Denis Poliseno filed after rejecting an offer from Investissement Québec. Poliseno had taken out a $2 million start-up loan from the provincial investment corporation after he bought the firm’s assets in a 2010 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy buys the firm 30 days to seek out new partners or even a purchaser.

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KCS International Inc. Rolls Out First Sport Boat From Newly Acquired Azure Boats

KCS International Inc., (KCS) parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, announced the first sport boat from newly acquired Azure Sport Boats, will roll off the line on Monday, May 7. The AZ 258 Bow Rider will include a MerCruisers, 350 Mag, Bravo-3 I/O (inboard/outboard) engine from Mercury Marine, officially making the boat 100 percent assembled in Wisconsin. “Since we announced the acquisition of Azure at the Miami International Boat Show in February, there has been great anticipation for this day both within the boating industry and at KCS,” said Mark Pedersen, president of KCS International Inc.

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New Distributors For “Codeable” Locks From DuraSafe

Durasafe has announced a new line of “Codeable” locks and two new Canadian distributors. These unique new locks “learn” your vehicle key. The company has announced 12 new distributors and dealers in North America who now carry the unique BOLT® (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology) codeable lock products line from DuraSafe. The new distributors include Hutchings Marine Products and KTL (Canada).

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Luhrs Marine Group Announces Commencement of Proceedings Under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

ALACHUA, FLORIDA – APRIL 30 – Morgan Industries Corporation, the parent company of Hunter Marine Corporation and the Luhrs Marine Group family of boat manufacturing businesses, announced today that it and its U.S. subsidiaries (the “Company”) filed voluntary petitions for chapter 11 business reorganization in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. The Company is a global leader in the production of recreational powerboats and sailboats under the iconic brand names of Hunter Marine, Silverton, Ovation, Luhrs, and Mainship. The business reorganization is intended to bolster liquidity, fairly resolve legacy liabilities, and enable the company to focus on its most valuable business lines and assets.

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IMBC Issues Call for Presenters

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has posted a “Call for Presenters” at its website, www.marinaassociation.org/imbc. The conference, produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), is scheduled for January 30–February 1, 2013, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. New for 2013, IMBC organizers will be offering the seminar schedule in tracks arranged by coastal, inland, or boatyard categories.

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Canadian “Dragon Boats” to Compete on the Sea Of Galilee, May 17-18

More than 1,000 travelers and athletes from around the world will arrive in Israel for the first-ever Dragon Boat Israel Festival on the Sea of Galilee, May 17-18. A joint Canada-Israel initiative whose aim is to introduce the sport of dragon boating to Israel and to unite travelers and athletes, the Dragon Boat Israel Festival will include 39 teams from Canada, Israel and around the world, including New Zealand, Thailand and Ireland, as well as more than 500 spectators.

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First-Time Boat Buyer Buys a Boat & Wins $10,000 at Toronto Boat Show!

Like tens of thousands of others, Les Baker of Bethany, ON, went to the 2012 Toronto International Boat Show in search of the boat of his dreams and the best deals of the year. The first-time boater knew that with more than 550 exhibitors and over 1,000 boats of every size, make and model filling the one-million square feet of the Direct Energy Centre, Canada’s largest boat show is the best place to see and buy the latest in boats and boating-related accessories. What Baker didn’t know, was how easy it would be to win $10,000 towards the purchase of his boat once he found it!

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SailTime GTA Kicks Off the 2012 Season

SailTime GTA (a division of True North Yachts) had its “opening start to the season” meeting at the Port Credit Yacht Club this past Sunday. The Members enjoyed a lunch followed by a Member meeting and as shown in the picture gathered together on one of the Sailtime Hunter 36’s. For further information on SailTime please contact Andrew Newbury at gta@sailtime.com

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Oceanair Names Paynes Marine Group as Canadian Dealer

Oceanair, the world’s leading supplier in the design and manufacture of marine blinds and shading solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paynes Marine Group as its new distributor in Canada. With over 29 years in the marine industry, Paynes Marine Group runs four branches across Canada and represents many marine brands including Lewmar and Standard Horizon.

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List Your Important Summer Events in Newsweek’s “Important Dates”

If you are involved with a summer event that deserves to be listed in the “Important Dates” section in Boating Industry Canada,s Newsweek, send us your listing or information – we will run it for free if it is a suitable event. Because Boating Industry Canada is distributed to all the significant marine trade professionals across Canada, events in the listings should be of either general interest to members of the industry, or be events that the industry should be promoting to our customer base to build boating generally. That means things like a Discover Boating event, water ski or wake board demonstration, sailing regattas, power boat racing and so on.

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New Lender Enters Canadian Market with Marine Floor Plan Financing

SGB Finance North America, Inc. announces their marine floor plan financing is now available in Canada.  This preferred program prepared jointly by SGB Finance North America, Inc. and the Beneteau Group North America is available immediately to all Canadian dealers representing the Group’s brands of leisure boats Beneteau, Jeanneau, Prestige, Lagoon, and Monte Carlo Yachts. “In the wake of our success in Europe and the US, we are logically expanding SGB Finance’s services into the Canadian market. Despite the global economic downturn, recreational boating has remained strong in Canada, where we expect to see tremendous growth opportunities”, explained Hervé Bonnet, President and CEO of SGB Finance North America.

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Northstar Marine Insurance Welcomes Leia Moreau

Northstar Marine Insurance is delighted to welcome Leia Moreau to the Northstar team! Leia comes to Northstar with six years of insurance experience, including marine insurance, and is a great asset to the company’s customer service department. An avid angler, Leia spends as much time as possible on the water, particularly in Elliot Lake, and is always willing to help out those fishing enthusiasts.

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Apply Now for Waterfront Cleanup Project Awards From Interlux®

The 2012 Interlux® Waterfront Challenge is underway and community organizations should apply now. A total of $50,000 will be awarded by Interlux in October to recognize projects undertaken this year that create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. The deadline for completion of projects is September 2. Eight awards from $4,500 to $20,000 will be presented to groups in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

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Anchor Yachts Signs on to Represent Beneteau Powerboats

Beneteau Ameriac has announced that Anchor Yacht Sales in Port Credit, Ontario is one of two new dealers that have signed on to represent the powerboats division. The other dealer is South Coast Yacht Sales in San Diego, California. “We’re committed to establishing the most knowledgeable, customer-focused dealer network possible throughout North America. Adding South Coast Yachts on the west coast along with Anchor Yacht Sales in Canada to our already distinguished list of powerboat dealers brings us two steps closer to achieving our goal,” said Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s North American powerboats division.

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New Format for ABBRA and International Boatyard Business Conference

ABBRA, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association has announced its 2013 Annual Conference the “International Boatyard Business Conference”. This boatyard and related services industry event will be held January 19-20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will cater to boatyard owners, operators, and managers, boat builders, and boat repair businesses and will focus on the most current topics of interest with presentations by some of the marine industry’s most influential business leaders both nationally and internationally.

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Sun Shines on BC Yacht Brokers’ Victoria Floating Show

The weather gods smiled on this year’s BC Yacht Brokers Association Victoria Harbour Boat Show last weekend, offering up sunny, dry weather for the show’s three key days. The great conditions helped push attendance for the Thursday-Sunday event to near 5,000. Sixty-two exhibitors filled the docks in the Inner Harbour and at nearby Ship Point with new and brokerage boats, including 68 powerboats, 25 sailboats and 75 assorted smaller craft. Tents at Ship Point also held product, services and trade exhibits.

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West Coast Expansion for Chemring Marine’s Canadian Distributor

Chemring Marine’s Canadian distributor DSS Marine has expanded by opening FitzWright Survival Incorporated in Vancouver, British Columbia. FitzWright, based at 2459 Beta Avenue, in Burnaby, is well-known for its Marine and Aviation Immersion Suit Systems, but its strong client base will now have access to products sold through the DSS Group. These include Comet and Pains Wessex marine distress signals, which are manufactured by Chemring Marine, the world’s leading company in the sector.

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Show Organizers Surveying Industry About Co-locating IBEX and MRAA MDCE

A survey has been circulated among the industry to gather feedback on the idea of co-locating IBEX and the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo/ MRAA MDCE in 2013 and beyond. Each event offers very different benefits, but the combination of the two shows held in one convention center at the same time, in the same city, would create and deliver an exceptional all industry annual event.   The organizers explain that the exhibitor's and attendee's feedback will help them make some important decisions. Their goal is to make sure IBEX continues to be the best and most valuable three days of the year for the industry.

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Canada Metal Garners Prestigious Business Award

Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. has been selected as one of the Top 20 BCBusiness Leading Innovators for 2012.  The award was announced by Canada Wide Media Ltd., publisher of BCBusiness, in Vancouver, British Columbia, in late March.  The honor recognizes Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd.'s cadmium-free Martyr II Aluminum anodes, which prevent underwater corrosion without releasing toxic chemicals. A panel of Canada's top business experts chose Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. to join an elite echelon of companies that refuse to settle for the status quo and are a force to be reckoned with, according to Canada Wide Media.

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IMBC 2013 Schedule-at-a-Glance Is Now Available

An overall schedule-at-a-glance for the 2013 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) is now available online at www.marinaassociation.org/imbc/schedule. IMBC— produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI)—is scheduled for January 30–February 1, 2013, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The schedule will follow IMBC’s established format with an opening exhibit hall reception on January 30 followed by two full days of exhibits, educational seminars, industry award presentations, and networking events.

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BRP To Eliminate Model Year Designations For Evinrude Outboard Engines

BRP will eliminate traditional model year designations for Evinrude outboard engines. Beginning in April 2012, model year designations will no longer be used. Instead, the date of manufacture will be referenced on the serial number label, located on each Evinrude outboard engine. Benefits to model year elimination include: • Quicker Product Updates – Consumers will not have to wait for a model year transition to receive the latest product developments from Evinrude • Simplicity – Instead of tracking two model years, one for the boat and one for the engine, Evinrude outboard owners will only have to reference the model year of their boat package.

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HamiltonJet Celebrates Milestone Together with Harbercraft Boats

World leading waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet has reached a significant production milestone with the recent completion of its 10,000th HJ212 waterjet model.  This achievement cements the HJ212 as the world’s most popular individual waterjet model, and highlights the on-going popularity of shallow river boating both recreationally and commercially. “The first HJ212 was built in February 1995, and was later fitted into a NZ-built sprint racing boat sponsored by HamiltonJet and Shell.  Serial number 10,000 HJ212 is being installed into an all new 23 foot Harbercraft 2375 V8 powered jet boat.

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Mermaid Marine Announces the Addition of Garmin to its Line

Mermaid Marine is excited to announce the addition of the Garmin family of marine electronics to its growing lineup of marine parts and accessories. As Atlantic Canada’s marine parts specialist, Mermaid Marine is committed to supplying its dealers with top quality products supported by in-depth expertise. Since 1989, Garmin has earned a reputation as an undisputed leader in the field of marine navigation.

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C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference a Major Success

A great majority of the members of the C&C Yachts staff and associates during the roughly 20 year run of the Canadian company that rose to be the largest sailboat producer in North America, attended the two-day C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference held at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Hamilton Ontario, April 14 and 15, 2012. The organizing group, led by Rob Mazza and coordinated through the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston Ontario, held a smoothly organized and well attended event. Starting with a Saturday evening Reunion reception for former members of the C&C Yachts staff, the conference rolled out on the second day with a series of 4 panel discussions, breakfast and lunch that were open to any interested members of the public.

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Zim Sailing Acquires Rights to the Byte CII Dinghy

Zim Sailing has announced that its product line of Optimist, C420 and CFJ will expand to include the Byte CII dinghy. “This is a very exciting time for Zim Sailing,” said company president Steve Perry, who recently acquired the Byte CII from Canada’s PS2000 and will serve as the exclusive builder and distributor for the CII. “The CII is a perfect fit to the Zim line. It provides a great transition from the Optimist into a great single-handed boat.” Zim will be distributing the boat throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

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Bellwoar Elected as ABYC Chairman For Second Term

George Bellwoar, VP of sales and marketing for Perko, has been elected to serve a second term as chairman of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).  The position has a one-year term. Bellwoar has more than 30 years of marine OEM and aftermarket industry experience, encompassing the recreational, commercial and military segments.  In addition to his service to ABYC, he previously served as chairman of the board for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and sat on numerous trade committees.

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Hella Marine Launches New Website

Sporting an improved layout and information in multiple languages, Hella marine's new website is designed for easy navigation.  It quickly guides users to the correct lamp for specific applications, and locates the closest Hella marine retailers. Visitors can easily find products using a quick drop-down menu or by entering a part number, series name or lamp description into a search field.  Results pages now include more detailed information and photographs.  Quick-reference icons clearly identify each lamp's main product features and certifications.

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Boston Whaler Achieves 3 Million Hours Without Lost Time Incident

Boston Whaler is proud to announce that its manufacturing facility has reached three million hours without a lost-time accident or illness. The facility has a long history of emphasizing and practicing worker safety in the production of its high-quality, “unsinkable” boats. “Safety and quality are a part of the Boston Whaler culture, and the extraordinary achievement of three million hours is a testament to that commitment,” says Boston Whaler President, Tim Schiek. “Our employees care about what they do, and about the Whaler brand. This record is affirmation of that passion.”

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Take 10 Minutes To Join the Boating Industry Canada 2012 Marketing Survey!

Don’t you wish you knew what everyone else was going to do? If you have not already taken a few minutes to participate in the Boating Industry Canada 2012 Marketing Survey, please do it now! Canada’s recreational boating industry is mainly made up of family businesses and it’s seasonal – we all get just a few months to be successful.

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Northport Systems and Marinefuel.com Announce Partnership

Northport Systems Inc., leading producer of desktop and mobile navigation and mapping software products, and MarineFuel.com have announced that they have entered into a long-term partnership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will provide software solutions designed to extend and enhance MarineFuel.com’s service offerings. An e-commerce data portal that centralizes vital marina and marine fueling information for the U.S., Bahamas and the Caribbean, Marinefuel.com is the active mariners preferred resource for digital and on-demand services regarding real-time Fuel Dock Prices™, marina travel logistics, and wholesale fuel brokerage.

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Still Space to join the C&C Yachts Living History Conference

There is still time and a little bit of space to register for the C&C Yachts Living History Conference. It will be everything you wanted to know about C&C Yachts, from the people who were part of It The event is at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, on Sunday April 15th and is dedicated to the preservation of the C&C Collection at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. The Registration fee $65 –includes Continental Breakfast, coffee breaks, Lunch, One Year Membership to Marine Museum, and raising money for a good cause – preservation of the C&C Collection.

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Skyline Marina’s Annual Spring Open House

Spring Splash, Skyline Marina’s Annual Spring Open House is fast approaching. Skyline invites all boaters to attend their Open House on Saturday April 14th from 9am to 5pm and Sunday April 15th from 11am to 3pm at their Orillia location at 75 Forestview Road, Oro-Medonte (Orillia), ON GPS Coordinates: N 44 33.965, W 079 26.510 Directions: Hwy 11 N to Line 15, exit Line 15 – Skyline is directly off the highway.

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Washington State Introduces New Pilotage Bill Easing Superyacht Access

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire has signed Senate Bill 6171, which eases the pilotage requirements for foreign-flagged vessels. Taking effect on June 7, 2012, foreign-flagged boats up to 750 gross tons and under 200 feet can apply for a pilotage exemption. The previous legislation capped the exemption at 500 gross tons (and 200 feet). "This legislation is one more step that we can take to making our state's world-class cruising grounds more accessible to tourists.

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Nautique Introduces The All-New Super Air Nautique G23

Nautique is excited to introduce their next generation wake boat that will forever change what the industry thought possible. The all-new Super Air Nautique G23 redefines what a wake boat can be. The Super Air Nautique G23 will kick off the wake season at the 2012 Nautique Wake Games in Orlando, FL, April 11-14. Nautique’s designers, engineers and team of professional riders started with a clean slate and created a wake that gives every rider the opportunity to do things they only dreamed possible.

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Mercury Marine Remembers Legendary Jose Wejebe

Members of the Mercury Marine family expressed sadness Friday regarding the death of television host and fishing legend Jose Wejebe, and offered condolences to the family of the longtime friend and partner of the boat engine company. Wejebe of Summerland Key in Florida was killed Friday afternoon in a plane crash immediately after takeoff from Everglades City, Fla. He was the host of “Spanish Fly,” a popular weekly fishing show sponsored by Mercury Marine that took viewers on exciting visual fishing journeys throughout the world.

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Yacht Tragedy – Were They Cruising Sailors or Asylum Seekers?

Were they cruising sailors or asylum seekers? One sailor is dead and three are missing and presumed dead after a yacht with nine persons on board issued a distress call off the coast of Nova Scotia in what is being investigated as a case of human smuggling. Apparently the source of the suspicion is that the yacht, SV Tabasco 2, was not registered to any country and that some of those rescued have asked for asylum. The Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said that the boat might have been trying to smuggle people into Canada based on its actions.

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EPA Approves E15 Gasoline with 15 percent Ethanol as a Registered Fuel

On April 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol) as a registered fuel. This is one step closer to seeing low-cost, renewable E15 sold into the American fuels marketplace, according to a release by the Renewable Fuels Association, an American lobby group promoting the use of ethanol in fuel. "Our nation needs E15 to reduce our dependence on foreign oil – it will keep gas prices down at the pump and help to end the extreme fluctuations in gas prices caused by our reliance on fuel from unstable parts of the world," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy

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Imtra Launches Updated Website

Imtra, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, has announced the official unveiling of its new website. Incorporating enhanced filtering capabilities and a fully searchable database, the new site makes it easier for people to narrow down product searches by the elements that are most important to them. Imtra’s new website is tablet-friendly and makes it easy for individuals to determine the best products for their needs and quickly find a conveniently located authorized Imtra installing dealer or reseller to purchase their desired Imtra products.

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Charles Industries Announces New Business Unit Director for Marine & Industrial Group

Charles Industries, Ltd. has announced that David (Dave) J. Wyrick has joined the company as Business Unit Director of Charles’ Marine & Industrial Group, a leading provider of AC and DC electrical systems and solutions for marine and industrial applications. Wyrick will be charged with development, implementation, and execution of strategic product roadmaps; specification and justification of future product development; life-cycle management of existing Marine & Industrial products; and oversight of business unit engineering resources.

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Second-generation Transition Plane/Car Makes First Flight

Could this be the answer to gaining more cottage and boating time? The Composites World Newsletter shared a story that Terrafugia (Woburn, Mass., USA) reported on April 2 that its composites-intensive Transition Street-Legal Airplane is now a significant step closer to being a commercial reality. The production prototype of the Transition Street-Legal Airplane completed its successful first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport (Plattsburgh, N.Y., USA) on March 23.

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C&C Conference Highlight – Sales and Marketing Panel – April 15

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes is hosting a C&C Conference to highlight the C&C Collection of drawings and artifacts housed in the Museum archives. This Conference follows directly on the heels of the C&C Reunion taking place at RHYC on the previous evening. Therefore, this will be the largest assembly of past C&C employees and associated boating industry individuals ever gathered in one place.  Taking full advantage of that, the conference, open to the sailing public, will consist of four consecutive panel discussions focusing on Design, Production, Sales and Marketing, and the Legacy of C&C Yachts.

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Register Now for the Boating Ontario Dealer Certification at Georgian College, April 16

This is a reminder about the upcoming Boating Ontario Dealer Certification taking place at the Midland campus of Georgian College on Monday April 16. If you are a Boating Ontario Dealer who has not yet been certified, or who wants to get more employees certified, this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

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Skyline Marina Now Represents Meridian Yachts

Skyline Marina is pleased to announce we have extended our already industry leading brand depth with the addition of another Brunswick Group manufacturer in Meridian Yachts. This is an ideal addition to our already stand alone brands that include Sea Ray and Hatteras Yachts. Meridian Yachts is the industry leader in the growing Sedan Bridge segment of the marine market. The lineup consists of four models, 341 Sedan, 391 Sedan, 441 Sedan and the Flagship 541 Sedan.

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Beneteau and Its Partners Prepare to Embark on The Greatest Loop

Beneteau Powerboats Division along with leaders from multiple sectors within the marine industry are preparing Beneteau’s latest Swift Trawler 34, appropriately named The Greatest Loop, for her maiden voyage around The Great Loop beginning May 15, 2012 in Annapolis, MD and returning to Annapolis in September 2012. Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s Powerboats Division explains, “While many have taken the pilgrimage around The Great Loop,

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April 2012 Edition of Boating Industry Canada is Now Live Online

For anyone who missed, or would like to share important information from the April edition of Boating Industry Canada magazine, the issue is now live and online at the Boating Industry Canada website, www.boatingindustry.ca. There’s no cost to access the Digital Archive editions. Just plug in your name, e-mail address and postal code and you have full access to this latest issue and many more. In fact, there an amazing 27 back issues live online right now!

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Last Reminder – MetalCraft Hosts ABYC Electrical Certification Class in Kingston

This is a last reminder that MetalCraft Marine hosts an ABYC Electrical Certification Class in Kingston, Ontario from Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to Friday, April 20, 2012. The course will be held at the  Peachtree Inn, 1187 Princess Street in Kingston. This 4 day course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 – 5 years experience working with marine electrical system design, installation or repair. The successful certification candidate should have some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards.

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Chaparral and Robalo Boats Hires Vice President of Marketing

Chaparral and Robalo Boats recently named Paul Cherney Vice President of Marketing. Cherney joins Chaparral after working with MarineMax, a Florida based national marine retailer and Brunswick Corporation where he led Meridian Yachts as Vice President & General Manager before moving to Hatteras & Cabo as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing, & Customer Service. "I am excited to join the Chaparral and Robalo team as we continue to build for the future," said Cherney. "Chaparral and Robalo have always led our industry with state of the art product and marketing initiatives, I am looking forward to continuing that trend.

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Robert Bosch Venture Capital Invests in Torqeedo

The venture arm of the Bosch Group has invested in Torqeedo, the global leader in electric outboard motors from Starnberg, Germany.  Since its formation in 2005, Torqeedo has been known to boaters as the undisputed pioneer in electric outboards.  Its multiple award-winning motors feature record levels of efficiency, integrated lithium batteries, an ultra-light design and innovative on-board computers. Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH has acquired a minority share in Torqeedo.  This financing round will help Torqeedo to accelerate its growth and continue to develop its range of innovative products.

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BRP To Produce Specialized Electric Motorized Vehicles

BRP will assemble specialized motorized vehicles derived from its line of products in a new plant located in Sherbrooke. This facility will concentrate on assembling customized vehicles to meet the requirements of governments, municipalities, institutions and agencies, as well as individual consumers. "This decision allows us to first assemble gasoline-powered vehicles with specific requirements from our existing products for which we already have orders from the Middle East," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO.

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Discover Boating Reminds Us To Get Fit for Water Sports

Discover Boating Canada has announced tips to get fit for any water sport in time for the upcoming boating season. Above-average temperatures mean many Canadians will be preparing to get out onto the water, which includes getting physically active doing fun water sports such as wakeboarding. In 2011, over 10 million Canadians participated in boating activities, regardless of whether or not they owned a boat.

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Still Room to Attend the C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference

There is still room to attend the C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th at the  Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, foot of MacNab Street North, Hamilton, Ontario The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is organizing a C&C Yachts, Reunion and Conference, at The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. The two day event is not only a chance to celebrate the history of a successful Canadian yachting story, but is also a fundraiser to help support the preservation of C&C Collection at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, and an opportunity to gather critical information from principle participants to further enrich the collection.

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Boating Industry Canada’s Newsweek Continues Free Career Opportunity Postings

The number one click-through rate on Boating Industry Canada’s well-read website and in our weekly electronic newsletter, Newsweek is for the Career Opportunities column. In the spring, many businesses need to staff up for the season. As a benefit to our readers and to the industry, Boating Industry Canada will run your Career Opportunity job postings for free!

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Skyline Developments CEO Waits Tables, Makes Snow and Hauls Hay

Skyline International Development CEO Michael Sneyd takes his job behind-the-scenes as he works at two Skyline Hotels & Resorts locations on Undercover Boss Canada airing Thursday, March 29, 9 p.m. ET/PT on the W Network. Skyline International Developments owns the Port McNicoll waterfront development on Georgian Bay, Horseshoe resort, Deerhurst Resort and other properties.

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Make A Note of These ABYC Learning Opportunities

This spring, the ABYC offers our Canadian readers three valuable learning opportunities. The first is the four-day Marine Electrical Certification course being held in Kingston, Ontario and hosted by Metalcraft Marine. You can register online at http://www.abycinc.org/calendar/eventDetails.cfm?eventID=522 . The course runs from Tuesday, April 17 to Friday, April 20, 2012, from  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM and will be held at the Peachtree Inn, 1187 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario K7M 3E1.

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Rekord Marine Appointed North America Distributor for SOS Dan Buoy

SOS Marine, an Australian manufacturer of marine safety equipment, has appointed Rekord Marine as its dedicated distributor for North America. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rekord Marine will be looking after the SOS Dan Buoy, a compact inflatable marker-buoy that can be thrown into the water as a rescue device. Rekord Marine has over 40 years experience distributing a wide range of marine products to both the leisure and commercial sectors.

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BCMTA Announces New Board of Directors Executive Team

The BCMTA Board of Directors recently elected its Executive team during the first meeting of the Board since the AGM on February 10th when Alan Stovell announced his intention to step aside as President and serve his remaining elected year as a Director-at-Large. Succeeding Alan Stovell as President is Don Prittie of Canoe Cove Marina. Michael Short of False Creek Fuels was elected First Vice President and Stewart Jones, Pro-Tech Yacht Services, Second Vice President. Chris Goulder, Volvo Penta Canada, remains Past President and Treasurer.

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IBBI Announces Supplier Award Winners

IBBI (Independent Boat Builders Incorporated) honored eight suppliers at their recent purchasing meeting.  The award winners were chosen on the basis of a survey IBBI members completed that rated suppliers in six key categories: product quality, customer service, delivery, technical service, accurate invoicing, and warranty administration. Raymarine was recognized as the New Supplier of the Year.  IBBI Controller Jodi Sanders reports, “The team at Raymarine has worked very hard getting our program rolling since we signed the exclusive supply contract in early 2011.

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Marinemax Vacations Partners With European Locaboat Holidays

MarineMax Vacations has announced that it is expanding its current range of services from sailing and power charter yacht vacations in the Caribbean to now include inland waterway vacations in Europe provided by Locaboat Holidays. MarineMax Vacations will sell the European cruising experience to Americans. “Locaboat, through their 35 years in operation, has an unrivalled reputation for quality and service, making them a natural partner for MarineMax Vacations,” said Lex Raas, President of MarineMax Vacations.

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Boating Ontario Association’s Annual Discover Ontario Tour

Boating Ontario staff are out on their annual Discover Ontario tour to visit each region in this vast province of Ontario. It is a chance to visit with their members and to learn from them what the key issues are in their specific areas. Ontario has 13 regions from Metro Toronto to Thunder Bay in the far north. Issues will vary from region to region depending on the hot topics of the day. This year we will be updating our members on:

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2012 NMEA Conference & Expo Announced for September

Marine electronics dealers and technical personnel will be the big winners in the completely redesigned 2012 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, to be held September 26–29, 2012, at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida. “We’re changing everything about the conference to make certain that dealers and technical personnel find it a rewarding training and educational experience that they must not miss,” said Brad Good, chairman of the conference committee.

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WestWinn Group Adds MultiCam CNC Router Cutting System

WestWinn Group, builders of Harbercraft Canadian-built welded aluminum boats, announces the addition of a MultiCam CNC Router Cutting System to its manufacturing toolkit.   “Building the best welded aluminum boats that provide a lifetime of smiles for families, is what we do here at the Center of Excellence in Vernon, BC. Our new MultiCam CNC Router Cutting System allows us to add cutting capacity to meet demand while continuing to make accurate parts with less waste and shorter lead times,” says Mike Clements, Production Manager.

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Yamaha Motor Canada Announces New Marketing Coordinator

Yamaha Motor Canada has announced that Matt Fletcher has joined the company as the new Marketing Coordinator at Yamaha. Matt said, “I’m very excited to be joining the Yamaha team. I previously worked in Sales and Marketing after graduating from Brock University. I am so excited to be joining the Yamaha team, simply because I am a Yamaha customer first. I have had the pleasure of owning several Yamaha products, including a RZ 350 (which I rebuilt), YZ 125, YZ 250, R1, R6, Raptor, Grizzly, and even a PW 50.

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NMMA Canada Reports on the Red Tape Reduction Commission Report

In their latest newsletter, the NMMA Canada included information about this useful government initiative. The Red Tape Commission (created by a federal budget commitment in 2010 and led by the President of the Treasury Board) — tasked with identifying and addressing irritants to business that stem from federal regulations — released its first recommendations report titled "Cutting Red Tape … Freeing Business to Grow". After consulting with Canadian businesses, the Commission has outlined 90 specific solutions to eliminate or alleviate business irritants.

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Old Boat Brochures for the Marine Industry

The marine industry needs old boat brochure information and Doug and Brenda Dawson have devoted much of their lifetimes to amassing Canada's largest collection. It began with the former Dawson’s Marina in Keswick, Ontario where the Dawson family operated a marina business that had roots all the way back to the late 1800’s. Realizing the value of the resource they had, they began collecting 1950‘s brochures in earnest and Doug and his wife Brenda have been working at it ever since, right up to the 2012 model year.

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WOW – Women on the Water Seminar This Sunday

As a benefit to your female customers throughout the GTA, WOW – Women on the Water will be hosted once again by The Store Mason's Chandlery on a Sunday 10am – 3pm for women only. The seminars cover such topics as anchoring, man-overboard procedures, docking  and knot tying. WOW seminars are designed to be both educational and fun. The series is designed to teach women how to react to basic May Day situations such as shooting off flares; manoeuvring vessels in MOB situations; calling on the radio; and recognizing their positions.

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YBAA Elects New Officers & Directors

The Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA), North America’s oldest and largest industry organization serving yacht sales professionals, recently announced the election of new officers and board members for the coming year. Stanton Murray, CPYB, President of Murray Yacht Sales, Inc., with locations in New Orleans, LA and Pensacola, FL was elected YBAA President, leading the association’s board of directors.

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Digital Versions Online Now for Canadian Yachting National and West Editions

Free and available at your convenience, the digital editions of the national version of  Canadian Yachting and our Canadian Yachting West editions are both available for your enjoyment. Canadian Yachting West is substantially different from the national edition of Canadian Yachting with a wealth of West Coast cruising, destination and regional information specialized to that audience.

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NMMA Monthly Economic Report Shows Improving US Picture

The NMMA in America just released their March 2012 Boating News Net, their monthly economic report which features industry and general economic indicators that impact your business. We view the news as being largely positive. U.S. Economic Indicators + GDP. The US economy grew 3% in the fourth quarter, primarily reflecting upward revisions to consumer spending for services and business investment in structures.

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Brunswick Realigns Global Marine Operations To Better Transition For Growth

Brunswick Corporation has announced several actions designed to more clearly align and delineate its global marine operations to better exploit market opportunities, sharpen market focus and enhance growth as the world's marine market continues to evolve. "For many years, several Brunswick boat brands based in Europe and Asia have been under the Mercury Marine umbrella, a structure that naturally developed over time as Mercury made investments in these ventures," explained Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick's chairman and chief executive officer.  "Going forward, these brands, which include Arvor, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Uttern and Valiant boats, will be managed as part of the Brunswick Boat Group.

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Nautic Global Group Taps Engineering, R&D Leader

Nautic Global Group announced today that they’ve hired Vann P. Knight to lead the Company’s engineering and research & development efforts as Director of Engineering, across all brands. Knight was formerly the Director of Engineering and Design Engineering Manager for Brunswick Corporation and the Brunswick Boat Group, supporting such brands as Boston Whaler, Triton and Trophy in Edgewater, Florida. He also has design and supply chain experience in several other industries.

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Significant Growth in Attendance for Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show

The 13th annual Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show ended on a high note with 24.8% increase in attendance compared to the previous year. This major event, organized by the Quebec Maritime Association (QMA), was held at Place Bonaventure from February 9th to 12th. This increase makes a lot of sense when you consider that there is currently a major boom in nautical activities across the country. According to a new statistical study conducted by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association (NMMA) with data obtained by Statistics Canada and Transport Canada, approximately 10,5 million Canadian adults went boating at least once during 2011 (38% of the population).

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ABYC and MetalCraft Join Forces to Offer Electrical Certification Course in Kingston

ABYC and MetalCraft have joined forces to offer the ABYC Electrical Certification Course in Kingston, Ontario,  Tuesday, April 17, 2012 through to Friday, April 20, 2012. The sessions run from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily at the Peachtree Inn, 1187 Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario. This 4 day course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 – 5 years experience working with marine electrical system design, installation or repair.

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Riviera Officially Exits Receivership and Returns to Private Ownership

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder officially announced to the company’s staff and contractors, that a sale transaction has been completed. This sale will allow Riviera to officially exit receivership and move positively forward under private ownership. Longhurst Marine Holdings Pty Ltd, a Queensland based investment company has purchased the Riviera assets, work in progress and associated companies for an undisclosed amount. Longhurst Marine Holdings has offered employment to the majority of Riviera staff and contractors and has also entered into a long-term lease for Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of the-art Coomera manufacturing facility.

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Still Time To Register For NMEA Training

Don't want to miss out on this opportunity! Once again,the NMEA invites you attend the education courses offered to individuals and businesses involved with installing and servicing Marine Electronics. The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has established an extensive education and certification program. NMEA is a pioneer in providing standards for marine electronics technicians in the marine electronics industry with programs such as Marine Electronics Installer (BMEI), NMEA 2000 and Advanced MEI.

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Still Time to Register for Boatbuilding Conference on Innovation and Productivity

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association is holding a one-day Boatbuilding Conference on Innovation and Productivity at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS on 29th March, 2012.  The conference will give boatbuilders, designers, surveyors, regulators, suppliers, and boaters a chance to hear industry leaders speak on new developments in hybrid marine power, solar technology for boats, composites, rapid prototyping, digital marketing, and productivity. Speakers include Ed Sherman from ABYC, and Andre Cocquyt the GRPGuru. Registration and seminar details are at http://www.nsboats.com/conference/

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ThunderCat Racing Comes to Canada

You may be interested to learn that outbaord-powered ThunderCat racing is coming to Canada, starting with dates in Ontario and nearby US locations. In Ontario the warm weather has peeked it’s head out this week.  This means the first ever Canadian sanctioned racing season of inflatable boats is fast approaching. Get ready for the races be it as a racer, official, or fan! The organizers want to welcome www.HighCommandDistributing.com as their race series first sponsor!

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Again, Moody’s Investors Service Has Raised Its Ratings On BRP

Moody's Investors Service has again raised the ratings outlook of Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) from stable to positive. In January 2011, BRP was raised from B3 to B2 default ratings. The ratings agency said it has now raised BRP’s corporate family (CFR) and probability of default ratings to B1 from B2, its senior secured revolving credit facility to Ba1 from Ba2, and its senior secured term loan to B1 from B2. "The upgrade of BRP's ratings reflects the considerable improvement in the company's operating results driven by the successful introduction of new product categories, stabilization of its existing product volumes and benefits from its significant cost containment efforts", says lead analyst Darren Kirk in a statement.

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New Web Site Gives MRAA An Entirely New Way of Conducting Business

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, MRAA has announced that through the introduction of a new website, it has embarked on an entirely new way of conducting business. The new website, found at www.MRAA.com, not only boasts an array of new features for the association’s members, but it also integrates numerous critical business functions into one digital platform. The new site incorporates a database management system, customer relations management and e-newsletter tools, e-commerce opportunities, event registration functionality, news feeds and members – only content, in addition to full community functionality and an easy-to-use content management system.

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GPS Concerns Still an Issue After Latest Move by LightSquared

The whole world now benefits from the amazing technology the United States pioneered when they opened up public access to their GPS systems. Recently, an application for more cellular system bandwidth from a company called LightSquared appeared to jeopardize the American GPS network. For further discussion, the FCC has now extended the Public Comment Period through March 16. Just a few days ago, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) cautioned that boaters weren't out of the woods just yet with the possibility of the country's sole electronic navigation system failing as the result of radio signal interference issues from the newly proposed cellular broadband network.

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William J. Morgan, Former Owner of the Hacker Boat Company Died Feb. 21

William (Bill) Morgan resurrected the venerable Hacker Boat Company name and began building a selection of models that were originally designed by John Ludwig Hacker, one of the great pioneers of the power boat in the early 1900s. Hacker's designs were fast, seaworthy and many were magnificent in a way that has rarely been matched in the ensuing decades. They were boats that were deserving of continued attention and Bill Morgan gave them that. Morgan also was a benefactor to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York where boats from his personal collection are on display and one of his recent Hacker Triple Cockpit runabouts was donated to the Museum's livery and takes guests for speedboat rides on the St. Lawrence.

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WestWinn, Builders of Kingfisher and Harbercraft Boats, Report Sales Gains at Shows

From Vancouver to Toronto, Kingfisher and Harbercraft models have been enjoying retail success at this year’s shows. “Buyers are excited with the upgrades we made to our popular 16 and 18 foot Warrior line. Our all new Kingfisher Multi-Species line is resonating with buyers and attracting new dealers. Based on feedback from our angler community, we zeroed in on fishability, overall performance while delivering all the benefits of welded aluminum.

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Recycling Run Offers Easy Shrink Wrap Disposal

Wondering what to do with the used shrink wrap covers?  The most environmentally friendly option is to participate in Dr. Shrink Inc.'s 2012 Recycling Run.  Once again in partnership with Bay Area Recycling for Charities in Traverse City, Michigan and Optima Colour in Canada, this program is so user-friendly that boaters in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and across Ontario, within 200 miles of Toronto, have no reason not to take part. Participants must buy REBAG®s for $3 each from Dr. Shrink and stuff it with shrink wrap only; no strapping, buckles, vents or other contaminants.

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This Thursday Join the 3rd Annual Boating Ontario Dealer Sea to Ski Day!

With spring just around the corner, who can’t help but think about boating? But – Wait a minute… there is one more day of skiing that you should participate in! The 3rd Annual Boating Ontario Dealer Sea to Ski day will be held at Alpine Ski Club on Thursday March 8, 2012.  We do hope you will join us again this year.  The day will begin with a pre-ski gathering and sign-in with complimentary coffee and muffins in the main Club House and end with an après ski with great prizes and stories to be shared.

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Halifax International Boat Show Reports 14% Attendance Increase

The owners of the Halifax International Boat Show, The Atlantic Marine Trades Association, are pleased to report that the dealers and retailers at the 2012 edition of the Halifax International Boat Show had a positive experience. The weather was great and attendance was up on all four days with an overall increase of 14% over 2011! Exhibitors commented that the visitors to this event were high quality and were there to buy boats and accessories…and that they did. Many boats were sold and chandleries reported excellent sales for the 4 day event plus, dealers left with many solid leads to follow up on!

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Two Power Squadron Members Receive Awards at Yachtsman’s Spring Thaw Event

Two members of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons received awards at the 2012 Yachtsman's Spring Thaw event this past weekend. Catherine McLeod, AP,National Administrative Officer, has been selected as the 2012 Yachtsman of the Year – Power, and Kevin Jones, N, Chair, Environmental Committee, has been selected for the 2012 Natural Marine/Mason’s Chandlery Environment Award. Kevin is currently serving with the Canadian Coast Guard, based in Newfoundland.

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Canadian Rep Services Announces New Team Member

Canadian Rep Services is proud to announce an addition to it's customer service team. Effective immediately, Jeanette Jameson has joined Canadian Rep Services to serve pour customers better and faster. Jeanette brings over 8 years of experience in the Rep industry to her new position with Canadian Rep Services. Previously, Jeannette was involved with many of the products that were imported into Canada and she has worked with many of the distributors and dealers in the past.

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More That 100,000 People Attended The 2012 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail

The 2012 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail attracted more than 100,000 visitors from around the world. The annual five-day event, one of the world’s largest consumer and trade recreational boating destinations, saw 100,917 attendees walk through its three locations – Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, and Miamarina at Bayside – down 3 percent from 2011 (102,374).  Similar to what the industry has been seeing at boat shows across the country in 2012, NMMA is already hearing reports from several exhibitors – both boat and accessory – of strong, quality traffic and record sales since the economic downturn. Exhibitor reports from the 2012 show include:

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KCS International Inc. Acquires Sport Boat Line

KCS International Inc., (KCS) parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, announced during a media event at the Miami International Boat Show, the group acquired all of the assets of Azure, a world class line of sport boats. The acquisition means KCS now carries a full product line with vessels from 18’-56’ that includes bow riders, sport decks, sport cuddies and complemented by the high quality Cruisers Yachts line up. “This is an exciting time for our company. We are sending a message to our dedicated employees that KCS intends to be in the boat business for a long time,” said Mark Pedersen, president of KCS International Inc.

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Teleflex Marine Announces Acquisition of Detwiler Industries, LLC

Teleflex Marine just announced that it has acquired Detwiler Industries, LLC of White Bear Lake, MN, a leading manufacturer of high performance hydraulic jack plates from MarineTech Products, Inc. This acquisition further strengthens Teleflex Marine’s position in marine control systems for powerboats. “We are very excited to acquire Detwiler jack plates. It is a key addition in our strategy to grow both organically with new products such as our recently introduced Optimus 360 Joystick Control System, our new Xtreme Steering – and through acquisitions,” said Yvan Cote, CEO of Teleflex Marine.

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25th METS ‘Early Bird’ Deadline This Week

Companies wishing to book stand space at METS and the SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) 2012 should reserve space by 1st March 2012 in order to qualify for the early bird discount and save up to 15%. METS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. “Already over 800 exhibitors have committed to prime stand locations, eager to be part of the 25th METS,” confirms METS Senior Product Manager, Irene Dros. “We really urge companies to book space as early as possible so as to avoid disappointment and make their participation even more cost-effective.”

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Oyster Marine Ltd Has Been Acquired by HTP Investments BV

On Tuesday 21 February 2012, award winning UK yacht builder Oyster Marine Ltd was acquired by the Dutch investment company HTP Investments BV (HTP) for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition includes the Oyster Group companies Oyster Marine Ltd, Oyster Brokerage Ltd and Southampton Yacht Services Ltd. Founded in 1973, Oyster has a worldwide reputation for its luxury, blue water cruising yachts, which are renowned for their quality and performance.

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Great Opportunity to Gain NMEA Electronics Training in Toronto

Don't want to miss out on this opportunity! Once again,the NMEA invites you attend the education courses offered to individuals and businesses involved with installing and servicing Marine Electronics. The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has established an extensive education and certification program. NMEA is a pioneer in providing standards for marine electronics technicians in the marine electronics industry with programs such as Marine Electronics Installer (BMEI), NMEA 2000 and Advanced MEI.

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C-Tow Marina Assistance Announces Contest Winner

C-Tow Marina Assistance held a Free Raffle at the 2012 Vancouver International Boat Show. The draw winner for a new VHF Radio was Barb Cook of Comox, BC. Over 500 entries were made for the C-Tow VHF draw. At 2pm on Sunday the winner was selected by Aurelia Cardiff with assistance from Wayne Bowie. The Vancouver show was a lot of fun and a very busy 5 days. Thank you to all who stopped by to say hellow and tell us their marine assistance stories. Next, C-Tow will be in Victoria for shows on Feb. 25 and back again in April for the Inner Harbour show.

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Marinemax Vacations Announces New 46-Foot Power Catamaran

MarineMax Vacations at a press conference during the 2012 Miami International Boat Show announced the development and production of a very innovative 46 foot power catamaran for their charter fleet.  The MarineMax 464 will be offered for charter in the beautiful British Virgin Islands and for private ownership under the name Aquila 46, leveraging the more than fifty MarineMax locations. MarineMax Vacations, in collaboration with the world’s leading design and engineering group Seaway and builder Sino Eagle Yachts, unveiled a model of the concept to the industry today.

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Central Ontario Boat Show Reports Attendance of 23,887

The Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale is celebrating yet another success. The show ran Family Day Weekend, February 17-20 at the newly renovated Careport Centre in Hamilton.  This year’s show expanded by 25,000 sq.ft .  Overall attendance was 23,887, a drop from 2011’s record gate however crowds were still strong ranking this show as one of the top 5 boat shows in Canada.  Dealers reported to show management that a combined total of 105 boats were sold on the show floor. The show featured nearly 3 football fields of boats and over 60 different boat brands were represented including the re-introduction of the Canadian made Naden Boats.

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US Agency revokes approval for GPS-interfering phone system

The decision came after the U.S. Commerce Department advised the Commission that 'At this time there are no mitigation strategies' that could prevent interference with GPS signals if the cell phone network planned by a private company, LightSquared, were to be built as proposed. 'This is a significant development for all GPS users,' said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. 'The FCC, as America's guardian of our airwaves, needs to protect the integrity of the GPS system. It is one of the most important, reliable, and critical elements in navigation today – on boats, in the air, and on land.'

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BoatUS Offers $2000 to Help Vandalized Winnipeg Yacht Club

Something very sad recently happened to a small boating club in Winnipeg, Canada: The Redboine Boating Club was vandalized. Due to floods in the last decade or so, the non-profit Redboine Boating Club is the last club remaining (of eight) on the river for Winnipeg residents. It is a great community asset by providing critical boating access and launch ramp services, hosts the Winnipeg River Rescue, offers the only fuel dock, and has given help and instruction to hundreds since its founding in 1950. Just two years ago, the club's 60 members renovated their clubhouse, which sadly, is now in terrible shape.

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Fifteen Companies Honored for Innovation at 2012 Miami International Boat Show

Fifteen marine products were honoured last Thursday February 16, for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 71st annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Thirteen companies took home the prestigious boating industry 2012 Innovation Award and two the Honorable Mention during NMMA’s State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast, held this morning at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that best meet the following criteria:

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The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Celebrates 65 Years

For 65 years, outdoor enthusiasts have relied on The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show (TSS) to deliver the latest and greatest in everything to do with boating, fishing, camping and beyond. To celebrate the big “6-5”, The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 14-19, 2012 where more than 450 exhibitors will showcase the newest products, and absolute best in outdoor adventure and travel. As a non-profit corporation, Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows is committed to conserving Canada's outdoors and instilling Canadian youth with an appreciation for nature and outdoor activity.

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BoatUS Shares Their 22nd Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

Making the decision to buy a boat comes easy for some people. Picking out a name for the boat, however, can prove to be much harder, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). “A boat name reflects the life and loves of the owner,” says Occoless Trotter of the BoatUS Boat Graphics department in Alexandria, Virginia, which helps boaters design their own boat names “But, it’s hard to sum it all up with just a few words.” The half-million-member boat owners group has been tallying the Top Ten Boat Names List for over two decades.

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The Moorings Opens a New Yacht Charter Destination in Corfu, Greece

The Moorings, the world’s leading yacht charter company, announced today it will open a new base in Corfu, located just off Greece’s northwest coast. Corfu is the perfect starting point for a luxurious Moorings bareboat sailing or skippered charter through the region’s famous northern and southern Ionian Islands. The flexible itineraries of Corfu yacht charter offer a range of experiences to suit all tastes.

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M&P Mercury Announces New Vancouver Island Location in Nanaimo

M&P Mercury proudly announces their first Vancouver Island location at the Anchorage Marina Building at 1520 Stewart Ave, Nanaimo, two blocks from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. The new Nanaimo M&P Mercury store is scheduled to open March 1, 2012 and will showcase Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Bayliner and Trophy boats. “Vancouver Island has always been a very important market to M&P Mercury,” stated President Bob Pappajohn. “We are excited for the opportunity to better represent our brands to our Island clientele in such an optimal location.” To mark the opening of their fourth location, M&P Mercury will be hosting an Open House event in March; Dave Boxrud, Vancouver Island Store Manager, with 30 years sales experience, will be on-hand to consult.

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Boston Whaler Launches Third New Conquest Model for 2012 with New 315 Conquest

With the debut of its third new Conquest model for 2012, the 315 Conquest, Boston Whaler has firmly placed itself at the cutting edge of the boatbuilding industry. “The 315 Conquest joins a stunning class of new models, including the 285 Conquest, the 285 Conquest Pilothouse , the 210 Montauk and the 170 Dauntless, which demonstrates that the Boston Whaler team has truly pulled out all the stops,” said Ron Berman, Boston Whaler’s vice president of product development and engineering.

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International Marina Institute Recognizes New CMMs at 2012 IMBC Conference

The International Marina Institute (IMI), the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), awarded eight marina professionals as Certified Marina Managers (CMM) and one marina professional as Certified Marina Operator (CMO) at the AMI-produced 2012 International Marina & Boatyard Marina Conference (IMBC) in Lake Buena Vista, FL, on February 2. The CMM designation recognizes and distinguishes the most highly qualified marina managers throughout the world.

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Attendance Increase and Strong Retail Sales at 50th Vancouver International Boat Show

The 50th annual Vancouver International Boat Show that ran from February 8 to February 12, closed with significant positive feedback from key stakeholders in its 250 exhibitor base, and an overall attendance of 32,981 – up 6% from 2011. Held at the newly renovated BC Place and a new in-water venue at Granville Island, Western Canada’s premier boat show delivered exceptional results for the industry.  The expanded seminar program and features offered at the show proved to be popular public and media draws.

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Positive Buzz and Strong Sales Highlight 50th Vancouver Boat Show

The Vancouver International Boat Show marked its 50th anniversary Wednesday -Sunday with steady attendance, enthusiastic crowds, and reports of strong boat and equipment sales. The show ran indoors at the renovated BC Place Stadium and afloat at Granville Island Marina, its first year at the latter venue. On the busiest day, Saturday, combined attendance at the two venues was up 12 percent over 2011. Despite Saturday’s showery weather, more than 3,900 show-goers crowded the Granville Island docks – a one-day record for the in-water show.

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Gill North America and Sunsail Announce Ultimate BVI Vacation Giveaway

Gill North America has partnered with Sunsail to offer the The Ultimate Sunsail and Gill Getaway Giveaway. The Grand Prize is a one week Sunsail charter up to 39 feet sailboat in the British Virgin Islands (ARV $4000 value) and $1000 value of Gill apparel. The British Virgin Islands offers an ideal blend of easy deep-water island hops, consistent trade winds, line-of-sight navigation and plentiful sheltered anchorages, making this an excellent family-friendly location and perfect for sailing vacations.

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Mustang Survival Promotes Latest PFD Innovations at the Vancouver International Boat Show

Mustang Survival showed the Catalyst Flotation Jacket for the first time on the Canadian West Coast at the 2012 Vancouver International Boat Show. The company also promoted PFD (personal flotation devices) awareness during the five day event with show greeters wearing lightweight inflatable PFDs at the newly renovated BC Place and by providing show attendees with PFDs while they took part in on-water seminars at the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.

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CBC News Reports on Three Canadians Rescued At Sea

The CBC TV website reported on this dramatic story. One of three Canadians picked up by a giant container ship at sea overnight after a storm damaged and then sunk their Hawaii-bound sailboat is calling their dramatic rescue a "gauntlet of happiness." Brad James, 32, told CBC News last Thursday morning after the rescue that he felt great, despite the dramatic chain of events that left him and his nine-year-old son, West, floating in the dark sea for 2½ hours.

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Poralu Marine Installs a Floating Major Solar Park in New Jersey

Poralu Marine has announced that the company is expanding its areas of expertise with the installation of a floating solar platform at Canoe Brook in the state of New Jersey, about 25 km from New York. The market for energy produced from photovoltaic panels is developing increasingly on water, with the use of floating installations. This is in response to strong constraints in terms of the competitiveness and lack of availability of large sites of land suitable for development.

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UBC-based Composites Research Network Gets $9.8 Million from Canadian Government

Businesses in western Canada’s manufacturing sector will be able to increase their competitive edge thanks to a federal investment of $9.8 million announced last week at the University of British Columbia. At UBC’s Vancouver campus, Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, unveiled the pan-western Composites Research Network (CRN) which aims to provide businesses the necessary skills and knowledge in a rapidly expanding and evolving industry.

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NMMA Releases Latest U.S. Economic Indicators

For Canadian marine industry professionals who either sell to, or buy from the USA, the following economic indicators released by the NMMA will be of interest. Some of the data is really encouraging and overall, our impression is that the American economy is starting to lift, buoyed perhaps by such factors as overall adjustment over time and the excitement of the upcoming elections.

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Northport Systems Introduces Fugawi Marine 5™

Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc. has announced the next-generation of its pioneering, user-friendly marine navigation software, Fugawi Marine 5™. Redesigned to utilize the newest Windows® technology, Fugawi Marine 5 revolutionizes navigation, waypoint management, and chart downloading. The all-new software features MarineTouch™ touch-screen control optimized for use with Windows 7 and 8 touchscreen tablets, ClearChart™ ultra fast, smooth and brilliantly clear chart presentation, SurePlanner™ simple, intuitive and efficient route and waypoint planning,

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Land’N’Sea Has Announced Several Additions to its Sales Team

Drew Alford has been hired as Territory Representative for Southwestern Ontario. Most recently Drew was with Ports Cruising Guides covering Ontario, and has past experience in Marine Finance operations. Sean Beamish has been appointed Territory Representative for Eastern Ontario. Sean has several years experience with Land’N’Sea as the territory representative for Southwestern Ontario, as well as being the former product manager for Mercruiser and Motorguide for Mercury Marine Canada.

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Icom Canada Recognized with Aquanaute prestigious “Sponsorship Excellence Award”

At the 2012 Toronto International Boat Show, Icom Canada was recognized by the Aquanaute Training Centre (ATC) with the most prestigious “Sponsorship Excellence Award” for their outstanding contribution and leadership to responsible and Safe Boating, presented by ATC President Vahe T. Vassilian to Jason Wegwitz, Marine Manager, Marketing Coordinator of Icom Canada. For more information contact: www.aquanaute.ca and www.icomcanada.com.

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Benefit From The ABYC Webinars: “ABYC Basic Electrical” Three Part Series

It's so convenient – just go online at your desk or in your shop! The ABYC Webinar Registration Fees for ABYC Members are $79.00 per Webinar while Non-members are $129.00. You can register for all three directly with ABYC at 419-990-4460 to receive a discount! The three, 90 minute, sessions are designed to provide the participant with a clear understanding of the intricacy and complexity of doing safe marine electrical work using the most current ABYC Standards.

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Smartplug Now Offers 50 Amp Products

After the success of its 30 amp products, SmartPlug Systems now offers its unique product in 50 amps.  Designed for larger boats, the new Connector and Inlet incorporate the same revolutionary features as the original 30 amp version. The SmartPlug's straight-in, sleeved design enables the body of the plug to bear weight, instead of the electrical pins.  This keeps the points of electrical contact secure and makes sure the pins don't work themselves loose.  Intuitive to use, owners simply push the plug straight in until the side levers click and then snap the locking cap down on top to finish the job.  The unique shape of the plug makes it easy to orient, since it can only be plugged in one way.  No twisting is required.

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The 2012 Legends of Ontario Sailing Award Winners

Ontario Sailing is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 "Legends of Ontario Sailing" Award: Ontario-Based, Canadian Flag-Bearing, Olympic Sailing Medal Winners Terry Neilson (Finn) – Bronze 1984 Terry McLaughlin (Flying Dutchman) – Silver 1984 Hans Fogh/ John Kerr/ Steve Calder (Soling) – Bronze 1984 Frank McLaughlin/ John Millen (Flying Dutchman) – Bronze 1988

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Halifax International Boat Show Starts Feb 23

There is less than a month to go before the show! The Show guide has been finalized and will be mailed out to subscribers of Atlantic Boating before the show. Information about the show is at www.halifaxboatshow.com which is updated regularly. The Exhibitor Reception will take place immediately after the show closes on Thursday evening and will be at Exhibition Park.

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Are You Missing Out On Having Thousands Of People See Your Boat Inventory?

The managers of the Vancouver International Boat Show wanted to remind you that as a valued exhibitor, you are entitled to: Have you boats that will be on display appear on the Vancouver International Boat Show website at no charge. You can also have unlimited New & Used Listings on Boatdealers.ca until March 31st 2012 at no charge.

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Sign Up Early for this Outstanding Toronto NMEA Training Opportunity

Sign up now for the March 27/28/29 NMEA Educational Training Sessions conveniently located in Toronto, ON, close to Pearson airport. These sessions will be held at the  Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport hotel, 33 Carlson Ct., Toronto, ON  M9W 6H5. For reservations call  416-675-1234. Courses being offered are:

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Canadian Safe Boating Council Awards Boating Heroes

The "CASBAs" Canada's boating safety awards were presented at a dinner and awards event held during the Toronto International Boat Show, on January 15th, 2012. Across Canada, four individuals and four organizations stand out in 2011 – whether for their efforts that saved the lives of students capsized in a gale, teaching people how to use lifejackets to save the lives of loved ones, inventing a new product to aid rescuers in finding those stranded in the water, or providing their boating expertise and helping to protect the environment.

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MDCE Announces 2012 Dates and Location

The MDCE marine dealer event will be held Nov. 11-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The 2012 show follows on the heels of four-consecutive years of growth in dealer attendance and the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is preparing to break new records in 2012. The event, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, will take its educational line-up to the next level, offering dealers a bevy of fresh topics and more expert presenters than ever before.

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Toronto International Boat Show Organizers Say “Retail Sales Soar”

In their official show release, the managers of the  54th annual Toronto International Boat Show that ran from Jan. 13 to 22, say that the show closed Sunday with positive feedback from key stakeholders in its 550 exhibitor base, and an overall attendance of 76,253 – up 5% from 2011. Held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, ON, and recognized as an industry harbinger of the year to come, Canada’s largest recreational boating showcase is renowned for each year building the world’s largest indoor lake. Hourly programming offered on The Lake includes free boat rides, powerboat handling and other demos, Wakeboard Shows featuring pro riders, and wakeboard instruction – which resulted in more than 300 show-goers suiting up and getting out onto The Lake to “Go Wakeboarding” this year.

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Torqeedo Powers Eco-Friendly Water Taxi in Ottawa

Aquabus, a new water-taxi service in Ottawa, Ontario, promises elegance and silence on an eco-friendly boat.  For a clean, quiet river cruise, Au feel de l'eau (Go with the Flow) is powered by electric motors from Torqeedo. "We were sold on Torqeedo because it's a light, powerful outboard that's waterproof and easy to remove," said Jean-Marc Hénot, who owns Au feel de l'eau with his wife, Sylvie Lyonnais.  "The Twin Cruise 4.0 R makes it easier to maneuver the boat.  We also like the long running time."

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The Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale Opens on Family Day Weekend

The annual Central Ontario Boat Show and Sale (COBSS) is the perfect family outing that will be sure to amaze every member this family day weekend. During the chilly winter months in South Western Ontario, families yearn for the moment when they will be able to enjoy time together on the water. COBSS shows families how to live the dream – showcasing boats, boating accessories and services, seminars and so much more. The show opens its doors on Friday, February 17th and goes straight through Holiday Monday, February 20th 2012. “The show is just packed this year and we hope to hit as many as 300 different boats,” stated Dwayne McKillop, President of Continuum Productions.

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Poralu Marine Wins the Contract for the Outer Harbour Marina in Toronto

Through its subsidiary across the Atlantic, Poralu Marine is continuing to develop its activity in North America with the renovation of the Outer Harbour Marina, located in Toronto. Capital of the province of Ontario, Toronto is Canada's largest city with 2.5 million inhabitants. Under the terms of an invitation to tender launched by the Port Authority of Toronto, Poralu Marine was awarded the renovation of the marina of the Outer Harbour with a replacement of the pontoons, fingers and gangways.

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VIBS Features Deadliest Catch Crew Member Russell Newberry

The Vancouver International Boat Show, February 8-12, 2012 is being held at BC Place and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina and one of the show highlights will be appearances by Russell Newberry from "Deadliest Catch". He’s weathered perilous storms and frigid temperatures, suffered body-crushing work conditions, and volatile crew conflict, all in search of a treasured bounty of Alaska King crabs. Now, Russell Newberry, the swashbuckling deckhand of Discovery Channel’s hit documentary/reality series Deadliest Catch makes his debut at the Vancouver International Boat Show with 2 daily sessions, sharing tales of what it’s really like to risk it all in the world’s most dangerous profession.

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Novatec Braids Appointed Canadian Distributor for Chafe-Pro

Novatec Braids Ltd., manufacturer of Novabraid ropes for marine, industrial, and military applications is pleased to partner with FJORD LLC, the North Carolina USA manufacturer of Chafe-Pro® to serve the Canadian market. FJORD holds US patent (#5441790) for Chafe-Pro®’s unique hook and loop design with wrap-around-closing feature. Chafe-Pro® is currently protecting lines for our Canadian Coast Guard, 95% of the US Coast Guard fleet, and more than 75 US Navy vessels.

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Ranger Tugs Line Grows With Introduction of New 31 Flagship

Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular line of Ranger Tugs have introduced the newest model in the fleet—the Ranger 31. The new R31 will debut this month at the Seattle Boat Show in the Stadium Exhibition Center, January 26-Feburary 5. Hull #2 is expected to make the East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20 at Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay. The R31 shares many of the features and qualities of her smaller sisterships but some notable additions to this larger model make her ideal for extended cruising while still being a trailerable trawler.

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Environment Canada Announces Web Technical Guidance Document for Marine Emission Regulations

Boating Industry Canada readers can now access a Technical Guidance Document for the Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations (Regulation) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.  This document is intended to aid in the understanding of the Regulations and consequently compliance with the Regulations.  It is available on Environment Canada's

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Following Up the “Building Bench Strength” Succession Planning Seminar at TIBS

With an introduction by Howard Shiebler, the new president and CEO of GE Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF), David Spader’s 2-hour session called  “Building Bench Strength – How Strong Is Yours?” was hosted by Boating Industry Canada magazine in partnership with GE CDF. The seminar was held at the Toronto International Boat Show on Tuesday, January 17th. While the session dealt with succession planning broadly, it started by asking the question; what happens when you don’t have a strong bench?

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Better Results at the Toronto International Boat Show 2012

The Toronto international boat show closed its doors on Sunday, January 22 after 9 days of favorable weather and apparently increased attendance. Boating Industry Canada magazine interviewed several of the exhibitors at the show to ask them their impressions. Morten Fogh of Fogh Marine emphasized the importance of not sugarcoating the results. The last few years have not been strong, but he felt that business was indeed picking up this year. Jamie Small at CO2 Inflatables commented that they were holding their own with results that were on par for the last few years, but he noted that the boat sizes were changing and in his opinion, there’d been a shift from blue-collar to more white-collar buyers.

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Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) Announces Online PCOC Program

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) has announced the launch of its online self study version of the Boating Basics course. This comprehensive CPS Boating Safety online study guide is approved by Transport Canada for candidates to the online version of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) Boating Safety exam.   Upon successful completion of the online course, candidates are invited to proceed to the Transport Canada online Boating Safety Exam. Boating Basics will continue to be offered by CPS through its Squadrons and Recognized Providers across Canada as a stand alone classroom course or as part of the CPS Boating Course, both leading to obtaining a PCOC.

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Mason’s Exciting News

Lori Mason, president of The Store, Mason's Chandlery, and Morten Fogh, president of Fogh Marine, have announced an agreement in principle for Morten to purchase The Store, Mason's Chandlery. The expected deal should be done by the end of February.  It will be business as usual at both locations before and afterwards. After almost 34 years (in April) the Mason’s are finally retiring to Picton. “It has been the best career I could ever think of” stated Lori Mason, “I am so happy that my parents choose to open The Store back in 1978 and gave me an opportunity to work here 34 years while buying the store from them.

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Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Wye Heritage Marina

Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities with Eastern Canadian offices in Wasaga Beach, Ontario has announced the acquisition of Wye Heritage Marina located in Midland Ontario. Jay Forrest the General Manager at Wye Heritage assures customers that the new ownership means stability, a renewed commitment to service and an ability to deliver new and improved facilities. Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities is also the owner of many other Marina and RV resorts and communities including five of Ontario's finest marina facilities; Bay Moorings Marina and Beacon Bay Marina located in Penetanguishene, Bay Port Yachting Center in Midland, Bay Port Marina in Orillia and Goreski’s Landing in Port Perry.

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NMMA Canada Releases First Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract

On January 16th 2012 at the Toronto International Boat Show, the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, NMMA Canada announced  the first annual Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract for 2010 and 2011. The data from Transport Canada and Stats Canada, reveals statistics on Canada’s recreational boating retail sales, participation and boater demographics, the overall retail market, imports/exports and economic factors which impact the industry.

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Great Start to Toronto International Boat Show Bodes Well for 2012 Sales

Saturday, January 14 was opening day for the 2012 Toronto International Boat Show and the crowds poured in and stayed till closing with busy aisles and painfully long line ups to go aboard many of the more “aspirational” boats. The weather was cooperative and that continued through Sunday with lower crowd levels but not by much. More importantly, several dealers told us that they were writing sales contracts. When we asked one exhibitor how his first weekend was, he answered, “Smokin! We have deals on five of our new express cruisers!”

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Campion Marine Introduces Four New Chase Models and Two New Allante Models to its Line Up

Campion Marine Inc. of Kelowna, British Columbia is pleased to announce the introduction of two new Chase outboard models; the 16’-7” 500 and the 17’-10” 530 as well as two new Chase I/O models; the 500i and 530i. “The four new Chase models were received well by our dealers at our 2012 Dealer Meeting and it shows with steady orders since their introduction”, said Brock Elliott, Campion Marine’s General Manager. “With these four new models, we have opened the Chase line to many more people who have always appreciated the Chase brand and features.”

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Partnership Launched for Aquatic Stewardship

The Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Canadian Yachting Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing their shared interest in the health of lakes and oceans and the special connection sailors have to habitats and wildlife. “This is a watershed moment for aquatic stewardship and I’m honoured to sit at the helm with the Canadian Yachting Association,” said. “By participating in sailing events, conducting public lectures, creating an online community of sailors, and supporting water education ambassadors, CWF and its partners inspire experiential learning about responsible boating and racing, marine and fresh water wildlife in distress, environmental hazards, aquatic wildlife and best practices.”

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All Dealers at TIBS Should Attend the Tuesday 8:30 am Business Development Session

The RSVP date has passed, but there are still seats available at the Business Development Session, “Building Bench Strength – How Strong Is Yours?”   Also, this will be a special opportunity to meet the new President and CEO of GE Commercial Distribution Finance, Mr. Howard Shiebler. Mr. Shiebler is a former marina owner himself. Don't miss this chance to see him in person!

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Yamaha Announces New Sales Programs to Kick Start the Boat Show Season

Yamaha is jumping out of the hole in 2012 and offering customers generous rebates off the purchase of new Outboards, Sport Boats and WaveRunners. Customers can get up to $1000 off a new WaveRunner, up to a $1500 rebate on an outboard, and up to $2000 back on the purchase of a new Sport Boat. Or if extended warranty is your preference, get up to 2 years for outboards, an extra 3 years for WaveRunners and a whopping 4 years for Sport Boats. The sales program began January 1st and will run to May 31st, 2012. “We have some of the best, most reliable marine products in the industry,” noted Rick Layzell, National Manager, Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment.

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MarineMax Vacations Announces New 38-Foot Power Catamarans

MarineMax Vacations is pleased to announce the addition of power catamarans to its charter fleet. Initially, 10 new and well-equipped power catamarans will be available for charter beginning on June 1, 2012, at the MarineMax Vacations charter base in the British Virgins Islands, operating from the beautiful Hodges Creek Marina. The MarineMax 382 is a customized Aquila 38 Power Cat, designed by the internationally famous naval architect team of Morelli and Melvin based out of Los Angeles and built by Sino Eagle Yachts based out of Fuyang City, China. “We are extremely pleased to offer our customers a modern power catamaran with particular emphasis on improving comfort on board,” said Raul Bermudez, VP of Sales and Marketing at MarineMax Vacations.

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Johnson Outdoors and Navico Settlement Reached

Johnson Outdoors Inc., and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc., and Navico, Inc. are pleased to announce they have resolved their dispute relating to Johnson Outdoors’ patented Humminbird® Side Imaging® sonar technology and Navico's StructureScan™ accessory to its displays. As a result of the settlement, the case has been dismissed. The companies have mutually agreed that the terms of the out-of-court settlement will remain confidential.

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Sea Ray Wins Best Boat Display at New York Boat Show

Sea Ray Boats is pleased to announce that it has won the Best Boat Display award at the 2012 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show. The display was chosen from 60 boat exhibits and was judged based on use of space, appeal of display, promoting the boating lifestyle and enhancing the customer experience. “Sea Ray was chosen for a number of reasons,” said Jon Pritko of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and manager for the boat show. “First, the display is absolutely visually stunning.

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Nautic Global Group Announces New Dealer Representatives for Canadian Markets

Nautic Global Group, Inc., one of the largest boat manufacturers in North America, recently announced changes in their sales operation.  All of Nautic Global Group’s Canadian dealers will now be serviced by industry veterans Wayne Blackburn and David Dusome. Blackburn and Dusome are both newcomers to the Nautic Global Group Team. “We are thrilled to have Dave and Wayne on the Nautic Global Group team,” said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Sexton. “Their experience and professionalism are a perfect fit for our organization.”

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Campion Marine Takes Over Infinyte Marine

Campion Marine Inc. of Kelowna, British Columbia is excited to announce that it has taken over production, marketing and distribution of the Infinyte Marine brand of electric boats. The Infinyte line consists of the 14’ i4, the 12’ i3 and the 9’ i2. The Infinyte brand is a new category of watercraft; whisper quiet, pollution free, affordable and very easy-to-use. Best of all, you will never have to spend money on gasoline to propel your Infinyte. All 3 Infinyte models will be on display at the Toronto Boat Show beginning January 14th through to the 22nd.

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Encourage Your Customers to Visit the Toronto International Boat Show!

It’s wonderful family entertainment, a great way to get people thinking about boating and kids 16 or under are FREE! Remember that you can get Show Passes to give away to key customers from the Show Management and you only pay for those tickets that get used. Let the show build up the boating excitement that can help you close a deal.

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NHL’s Brendan Morrison to Host Third Annual Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby

Canadian professional ice hockey centre Brendan Morrison with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League has announced that he will again host the Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby fundraising event to be held for the third consecutive year in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, from July 7 – 8, 2012. To date, the Saltwater Classic has raised more than $45,000 to support Tofino community initiatives including the Wickaninnish School Parent Advisory Council's Healthy Lunch Program, the Tofino General Hospital Foundation, The Tofino Parks and Recreation program and the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society.

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West Marine Hosts New Product Review Day on January 20, 2012

West Marine, the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced its seventh New Product Review Day on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Company’s Support Center located at 500 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA. West Marine’s New Product Review Day allows prospective inventors and vendors to pitch new products to various West Marine Category Managers for consideration and the chance to be sold in West Marine retail stores and through its other channels of business including the company website.

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Marinemax Vacations Announces British Virgin Islands Charter Base Location

MarineMax Vacations has announced the arrival of 13 new Dufour yachts at Hodges Creek Marina in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI). The MarineMax 413 (Dufour 405, European Boat of the Year 2010) and the MarineMax 433 (Dufour 425) are immediately available for charter in the most stunning cruising destination in the world, the BVI. Hodges Creek Marina, located a short taxi ride from the BVI airport at Beef Island, is located in crystal clear water, cooled by beautiful trade winds, ensuring a perfect start to a charter vacation.

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Mecum To Auction 1929 Gar Wood ‘Miss America VIII’ at 2012 Kissimmee Event

Our readers and especially the antique boat collectors among the group will be interested to learn that Miss America VIII, Gar Wood's two-time Harmsworth Trophy winning race boat will be offered at Mecum's Kissimmee Auction as Lot S239, on Saturday Jan. 28, 2012 in Kissimmee, Fla. A winner of the coveted Harmsworth Trophy in 1929 and 1931, Miss America VIII is fitted with its original one-off Miller V16 1113 CI engines, which were specially designed for Miss America VIII by the legendary Indy car and engine builder, Harry Miller, to break the World's Speed Record.  Regarded as the most valuable wooden boat offered by Mecum so far, Miss America VIII is a collectible of historic proportions.

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Opacmare Americas Has Laid Off All of its P.E.I. Staff Except One

CBC News has reported that Opacmare Americas has laid off all of its staff except one. The Italian marine equipment manufacturer established an office in Poole’s Corner, Prince Edward Island in 2008. Opacmare Americas, which received more than C$3m in government aid, originally planned to employ more than 100 people at the P.E.I. location, but the news service said that about six were recently working in Poole’s Corner. The facility was making teak and stainless gangways, and hydraulic cranes for tenders.

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Register Today to Attend “Building Bench Strength – How Strong Is Yours?”

What happens when you don’t have a strong bench? The Indianapolis Colts just found out. Quarterback great Peyton Manning did not lead his team onto the field at the start of this season for the first time in 227 consecutive games. Apparently the coaches were caught off guard; nobody seems to have planned for that eventual likelihood. The Colts were left scrambling and had to bring 38-year-old Kerry Collins out of retirement, and were quickly onto another quarterback! The result? The Colts finished the season 2-14! Unfortunately, we see this same pattern played out every day in business.

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Carver Yachts Announces Breakwater Marine as the New Carver Yachts Dealer for Pacific Northwest

Fred Moore & Aaron Moore, Principals Breakwater Marine, and Erik Nelson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing Carver Yachts, LLC announced today a new long term partnership agreement in the Pacific Northwest as the authorized Dealer representative servicing the premium yacht market. “We are proud to confirm a strong partnership for a very important market for Carver Yachts,” commented Nelson.

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Lightbulb Causes $40,000,000 Fire in Boat Storage Building

On Wednesday, December 20, David McPhail of Boatcan Computer Boat Search contacted us to say that there was a major fire in St Clair Township burning that morning.  At the time, he said a storage building containing as many as 50 boats was ablaze at Coopmans Marina on Old River Road Port Lambton.  Witnesses reported hearing some explosions and heavy black smoke filled the air. Fire Chief Roy Dewhirst reported that St Clair Township Firefighters from Port Lambton and Becher stations had been called to the scene just after  7am.

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Attend The Premiere Night Of Canada’s Largest Boat Show!

The show managers invite you and your VIP guests to come and experience the Toronto International Boat Show in a truly unique and magical way by attending the Special Preview Night Supporting Children’s Charties and Canada’s Boating Olympic Athletes. It all happens on Friday, January 13th, 2012. Celebrate the boating lifestyle while visiting over 550 marine exhibits and experience an amazing way to shop the show; all the displays are to be open and ready for you and your guests.

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Professor Popsicle Is Hoping to Save Lives by Giving Away His DVD, Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp

This has got to be cold enough for you. The University of Manitoba's Professor Popsicle (a.k.a. Gordon Giesbrecht) is hoping to save lives by giving away free copies of his DVD, Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp. Giesbrecht has been conducting cold-water research — plenty of it with his own body — for 25 years, and the DVD is partly a look back at that.

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SanJuan Yachts to Make Niles ICS System Audio Available on Every New Yacht

The Anacortes, Washington-based luxury yacht builder, SanJuanYachts, have now decided to install the Niles® Intellicontrol® ICS System in every new 48-foot SanJuan48 yacht they build! “We strive to build the exact yacht that each customer desires, so when a customer came to us and requested we put in the Niles ICS System, we happily obliged,” said co-founder Donald Campbell. “He had used the system in his home and really loved it, so he wanted that same experience in his new SanJuan48.  Our team installed the system for the first time with incredible ease, and we soon understood what the owner loved about the system.

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Canadian Racer Joins All-Female Racing Team For 24 Heures Motoautiques Rouen

For the first time in the 48-year history of the 24 HEURES MOTOAUTIQUES ROUEN an all-female racing team has decided to compete in Class II to conquer the River Seine. The worlds best female in-shore pilots including Bimba Sjoholm of Sweden, Marie-Line Hericher of France and Canadian Tammy Wolf have come together to form the greatest international all-female racing team to compete at this event.

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Accon Marine Debuts Website

Accon Marine's new website now features a Dealer Portal to better update authorized dealers on pricing information. With improved navigation, customers can find just the products they need.  More photos and product descriptions better assist consumers on Accon's complete line of stainless steel hardware and accessories. An updated Frequently Asked Questions section provides maintenance and shipping information.  On this page, users can also find listings of Accon's international distributors and wholesale distributors.

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Register Today For Spader Business Session at TIBS

You must register in advance to attend the “Succession Planning for Success” event at The Toronto International Boat Show on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Toronto International Boat Show, in the Presentation Theater of the Direct Energy Center. The event starts at 8:30am with coffee and will conclude by 11:00am. “Succession Planning for Success” is hosted by Boating Industry Canada magazine in partnership with General Electric Commercial Distribution Finance (GE CDF).

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Northport Systems Founder Sam Rea Loses Battle With Cancer

Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc, announced that company founder Samuel Arthur Rea, Jr. died this past Sunday, December 18th following a two-year battle with cancer. Born November 10, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sam grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1966, earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1972 and joined the University of Toronto faculty in 1971.

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Merry Christmas from Your Friends at Boating Industry Canada and Canadian Yachting Magazines!

Your friends at Boating Industry Canada and Canadian Yachting magazines want to thank you for your enthusiastic support of our many marine media vehicles throughout 2011. We have had an excellent year and our list of subscribers has grown. We are gratified by this and we want to take this time to wish you, your families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Canada has been a bright spot in the global marine industry this year, and for the past few years. We should take a moment to appreciate our good fortune during a time when many of our peers in other countries are suffering.

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Plan to Attend the “Succession Planning for Success” Event at TIBS

Mark your calendar to attend the “Succession Planning for Success” event at The Toronto International Boat Show on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Toronto International Boat Show, in the Presentation Theater of the Direct Energy Center. The event starts at 8:30am with coffee and will conclude by 11:00am. “Succession Planning for Success” is hosted by Boating Industry Canada magazine in partnership with General Electric Commercial Distribution Finance.

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December Issue of Boating Industry Canada Now Live

The December 2011 issue of Boating Industry Canada is now live in digital form at boatingindustry.ca – just double click “Digital Archive” fill in your name and email address and double click December 2011. In this issue, read about succession planning and why every business needs a succession plan, even if you have a young owner. There is a great selection of new products, important ideas for Yamaha dealers and in fact, every marina dealer plus,

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METS and SYP 2011 Set Positive Tone For 2012

Despite the tough conditions that still prevail throughout the international leisure marine industry, METS and the SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) 2011 confounded expectations with a boost in visitor levels, an impressive display of newly developed products and a flurry of first time exhibitors. “The 2011 show exceeded our expectations,” said Communications and PR Manager, Annelie Koomen. “Although we had the highest number of exhibitors to date and advance visitor registrations got off to an early start, we also heard that many companies were considering reducing costs by sending fewer members of staff or for a shorter period of time.”

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Mercury Marine Announces Special Fond Du Lac Bonuses

Mercury Marine will pay a special one-time bonus to about 1,200 of its hourly workers in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin — the vast majority union members, a company official says. Company Spokesman Steve Fleming said despite challenging market conditions, Mercury demonstrated solid global growth in 2011 due in part to the outstanding efforts of Mercury Marine employees.

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Leaders from Every Segment in Recreational Boating Gather for Growth Summit

On Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13-14, leaders from every segment across the entire recreational boating community gathered in Chicago, Ill. to address how to grow the industry during a first-of-its-kind Recreational Boating Stakeholder Growth Summit. The Summit was hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and attended by approximately 160 executives and leaders from all industry segments including: bankers, big box retailers, consumer organizations, dealers, distributors, insurance companies, boat, engine and accessory manufacturers, marinas, boat yards, trade associations,  publishers,  yacht brokers,  marine representatives, and government groups.

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Wait a Minute…That’s Not Santa!

That’s Brock Elliott! And the reindeer are not missing; they are not required. This is Campion Boats’ new electric boat and it is the brainchild of designer Neil Gilbert. A stylized (and less practical) design variation of this boat appeared in the August 2008 issue of Boating Industry Canada, on pages 21 through 23 in an article by John Morris. Want to see that? Go to www.boatingindustry.ca and click on "Digital Archive"  – enter your name and email and then double click "August 2008".

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The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 Names “Boat of the Year” in Two Key Categories

Cruising World magazine announced the winners of its 19th annual Boat of the Year awards. The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 was named Best Midsize Cruiser 36 to 40 feet and the best Domestic Boat of the Year. The all-new, Marc Lombard designed Sun Odyssey 379 has been making waves all around the globe. Since its official introduction at the Sydney Boat Show in Australia, the boat has proven adaptable to the needs of every sailing area. With 3 keel versions, including a specially-designed winged shoal keel and a beachable swing keel version, along with several sail plans and interior layouts the Sun Odyssey 379 has something for every sailor.

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NSBA Hosts an ABYC Composite Boat Builder Certification Course

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) will be holding a three-day American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Composite Boat Builder certification course at the Atlantic Beer Institute in the Brewery Market Building in Halifax (1496 Lower Water Street), on January 10th to January 12th, 2012. Facilitated by ABYC, this complete and "all-encompassing" composites course is designed for boatbuilders and manufacturers.

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BC Marine Trades Association Industry Conference 2011

About 100 representatives of the West Coast marine industry gathered at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond BC for the BCMTA Industry Conference November 30 and December 1. National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich opened the session with an upbeat presentation on the state of the industry in Canada and the U.S., and opportunities for renewed growth with economic recovery.

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Business Advances and Awards at the 2011 Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show

During the 2011 Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show, there were several awards presented and some important business advances were made as well. At the President’s Dinner and Awards Presentation on the final day, the President’s Award was presented to Judy Semple of Hutchings Marine Products for her long-standing support of the OMOA / Boating Ontario organization as a member. Judy has been a great supporter of the industry generally, as a partner in Hutchings Marine Products.

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Patricia Darnell Becomes Weems & Plath Eastern Territory Manager

Weems & Plath is pleased to announce the promotion of Patricia Darnell to Eastern Territory Manager after only one year as the Northeastern Territory Manager. Patricia will now be responsible for the Company’s largest sales territory, which includes the entire Eastern United States, Eastern Canada and the Caribbean.  Patricia has been with Weems & Plath for over 20 years, beginning her career in the Accounting Department.

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US Senator Schumer Hopes to Stop New Fee for Canadians Entering by Boat or Plane

We have learned that a bill that recently passed in the US Senate,  includes a provision that will allow Customs and Border Protection to charge Canadians who travel into the United States a new $5.50 fee. Senator Charles E. Schumer is not happy about it, so the New York Democrat introduced a bill Tuesday that would stop Customs and Border Protection officials from collecting the fees. These new fees were authorized, without explanation or widespread notice, in recently passed legislation approving a free-trade deal with Colombia.

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Roch Lambert Delivers Conference Keynote Address

The highlight of the 2011 Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show was the keynote presentation by Roch Lambert, Group President at Rec Boat Holdings. Roch Lambert was previously with Bombardier and BRP, holding a series of  increasingly important positions in that corporation, working on BRP Sea Doo and most recently Evinrude outboard engines before joining Rec Boat Holdings, now builders of Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft Boats.

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VIBS Show Guide to be Produced by Canadian Yachting West / Kerrwil Publications

Show organizers have announced that in 2012, the Vancouver International Boat Show's Show Guide will be produced by Kerrwil Publications / Canadian Yachting West.   An ad in the official Show Guide allows you to promote your company's products or services during and long after the 2012 show.   Mark Collett, the publisher of Canadian Yachting West, will be the Show Guide's Project Manager.

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NMEA Granted Trademark Renewal for NMEA 2000®

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has been granted a trademark renewal for NMEA 2000®, the standard that facilitates networking of marine electronics on recreational and commercial vessels. A certificate issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office says that the trademark covers software, instructional materials, and the development of standards for promoting the interests of the marine electronics industry, as well as accreditation services, including the developing and administering of standards for certifying professionals in the field.

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Positive Information from GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance Canada – End-of Season Report

A recently released report from GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance Canada (CDF) shares some positive information about product movement and inventory levels across Canada. Following a broad decline in 2009, the industry rebounded in 2010 due to restocking, returning to normal levels then rising 7% in 2011 for a slight year over year increase.

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Excellent Start to the Boating Ontario Conference 2011

Association President Dick Peever and Al Donaldson, Executive Director opened the Boating Ontario Conference and Tradeshow on Sunday, December 4 at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville Ontario. They addressed the largest group of conference attendees in the past 5 years. Al Donaldson announced with pride that there were 35 new marina attendees to the conference this year.

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You Are Invited To Celebrate With Youth Boatworks

You are invited to come to the shop and celebrate with the Youth Boatworks group in the greater Toronto area, on Sunday Dec 11,  between 11:00 am – 2:00pm.  The Youth Boatworks team of volunteers and youth have worked hard to establish the exciting Atlantic Challenge Program in Toronto and to build their 38foot long boat (called a gig) .

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ABBRA And ABYC Collaborate To Bring Training Online

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBA) is collaborating with the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) to bring ABYC’s new webinar training format to ABBRA members. The first ABBRA/ABYC webinar, entitled “Environmental, Health, and Safety Compliance, an Investment in your Company,” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, at 1:00 p.m. The initial live, interactive online ABBRA/ABYC session, presented by Kellie Crete, president and CEO of Ink, Inc., will review new Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) fines and instruct participants on how to remain compliant at their own facilities.

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Latest Statistics From ICOMIA Out Now

The latest ICOMIA Statistics Book for the worldwide recreational marine industry is now available for purchase. The new edition represents information from 23 major marine leisure markets in the world, estimated to represent over 90% of the global business in the sector. This annual publication from ICOMIA’s Marine Industry Associations also includes specific detailed national reports, trade data for 35 countries, Super Yacht Statistics reproduced courtesy of Show Boats International/Boat International Media and engine sales statistics.

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Why Do You Yamaha?

Continuing with their grassroots advertising approach, Yamaha Motor Canada is spotlighting real world Yamaha owners in their 2012 ad campaign. After asking Canadians ‘What Kind of Yamaha Are You?’ the company now wants to know, ‘Why do you Yamaha?’ They invite people in by saying, "Answer this and you could be in Yamaha’s 2012 ad campaign."

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Cummins, Mercury Marine Will Transition From CMD Joint Venture

Mercury Marine and Cummins will transition from their Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine (CMD) joint venture to a strategic supply arrangement between the two companies to more effectively and efficiently serve customers in the global diesel marine market. All business activities will move from CMD to the parent companies, with completion of the transition anticipated by mid-2012. CMD will conduct business as usual through the transition. 

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Lowe Boats Names Boat Warehouse Number 1 Dealer Worldwide

Lowe Boats of Lebanon, Missouri has announced The Boat Warehouse of Kingston Ontario as the world’s largest independent Lowe Boats dealer. Company president Huw Bower said, “I’m very pleased to inform you that for the model year 2011 The Boat Warehouse was our number-one ranked dealer for gross sales. We are extremely pleased with our strong partnership and look forward to supporting your continued growth and success.”

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Four Winns Announces Largest Retailer For 2011 Is Ontario Dealer

Rec Boat Holdings has named Kingston, Ontario-based The Boat Warehouse as their largest Four Winns retailer for the 2011 model year. The Boat Warehouse, a Four Winns dealer for 18 years, has been awarded the coveted top dealer award multiple times. “We’re extremely proud to have a prestigious dealership such as The Boat Warehouse in the Four Winns retail network,” stated Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings.

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Proposed Marina For Victoria, BC Looking For Government Decision By Year’s End

The Victoria Times Colonist newspaper has reported that the developers of a proposed luxury marina in Victoria's harbour are hoping the federal government will make a decision on the project by year's end. The story explained that Transport Canada originally approved a navigable waters permit in May 2010, and received green lights from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada for a 52-slip marina.

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Legends of Ontario Sailing Nominations Close This Week

In an effort to recognize the great history of sailing in this province, Ontario Sailing is proud to present the Legends of Ontario Sailing award, sponsored by Canadian Yachting magazine. Do you know someone who is a Legend to the world of sailing in Ontario? Then nominate them now for the 2012 Legends of Ontario Sailing Award! But hurry, nominations close November 30th.

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Bluenose II Documentary Airs December 4 on CBC

All Canadian boating and sailing enthusiasts will want to see the new documentary titled 'Nova Scotia Schooners' which will have its national TV broadcast debut on Sunday December 4th on CBC TV's Land & Sea. The film was shot during the summer of 2011 and features scenes from the rebuilding of Bluenose II and the 50th anniversary Nova Scotia Schooner Association race week.

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Snyder’s Shipyard and Maple Marine Announce a Joint Venture to Build the SCOTIA 44

The Scotia 44, a true expedition yacht, has been on seatrails since early 2011.  She is a cutter rigged, twin prop, dual helm yacht with a deck salon and pilot house.  Designed by the Maple Marine Design Group in Canada, she will premier to the public at the Miami Strictly Sail in February 2012.  Printed information will also be available in Toronto and Montreal boat shows in the NSBA (Nova Scotia Boat builders Association) booths.  She is semi-custom built with two suggested interior layouts and high class fit and finish.  She is built to CE Cat A (Unlimited Ocean), ABYC, and Canadian Coast Guard class standards.

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True North Yachts Adds C&C Tartan

True North Yachts is pleased to announce that it has added  C&C Tartan to its product portfolio. C&C Tartan has undergone recent ownership change and injections of new capital are reinventing the company from the ground up. Renewed focus starts at the employee level and continues on up the line through the dealer network and ultimately with the customer.  Both brands are refreshing the model lineups and innovative new boats are on the horizon. Custom and semi-custom work allows the owner to get the boat to suit his or her specific needs.

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BRP Revives Plan To Go Public

The Financial Post newspaper has reported that Ski-Doo maker BRP Inc. is quietly reviving plans to go public, benefitting from double-digit growth in new motorsport markets such as Russia and capitalizing from a retreat by Asian rivals. The American owners of the Quebec company, formerly known as Bombardier Recreational Products, have a “horizon of two to five years” from now to monetize their investment — likely through an initial public offering, BRP chief executive José Boisjoli said during an interview at the manufacturer’s headquarters in the Eastern Townships.

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CMC Electronics Adds Glenn Butt to Their Navico Team

Glenn Butt formerly of Jeppesen Marine will join CMC Electronics as the Business Unit Manager for Navico Products.  Glenn’s last position in his successful career with Jeppesen, was Sales and Marketing Manager for North America. Glenn will work out of CMC’s St. John’s office and will be responsible for Simrad, Simrad Pro, B&G and Lowrance brands across Canada.

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Boating Industry Magazine Announces The 2011 Top 100

Boating Industry magazine, headquartered in the USA has announced the results of their seventh-annual Top 100 Dealers program and Canadian dealerships have achieved an impressive result. While powerboat unit sales across North America continued to decline in 2010, the Top 100 Dealers, added together, increased their revenue nearly 9 percent to $957 million – $1.51 billion, if you include Top 100 Dealers Hall of Fame Members MarineMax Inc. and Galati Yacht Sales.

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Buckeye Marine Remains Top Ranking Ontario Dealer In The 2011 Boating Industry Top 10

Buckeye Marine was again  ranked as the Top Dealer in Ontario for the 7th consecutive year in Boating Industry Magazine’s annual Top 100 Dealer Awards and the only Canadian dealer to have been ranked in the program every year since the inception. Although retaining this stature is an exciting accomplishment in itself, Buckeye is also proud to rank 8th in North America and also as the Top ranking single location dealership in Canada. “To be once again named in the Top 10 dealers on the continent is an amazing accomplishment that we share with our staff and our customers.”

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Georgia Strait Alliance Urges Action On Infectious Salmon Anemia

Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), the virus that devastated the Chilean salmon farming industry a few years ago, appears to be lurking in BC waters as well. Although not yet confirmed, cases of this exotic virus have been identified in Pacific salmon in several locations on the coast. ISAv, which is endemic to Atlantic salmon, can only have originated from imported farm salmon eggs. Rather than attempting to discredit the findings, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia must take urgent action.

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Success For ICOMIA’s 1st International Hybrid Marine Propulsion Conference

With a full room and an engaged audience, ICOMIA’s 1st International Hybrid Marine Propulsion Conference turned out to be a success as it preceded METS on Monday at the Amsterdam RAI. “ICOMIA is very pleased to be leading this conference, said Tony Rice, ICOMIA Secretary General. “We are delighted about the turnout and the support we have from Amsterdam RAI with a superb setting of the Emerald Lounge.”

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Margaret Bonds Podlich Named President of BoatUS

Former Vice President of Government Affairs, Margaret Bonds Podlich has been named President of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Her new role with the Association, which is celebrating its 45th year, broadens her responsibilities to include external communications encompassing Government Affairs and Public Relations as well as other association programs, benefits and services. This includes developing the association's official policy positions and leading the advocacy efforts on behalf of the nation's recreational boat owners. Podlich's promotion comes after the half-million member boat owners group recently lost its former President, Nancy Michelman, to a courageous battle with cancer.

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Jim Newell Joins Sunnybrook Yachts

Jim Snare and Sunnybrook Yachts have announced that Jim Newell has joined Sunnybrook Yachts as a member of their yacht brokering team.  With experience throughout Atlantic Canada operating Lifeline Marine Services, Jim's expertise as a technician, will serve a buyer or seller well. Jim hopes to develop and grow existing relationships with uncompromising customer service and professionalism.

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Industry Mourns the Loss of Ross Richardson

True North Yachts founding partner Ross Bryden Richardson, passed away peacefully at 9:50pm on Monday November 14th at Princess Margaret Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer.  Ross was not an observer of life but rather one of its most active participants.  He amazed everyone with his determination to win this fight and participated in both sporting and social events right up to the very end.

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Pride Marine Group ranks 9th in Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealers

For the fourth year in a row Pride Marine Group is proud to have been honoured by Boating Industry as Canada's Highest Ranking multi location dealership in the Top 100 Dealer Program. This year the Pride Marine Group announced that they have joined the Top 10, placing 9th overall. With over 8000 marinas and boat dealerships across North America, applications for the Top 100 Program were considered by a non-partisan panel of industry giants including a cross section of finance companies, boat manufacturers, vendors and engine manufacturers.

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Skyline International Development Breaks Ground on Port McNicoll Yacht Club

Skyline International Development Inc., held a ground-breaking ceremony on November 9 for their new Port McNicoll Yacht Club, a focal point of the ongoing revitalization of the Port McNicoll, Ontario waterfront. The design for the Port McNicoll Yacht Club reclaims the town’s lost waterfront heritage and will form one of the hubs of a vibrant new redevelopment along nearly 11 kilometres of once inaccessible shoreline. When completed, the Port McNicoll Yacht Club and its associated facilities will be a primary gateway to easy exploration of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

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December 1 Deadline to Enter West Marine’s “Green Product of the Year” Contest

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, is seeking entries to its third annual Green Product of the Year contest. As part of its BlueFuture™ initiative to help create a sustainable future for our planet, West Marine continues to search for innovative green boating products.  The Green Product of the Year will be announced and the award of $10,000 will be presented to the designated Official Winner at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show.   The competition is free and open to individuals, manufacturers, distributors and/or inventors.

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Julie Arnold Joins Watertop Agency As Director of PR/Social Media

WaterTop Agency announced today that Julie Arnold has joined the agency as the Director of PR and Social Media, her focus will be on strategic social media development and media relations. “WaterTop is very excited and privileged to have Julie Arnold come aboard to head our Public Relations and Social Media services,” said Tim McKercher, WaterTop Agency president. “Julie brings with her nearly 20 years of marketing experience in a variety of fields and expertise in new media strategic development and orchestration.

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Cruisers Yachts Shows 350 and 380 Express Interior Updates

At the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Cruisers Yachts unveiled interior upgrades on their 350 Express and 380 Express models which focused on the navigational center, stylish fabrics and adding more natural light to enhance the on-board experience. These new interiors bring a mega-yacht feel to these mid-size models. “At Cruisers Yachts, we believe every design must benefit the overall yachting experience,” said Russ Davis, director of marketing for Cruisers Yachts.

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Toronto International Boat Show Announces List of Free Activities

The Toronto International Boat Show, January 14 – 22, 2012 has announced their list of free activities designed to add entertainment and enjoyment to show visitors seraching for the boat of their dreams Some of the great 2012 Toronto International Boast Show special attractions are: THE LAKE will be back to provide indoor thrills without the outside chills.

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Vancouver International Boat Show Announces New In-Water Venue at Granville Island

The Vancouver International Boat Show has announced that the in-water portion of the show will be relocating to the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina. In addition, the indoor venue for the Show returns to the newly renovated BC Place. “2012 is a monumental year for the Vancouver International Boat Show,” says Linda Waddell, Show Director. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show, we’re excited to be moving to Granville Island.  We’ll have a larger area to showcase boats on the market – and where attendees can have a great Show experience.”

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Sea Ray Dealers Continue to Lead Boating Industry Magazine’s Top 100 List

According to a ranking by a leading marine trade publication, four out of the five top boat dealers in North America are Sea Ray dealers — including the number one dealer, Prince William Marine Sales, which earned the top ranking for the second consecutive year. In addition, Sea Ray dealers make up nine of the top 20 dealer rankings and 29 of the top 100, and Sea Ray dealer MarineMax Inc. remains the first dealership inducted into the Top 100 Dealers Hall of Fame, an honor worthy of the company’s continued dedication to maximizing its customers' enjoyment on the water. Canadian Sea Ray dealers did very well, capturing 9 of the 29 spots on Sea Ray's list of Top 100 dealers.

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Your Marine Industry Friends Ask You To Support Movember

Several years ago, Dave McPhail and his wife Sharon started Boacan Computer Boat Sales a successful on-line marine advertising website. During his time in the marine industry Dave has been extremely active serving on various boards and committees to enhance and promote boating in Ontario and Canada. Three years ago Dave was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, which was inoperable and not curable.

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Interlux Employees Paint a Boat to Experience The Process First Hand

Employees at Interlux® North America headquarters in New Jersey recently applied the company’s antifouling, topcoat and deck paint systems to better understand what Interlux customers experience during the bottom painting process and to familiarize themselves with the products the company manufactures. Products applied included InterProtect 2000E epoxy barrier coat, Trilux 33 antifouling, 404 Epoxy primer, Perfection topcoat and Interdeck.

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NSBA Holds ABYC Electrical Certification Nov 29 to Dec 2

Just a reminder that the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) will be holding an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Electrical Certification Course at the Atlantic Beer Institute in the Brewery Market Building in Halifax (1496 Lower Water Street), November 29th to December 2nd, 2011: Facilitated by ABYC, this course is designed for the marine technician with at least three to five years' experience working with marine electricity.  The student also needs some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards.  Course topics include: electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more.

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Canada’s Doral Boats Celebrates 40th Anniversary

For its 40th Anniversary, Doral Marine International is pleased to announce the launch of the 275 Venezia Limited Edition for its 2012 Cruisers line-up. The 275 Venezia design was first launched in 2008 as the “next generation” of the Doral family of luxury cruisers and received the 2009 Design Award from the Trailer Boats Excellence program. For 2012, the 275 Venezia Limited Edition – with a 9’4" beam – features many of the wants and needs of a North American boater with a European flair in style and design.

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Canadian Entries Sweep Mercury Film Festival

The votes have been counted and Canadians have swept both the consumer and partner categories of the 2011 Mercury Films Festival. Mercury Marine announced Oct. 27 during a media event in Fort Lauderdale that Lonnie King and Cody Graham have won the Mercury Films Festival promotion for their consumer and partner videos. Mercury invited consumers, partners and employees to submit their own on-the-water videos this summer for a chance to win a free engine, fishing trips and more.

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NMMA Canada Addresses House of Commons For Recreational Boating Industry

On October 31st, The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada presented before the House of Commons Finance Committee. The Committee is hearing from a range of stakeholders across Canada in preparation for the 2012 federal budget. NMMA Canada was pleased to be invited to present before the Committee to discuss the recreational boating industry’s key challenges and future opportunities and how government can play a role.

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Discover Boating Research Reveals Canadian Boating Population Has Increased

Discover Boating Canada has announced findings from new research commissioned by the recreational boating industry to learn more about boating participation across Canada. Findings also offer insight on the impact of Discover Boating on consumers’ intent to go boating and purchase a boat. A telephone survey of 2,000 Canadian adults found an estimated 10.2 million Canadians (38% of the population) went boating in 2010.  This figure represents a significant increase over the 2006 Economic Impact Study that suggested six million Canadians were participating in boating.

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Learn How Leads Management Drives Sales at the Boating Ontario Conference

Jeff Wilcox at George’s Marine & Sport has created an extremely successful leads management program at his dealership and is very glad that he took the gamble!  Jeff took the time to chat with me about this and will be on hand at the Boating Ontario Conference on December 5th to introduce Dr. John Mlinarcik from PCS-Global, the man who helped him set up his CRM (Customer Relationships Management) Department. Jeff is always on the lookout for opportunities and practices in other industries that are successful.

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Lowrance Announces Weekend Getaway Sales Event

Lowrance,has announced its limited-time Weekend Getaway Sales Event providing cash rebates on its Mark & Elite fishfinder/ chartplotter products and award-winning High Definition System (HDS) multifunction displays. Beginning October 28 and continuing through February 12, 2012, rebates are available to consumers who purchase qualified Lowrance marine electronics from an authorized dealer in Canada or the US. The rebates range from $10 to $200 depending on the specific product.

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The Industry Mourns The Passing of Erich Bruckmann

Boating Industry Canada has learned that Canadian boat builder Erich Bruckmann passed away on October 28, 2011. Erich was born in Dusseldorf Germany in 1930. He left Germany as a young man in 1956 to start a new life with his devoted wife and first son Peter. Within a year of arriving in Canada Erich began what would be a lifelong career as a boat builder. He was at the forefront of the yachting industry in the 1960's and 70's as one of the founding partners of C & C Yachts. Through hard work Erich was fortunate enough to be able to retire at an early age and spent many years enjoying life and travelling with Lisa, especially hiking in his favourite Austrian Alps.

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Positive Results At The 2011 Canadian Marine Trade Show

By mid-afternoon on October 31st, the final day of the 2011 Canadian Marine Trade Show, the exhibitors were smiling and some were reporting surprisingly positive results. In the Humminbird display, Richard Yantha and John Noel reported that their sales were ahead an amazing 45% over the previous year. “We’re having a great show!” commented John Noel. “All our Canadian shows have been up though. I’d say our industry is really up because the dealers had a great summer and the new orders are a response to that. Generally, |marine electronics seems to be doing well.” Rob Edwards from Coast Distribution System Inc., was showing a very interesting line of portable marine generators that deliver sine wave power.

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2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge Awards Announced

While five other community groups won regional awards of $4,500 each in a ceremony Thursday, October 28th at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Rozalia Project For A Clean Ocean received a $20,000 check from Interlux® as the national winner of the 2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge. The Vermont-based Rozalia Project For A Clean Ocean utilized a state-of-the-art, remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to assist nearly 1,400 people to remove over 4,400 pieces of marine debris from the sea floor in eight locations throughout New England. “We’re incredibly thrilled to receive this generous award from Interlux,”

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Rick Koopman joins the Sales Team at CC Marine

The team at CC Marine lead by Charlie Bulmer is excited to welcome industry veteran Rick Koopman to its sales force. Rick who hails from Langley, BC will bring his 35 years in sales, many in the marine industry, will introduce the CC Marine product line up to the British Columbia market including some that have not been previously assessable to the western market. Beside the marine market, Rick will cover the RV, automobile and industrial markets for CC.

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West Marine Previews its New Fort Lauderdale Boating Superstore

Boating Industry Canada was among a group of perhaps a dozen journalists who were invited to a sneak preview of the new West Marine Fort Lauderdale Boating Superstore that opens to the public on November 11. Lynn Ferguson, chief marketing officer for West Marine welcomed the press to this preview of the nearly complete store. At 50,000 ft.², he describes the new superstore as being 3 times the size of their current flagship stores and 5 to 6 times the size of their conventional West Marine retail outlets. Ferguson said that the decision to create this new store superstore was driven by consumer input.

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Receiver Appointed for Baja, Donzi, Fountain and ProLine

It has been announced that efforts are underway to resume operations at boat builders Baja Marine, Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and ProLine Boats, according to Ronald Glass, a Principal  in GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC. Glass, who is headquartered in Atlanta, has been named temporary receiver of the four boat builders and their assets, along with Palmetto Park Financial, by North Carolina Business Court Judge James Gale. Because of this, none of the four boat builders were exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show although some Fountain and ProLine dealers were showing boats at FLIBS.

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Asian Carp Still On The March To The Great Lakes

Boating Industry Canada has learned of a new website from Michigan that is part of an effort to maintain and increase awareness of the threat that Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes fishing, boating and tourism industries. The organization, stopthecarpnow.org supports the permanent closing of the Chicago Sanitary Canal to stop the spread of these invasive species however, in the Part 1 and Part 2 video clips (on their home page) it notes that there are rumors of Asian Carp being deliberately released into the Great Lakes for good luck.

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Day 3 at The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Storms and Sales

By midafternoon on Saturday, October 29, the 3rd day of Fort Lauderdale international Boat Show, thunderstorms and steady rain sent the weekend crowd scrambling for shelter. You would expect that the weekend crowds would be the heaviest, but perhaps the weather forecast was a factor. Thursday and Friday were significantly busier with lineups and heavy crowds everywhere you went in the show.  By comparison, Saturday morning was noticeably less busy. To get a read on the preliminary business results, Boating Industry Canada sought out comments from several Canadians who were working at the show.

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The 52nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Opened on a Positive Note

The 52nd annual Fort Lauderdale international boat show opened on a positive note as Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management welcomed a roomful of dignitaries and press to celebrate the opening day. Jack Seiler, Mayor of the city of Fort Lauderdale, Steve Moynihan, founder and president of HMY Yachts, James Currie, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Paolo Vitelli, Chairman of the Azimut Benetti Group and Theo Hooning, Secretary-General for SYBAss, made up of panel of speakers.

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Join ABYC’s Webinar on “Propeller Selection and Sizing”

Join ABYC's Webinar on "Propeller Selection and Sizing" that will be presented on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EST. It is easy and cost-effective to participate. Join in from your desk, in your office, or in your home! Just Register Online!  The costs are ABYC Members $49.00 and for Non-Members, $99.00

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Ogilvy & Ogilvy Welcomes Dennis Ryerson to their Toronto Office Recreational Marine Division

Ogilvy & Ogilvy is proud to welcome Dennis Ryerson to the Recreational Marine Division at their Toronto Office. Dennis brings over 30 years of experience to Ogilvy & Ogilvy.  A genuine boating enthusiast, Dennis has been involved in the power boat market as a factory representative while with Mercury Marine and as a participant. Operating numerous high performance boats over the years and participating in Poker Run events has afforded Dennis the opportunity to understand the insurance needs of the Recreational Marine Insurance market from the ground up.

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Don’t Show Up On The Wrong Day For The Boating Ontario Trade Show!

The Boating Ontario Trade Show is a four hour focused event that brings together Ontario’s recreational marine industry.  This Show has been a part of Boating Ontario (previously known as Ontario Marine Operators Association) for over 20 years.  It is no surprise that when we changed the date of the Trade Show to the middle day of the Boating Ontario Conference from the last day that a few people were confused! So, for all of those exhibitors that have been part of the Trade Show for years – the 2011 Trade Show will be on the MONDAY.  More specifically, it will be on Monday December 5, 2011 from 1pm – 5pm.

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Dave Gariepy Joins At The Lake (ATL) Distributing

At The Lake (ATL)Distributing, wholesale distributor of marine products and water toys including Shoremaster Docks, Future Beach Recreational Products, AquaGlide Inflatable Water Toys,  and Paluski Boats,  is pleased to announce the hiring of their new sales representative  for Quebec and Eastern Canada, Dave Gariepy.  Dave’s bilingual experience in the marine industry along with his commitment to excellent customer service will be a major asset to the ATL Sales Team. Dave was born, raised, and still lives on the Island of Montreal, QC.

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Freedom Marine Canada’s Largest Yacht Brokerage for Boats over 50’

Based upon postings on YACHTWORLD.COM, Freedom Marine in British Columbia has the greatest number of used pleasure craft listings over 50’ in Canada. “Our vision during the economic downturn has been to grow without overspending” said company president Don Young. “Emerging as Canada’s largest in this category is a testament to our client focused team”. Since 2009, Freedom Marine has grown from 1 office to 3 with a team of 7 salespeople and 2 support staff.

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US Boat Market Showing Signs of Recovery

Boating Industry Canada was in Louisville, Kentucky for the 21st IBEX, International BoatBuilder’s Exhibition and Conference and we interviewed Thom Dammrich, president of the NMMA about the show and the American boat market. The NMMA manages IBEX in partnership with Professional BoatBuilder magazine. Click here to view the video of Thom Dammrich’s comments:

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Buckeye Marine Raises $13,000+ for Kawartha North Family Health Team

On Friday October 7th Buckeye Marine hosted its annual Product Preview & Charity Event on site at their dryland facility just outside of Bobcaygeon. The event is hosted annually on the Friday night of the Thanksgiving weekend to raise money and awareness for a specific charity while allowing clients the chance to see what’s new for the upcoming boating season. This year Buckeye recognized the Kawartha North Family Health Teams efforts to fund a walk in clinic as the worthy recipient. “The Kawartha North Family Health Team is not only a resource for the local communities of Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls but a walk-in clinic in these locations will act also as the closest medical facility for many of our seasonal residence and Buckeye clients.

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Industry Mourns the Passing of Bette Mason

Canada's marine industry mourns the passing of Bette Mason, wife of Jack Mason and mother of Lori Mason of Mason'