CSBC

The Canadian Safe Boating Council Welcomes Mustang Survival as New Presenting Sponsor

July 23, 2024 The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC)…

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NMMA Testifies to Protect Access to Marine Flares in California

NMMA Testifies to Protect Access to Marine Flares in California

July 23, 2024 NMMA was recently in Sacramento, Calif. t…

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Andy Adams

EDITOR’S MESSAGE JULY 16 2024

July 16, 2024 Powering big cruisers in the future I am…

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Captain Kurt Gradel

TowBoatUS 24/7 On-Water Towing Service Returns to Sodus Point

Capt. Kurt Gradel helms TowBoatUS Sodus Bay’s 23-foot M…

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FSC Boxes Quick Courtesy

Quick Group unveils its ESG roadmap, pledging long term commitment to quality and planet

July 16, 2024 As one of the world’s leading suppliers o…

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MacDonald Marina NSNG

North South Nautical Group and MacDonald Turkey Point Marina form strategic alliance

July 16, 2024 Mike Burns, president of North South Naut…

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Le Boat Skipper for Hire Program

Le Boat Introduces New Skipper for Hire Program for 2025 Season

July 16, 2024 To make boating even easier for first-tim…

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Andy Adams

First mover advantage

Globally, fiberglass is a widely used material for building pleasure craft from light-weight sailing skiffs to 100-foot luxury yachts and beyond. Right now, there’s no problem with that. But in this week’s Boating Industry Canada New Week Digest, we have a story from the UK about the alarming discovery of ‘disturbing levels’ of fibreglass in oysters and mussels.

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Sustainable Marine Fuels

Sustainable Marine Fuels Begin Rolling Out with Pilot Program in Florida

Photo from L-R: Jess Hewitt, Hyperfuels; Jeff Wasil, NM…

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Ontario Sailing and Kropf

New Ontario Sailing Partnership – Kropf Industrial

July 9, 2024 Ontario Sailing is excited to welcome Krop…

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KVH Industries

KVH signs Pooled Data Agreement with Starlink

July 9, 2024 KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), has a…

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Freedom Marine Dealership

Freedom Marine appointed to represent Riviera yachts in Canada 

July 9, 2024 Freedom Marine Vice President Denis Barnar…

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Steve in NYC

CanBoat / NautiSavoir names Water Ways TV host Steven Bull as National Ambassador

July 9, 2024 Bull to help promote all aspects of Boatin…

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Andy Adams

Dealing with market weakness

July 2, 2024 While it’s a news story from the United St…

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Vision Marine

Vision Marine Technologies partners with JetRide to leverage growing electric boat rental market

July 2, 2024 Vision Marine Technologies, Inc., a pionee…

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TSW Buckhorn Boats Exiting the Locks

Trent-Severn Waterway Public Safety Notice

July 2, 2024 Parks Canada advises the public to expect…

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Gordon Bay Lake Muskoka

Spirit Bay Harbour transforms into Gordon Bay on Lake Muskoka 

July 2, 2024 Maple Leaf Marinas proudly announces the r…

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Red Dot Design Award

BRP earns six prestigious design awards

July 2, 2024 BRP Inc., a global leader in powersports a…

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Andy Adams

Wooden it make sense?

You may have noticed the story in Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest last week talking about the $10,000,000 USD grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to clean up abandoned boats from America’s waterways. It seems that anyone can apply for this and in my work, I have seen many abandoned boats around American city harbours. The problem is that fiberglass just never really goes away.

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Iridium Satellites

Iridium Satellite Time and Location Service activated for Europe and Asia Pacific Regions 

June 25, 2024 Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM…

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USA Boating Safety

Are boaters in the USA doing better when it comes to boating safety?

Alcohol continues to be a leading known contributing fa…

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Andy Adams

Avoiding embarrassment is critical

What can we do to help our best customers avoid embarrassment? I think this is a subject that we don’t contemplate very often but recently, several things have come up that cause me to pause and think about our best customers.

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Le Boat and Groupe Beneteau make waves with new 10-year partnership

Cheryl Brown, MD Le Boat centre, Martin Schemkes, Delph…

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Brunswick Corporation

Andy Thompson named Aluminum Boat Group President; Dirk Hyde to retire

Brunswick Corporation, on June 14th, 2024, has named Andy Thompson president of its Aluminum Boat Group division effective immediately. Thompson will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the Aluminum Boat Group division, which includes brands Harris, Crestliner, Lund, Lowe, Thunder Jet and Princecraft. Thompson succeeds Dirk Hyde who will be retiring later this summer after more than 30 years with the company.

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Polaris Adventures Rentals

Polaris Adventures expanding its offerings to include additional boat rentals

June 18, 2024 Polaris Adventures, the experience busine…

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Port Sandfield Marina

Maple Leaf Marinas expands reach with acquisition of Port Sandfield Marina 

June 18, 2024 Maple Leaf Marinas recently marked a sign…

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Markos Production Facility in Poland

Axopar acquires majority in its biggest OEM Markos Sp. z.o.o.

June 18, 2024 Finnish Axopar Group has on June 4, 2024,…

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IBEX 2024

2024 IBEX Innovation Awards now accepting entries

June 18, 2024 The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibitio…

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Andy Adams

CANCELLED: Safety Education and Flare Disposal Program

We have just learned that The Safety Education and Flare Disposal Program from CanBoat (Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons) will no longer be offered.

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Discover Boating

The Water is Calling: Discover Boating Canada Ramps Up Public Relations Ahead of Peak Boating Season

June 11, 2024 As part of Discover Boating Canada’s “See…

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Chester Race Week

North Sails gears up for Chester Race Week

June 11, 2024 Chester Race Week is one of those events…

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BRP

BRP reports Q1 revenue loss

June 11, 2024 BRP PRESENTS FISCAL YEAR 2025 FIRST QUART…

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Axopar

Axopar acquires majority shareholding in its biggest OEM producer in Poland

June 11, 2024 Markos, located in Slupsk, Poland, specia…

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Andy Adams

Have you ever driven an electric boat?

It’s been a rare and special time that I have had a chance to drive an electric boat but I have driven two so far and as you are reading this edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest, I will be in Charleston South Carolina with Brunswick driving their new Veer boats powered by Mercury Avator electric motors. I’m excited to learn more about them and to share my experience with our readers.

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Wajax

Wajax Named Primary Volvo Penta Marine Leisure Distribution Partner Across Ontario & Quebec

June 4, 2024 Wajax is thrilled to announce its expanded…

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VoltSafe

VoltSafe Inc. Graduates CDL-Atlantic’s Oceans Stream Initiative

June 4, 2024 VoltSafe Inc. is pleased to announce it ha…

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Lefroy Harbour Aerial

Lefroy Harbour Launches New Boat Dealership in Innisfil

Aerial of Lefroy Harbour (2021) June 4, 2024 Innisfil,…

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Omaya 50

Elica Group announces launch of luxury power catamaran brand Omaya Yachts 

June 4, 2024 Bulgarian family-owned business, Elica Gro…

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Andy Adams

Sad start to the season

May 28, 2024 Police have released the names of the thre…

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Marcel Dubois

The industry mourns the passing of Princecraft’s Marcel Dubois 

May 28, 2024 Last week the Princecraft dealers received…

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The Trent-Severn Waterway has opened for the 2024 navigation season

May 28, 2024 Parks Canada is pleased to welcome all new…

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Mercury Marine's Mercruiser T8200 Tow Sport Inboard

Mercury’s All-new MerCruiser T8200 Tow Sport Inboard to Power the Biggest Watersports Boats

May 28, 2024 Mercury Marine has introduced the all-new…

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Bryton Marine Group

Bryton Marine Group Joins Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club

May 28, 2024 Bryton Marine Group, a renowned family-own…

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Whirling Disease

British Columbia now requires boat owners to clean, drain and dry due to risk of whirling disease

May 28, 2024 We have learnt through social media that B…

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Andy Adams

A reader writes about staffing challenges

First, I want to stop and acknowledge the very serious wildfire situation our readers in B.C. and the Prairies are already facing this spring. As I write this, Fort Nelson is under evacuation order because of an out-of-control blaze north of the city that’s advancing south quickly.

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Pfaff Marine and Friday Harbour Resort

Pfaff Marine and Friday Harbour Resort forge brokerage partnership for the 2024 Season

May 21, 2024 Pfaff Marine and Friday Harbour Resort are…

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Mercury Racing 500R

Mercury Racing 500R named Top Product

May 21, 2024 Mercury Racing, a Fond du Lac, Wis.-based…

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Kaiser Friedrich

Berlin’s oldest passenger vessel enters a new green era powered by Torqeedo

May 21, 2024 Kaiser Friedrich, a vessel steeped in hist…

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Andy Adams

The price of being in a “people” business

One way or another, I see boating as a “people” business. For many boaters, it’s the boat that brings them together with their friends and family; the boat is the centre of the experience, the reason to get together.

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Vision Marine

Vision Marine Technologies files 3rd Patent for its unique Power Control Management Software

May 14, 2024 Vision Marine Technologies Inc., is proud…

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Recognizes Global Facilities for Record-Setting Safety Achievements

May 14, 2024 On April 29, 2024, Brunswick Corporation a…

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Boston Whaler 210 Vantage

Boston Whaler 210 Vantage wins Boating Industry 2024 Top Product Award

May 14, 2024 Legendary boat manufacturer Boston Whaler…

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5 Things to Thank Your ABYC Tech For

BoatUS: 5 Reasons to Thank Your Local ABYC Marine Tech

An ABYC technician can ensure critical running gear doe…

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Andy Adams

Important product assurances for our customers

I have long suspected that our customers mentally compare their boats to their cars and that equation brings certain expectations for engineering, testing, product quality and safety.

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Vessel Cooling

Vision Marine Technologies files second patent for Electric Marine Vessel Cooling System Control

E-Motion 180E Electric HV Marine Powertrain Equipped Ce…

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NMMA

NMMA Canada update on Government Consultations—MERV, NEM & EPA

May 7, 2024 As part of the NMMA Canada commitment to ke…

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Apex Series Engines

Mercury Racing Chasing the Checkered Flag In Circuit Racing

May 7, 2024 Mercury Racing, a Fond du Lac, Wis.-based g…

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Godfrey Pontoons

Godfrey Pontoon Boats XP Series named 2024 Top Product

May 7, 2024 Godfrey Pontoon Boats, a leading manufactur…

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Performance Boat Club of Canada donates over $140,000, announces 2024 charity events

Performance Boat Club of Canada (PBC), is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to promote safe and responsible performance boating through education, awareness, and organized boating events.

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Andy Adams

Wildcard expectations for Summer 2024 

Apr 30, 2024 I have often stopped to think about the “w…

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F1H20 GP of Indonesia

Powerboat Racing: Rusty Wyatt’s Sensational F1H2O Win in Indonesia

Apr 30, 2024 Last month, at the season-opening 300th Gr…

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AkzoNobel Awlgrip 3D Color Visualizer

AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip Launches 3D Color Visualizer

Apr 30, 2024 Awlgrip®, the renowned yacht brand under A…

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Andy Adams

Biofuels and boating

Last Tuesday I joined a webinar sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and their Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Luckily, I recorded the session so that I could go back and refer to it again.

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Peerless Aquacare

Peerless Aquacare in Ontario, now certified to use ProcellaCor FX

Apr 23, 2024 Richard Maass of Peerless Aquacare (since…

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Radioworld

On May 4th, Radioworld celebrates their 25th Anniversary!

Apr 23, 2024 The team is thrilled to announce that this…

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Lightspeed and DealersCircle Integration Partnership

DealersCircle & Lightspeed Announce Integration Partnership

Apr 23, 2024 DealersCircle, Inc.—the innovative, web-ba…

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Andy Adams

Post your Career Opportunities for FREE

Apr 16, 2024 As we start into the summer of 2024, we wa…

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XANTREX and Major Electric Repower

XANTREX Partners on Major Electric Repower Project for Marine Conservation Initiative

Seven marine industry companies led by Yanmar Mastry En…

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SV Dorothy

SV Dorothy, Oldest Canadian-built Sailboat, Wins 2024 Classic Boat Award

Apr 16, 2024 The Maritime Museum of British Columbia is…

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Sea Ray 65th Anniversary

Sea Ray Celebrates 65th Anniversary Dealer Meeting at The Westin Resort in Cape Coral, FL

Apr 16, 2024 Sea Ray celebrated its 65th anniversary ma…

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Beneteau Factory

Charting 140 Years of Innovation: The Enduring Legacy of BENETEAU

Apr 16, 2024 “Innovative… the word has defined B…

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Transport Canada

Changes to the Marine Safety Fees Regulations (Vessel Registry Fees)

Apr 16, 2024 Changes to the Marine Safety Fees Regulati…

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International Marine Service Technician Week

Celebrate International Marine Service Technician Week with ABYC!

Apr 16, 2024 Here’s what you have to look forward to: D…

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Boateka

Boateka Continues its southeast expansion adding a new retail center in Tampa Bay

Apr 16, 2024 Boateka, a business of Brunswick Corporati…

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Andy Adams

Could the housing shortage be our friend?

Canada’s shortage of housing (I can’t even utter the word “affordable” – that’s a bad joke) is being exacerbated by high interest rates and the record-breaking immigration numbers. Everyone needs a place to live and if you have come to Canada recently, you will have been met by a severe shortage of homes to buy or rent.

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Yamaha Motor closes acquisition of Torqeedo, the global market leader in electric mobility on water

Torqeedo, the global market leader in marine electric mobility, has announced the successful closing of the acquisition by Yamaha Motor. The closing of the share purchase agreement with German engine manufacturer DEUTZ AG, the previous owner of Torqeedo,

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Hear, hear! Underwater microphones offer extra protection to BC’s iconic whales

On April 4th, 2024, Ocean Wise announced a new method to help protect whales from ship disturbances and collisions in BC’s waters.

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SV Dorothy, Oldest Canadian-built Sailboat, Wins 2024 Classic Boat Award

The Maritime Museum of BC’s classic 30’ sailboat Dorothy, built in Victoria in 1897 is back in the winner’s circle! Supporters of Dorothy’s extensive refit and continued sailing along the BC coast have been anticipating the news of the 2024 Classic Boat Awards, administered by the yachting world’s most prestigious magazine, UK-based Classic Boat Magazine.

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Don’t Miss Out on the recognition you deserve – deadline to submit is May 16!

Entries are now being accepted for the 2024 International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition. These awards return for the 77th year of recognizing the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. Entering these awards is an opportunity for you to showcase your technical skill and talent to the entire industry.

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Brunswick Corporation Named one of ‘America’s Most Trustworthy Companies’ by Newsweek for Second Consecutive Year

Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest recreational marine technology company, has been named by Newsweek to its list of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies for the second consecutive year.

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What’s fair, what’s reasonable, and what do you want?

We have some excellent news to share this week but first, a bit more on the yacht broker class action lawsuit unfolding in the United States. Last week we wrote that the suit was brought against several organizations in the yacht sales world. The

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Great Lakes Ice Coverage

The Big Picture: Great Lakes ice coverage hits new low

Apr 2, 2024 According to NOAA, ice cover on the Great L…

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EPIRB PLB

How long do you really need an EPIRB?

Apr 2, 2024 For some boaters, it’s 10 days according to…

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Francis Scott Key Bridge

Baltimore bridge collapse: potential for significant supply chain disruption

Apr 2, 2024 On March 26 at around 1.35am ET, the Franci…

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Andy Adams, Editor

GOT MY ATTENTION…

Maybe it’s the Donald Trump news cycle but there just seems to be a lot of attention going to high-profile court cases these days. I feel like everyone is on trial or is suing everyone else – sometimes both! After a while you become a bit numb to it all but a newsletter last week from Phil Friedland, (a well-known marine industry veteran) got my attention.

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2024 Marine Fabrication Excellence Awards

Sponsored by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), the Fabrication Excellence Awards contest is designed to recognize excellence in marine fabrication. The entries are judged by a panel of certified marine professionals. Awards of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Awards are given in each category.

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IEMA Evoy Storm 300hp Electric Outboard

Nine global electric marine associations sign ‘landmark’ manifesto

Mar 26, 2024 We learned from a story by Anna Cummins in…

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Great Lakes Observing System

GLOS CEO Jennifer Boehme Testifying before American House Subcommittee

Mar 26, 2024 GLOS CEO, Jennifer Boehme, testified befor…

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EPA plans a ban on methylene chloride

Mar 26, 2024 We have recently learned through Chemical…

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Candela Electric Vessel

Electric vessel maker Candela closes record funding round of €24.5M

Mar 26, 2024 Candela, the leading maker of sustainable,…

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Darren Vaux President of ICOMIA and Robert Marx President of EBI

EBI and ICOMIA seal a new strategic partnership that underscores close cooperation

Mar 26, 2024 European Boating Industry (EBI) and the In…

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Andy Adams

Competing for talent

Mar 19, 2024 I was literally shocked at the news shared…

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Saniflo Canada Wavedrive Sales Mark Janczarksi

SFA Saniflo Canada Appoints Wavedrive Sales as National Sales Representative for its Sanimarin Product Line

Mar 19, 2024 Marek “Mark” Janczarski of Wavedrive Sales…

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ICOMIA

New ICOMIA Diversity Committee

Mar 19, 2024 The International Council of Marine Indust…

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Hempel’s Silic One

New Antifouling in North America – Hempel’s Silic One

Mar 19, 2024 Hempel, the Denmark-based worldwide coatin…

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Local Chandlery

Call to Arms in Support of Our Local Chandleries

Mar 19, 2024 By Marc Robic mrobic@aol.com Most of…

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CMRA

Canadian Marine Retailers Association Announces Inaugural Board of Directors

Mar 19, 2024 The Canadian Marine Retailers Association…

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ABYC Outstanding Technician Awards 2024

ABYC Opens Nomination for Outstanding Technician Awards

Mar 19, 2024 The ABYC recently announced that nominatio…

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Andy Adams 2018 Edited 400

Should the marine industry use surge pricing?

Recently, there was a significant backlash in the United States when Wendy’s announced they would be testing a “dynamic pricing” model where the cost of menu items would fluctuate based on demand. Public reaction was immediate and Wendy’s back-pedaled and brought out a special $1.00 burger offer to quell the anger. But, does it make sense to charge more when there is big demand and to offer better prices when demand is weaker?

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Steven Paul

Internationally Recognized Angler Coming to Toronto

Mar 12, 2024 Internationally recognized musky expert St…

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MarineMax

MarineMax Completes Acquisition of Premier Distributor and Retailer Williams Tenders USA

Mar 12, 2024 MarineMax, Inc., a recreational boat, yach…

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ATA International Achievement Awards

The International Achievement Awards are Returning in 2024

Mar 12, 2024 Get ready for the return of the IAA’s in 2…

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HanseYachts

Termination of Trading of HanseYachts Shares on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Mar 12, 2024 Majority shareholder Aurelius issues acqui…

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ePropulsion

ePropulsion’s Revolutionary Elite Electric Outboard Motor Wins Innovation Award in Miami

Mar 12, 2024 ePropulsion announced that their latest in…

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C-MAP Chart

C-MAP Updates Cartography for North America with Enhanced Imagery and Detailed Data

Mar 12, 2024 C-MAP® announced a major update to its Nor…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Admirable environmental progress

If my friends are any example of a group who cares deeply about the marine environment, (and they certainly are) it seems to me that we should be more vocal about our progress in the boat business and our stewardship of the environment.

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Supra Boats CSI 2023 Award

Supra Boats clinches prestigious 2023 CSI Award – 19 years in a row

Mar 5, 2024 In a significant testament to its commitmen…

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation reports record performance at the 2024 Miami International Boat Show

Mar 5, 2024 Brunswick Corporation and its many industry…

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ACEL 250hp

ACEL unveils Next Generation Electric Outboard Motors,150HP and 250HP powerhouses

Mar 5, 2024 ACEL Power, a trailblazer in marine electri…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Running your own race

From his NMMA State of the Recreational Boating Industry address during the Miami International Boat Show earlier in February, NMMA President and CEO Frank Hugelmeyer shared some very interesting and thought provoking data.

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IAA

The International Achievement Awards Are Back!

Feb 27, 2024 The Advanced Textiles Association has anno…

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ABBRA

The American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) presents 2024 Board of Directors

Feb 27, 2024 The American Boatbuilders & Repairers…

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Innovation Awards

Innovation Award Winners honored during the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show

Feb 27, 2024 The NMMA and Boating Writers International…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Interesting data

If you were able to join our NMMA Canada Industry Breakfast session at the Toronto International Boat Show last month, you heard quite a bit of valuable information, first from NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer and then from Wells Fargo’s International Economist, Nick Bennenbroek, our keynote speaker.

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Regal

Volvo Penta debuts new initiative aimed at attracting diverse audiences to boating

Feb 20, 2024 Volvo Penta is demonstrating that “Forward…

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Single Engine Joystick

Mercury Marine introduces Joystick Steering for Single-Engine Vessels

Feb 20, 2024 Mercury Marine, on February 14th, introduc…

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Fliteboards

Fliteboard introduces FLITE AIR and FLITE AIR PRO, the most affordable and accessible models

Feb 20, 2024 Fliteboard, a brand of Brunswick Corporati…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Marketing investments

For those of us in the boat business with a “dealer” mindset, we see the boat shows as a special and unique in-person opportunity to reach a wider audience and the boat shows are big this year for sure. Toronto wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, Vancouver last week, Halifax and Montreal this week.

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Tohatsu Ilmor Electric Propulsion

Tohatsu Corporation and Ilmor Marine unveil ground-breaking partnership in Electric Outboard Technology

Feb 13, 2024 Tohatsu Corporation, the oldest Japanese o…

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2024 Vancouver International Boat Show

That’s a wrap on a terrific 2024 Vancouver International Boat Show

Feb 13, 2024 Boating BC announced in their February 8th…

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Sea Scouts Canada

Leave a Sailing Legacy

Feb 13, 2024 Until recently the 1st Boundary Bay Sea Sc…

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Honda Seabrook Series Boats

Honda Marine and Scout Boats launch new brand partnership

Feb 13, 2024 On February 8th, 2024, Honda Marine, a bus…

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Promoting boating

The subject line for this February 6th 2024 edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest is drawn from the announcement (story below) by Brunswick Corporation that their Freedom Boat Club delivered 600,000+ member trips in 2023. That’s an impressive number of trips to me and the Freedom Boat Club (and other similar boat clubs) offer a fleet of mainly larger, mainly new boats, supported by an on-site staff and who require members to have at least some level of training before they cast off.

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Sea Ray

Sea Ray to Celebrate 65 Years with a luxury lineup at the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show

Feb 6, 2024 Sea Ray is celebrating 65 years of meticulo…

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Sailors Day Louisa

Sailor’s Day at the Toronto International Boat Show

Feb 6, 2024 Louisa Bobyk, part of the panel discussion…

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RS Feva MKII

RS Feva MKII makes its US debut at US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium

Feb 6, 2024 The RS Sailing team are excited t…

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NMMA Industry Breakfast

NMMA Canada hosts successful Industry Breakfast

Feb 6, 2024 During the Toronto International Boat Show,…

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Brunswick Corporation

Newsweek names Brunswick Corporation among America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity for 2024

Feb 6, 2024 Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest…

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Airmar

AIRMAR Technology acquired by Amphenol Corporation

Feb 6, 2024 AIRMAR Technology Corporation, a …

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Andy Adams, Editor

Unexpected surprises

This was the 66th Anniversary of the Toronto International Boat Show at Exhibition Place and as I write this, the show is now closed and the move-out is well underway. It was no surprise that the show was well laid-out, totally organized and attendance seems to have been near historic norms.

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BOOT

Electric, or Foiling, or Both

Jan 30, 2024 John Morris for BICN in Dusseldorf Visitor…

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Vancouver International Boat Show

The Vancouver International Boat Show opens tomorrow!

Jan 30, 2024 The countdown is on, and we’re just one da…

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Foiling Organization

The Foiling Organization joins ICOMIA

Jan 30, 2024 ICOMIA, International Council of Marine In…

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Axopar 22 T-Top and 28 Cabin

Freedom Marine wins Best Aftersales Support title amongst Global Axopar Dealers

Jan 30, 2024 Freedom Marine International Yacht Sales h…

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation begins 2024 with 15 Major New Product Launches

Jan 30, 2024 Entering 2024, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Toronto International Boat Show is off to a great start – Georgian College mounts an impressive Skills demonstration

Every year the big question is, how strong will the market be as we begin the new year. There is probably no better indicator than what we get from the Toronto International Boat Show. If the crowds are light, if their attitude is flat or down, and if show goers are not sitting down with sales people, there is reason for concern.

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Yamaha 350HP Outboard

Yamaha introduces new 350-Horsepower 4.3-Litre Offshore Outboard 

Jan 23, 2024 The new F350 adds new features to Helm Mas…

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NMEA

NMEA announces new Board Members, Re-Elected Officers for 2024 

Jan 23, 2024 The National Marine Electronics Associatio…

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Mustang Survival Kenny and Lance

Mustang Survival and Wing Group enter year with new leadership at the helm

Jan 23, 2024 Outdoor industry professional Kenny Ballar…

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Andy Adams, Editor

ABYC Celebrates 70 Years of Success

Last week I was in Annapolis, Maryland at the offices of the American Boat and Yacht Council, (ABYC) to attend the ABYC Standards Week for the second time. I’m thrilled to have been there, especially because I was able to attend their 70th Anniversary celebrations. (More  detail on the 70th Anniversary and the awards night appear below in this week’s edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest).

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Vancouver International Boat Show

Vancouver International Boat Show opens on January 31

Jan 16, 2024 Prepare to set sail as the Vancouver Inter…

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Toronto International Boat Show

66th Annual Toronto International Boat Show Returns to Exhibition Place

Jan 16, 2024 DATES:  January 19 – 28, 2024…

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Correct Craft

Correct Craft unveils new website, showcasing brands, history, and exclusive resources

Jan 16, 2024 Correct Craft, a leader in the marine indu…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Starting 2024 with celebration

Jan 9, 2024 As you are reading this edition of Boating…

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ABYC Standards Week kicks off this week

Jan 9, 2024 Attendees at ABYC’s Standards Week gather i…

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RS Sailing Record Breaking 2023

RS Sailing Reflects on a Record-Breaking 2023

Jan 9, 2024 Brilliant events, informative shows and som…

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Jeanneau Yachts 55

Jeanneau Yachts 55 Named Top 10 Winner for Sail Magazine’s Best Boats 2024

Jan 9, 2024 We are truly honored that the Jeanneau Yach…

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Brunswick Plant Solar Installation

Brunswick Corporation announces multiple solar installations to its global manufacturing facilities

Jan 9, 2024 Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest …

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Andy Adams, Editor

NMMA Canada Hall of Fame history

Welcome to the first edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest for 2024! We sincerely hope that you had a wonderful holiday season with good times, good friends and a good chance to relax and plan the year ahead.

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Taiga Orca

See Taiga’s Orca Performance electric watercraft in action at the Toronto Boat Show

Jan 2, 2024 Taiga Motors, the Canadian leader in the el…

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Robb Butler

Nordic Tugs announces Grand Yachts Inc., British Columbia as Authorized Dealer for Western Canada

Jan 2, 2024 “Nordic Tugs is pleased to announce that Gr…

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Dometic Optimus 3000 Electric Steering System

Dometic launches Optimus 3000 Series electric steering for a wide variety of inboard boats 

Jan 2, 2024 Dometic expands its inboard electric steeri…

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BRP

BRP Celebrates 20 Years of Adventures and Innovation

Jan 2, 2024 On December 18, 2023, BRP Inc., marked an i…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Will 2024 ease the squeeze?

This will be my last Editor’s Message for 2023. As we all look forward to some well-deserved time off during the holiday season, it’s also a time to look back. The pace has slowed a bit for me and that leaves me with a bit more time for reflection on the events of 2023. I’m thinking that it’s been a real ‘squeeze year’ for boating.

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Shockwaves S5 Sentinel

Shockwave Seats appoints GMA for European expansion

Dec 19, 2023 The UK media organization, Marine Industry…

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Dream Yacht Worldwide renews fleet with 77 new catamarans

Dream Yacht Worldwide, a leading sea-based vacation and global yacht charter company, has announced the renewal of its catamaran fleet in the South Pacific, Caribbean, and Americas regions. The French West Indies will be getting 27 new boats, 10 will go to Tahiti and 40 will be delivered to the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.

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Boat Storage

BoatUS: 3 Best Practices to Follow for Your Boat’s Long Winter’s Nap

Dec 19, 2023 A winter boat check-up can ensure your boa…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Did you share your boating regulation comments with Transport Canada? 

It may not be too late. Many voices are required to make our position heard in Ottawa, and the voices need to be national in scope. The federal government and their various departments will not respond to Provincial or municipal interests – that is not their responsibility.

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Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine & Alliant Energy renewable partnership receives regulatory approval

Dec 12, 2023 Mercury Marine will advance the 5-meg…

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Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club acquires Savannah and Hilton Head Franchise Operations

Dec 12, 2023 In mid-November, Freedom Boat Club, the wo…

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2024 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards

Enter the 2024 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards

Dec 12, 2023 The Innovation Awards are returning to the…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Great conferences in turbulent times

Last week I attended the Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show and it was a great event with most of the important and influential marine industry professionals from Ontario and Eastern Canada attending. I understand the Boating BC event the previous week was similarly successful. It’s really encouraging to see so many people attending these valuable sessions.

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Winning Together Conference

Winning Together Conference

Dec 5, 2023 In their latest newsletter, Boating BC exte…

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Richard Straka

Richard Straka has been promoted to General Manager for Mercury Canada

Dec 5, 2023 Randy Caruana, VP Sales North/Central Ameri…

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Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine earns 13th consecutive Green Masters designation

Dec 5, 2023 For the 13th consecutive year, Mercury Mari…

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Andy Adams, Editor

I guess it’s OK that new boats are getting more expensive

I have been very impressed with the amazing advances in outboard motors more than any other thing. The Mercury V12 and V 10s are simply stunning in their power and performance.

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Exciting times in the industry!

As you read this Tuesday, November 21, the Boating BC Conference is getting started and it sounds like a full house for the excellent agenda of sessions and speakers that the association has planned. The next week is the Boating Ontario Conference and again, there is a great agenda of important sessions.

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NMMA Marine Minute

NMMA Canada Highlights Key Policy Priorities

Nov 21, 2023 Take a moment to hear from NMMA Canada in…

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Brunswick Corporation

Mercury Marine named 2024 CES Innovation Award honoree for Avator™ 20e and 35e electric outboards

Nov 21, 2023 Brunswick Corporation has announced its Me…

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Dame Design Awards

DAME Design Awards 2023 winner praised as exemplar product that expands electrification horizons

Nov 21, 2023 Jury Chair Andre Hoek presented the world-…

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Andy Adams, Editor

People who need people…

Nov 14, 2023 Barbra Streisand sang that, “People who ne…

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Wichard Acquires Ronstan

Wichard Group acquires Ronstan

Nov 14, 2023 Ronstan orbit winches.Marine Industry News…

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Taiga Orca

Taiga Motors reaches milestone producing its 1,000th off-road EV 

Nov 14, 2023 Orca Performance, the latest fully electri…

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Charlie and Chris Bulmer

2023 C.C. Marine Trade Show a major success

Nov 14, 2023 Charlie Bulmer and his wife Chris welcomed…

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Andy Adams, Editor

Are we Standing Strong Together?

Yesterday I spent a productive and enjoyable day at the annual C.C. Marine Dealer Trade Show and I had an opportunity to speak to many people in our industry. It was an excellent event as always and the feelings were very positive, but as I wrote in the Editor’s Message last week titled, “Without warning, VC17 is coming off the market”, there are scary things lurking out there and we need to be aware of the challenges that could have a negative impact on boating.

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Winners announced for 4th Gussies International Electric Boat Awards

Nov 7, 2023 After tallying the votes from a panel of 25…

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Princecraft 70th Anniversary

Princecraft Celebrates their 70th Anniversary and a New Visual Identity

Nov 7, 2023 At Princecraft®, our expertise is shaped ev…

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NMRA New Officers and Board Members

NMRA welcomes new Officers & Board Members 

Nov 7, 2023 The National Marine Representatives Associa…

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HanseYachts

HanseYachts reports best first quarter in over ten years

Nov 7, 2023 HanseYachts AG has closed the first quarter…

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Freedom Boat Club announces Southport location accelerating its expansion along Australia’s Gold Coast

Nov 7, 2023 Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest boat…

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Centek Industries acquires Viking Marine Exhaust

Nov 7, 2023 Centek Industries, the world leader in mari…

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Candela Electric C8

Candela starts production of record-breaking electric C-8 ‘powered by Polestar’ boat

Nov 7, 2023 Production has begun of Candela’s revolutio…

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BRP Watercrafts

BRP watercrafts ride a wave of acclaim in Asia Pacific with Good Design Awards from Australia and Japan 

Nov 7, 2023 BRP Inc., a global leader in the world of p…

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Boo!

Did I scare you? I didn’t think so, but there are things that I find scary in the boat business and this seems like a good time to talk about it.

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Akzonobel

Without warning, VC17 is coming off the market

Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest recently learned that the very popular bottom paint, VC 17m from AkzoNobel would be discontinued.

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Best Inventions 2023 Sharrow MX Propeller

The Sharrow™ Propeller is awarded as one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2023

Sharrow Marine, a leader in high-performance propeller design, has announced that the Sharrow MX™ Propeller was selected as one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2023.

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NMMA Advocacy Efforts

NMMA Continues Enhancing Advocacy Efforts Amid Expansion of Government and Public Affairs Team

As the NMMA continues to advance the industry’s critical advocacy work, the association has announced the addition of three new roles in its Washington, D.C. headquarters. The roles span public affairs, federal government relations and policy engagement.

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Your Boat Club

Glastron Boats join the fleet at Your Boat Club

In a landmark move, Your Boat Club, a rapidly growing boat club with partial ownership under the Groupe Beneteau umbrella, with already 40 unique locations in Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and France, has chosen to incorporate Glastron boats into its fleet.

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ABYC Marine Symposium Law

ABYC Opens Registration for Marine Law Symposium

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced that registration is now open for its sixth Marine Law Symposium, scheduled Feb. 29, 2024.

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Rebranding to better reflect growth and partnerships

As you relax with your mug of coffee to read Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest on Tuesday morning, October 24th, I’m standing in the lineup at Pearson to board a flight to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. I envy you!

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Melodie Shaffer

Melodie Schaffer Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year

From June 2022 to March 2023, Melodie Schaffer took part in the 1st edition of the GLOBE40, a new double-handed round-the-world race in Class40, organised by SIRIUS EVENEMENTS. A round-the-world trip of nearly 34,000 miles and which included 8 legs. 11 different nationalities were represented in the event.

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2023 Gussies

Electric Boats: Your Gussies Vote Counts – Here’s How

The Gustave Trouvé Awards – ‘Gussies’ – were launched in 2020 to recognize achievements in the growing electric boat world, with 50 boats entered in three categories. Now, four years later, 160 electric boats participated in 9 categories.

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Glas Ocean Electric

Glas Ocean Electric announces major funding from Ocean Zero LLC to advance its unique CO2 reduction technologies

Glas Ocean Electric (Glas Ocean), a Canada-based company that designs and builds battery electric-hybrid drives for workboats, announces a $2 million (U.S.) seed round of funding from Ocean Zero, LLC.

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Introducing the Future of Yachting with Cruisers Yachts All-New Flybridge Series

Cruisers Yachts, a premier American manufacturer of luxury yachts, is proud to announce the upcoming launch of their all-new ground-breaking Flybridge series, a brand-new evolution of their popular Cruisers Cantius series. This latest addition to the Cruisers Yachts lineup is a testament to their commitment to excellence and elevating their brand to further horizons. 

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Encouraging promising employees

About a month ago in our September 19, 2023 Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest, I suggested that this is a great time of year to involve promising employees in your business by taking them to the upcoming distributor shows or industry Conferences.

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Mel Barr Old Pro Award Winners

NMRA presents 2023 Mel Barr & Old Pro Awards at IBEX

Two marine industry veterans were recognized at IBEX 2023 in Tampa by the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) as the recipients of the 2023 NMRA Mel Barr and Old Pro awards.

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MRAA Partner Member

MRAA welcomes aboard seven new Partner Members

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) announces the addition of Avid Boats, DIAN Motors, LaVictoire Finance, NauticStar, OneSource Financial, Phoenix Trailers, and Renaissance Marine Group as Partner Members.

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HISWA Avator 35e on Talamex

Mercury Marine gains outboard engine share at major European boat shows

Mercury Marine continues to solidify its market share leadership position in Europe with the most engines on display at the largest European boat shows.

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IBEX Industry Breakfast 2023

IBEX 2023 Announces Record-Breaking Turnout

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced that the annual show, which closed on Thursday, October 5, exceeded expectations based on on-site traffic data and attendance figures. The three-day marine trade event saw packed aisles, full educational sessions, and well-attended networking events.

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Brunswick 2023

Forbes names Brunswick Corporation one of the World’s Best Employers for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest marine technology company, has been named to the 2023 Forbes World’s Best Employers list for the fourth consecutive year. Of the thousands of companies surveyed for this honor, Brunswick ranked in the top 30 percent overall of the 700 companies that made the final list.

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Glas Ocean Electric

DARPA awards Glas Ocean Electric contract to develop data collection at sea

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Glas Ocean Electric a contract to develop and demonstrate a low-cost data acquisition system that can be easily installed on a range of vessels including fishing vessels, workboats, ferries and pleasure craft.

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Vista

Advanced Textiles Association announces new Online Sourcing Directory–VISTA by ATA

Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) is thrilled to announce an exciting new platform specifically designed to provide information on sourcing products in the textile industry year-round.

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Victor Duhamel

Victor Duhamel, Founder of Legend Boats and Pillar of the Canadian Boating Industry, Passes Away

It is with deep sadness and profound respect that we announce the passing of Victor Duhamel, the dynamic and pioneering co-founder of Legend Boats.

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America’s Boating Channel Adds Water Ways TV

America’s Boating Channel™, the U.S. Coast Guard funded boating safety and boater education video service of United States Power Squadrons® – America’s Boating Club®, will debut Water Ways TV, a new television program series from Canada, in October.

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You had to be there…

I’m just back from the IBEX 2023 show in Tampa, Florida but the glow of all that new product excitement and all the people we saw, lingers for quite a while. We encouraged our readers to see that opportunity and to visit the show to see the new products and processes for themselves. We were pleased to recognize many familiar faces at the show.

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Volvo Penta Joystick

Volvo Penta Joystick Driving wins IBEX Innovation Award

The prestigious program recognizes manufacturers and suppliers who deliver genuine innovation to the marine market. Volvo Penta’s Joystick Driving technology integrates shift, steering and throttle into a single joystick control, delivering a premium experience to boat drivers, centered on ease of use and precision.

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Hanse 410

New Hanse 410 nominated for British Yachting Awards

The British magazines Sailing Today and Yachts & Yachting have nominated the new Hanse 410 for the British Yachting Awards. Following the nomination for European Yacht of the Year 2024, this is the second time that the latest model in Hanse’s revolutionary new range has been included in the shortlist of potential winners of prestigious awards.

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NMMA Canada

Industry applauds USGC proposal to Harmonize Canada-U.S. PFD Standards

NMMA Canada has reported that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed harmonizing personal flotation device (PFD) standards between the United States and Canada. This move is crucial as it would facilitate cross-border cooperation, promote safety, and ensure regulatory consistency in maritime activities.

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Brunswick 2023

Brunswick Corporation Named to Newsweek’s 2024 America’s Greenest Companies List

Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest recreational marine technology company, announced that the Company has been named to Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Greenest Companies.

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Ben Speciale

Ben Speciale Inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

The NMMA announced on Tuesday October 3rd, the induction of Ben Speciale, President of the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, into the NMMA Hall of Fame.

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Delayed gratification at IBEX 2023

I hope there will be many of our Boating Industry Canada News Week readers at IBEX 2023 because this promises to be a blockbuster show.  The Covid pandemic caused problems for many people especially those in the shows and exhibitions business and yet the boat business experienced an historic sales boom because of it.

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IBBI Selects Scanstrut

American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) select Scanstrut as the Preferred Waterproof USB and Wireless Phone Charger Supplier

Scanstrut, a prominent player in waterproof technology solutions, is excited to announce its selection as a preferred supplier of Waterproof USB and Wireless Phone Chargers for the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA), the foremost buying group for independent boat builders in the United States.

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Garmin JL Audio

Garmin completes acquisition of JL Audio

On Sept. 20, 2023, Garmin Ltd., announced that it has completed the acquisition of JL Audio, a privately-held U.S. company that designs and manufactures audio solutions, including speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers and other audio components for marine, aftermarket automotive, powersports, home and RV customers.

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Brunswick Corporation named by Newsweek as One of the World’s Most Trustworthy Companies

Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest recreational marine technology company, today announced the Company has been named to Newsweek’s inaugural list of the World’s Most Trustworthy Companies.

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Andy Adams

Technology overload

Kerrwil Media Publisher, Jill Snider and I had the pleasure of traveling to New York city last week for a special Brunswick media event. It was an absolute stunner. Although only a selected group of products were there on display, it skillfully demonstrated the incredible breadth and depth of integrated marine products that Brunswick now manufacturers.

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Fall Boating Safety Tips

What’s different about fall boating? – 3 On-Water Safety Tips

For some boaters, fall is the best time for boating. Summer’s steamy days have surrendered to more comfortable temperatures, angling improves, and winds are stronger for sailing.

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Taiga Motors

Taiga Motors rings the Opening Bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange

Taiga Motors Corporation rang the bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) at 9:30 AM September 14th. This highly anticipated event commemorated Taiga’s remarkable two-year journey in the public market.

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Sail Canada Job Posting

Search for Sail Canada Chief Executive Officer

Following the announced upcoming retirement of CEO Don Adams and as a key part of our upcoming leadership change, Sail Canada has kicked-off the search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Newport Boat Show 2023

Newport International Boat Show announces “2023 Newport for New Products” Award Winners

The Newport International Boat Show has announced the results of this year’s Newport For New Products™ (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday during the Show’s opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, September 15, 2023, the winners are…

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Jeff Siems

MRAA Educational Foundation releases Call for 2023 Scholarships, Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award

The MRAA Educational Foundation has announced the call for nominations and applications for the 2023 Annual Scholarships and the 2023 Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award.

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Liqui-Moly Sponsor of PWC Race

LIQUI MOLY title sponsor of international PWC race

LIQUI MOLY USA, global leader in engine lubricants and fuel additives, returned as the title sponsor to the 2023 LIQUI MOLY International Cup. An official Pro Watercross event, the Lake Havasu City, Arizona personal watercraft (PWC) competition ran from September 28 through October 1.

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Honda BF350 SeaVee

Honda Marine debuts all-new BF350 outboard

September 21st, we received the press announcement of Honda Marine’s all-new BF350 V8 outboard, the company’s first V8 motor available commercially.

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NOAA Catch Data

Flaws Identified in NOAA Fisheries’ Recreational Catch Data

The NMMA reported last week, that America’s leading recreational fishing, boating, and marine conservation organizations had released a white paper regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s findings that its Marine Recreational Information Program…

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Brunswick Corporation reports success and records at the 2023 Cannes Boat Show

Brunswick Corporation reported another record-setting display at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, one of the premier trade shows in Europe, with outboard engine market share gains, major new product launches, and a global product award.

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Involve promising employees in our industry through Distributor Shows or Conferences

This is a great time of year to involve promising employees in your business through the upcoming Distributor Shows or industry Conferences. Supporting your young employees by giving them the immersive, and often very enjoyable experience of getting to attend the Distributor Shows that are coming up soon all across Canada…

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Vision Marine

Vision Marine Technologies appoints 31st Premier of Quebec, Dr. Philippe Couillard, to the Board of Directors

Vision Marine Technologies Inc., a global leader and innovator within the performance electric recreational boating industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Philippe Couillard as an Independent Director to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

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NMMA Alan J. Freedman Award

Nominate an Industry Leader for the 2024 Alan J. Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2024 NMMA Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation.

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IBEX

IBEX 2023 announces Pavilions and Trade Routes focused on Innovation, Sustainability, and International Companies

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), North America’s largest trade event for marine industry professionals, has announced the details of its expanded exhibit halls, Product and International Pavilions, and Trade Routes. The Show will be held October 3-5, 2023 at the Tampa Convention Center.

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Dream Yacht Worldwide

Dream Yacht Worldwide and Paradise Yacht Management announce new partnership

Dream Yacht Worldwide and Paradise Yacht Management are happy to announce that they have entered into a partnership. With its extensive experience in crewed yacht management, Paradise Yacht Management will take over the recruitment, training, and management of crews for most of Dream Yacht’s fully crewed yachts…

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Cruisers Yachts Factory Expansion

Cruisers Yachts embarks on a 56,000 square foot factory expansion

Cruisers Yachts, a premier manufacturer of luxury yachts, has partnered with Alliance Construction on a 56,000-square-foot expansion to its Pulaski facility with a completion date of January 2024.

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PTC

ABYC announces Registration for 2024 Standards Week

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the non-profit organization that develops safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of boats has opened registration for Standards Week, Jan. 7-11, 2024, in Annapolis. The ABYC’s annual meeting is slated for the evening of Jan. 8, marking the organization’s 70th anniversary.

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Did the weather effect your season this year?

First and most obviously, we send our heartfelt sympathy to all those impacted by Canada’s record-setting wildfire season this summer. Especially; the fires in the Okanagan were shocking. What a sad and terrible thing to have hit our country. Every province seemed to have experienced these natural disasters. The smoke and smell from the wildfires was everywhere.

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KML logo

KML Hiring Sales & Marketing Assistant

Kerrwil Media Limited, located in Midland, Ontario is currently accepting resumes for the fun and dynamic role of Sales & Marketing Assistant! The ideal candidate for the available position with Kerrwil Media Limited is energetic, positive and a team player.  Sales, marketing and boating business experience with a willingness to continually learn and grow with KML in this role will ensure a great fit for this new team member.

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Avikus Neu Boat Dock System Components

Raymarine announces momentum with Avikus partnership

Raymarine, global leaders in high-performance marine electronics for the recreational boating, marine first responder, and law enforcement markets, announced the growing momentum of its partnership with autonomous boat navigation provider Avikus…

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Capria Crane Boat Club

New Canadian Boat Club opens with Capria Crane

Okanagan Lake is a picturesque glacial fjord in British Columbia, Canada. It’s also home to Mission Group’s new drystack-only Aqua Boat Club, part of the developer’s Aqua Waterfront Village in the city of Kelowna.

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Freedom Boat Club Spanish Locations

Freedom Boat Club continues to bolster its International presence; announces transition of four Spanish locations to the Freedom Brand

Following Freedom Boat Club’s acquisition of Fanautic Club in July 2021, today the Company announced that four of its franchise locations in Spain have recently transitioned to the Freedom brand.

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Dockmaster

DockMaster expands product fleet with the acquisition of Dockworks Marine Management Software

In a move that cements its position as a pioneer in marine and marina management software, DockMaster proudly announces the successful acquisition of Dockworks, a web-based solution tailored for small marine shops and boatyards.

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Corvus Worlds Largest Battery Electric Ship

Corvus awarded battery supply for the world`s largest Battery Electric Ship

Corvus Energy, the world’s leading provider of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry, is pleased to announce that the Company has been selected by technology group Wärtsilä to supply the battery systems for the world`s largest 100% electric lightweight Ro-Pax ferry.

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Brunswick Fliteboard

Brunswick Corporation announces the acquisition of Fliteboard

Brunswick Corporation on September 5th, announced the acquisition of Fliteboard, a leader in eFoiling technology, that will further enhance the Company’s industry-leading electrification and shared-access strategies.

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BRP

BRP has a record second quarter overall but with softening in marine

BRP has reported their second quarter 2023 results and with revenues of $2,778.0 million, the company was up 14% compared to the same period last year, a record second quarter for BRP.

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Marine Tech Recruitment plus, a thought-provoking reader’s letter

What are you doing to support Marine Tech Recruitment? Do you support mandatory PFD wear for all boaters?

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Brunswick Corporation surpasses 10,000 Ripl members cultivating an active digital community for boaters to connect

Brunswick Corporation’s community platform, Ripl, announced on August 31st, that it has surpassed 10,000 members. The community, which launched in late 2020, is designed to create an open forum for new and experienced boaters to connect…

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Vision Marine Speed Record

Vision Marine Technologies sets new Speed Records at the Lake of the Ozarks!

We are thrilled to announce a remarkable achievement by Vision Marine Technologies at the iconic Lake of the Ozarks recently. Amidst an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement, their cutting-edge electric powerboats shattered the existing speed records not once, but twice, solidifying their commitment to pushing the boundaries…

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Mercury Go Boldly

Mercury Marine, labor union announce new five-year collective bargaining agreement

Mercury Marine and the negotiating committee of the labor union, IAMAW Lodge 1947, announced on August 26, 2023, a new collective bargaining agreement. The new contract, which will remain in place through September 30, 2028, was voted in favor by the members of the IAMAW Lodge 1947 and will be signed by both Mercury Marine and the IAMAW.

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Avikus Test Boat Cruise

IBEX 365 NEWS – Avikus looks to the future

The growth of Avikus, HD Hyundai’s autonomous navigation in-house startup, has been explosive. Propelled by an innovative edge and a commitment to expand the industry by lowering barriers to boating, Avikus is making huge waves in the industry.

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Andy Adams

Some good news on the tech situation

For about as long as I can remember, the boating industry has needed more technicians to train and join the business. With the west coast’s balmy weather and basically twelve-month season, it seems that British Columbia has simply been able to attract more young people into the industry yet even there, we see unfilled opportunities.

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Mercury Marine Avator

Mercury Marine launches Avator™ 20e and 35e electric outboards – raising the bar for performance, ease of charging and connectivity

Mercury Marine today introduced the Avator™ 20e and 35e electric propulsion systems. The new models join Mercury’s electric propulsion lineup alongside the award-winning Avator 7.5e outboard, which launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. 

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Vision Marine Speed Record Attempt

Vision Marine Technologies Out to Make Electric-Powered UIM/APBA Speed Record Attempt

“KILO” runs at Lake of the Ozarks Shootout will be the venue for the record run. Vision Marine Technologies has announced its intention to set an absolute world speed record for an electric-powered boat at a UIM-sanctioned kilo run on August 27 during the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Sunrise Beach, Mo.

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NMMA New Headquarters

NMMA moves Headquarters to Washington, D.C. amid continued expansion in advocacy

The NMMA announced on August 23, the relocation of its headquarters to Washington D.C. as the association continues to expand its advocacy work. The NMMA’s previous headquarters were in Chicago, which will continue to serve as a strategic hub for key departments including membership and market expansion.

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IJC seeks Public Input on Water Levels

The Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee is seeking to better understand how changing Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River water levels impact people that live and work along the shoreline as well as the ecosystem.

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2024 Sea-Doo

BRP announces advances for the 2024 Sea-Doo and Manitou product lineups

BRP Inc., continues to push the boundaries to create unforgettable memories on water, with the model year 2024  Sea-Doo and Manitou product lineups. Sea-Doo is revving up the waves with the next generation of the iconic Spark, adding thoughtful new comfort, convenience and styling updates.

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Boating Ontario

Boating Ontario represents the boating industry at the 2023 Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

Boating Ontario is a non-profit association that engages and promotes the boating industry, advocates on behalf of their members, and aims to increase boater retention by educating and promoting subjects of interest and concern to the public.

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BoatUS Storm Prep Tips

Boaters need to know how to prepare for hurricane season

The Boat Owners Association of The United States, BoatUS sent this valuable information just ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Hilary in Southern California early Monday morning August 21.

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Craig Sholten

Global Standardization Advocate: ABYC’s Craig Scholten reappointed Chair of ISO/TC188 Small Craft Committee

This August Craig Scholten, American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) technical vice president, has been reappointed as chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 188 Small Craft until the end of 2026.

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Yamaha WaveRunners

Yamaha unveils new 2024 products including 1.9L engine for boats and WaveRunners

On August 14, 2023, Yamaha Motor Canada unveiled a new 1.9L High Output Yamaha marine engine for WaveRunners and boats previously equipped with the Yamaha 1.8L HO motor and also the new 25-foot 255 FSH Sport H centre console boat…

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TIBS

Toronto International Boat Show Early Bird Rate offer has delivered very strong renewal results

More than 300 exhibitors/spaces were renewed before the August 15 deadline which represents a 36% higher renewal rate compared to last year at the same renewal deadline.

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Andy Adams

Changing technology may require us to change

Marine Industry News from the UK reported that 3,784 new cars and sport utility vehicles, including Porsche, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen and Mercedes models were damaged or destroyed when the car transporter ship Fremantle Highway experienced an onboard fire on July 25th.

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Captain P.V.H. Weems

Weems & Plath Marks 95 Years

Weems & Plath proudly announces their milestone 95th year in business. The globally renowned nautical and weather instrument manufacturer was founded in 1928 by Captain Philip Van Horn Weems (a graduate and instructor of the U.S. Naval Academy), in partnership with his wife, Margaret Thackray Weems, as the “Weems System of Navigation.”

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Taiga Orca

Taiga begins deliveries of the new Orca Performance Personal Watercraft

Off-road electric vehicle manufacturer Taiga Motors Corporation is thrilled to announce the launch of its newest model, Orca Performance, marking a significant milestone in the marine industry.

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Bureau Veritas

Propspeed receives Type Approval from Bureau Veritas

Propspeed®, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has announced that after significant third-party testing, the Propspeed foul-release coating system has received Type Approval from Bureau Veritas.

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The Guessies 2023

Nominations open for 4th International Electric Boat Awards – The Gussies

Nominations are now being accepted for the fourth annual Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating, the international electric boat awards started in 2020 by electric boat news website Plugboats.com. Judging to be done by International Panel, Past Gussies Winners and Public.

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Marine Trailer Performance

Lippert acquires Marine Trailer Performance

LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. ( Lippert™), a supplier of a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the recreation and transportation product markets and the related aftermarkets of those industries…

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Smoker Craft

Congressman Rudy Yakym visits Smoker Craft dealer meeting

Multi-line boat builder Smoker Craft Inc. welcomed Indiana’s Second District Congressman Rudy Yakym (R) as a guest of honor at its annual dealer meeting, which kicked off on Sunday at the company’s New Paris, Indiana manufacturing facility.

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KingFisher Boats announces significant organizational changes

KingFisher Boats, a leading manufacturer of high-quality boats, is pleased to announce significant organizational changes aimed at fortifying its position in the market and ensuring long-term success.

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Captain Phab – a truly comprehensive line up of Canadian-made and environmentally-friendly products.

Located in the blooming metropolis of Peterborough, Ontario, nestled right in the heart of The Kawartha’s aka “Cottage Country”. Captain Phab is a family-owned and operated manufacturer of eco-friendly boat care formulations that customers all over Canada use.

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New products power the industry

I feel that we are in a sort of golden era for new products in the boating industry and that can only be a good thing for everyone. Especially, connectivity through the internet and cellular services and the digital integration of just about everything, seems to have brought in greater functionality, improved reliability and ever-more features to benefit the boating experience.

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Shadow-Caster

Shadow-Caster adds new sales rep group

Shadow-Caster Lighting, a leading manufacturer of next-generation NMEA 2000-compatible lighting control solutions and LED fixtures, has signed Coast Marine Marketing as its newest sales representative group. Brian Rogers, Shadow-Caster president, made the announcement.

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Trent-Severn Waterway

Le Boat announces its expansion in Canada – The Trent Severn Waterway

Le Boat has revealed plans to expand on the Trent Severn Waterway for 2024 and cruises are now on sale for the 2024 boating season.

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Innovation Awards 2023

IBEX announces 2023 Judging Panel for Innovation Awards

New Product Technology to Take Center Stage at Opening Day Industry Breakfast and Along Innovation Way Throughout the Days of the Show.

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The Marine Guardian

Gemeco announces exclusive distribution partnership with The Marine Guardian

Gemeco Marine Electronics Specialists [GEMECO], a premier wholesale marine distributor, is pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement with The Marine Guardian, a leading provider of boat security systems.

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Garmin and JL Audio

Garmin signs purchase agreement to acquire JL Audio

On August 7, 2023, Garmin Ltd., announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JL Audio, a privately-held U.S. company that designs and manufactures audio solutions for marine, aftermarket automotive, powersports, home and RV customers.

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Dometic and Apex Marine

Dometic partners with Apex Marine to make advanced electric power steering standard on Qwest Pontoon Boat models

Dometic has announced an agreement with leading boat builder Apex Marine, Inc. that will bring the comfort, ease, and sportscar-like control of SeaStar Xtreme Power Assist (XPA) Steering and Electric Power Steering (EPS) to a whole new class of popular vessels.

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Discover Boating

Discover Boating launches fifth episode in Digital Video Series, Powered by Progressive® Insurance

Throughout the summer, Discover Boating has offered a variety of safe boating content including how-to’s, videos and articles through its social media channels, newsletters and website.

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Tim Hortons Boat Thru

Interview with Tim Horton’s, Heather MacLeod – Lake Scugog Floating Drive-Thru Weekend a Success

The boating community is really curious, so CY Media reached out to Tim Horton’s and had the opportunity to interview Director of Marketing Communications, Heather MacLeod, about the Pop-Up Floating Drive-Thru on Lake Scugog, this past August 5 & 6.

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Tim Horton's Boat thru

Tim Hortons opening its first-ever Boat-Thru for a limited time on Ontario’s Lake Scugog, serving FREE cold beverages to guests who arrive by watercraft on Aug. 5-6

Buoy, oh buoy, something cool, unique and refreshing is coming to Ontario’s Lake Scugog this August long weekend only – the first-ever Tims Boat-Thru!

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Fashion style.

I recently saw a dramatic, super-wide-angle photo of a brightly coloured landscape that turned out to be a virtual ocean of discarded clothing. We have all heard about the plastic in the oceans and that the plastic degrades down to ever-smaller little bits, but that it never goes away.

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Stranded Locals

Sailing Coaches save stranded locals amidst wildfire emergency in Greece

The rescue of over 130 people from wildfires by coaches at a youth sailing world championship has been hailed as “a truly outstanding example of the best qualities of our sport” by World Sailing Chief Executive Officer David Graham.

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ePropulsion Partnership

ePropulsion renews winning partnership and reinforces technical collaboration with SailGP for Seasons 4 and 5

ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, has extended its comprehensive partnership with SailGP, the world’s most exciting race on water, for Seasons 4 and 5 to advance the decarbonization and integration of clean energy solutions across the marine industry.

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NMMA Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada Announces DPDPE Marine Exemption

NMMA Canada is pleased to report that the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has announced a preliminary exemption on all products containing DPDPE used in marine vessels.

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Discover Boating seeking new product video footage from manufacturers

Discover Boating is looking for new running footage of several different boat types which will be used in Discover Boating creative and media b-roll. With NMMA member help, Discover Boating will be updating its video assets to promote the variety of new boat types available to consumers. 

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ABYC Standards

ABYC Publishes 63rd Supplement to Small Craft Standards – Free webinar to offer insights on 2023-2024 updates

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has published its 63rd supplement to Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft. The annual publication provides the international marine industry with the latest updates to the boat building and repair standards used for over 90% of the boats constructed in the United States.

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Influence back to school plans now

Today is August 1st, 2023 and I call this the mid-point in summer 2023. By now, you should be staffed up and buzzing along with high-season business. It’s also a time to stop and thoughtfully assess the people you have working with you and what plans you might have for their future.

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Heat Wave Boating Safety Tips

With no end to scorching temperatures in sight, boaters must be prepared

Here are 5 valuable tips from our friends at the BoatUS Foundation, for protecting you and your crew while boating in severe heat

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Vision Marine Challenge

Vision Marine Technologies sets sail on a revolutionary World Record Journey: Conquering the Longest Distance on an Electric Boat

On July 24, 2023, Vision Marine Technologies Inc., a global leader and innovator within the performance electric recreational boating industry, proudly announced an exhilarating and game-changing project that is set to revolutionize the boating industry.

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Marinemax

MarineMax reports Fiscal 2023 Third Quarter Results

On July 27, 2023, MarineMax Inc. (NYSE: HZO), the world’s largest recreational boat, yacht, and superyacht services company, announced results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2023.

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Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club announces plans for 400th Club Location

Freedom Boat Club, a business of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the world’s largest boat club, has announced the planned opening of a 400th club location, which will be in Jupiter, Florida, one of the most popular boating destinations in the U.S. Since Brunswick’s acquisition of Freedom Boat Club in 2019…

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Bipartisan Group

Bipartisan group of Lawmakers express concerns over proposed NOAA Regulations

In the NMMA newsletter Currents last week, editors described that a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus held a briefing on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposed expansion of its North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule.

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Bring ‘em back alive

I recently had the pleasure of a private tour through the new York Regional Police Marine Unit’s headquarters in Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe, guided by Staff Sgt. Aaron Busby. For a fairly young guy, he has already had a ton of experience and that includes some arduous search and rescue emergencies. He shared the story of one experience that was fairly typical and could have been deadly.

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Vision Marine

Vision Marine reports net losses for Q3 2023

A story in the UK media outlet Marine Industry News has reported that Canada-headquartered electric boatbuilder Vision Marine Technologies reported earnings results for its third quarter, which ended 31 May 2023.

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IBEX Innovation Awards 2023

Submit your product entry for the 2023 IBEX Innovation Awards

Entries for the 2023 IBEX Innovation Awards program are now being accepted. IBEX 2023 will be hosting the Innovation Awards program during this year’s event taking place October 3-5 in Tampa.

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Sponsors Needed

Sponsors Needed for the London Children`s Hospital Charity Bass Tournament

MacDonald Turkey Point Marina is home of the London Children`s Hospital Charity Bass Tournament. After a successful 22 years of tournaments, we are now planning the 23rd Annual Charity Bass Tournament set for September 10, 2023.

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Severn II Damage

Severn II update

As we have reported, Severn II, a historic 8-Metre racing boat was involved in a collision during a recent race on Lake Ontario. The boat sank almost immediately – fortunately no-one was injured.

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Mercury Brownsburg

Mercury Marine’s global distribution center in Indiana achieves prestigious LEED Green Building certification

On July 18, Mercury Marine announced that its global distribution center in Brownsburg, Indiana has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 512,000 square foot facility opened in October 2022 and supports Mercury’s industry leading parts and accessories business.

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Be Water Positive

Canadian Vendée hopeful changes name

We have learned through UK marine media source Marine Industry News, that Canada Ocean Racing has announced a new team name: “Be Water Positive”.

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The revolution is starting

Last Friday I drove to Gordon Bay Marine in Muskoka to ride the Taiga – specifically the Canadian-made Taiga Orca Carbon electric personal watercraft. This has been developed by three enthusiasts from McGill University and the first Taiga Orca Carbon came onto the market last year. As Annick Lauzon, Taiga Marketing Director explained, this new personal watercraft brings a number of benefits.

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BRIG Ribs Return

Ukrainian-manufactured Brig RIBs return to Australia

The UK Marine Industry News has reported that after a year of forced hiatus due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Brig factory in Kharkiv has resumed production and the first all-new Brig RIBs have arrived in Australia.

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Lake of the Woods

TowBoatUS Lake of the Woods now open

For the first time, the boating community on Lake of the Woods has access to 24/7 towing, jump-starts, refueling and more. TowBoatUS Lake of the Woods, helmed by Capt. Doug Nelson, and his wife, Melanie, is open for business and excited to serve the local on-water community.

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Avator 20 and 35e in Production

Mercury Avator™ 20e and 35e Electric Outboards enter production

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced that it has begun serial production of its new 20e and 35e Avator electric propulsions systems, with release for sale planned for later in 2023.

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Luxury Tax Results

Luxury Tax National Survey results

As you probably know, Boating BC along with Boating Ontario and with input gathered from other MTAs, has been conducting an ongoing survey regarding the loss of sales and lost employment due to the federal government’s luxury tax.

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Giving the environment a break

The two hottest days on record globally, happened last week and with record heat, torrential rains and flooding in some places, and all the other alarming environmental news we are hearing these days, I want to share my sense of relief at the progress being made in the trucking industry.

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Yamaha Marine Facility

Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers expands Greenfield facility

Pictured left to right: Kathy Laesch (Office of U.S. Senator Braun), Dan Riley (Greenfield City Council), Jason Davidson (Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers), Batuhan Ak (Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers), Mark Tracy (Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit), Bill Boehman (Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit)…

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NMMA Hall of Fame

Nominate an industry leader for the 2023 NMMA Hall of Fame Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 NMMA Hall of Fame Award through July 21. NMMA’s most prestigious recognition, the annual Hall of Fame Award honors industry icons— visionaries whose outstanding contributions have and continue to advance, guide and transform the recreational boating industry.

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BRNKL

Government of Canada invests in Remote Monitoring of Hazardous Vessels

Canadians expect clean and safe waterways, and efficient response to marine hazards is a priority for the Government of Canada. Abandoned, wrecked or hazardous vessels can threaten marine environments, local communities and economies.

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Dockmate with Glendinning Controls

Dockmate expands on existing OEM relationships with greater compatibility with Glendinning controls

Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote controls for yachts, announced the expansion of its already deeply established ties with OEM engine and thruster control systems, by developing greater compatibility with Glendinning controls.

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Axopar 25 Electric Prototype

Axopar Boats steers investment round into Evoy as a commitment to electric boating

Reinforcing its position as the industry forerunner and innovator, Axopar takes further steps in leading the transition towards electrification and more sustainable boating, bringing substantial capital and a 10% ownership in Evoy…

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Happy Canada Day!

I sincerely hope that you have had a great Canada Day and a positive start to our high season of pleasure boating across Canada. As I write this, the sun is shining and the temperature is about ideal for summer. We have a lot of reasons to smile and be happy.

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Voltari 260

VOLTARI 260 – Canadian performance boat sets record for world’s first fully electric performance boat to cross through the gulf stream

VOLTARI 260 and its hands-on adventurous crew journeyed across the Gulf Stream from Key Largo to Bimini on a single battery charge.

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EBI

Successful EBI General Assembly in France concludes with new leadership team and growing membership

After a successful six months in which the association reached several milestones, European Boating Industry held its General Assembly at the headquarters of the Jeanneau Yard, where it welcomed four new members and renewed its leadership team led by incoming President Robert Marx.

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IBEX Innovation Awards 2023

Submit your products for the 2023 IBEX Innovation Awards

Entries for the 2023 IBEX Innovation Awards program are now being accepted. IBEX 2023 will be hosting the Innovation Awards program during this year’s event taking place October 3-5 in Tampa.

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Recreational Boating

Recreational Fishing and Boating Community opposes Vessel Speed Restrictions in the Gulf of Mexico – calls for collaboration in conserving Rice’s Whales

The NMMA has sent out this important story about vessel speed restrictions in the Gulf of Mexico. Leading organizations representing recreational fishing and boating in the United States urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to reject a petition to establish a year-round 10-knot (11 mph) vessel speed limit…

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Ocean Tribute Award 2024

“Ocean Tribute” Award 2024 call for Entries

Prince Albert II Foundation, German Ocean Foundation and boot Düsseldorf at the helm for international marine protection.

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Environmental leadership urgently needed

Last week in the Editor’s Message, I shared some of the thoughts from Eric Reguly’s Opinion column in the Globe & Mail from Saturday, June 17 where he wrote that “Your next EV could be made from metals extracted from the seabed – a potential disaster.”

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Deep Blue Battery 80

Torqeedo doubles the capacity of Deep Blue batteries

Torqeedo GmbH, the global market leader for marine electric drives, has announced a new battery option for its Deep Blue series of powerful electric drives: Deep Blue Battery 80.

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Sharrow Marine

Sharrow Marine announces successful completion of $30+ million in a series of financings

Sharrow Marine, a subsidiary of Sharrow Engineering LLC, a leading manufacturer of revolutionary propellers for boats and ships, has announced the successful completion of a $30+ million series of debt and equity financings.

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IBBI X Scanstrut

IBBI selects Scanstrut as exclusive USB and Wireless Charger Supplier

IBBI, the marine industry’s largest purchasing cooperative is proud to announce its partnership with Scanstrut, a renowned brand in the marine and outdoor technology industry.

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Highfield Boats New Facility

Highfield Boats USA opens new 50,000-sq.ft. warehouse and rigging facility in Michigan

Highfield Boats, the world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum-hull Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS), is delighted to announce the opening of its new 50,000-sq.ft. warehouse and rigging facility in Cadillac, Michigan.

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Paul Blanc and Samuel Dubois

Groupe Beneteau’s Boating Solutions division strengthens with new appointments

The Boating Solutions division is being strengthened to accelerate the Groupe Beneteau development by new activities such as digital and personalised services for end customers and informing owners of different ways to enjoy their boat.

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation Operations Update – IT security incident

On June 13, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) reported an IT security incident that impacted some of its systems and global facilities. The Company activated its response protocols, which included pausing operations in some locations, and engaging leading security experts and law enforcement to assist.

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Schaefer Yachts

2023 Schaefer Yacht Give-Away

The 2023 Schaefer Yacht Give-Away Winner is Ryan Poulter from the Hamilton area. Ryan feels like a very lucky man with a partner that is equally thrilled about getting out on the water together and sharing some boating experiences. Ryan is an avid boat owner and he’s been boating since he was 9-years old.

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Electric Vehicles and the future

I wanted to share a few of the thoughts from Eric Reguly’s Opinion column in the Globe & Mail from last Saturday, June 17. It certainly gave me pause for thought. The headline was, “Your next EV could be made from metals extracted from the seabed – a potential disaster.”

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VoltSafe

VoltSafe launches Marina Pilot Program

Traditional marine electrical power pedestals are problematic with recessed contacts that make it impossible to detect corrosion, a major cause of marina and boat fires. Shore power pedestals are antiquated and require maintenance and labour to manually monitor and manage electricity usage which is inefficient and costly.

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Riverpark Acquires Prospec

Riverpark acquires Prospec Electronics

ProSpec Electronics, a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance outdoor OEM and aftermarket audio solutions, has been acquired by electronics distributor RiverPark Inc. Dave Sykes, ProSpec president, and Steve Bollero, RiverPark president, made the shared announcement.

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Katie Nicoll, and Mark Searle

Katie Nicoll Receives President’s Trophy

On Saturday June 10th during the Sail Past Ceremony at the Port Credit Yacht Club Glenn Lethbridge, Executive Director of Ontario Sailing, presented Katie Coleman Nicoll with the President’s Trophy.

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IBEX Innovation Awards 2023

Enter your product for the 2023 IBEX Innovation Awards

Entries for the 2023 IBEX Innovation Awards program are now being accepted. IBEX 2023 will be hosting the Innovation Awards program during this year’s event taking place October 3-5 in Tampa.

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Hurricane Season Begins

Boaters: Are You Ready for Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily?

2023 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1; get time-tested preparation tips from the experts at BoatUS. Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily are the first five names NOAA will deploy for incoming storms this Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

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Environment versus commerce

This past week was a black one for Canada as record numbers of wildfires from coast to coast, blanketed large parts of North America in smoke and fumes. Video of dark orange skies over New York city were carried on news outlets world-wide.

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Boating United

U.S. Coast Guard proposal to harmonize PFD standards between the United States and Canada

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has advanced a proposal to harmonize personal flotation device (PFD) standards between the United States and Canada that would enhance boating safety, promote consistency, and facilitate cross-border cooperation in maritime activities.

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Go Sailing

2023 National #GoSailing Days set for June 16-18

Canadian sailing enthusiasts from across the country will be invited to celebrate their favourite sport during the 2023 edition of National #GoSailing Days to be held June 16-18.

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EBI

European Boating Industry and ICOMIA join UN World Tourism Organization

The European and global associations of the recreational boating industry join the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as affiliate members.

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation named one of the Best Companies to Work For in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), the world’s largest marine technology company, has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For in 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report.

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BRP

BRP reports First Quarter Revenues up 34%

June 1, 2023, BRP Inc., reported its financial results for the three-month period ended April 30, 2023. “Fiscal 2024 is off to a good start for BRP. We delivered a solid first-quarter performance with record revenue for that period and a 43% increase in Normalized EPS.

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One armed paper hanger

With a start to summer 2023 and the hot weather (sometimes way too hot!), boats will be launched and the season leaps into full tilt mode.

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Ritchie Navigation

Ritchie Navigation signs French distributor

Ritchie Navigation, the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of magnetic compasses, has signed French VDM-Reya as its newest distributor. Jon Sherman, Ritchie president, made the announcement.

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David Blondheim Mercury Award

Mercury Marine Recognized by American Foundry Society with 2023 Plant Engineering Award

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, has been recognized by the American Foundry Society (AFS) with the 2023 Plant Engineering Award for its implementation of Industry 4.0 data collection technologies and data analytics at its aluminum castings facility at the company’s world headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

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Misfuel Mishap

BoatUS reminds boaters to avoid a “Misfuel Mishap”

For Canadians planning to go boating in the USA this summer, BoatUS reminds boaters to avoid a “Misfuel Mishap”. In America ‘Regular 88,’ an E15 fuel, is prohibited for use in recreational boats.

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Boat Builder Awards

Boat Builder Awards 2023 opens with new date and expanded opportunities to highlight business and professional success

IBI and METSTRADE announce they are continuing their long-standing collaboration with headline sponsor Raymarine to produce the largest ever Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement…

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Environmental solutions may be great for boating

The whole world seems united in the idea of taking action to protect the planet and among the immediate effects we are seeing is the move to green vehicles. Governments are driving this change by basically banning petroleum fueled vehicles in the next few years.

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Suzuki Ribbon Cutting

Suzuki Marine officially opens Technical Center in Panama City, Florida

Suzuki Marine USA, Inc. has announced the completion of its state-of-the-art Suzuki Marine Technical Center located at 1 Suzuki Way in Panama City, Florida.

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NMMA Impact Study

NMMA reports recreational boating’s economic impact soars to $230 Billion

NMMA recently announced new data which found the annual economic impact of recreational boating increased 36%, from $170B in 2018 to $230B in 2023. The industry’s contributions to the U.S. workforce grew as well, with a 14% increase in jobs supported, from 691,000 in 2018 to more than 812,000 in 2023.

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Team Biotherm

Industry-leading French Sailmaker, Incidence Sails introduces ALUULA Composites aboard Biotherm in the Around the World Ocean Race

Canadian advanced materials technology firm, ALUULA Composites (TSX-V: AUUA) is pleased to report the addition of a new brand partner, Incidence Sails of France, to introduce a new generation of ultra-light, strong, and recycle-ready composite material for use in sailmaking.

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Volvo Penta IPS Platform Hybrid

From power to superpower – Volvo Penta introduces all-new IPS professional platform

Volvo Penta is focused on sustainable solutions and now, the company has introduced the new Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) professional platform – the next evolution in our fully integrated helm-to-propeller experience.

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Mercury Marine Avator 7.5e Electric Outboard

First Mercury Marine Avator™ 7.5e electric outboard registered in the U.S. sold by NuWave Marine

NuWave Marine, a Mercury Marine authorized dealer in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, recently sold the first Mercury Avator™ 7.5e electric outboard to be registered in the United States.

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Buddy Melges

Eight Bells: Harry Clemons “Buddy” Melges, Jr. – January 26, 1930 – May 18, 2023

Harry Clemons “Buddy” Melges Jr., considered to be one of the greatest competitive sailors in the sport of sailing, passed away on May 18, 2023. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy as one of the most accomplished and revered sailors in American history.

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IAA Competition

Don’t Miss Out On the Recognition You Deserve – Enter today!

Submissions for the 2023 International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition close on June 30. Now is the time to enter your most impressive project into one of the seven major categories with 44 subcategories for a chance to be recognized and rewarded for your work. Don’t miss out on getting your work seen by thousands!

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North American Safe Boating Awareness Week is this week – May 20 – 26, 2023

Back in April we wrote about North American Safe Boating Awareness Week that will take place across both Canada and the United States from May 20th to May 26th, 2023. In Canada, this initiative is managed by the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) and its partners, is to promote safe and responsible boating practices.

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National Safe Boating Week

BoatUS Foundation: ‘5 Ways to Be Seen and Heard’ when you really need to summon help

When you have an emergency on the water, how do you get help? For National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is reminding boaters that having the ability to be seen and heard is critically important.

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Afloat Plan Home

Sirius Signal Marine Safety app rebranded as Afloat Plan Home

Sirius Signal, the leader in marine safety innovations, has announced that the float plan used in its marine safety app has updated functionality and been relaunched as Afloat Plan Home, separate from the Sirius Signal brand.

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Pfaff Marine and Vanquish Yachts

Pfaff Marine proudly announces partnership with Vanquish Yachts for Canada

Dutch yacht builder Vanquish Yachts – well known for its custom craftsmanship yachts has partnered with Pfaff Marine, a division of Pfaff Automotive Group/Lithia Canada to provide Canadian representation of the Vanquish family of products across Canada.

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Parks Canada

Kirkfield Lift Lock modified lockages to start the 2023 season

On September 2, 2022, the Kirkfield Lift Lock site was closed due to a mechanical failure. Since then, construction crews have been on-site working to restore the Kirkfield Lift Lock to full operation.

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Bryton Marine Group

Bryton Marine Group earns Gold Standard as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Family-owned Bryton Marine Group has once again been awarded Gold Standard for Canada’s Best Managed Companies, solidifying its position as a leading business in the country.

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BO ABYC MRAA

Would you like your Service Manager to earn their Service Management Credentials FOR FREE?

Boating Ontario informs us that the MRAA and ABYC have worked to create a certification test for Marine Service Management. Right now, they are looking for Service Managers to pilot the test FOR FREE!!!

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Problem or opportunity?

Shortages of people seem to be hitting all sorts of businesses and industries. I find it hard to comprehend but it seems to be a global issue, not just Canada or even North America-wide.

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Leaving Wilmington

Suzuki Marine USA completes Ecofuel Run to The American Boating Congress

The opening of the 2023 American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, DC featured a small boat that recently concluded a truly big and significant adventure — running by water from Suzuki Marine’s home state of Florida up to the nation’s capitol.

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Groupe Beneteau

Groupe Beneteau focuses on boating – enters exclusive negotiations with Trigano for the sale of its Housing business

Groupe Beneteau is announcing that it has entered exclusive negotiations with Trigano, a European market leader for leisure vehicles, concerning the sale of its Housing business, specialized in manufacturing leisure homes for the camping tourism sector in particular.

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Bradford DTS

Georgian College and Mercury Marine host High School Student event

High school students from Collingwood and Bradford came to the Georgian College Midland Campus on May 3rd to be introduced to the opportunities available in the Marine, Small Engine and Welding programs.

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Like Playoff Hockey

It occurs to me that running your business this coming summer is a lot like playoff hockey. In many markets across the country we again face a short season, intense competition from all the other vacation options that were blocked during COVID, and the clock is running. Labour Day is coming.

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Appreciation Certificate

John Morris honoured at Spring Thaw Luncheon

John Morris, Editor of Canadian Yachting OnBoard and Sailing in Canada News Digests, was honored in March at the 2023 Spring Thaw Lunch, Toronto’s annual kick off to a new sailing and boating season.

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CruisersYachts Website

CRUISERSYACHTS.COM gets a new look

Cruisers Yachts recently launched a new website redesign. The new site offers an exceptional user experience with fresh branding and updated functionality.

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EV Charging Investment

Canada Infrastructure Bank marks its first EV charging investment with a $220 million commitment to FLO®

In late April, the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and FLO announced their plan to bring more than 2,000 public fast charging ports online across Canada by 2027.

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation wins a record 11 Top Product Awards from Boating Industry Magazine

Brunswick Corporation announced that the company had won a record 11 Boating Industry Magazine 2023 Top Product Awards recognizing the strength of the Company’s portfolio of brands and commitment to innovation. 

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The Sharing Economy – profits or problems?

As we start into May and the hope of a great summer in 2023, we have a question that you may want to ponder. Do you see the sharing economy affecting your business now or in the future? And if so, does it bring profits or problems?

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Radio Holland

New 4-digit channel numbers on marine VHF radiotelephones

Radio Holland put out a press release that primarily applies to shipping but that may have an impact on some pleasure craft as well.

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation announces expansion of BoatClass with eight new locations for the 2023 boating season

Brunswick Corporation has announced the expansion of its BoatClass program, an immersive on-water training program designed to teach boating safety and assist boaters in gaining confidence on the water.

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ABYC Technicians

ABYC announces Outstanding Technician Winners

As part of the International Marine Service Technician Week, April 24-29, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) announced the five recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Technician Awards, sponsored by Yamaha.

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Celebrate your marine service technicians this week!

Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest wants to join in the ABYC initiative to celebrate all the marine technicians this week!

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Suzuki Marine USA running EcoFuel Powered Sea Pro from Florida to Nation’s Capitol for the American Boating Congress

Suzuki Marine USA embarked on an important journey beginning Tuesday, April 18, setting out from Jacksonville, Florida on a nearly 800-mile journey by water to Washington D.C., where the 259 Sea Pro center console will be highlighted in an on-the-water display during the 2023 American Boating Congress, May 8-10.

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Boating BC

Oceans Protection Plan Emergency Towing

In their recent Member Newsletter, Boating BC invited readers to be aware and to respond to the Oceans Protection Plan Emergency Towing initiative.

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Mercury Avator 7.5e

Mercury Marine wins four prestigious iF Design Awards

Mercury Marine has been recognized with four International Forum Design (iF) awards for its Avator™ 7.5e electric outboard motor, its V10 Verado® outboard and its V12 Verado® outboard.

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Mercury Avator Shipment

Mercury Marine achieves electrification milestone as first Avator™ electric outboards now shipping to global customers

Mercury Marine has announced the first group of Avator™ 7.5e electric outboards has shipped to global customers, representing a major milestone in Mercury’s electrification strategy.

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ABYC Tech

Industry celebrates Marine Service Technician Week, April 24-29

The ABYC invites businesses and boaters to celebrate their technicians this week! To bring awareness and recognition to marine service professionals who keep boats safe, reliable and enjoyable, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) designated April 24-29, 2023 as International Marine Service Technician Week. 

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BYD Secures Contract to Design New Electric Passenger Catamaran

Ontario-based BYD- Naval Architects, a dynamic design firm within the marine industry, have successfully secured the design contract to develop a new electric 27 metre Passenger Catamaran for Ottawa Boat Cruises as part of their initiative to continue delivering zero emissions tourism to Canada.

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Boating Safety is good business

This year, as in the past, we will again hold North American Safe Boating Awareness Week from May 20 – 26, and for many marine industry businesses, (not just marinas), this can be good business. First, many companies sell boating safety products and this occasion gives you a way to gain local media attention at little or no cost. 

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Mercury Go Boldly

New Study shows Mercury Marine has $5.4 Billion Annual Economic Impact on Fond du Lac Community

According to a new study conducted by Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Mercury Marine (a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), headquartered in Fond du Lac, has a $5.4 billion annual economic impact on the local Fond du Lac community – an increase of almost 10% from just three years ago.

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Marine Trades Accreditation

IYRS School of Technology & Trades Earns Accreditation from ABYC Foundation

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has designated Marine Systems at IYRS School of Technology and Trades a Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP). Launched in 2022, the MTAP ensures training is aligned with industry needs, at both secondary and post-secondary schools.

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick recognizes Global Facilities for Record-Setting Safety Achievements

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has announced the 29 recipients of its 2023 awards for exceptional safety performance in a year in which Brunswick achieved the lowest incident and injury rates in Company history.

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BRP officially opens its first European Design and Innovation centre in Sophia Antipolis

On April 11th, BRP Inc. inaugurated its first European Design and Innovation Centre. Located in Sophia Antipolis in the south of France, this new Centre reasserts the central role that BRP assigns to design and innovation as a growth driver.

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Ocean Systems Choose Gemeco Distributor

Across Ocean Systems chooses Gemeco as North American Distributor

The Canadian manufacturer continues to expand their NMEA 2000 solutions. Gemeco Marine Electronics Specialists [GEMECO] has announced a distribution agreement with Across Ocean Systems [AOS], a Canadian manufacturer of innovative NMEA 2000® solutions.

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Engine Cut-off Switches – public consultation

Again, Transport Canada is looking at further regulation of boating. Now the focus is on Engine Cut-off Switches. Currently, Canada only requires engine cut-off switches be installed on personal watercraft, but engine manufacturers and boat builders have been installing the switches on vessels for years due to their safety benefits.

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Boats are not cars

That certainly seems obvious when you say it, but I suspect that the vast majority of Canadians drive cars or trucks and that they equate their road driving skills to driving a boat on the water.

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Greenline optimises capacity for larger yachts as it discontinues its Greenline 33

Greenline Yachts, the worldwide leader in alternative propulsion motorboats and pioneer of hybrid yachts, has announced it will cease production of the Greenline 33.

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Education rather than regulation

Last week I attended one of the last 2023 Boating Ontario Regional Meetings. It was in Orillia, it was just packed and in all the years I’ve been attending these great sessions, I don’t recall a time when there were more big issues facing us as an industry.

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Zhik announces new distributor in Canada.

Zhik is pleased to announce an innovative extension to its partnership with the Canada SailGP Team to include distribution of its full range of products in Canada. The dynamic, ground-breaking technical sailing gear brand has appointed CSGP Distribution as its exclusive distributor of Zhik throughout the country.

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Brunswick Corporation

Two Brunswick Corporation Emerging Leaders Named to Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 List

Boating Industry Magazine has announced its 2023 40 Under 40 list recognizing two emerging leaders within Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) among the industry’s top young professionals.

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Trent Severn

Government of Canada invests $74 million in the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of stories from coast to coast to coast. Investing in these locations helps support the protection of natural heritage and our rich history, increases climate resiliency and creates jobs in local communities…

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European boating industry sets ambitious 2030 target on end-of-life boats

For the first time, the boating industry in Europe represented by EBI launches a roadmap for solving the roadblocks to end-of-life boat recycling. Based on a three-year process involving all public and private stakeholders, it sets ambitious targets for the period until 2030.

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Brunswick Corporation

12 Brunswick Zero-Waste Facilities Diverted 9 million Pounds of Waste in 2022; Additional Facilities will Reach Zero-Waste Status in 2023

In honor of United Nations’ first International Day of Zero-Waste, Brunswick Corporation is highlighting efforts to transition and maintain zero-waste-to-landfill status for its locations over the last year.

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Unintended consequences

I received an eye-opening email from a reader last week and the issue he raised is what I would call an unintended consequence. We have a few of those right now.

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NMEA

NMEA adds Electric Propulsion Messages to NMEA 2000 Standard

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released new NMEA 2000 messages (PGNs) to accommodate the growing electric propulsion and battery management market.

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BRP

BRP reports record results

BRP has reported revenues of 3076.3 million, an increase of 728.8 million or 31% compared to the same period last year, a record performance for a single quarter in the company’s history.

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Boat Lift Marinas

Boat lift marinas are a rapidly growing trend

The concept of a boat lift marina, pile-mounted lifts that are installed in place of traditional in-water slips, is reshaping how boat owners and marina operators think about vessel storage. Golden Manufacturing looks at this rapidly growing trend and offers insights into the future of marinas.

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International Marine Tech Weekend

ABYC Outstanding Technician Awards – Nominations are Open!

Do you have an outstanding technician you would like to honor? Submissions for ABYC’s 2023 Outstanding Technician Award are now open. Here you can nominate a marine service technician you wish to recognize for their hard work and dedication to the industry.

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Luxury Tax issues – Government report prompts response

Do you remember a kids game called Whac-A-Mole? It has become a metaphor for life and I think it applies really well to the way our government seems to be working. From apparently nowhere, a nasty problem pops up and we have to run like crazy to whack it down.

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Sea Ray celebrates 50 years in Merritt Island, Fla.

With more than six decades of manufacturing one of the most globally recognized brands of boats in the marine industry, Sea Ray is celebrating 50 years at its Merritt Island, Fla. facility and honoring the location’s history and achievements.

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Mercury Marine reports outstanding outboard engine share at Dubai International Boat Show

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), continues its strong performance at the largest boat shows around the world with an outstanding showing at the recent Dubai International Boat Show.

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Boating Ontario issues an open letter to the media regarding the Luxury Tax

On March 15, Boating Ontario issued an open letter to the media regarding the Luxury Tax and the negative impact it was having on employment in the Canadian marine industry.

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Staffing up for summer

Both the Globe & Mail and Bloomberg had editorial this past week, talking about the employment picture across Canada.

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Nimbus Group buys EdgeWater Boats for $9.5m

We have learned from our associates at BoatTest.com that in an agreement signed March 8th, 2023 Nimbus Group acquired all of the shares in EdgeWater Power Boats for a cash consideration of US$9.5m on a cash and debt-free basis, corresponding to approximately SEK 100m.

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Furuno Captures 2023 “Best Elex” Innovation Award with TZtouch3 CHIRP Side-Scan!

During the 2023 Miami International Boat Show, Furuno was awarded the Best Elex award for “Most Innovative for Fishing” with their incredible CHIRP Side-Scan for NavNet TZtouch3.

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Freedom Boat Club Announces Puerto Rico Expansion and its First Location in Fajardo

Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest boat club operator and a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced expansion into Puerto Rico.

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FiberOne Boats announces the opening of their new fiberglass boat manufacturing facility!

Everyone at FiberOne Boats is excited to finally announce the opening of their new fiberglass boat manufacturing facility! This project has been underway for many months, and they are thrilled to put the finishing touches on the new facility and finally move in.

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Captain-turned-boat yard operator invests in Gold River Marina

Three years after acquiring, stabilising and growing East River Shipyard Ltd. into Atlantic Canada’s largest full-service marine facility, veteran mariner and operations manager Captain Brad Boutilier has bought out retiring Gold River Marina Ltd. (GRM) managing partner Leigh Robertson.

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Blackfin Boats Neptune Award Winner!

Blackfin Boats is honored to announce that they were recognized by the 2022 Neptune Awards for Marine Marketing Excellence, with Blackfin Boats 50th Anniversary hard cover brochure edition, receiving the award for best product literature.

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The Limestone Boat Company announces plans for new facility in Atlantic Canada

Boating Industry Canada recently spoke to Scott Hanson, CEO at The Limestone Boat Company for an update on the company’s plans. The company had previously purchased the Aquasport line and factory in Tennessee where they intended to produce Limestone boats alongside Aquasport production, but a variety of circumstances including the impact of COVID-19 resulted in a shutdown of that plant on January 20th 2023.

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Singing from the same hymn sheet on mandatory PFD wear

Perhaps the most important thing that I learned during the intense lobbying sessions opposing the Luxury Tax that the NMMA Canada organized for the industry at the “Day on the Hill” lobbying sessions was that you have to have an “ask”.

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Women MAKE Awards Honor Brunswick Boat Group President Aine Denari for Excellence in Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, announced today that Brunswick Boat Group President Aine Denari has been recognized as a 2023 Women MAKE America Awards Honoree.

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NMRA

NMRA welcomes new Officers & Board Members

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is pleased to welcome aboard its new officers and board of directors.

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Ivy Charging Network

Ivy Charging Network launches first complete electric vehicle charging solution for home and on the go

It just got easier to go electric with the launch of Ivy Home™, Ontario’s first complete EV charging solution. Ivy Charging Network, one of Ontario’s largest and most connected electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, is now offering a home charger with professional installation…

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Derelict and Damaged Vessels

Is Florida on the path to balance anchoring rights for cruising boaters?

BoatUS says that a Broward County, Fla., ordinance is a win for responsible boaters and communities. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is applauding a recently passed Broward County, Florida, ordinance…

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Andy Adams

Crazy times ahead

Last week the stock markets sank again in the US and Canada on expectations that the Fed would continue raising interest rates. The reason for those expectations was a reading that the rate of inflation rose in January and we continue getting data suggesting that the labour market is very tight.

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Ontario Place Boaters Left Scrambling

For the former tenants of Ontario Place’ 240 slips, this will be a stressful summer searching for accommodation for their craft after receiving news that the marina will not be open this summer.

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Pirate Cove Marina

Leisure Days RV Group acquires Pirate Cove Marina

On February 22, 2023, Canada’s largest RV dealership group announced the acquisition of the Pirate Cove Marina Inc. Including the RV dealerships, the group now operates 32 RV stores, 3 Trailer Pro’s Canada, 3 RV campgrounds and 1 boat dealership.

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Freedom Boat Club Expansion

Freedom Boat Club continues global expansion announcing its presence on Loch Lomond, Scotland

Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest boat club, has announced its newest Club on Loch Lomond, its third UK franchise providing direct access to Scotland’s largest lake famous for its scenery, mountains and large expanses of open water.

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Groupe Beneteau and Vision Marine Technologies

Canadian electric boatbuilder secures US$2m investment

Marine Industry News from the UK recently reported that Canada-headquartered electric boatbuilder Vision Marine Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement with an unnamed investor, to sell almost half a million shares in a deal worth around US$2m.

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Brunswick Corporation Wins

Brunswick Corporation Wins 13 Awards across its portfolio of brands at the 2023 Miami International Boat Show

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) had an award-winning performance at the Miami International Boat Show with its brands and products being recognized with 13 awards, including four NMMA Innovation Awards, over the first two days.

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BRP Designs

BRP’s design philosophy and know-how leads to 16 International Design and Innovation Awards in 2022

BRP’s cutting edge products and expertise in design received international praise throughout 2022. Several of BRP’s iconic brands contributed to one of the powersports leader’s most fruitful years to date as it garnered 16 prestigious design and innovation awards.

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Andy Adams

More on mandatory PFD wear

Yesterday was the last day for input into the Mandatory PFD Wear discussion with Transport Canada. Did you respond on the Transport Canada website?

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The National Yacht Club in Toronto chooses Poralu Marine to renovate its marina

A prestigious institution dating back to 1890, the National Yacht Club is one of Canada’s oldest marinas. Located in Toronto, it is widely recognized for its inclusive approach to teaching sailing, and it has hosted a number of major competitions.

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TIBS 2023

New ‘look and feel’ of Canada’s marquee boating event signals an exciting new era for exhibitors and show consumers

Show organizers for the 65th edition of the Toronto International Boat Show said that 2023 Boat Show attendance surpassed 65,000. One of North America’s premier boating events marked its highly anticipated return to an in-person consumer show, January 20 – 29 at the Enercare Centre to debut more than 150 product innovations…

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Andy Adams

Get involved or get legislated

Here we go again. The government seems to be rapidly pushing toward more new legislation that will impact boating. This time it’s Mandatory PFD Wear on boats. It’s an old discussion but suddenly, Transport Canada has put a deadline of February 20, 2023 on gathering input on what may be significant new boating legislation.

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Yamaha Elite Dealer

Yamaha Motor Canada announces 2023 Elite Dealers

Yamaha Motor Canada is proud to introduce its newest group of Yamaha Elite Dealers! This year, 34 dealers from across the country have achieved Elite status, with 22 of those dealers recognized for the second year in a row.

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The Boat Warehouse

The Boat Warehouse voted Platinum Winner by Kingston Community Votes 2022

Dave Mayhew, Owner and President at The Boat Warehouse in Kingston, Ontario stated, “We are incredibly proud to be recognized by our hometown for our family run business.

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Monjed 2 Fireboat wins WorkBoat Magazine’s Significant Boat of the Year Award

The Monjed 2 Fireboat has officially won WorkBoat Magazine’s Significant Boat of the Year award, which was announced at the International WorkBoat Show.

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Maritime Museum of BC Receives Federal Grant

The Maritime Museum of BC has received a grant of $17,000 from the Museum Assistance Program under Canadian Heritage. This grant will be used to be purchase a new large format scanner that will enable the Maritime Museum of BC to scan large archival materials in the collection such as ships’ plans, charts, and newspapers.

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Freedom Boat Club Australia

Freedom Boat Club continues Global growth – announcing expansion to the Asia-Pacific Region and its first Australian location

Freedom Boat Club, a business of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the world’s largest boat club, announced its expansion to the Asia-Pacific region. Freedom’s flagship club in market will be located in Sydney, Australia, one of the most desirable boating destinations in the world.

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Brunswick Corporation reports strong performance & engagement at largest global consumer and marine trade shows

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) and its award-winning brands have reported a strong start to the 2023 boat show season, highlighting the Company’s continued market momentum and showcasing of its ACES Innovation strategy.

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John Buelow

Brunswick Corporation names John Buelow President – Mercury Marine

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) has named John Buelow Executive Vice President and President, Mercury Marine. John was previously Vice President, Global Operations, Mercury Marine and succeeds Chris Drees, who has decided to leave Brunswick to pursue opportunities outside the Company and the marine industry.

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Andy Adams

A conversation with Canada’s most successful fiberglass boat builder

Periodically I have the privilege of doing a little brainstorming session on the phone with Brock Elliott, the man I consider to be Canada’s most successful fiberglass boat builder.

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Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau unveil concept for future of leisure boating and invite customer input

The trial vessel will capture feedback from media, customers, and dealers to help shape the future boating experience. The collaboration with Groupe Beneteau is a step forward in defining tomorrow’s sustainable, intuitive, near-silent, leisure boating experiences that will enable boaters to explore and experience life on the water.

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Osmosis and Indmar

Osmosis reaches milestones and will provide connectivity to Indmar

Osmosis, a leading provider of turn-key telematics in the marine industry, has achieved a pair of significant milestones, reaching 10,000 units in the field and 1 million engine hours logged.

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Marinemax

MarineMax Reports Fiscal 2023 First Quarter Results

MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO), the world’s largest recreational boat, yacht and superyacht company, announced on January 26th, results for its first quarter ended December 31, 2022.

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Ocean Tribute Award

Innovation Yachts wins “Ocean Tribute Award” at Boot 2023

The Award honours the world’s first completely recyclable and sustainable catamaran made of composite material for series production.

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Flow-Rite Custom Plastic Parts

Flow-Rite offers quick, custom plastic parts manufacturing

Global supply chain disruptions have acutely turned US manufacturers’ attention to domestic sources for their plastic injection molding projects.

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Mercury Go Boldly

Five additional Mercury Marine facilities achieve ‘zero waste to landfill’ designation

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced the addition of five facilities to its list of zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWTL) operations.

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Dometic honored with back-to-back Employer of Choice Awards by Boating Industry Canada magazine

For the second consecutive year, Dometic Vancouver facility has earned a prestigious Employer of Choice Award, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to employee satisfaction and providing a positive workplace environment.

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The Changing Landscape

In the three-year gap since the last Toronto International Boat Show in 2020, there have been big changes in the fleet of new boats, in the marketplace and among the dealers. When the doors opened at the Toronto International Boat Show 2023, it was fast forward to a new order in the marketplace.

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Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum of BC Receives $1M Donation – the Largest in Institution’s 68-year History

The Maritime Museum of BC will be receiving approximately $1,000,000 from the estate of Victoria resident Cora Shaw, a long-time supporter of the Museum. Mrs. Shaw believed in the essential importance of our maritime history and the vitality of the arts and culture sector in Victoria.

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Hyundai Avikus

HD Hyundai’s Avikus recognized for Innovation at CES

AVIKUS, HD Hyundai’s autonomous navigation in-house startup, announced that its NeuBoat, an autonomous phase-2 navigation solution for leisure boats, was recognized for innovation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Kirkfield Lock

Contract Awarded for repairs to the Kirkfield Lift Lock

On September 2, 2022, Lock 36 – The Kirkfield Lift Lock suffered a mechanical failure, resulting in the site’s closure for the remainder of the 2022 navigation season.

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Candela Long Range Electric

Candela reveals world’s longest-range electric boat with Polestar batteries and DC charging

With up to 57 nm (65 US miles) of expected range and DC charging, the foiling Candela C-8 ‘powered by Polestar’ is designed to upend the hegemony of fossil fuel boats.

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Government policy starts to bite

The good news is that the 65th  Anniversary Toronto International Boat Show opened last Friday January 20th to strong attendance, positive attitudes and a great looking show floor. Hats off to the Canadian Boat Shows team for an outstanding job there.

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Yamaha X450

Yamaha introduces new 450-Horsepower XTO Offshore® Outboard and Integrated Steering in F200/F175/F150 Models

Yamaha Motor Canada kicks off 2023 with new product offerings including a new XTO Offshore outboard, which delivers greater convenience, enhanced technology and 450 horsepower.

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We CAN Foil 2023

We CAN Foil – Set to Fly in 2023

Over 500 youth across the country have now had the opportunity to try foiling as part of the Canada SailGP Team’s inaugural We CAN Foil programme which culminated in a team training camp and foiling demos during CANFoil week last October in Halifax.

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Veer Wins Innovation Award

Veer Wins 2023 Innovation Award

Veer Boats, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) was honored with an NMMA Innovation Award at the 2023 Minneapolis Boat Show. Veer won the “Fishing Boat” category for its newly launched X13,which debuted earlier this month at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Le Boat Ottawa

Le Boat announces expansion in Canada’s capital, Ottawa

Le Boat announces plans to expand further into Ottawa for its 2023 season beginning May 19, 2023. The luxury houseboat rental company has long included Ottawa in its boating itineraries since its launch on the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal in 2018.

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Dometic Sponsor ABYC

Dometic Outdoor Gold Sponsor for 2023 ABYC Standards Week

Dometic Outdoor has served as the Gold Sponsor for 2023 ABYC Standards Week, a week-long boating industry event that kicked off in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dometic’s involvement plays an important role in making boating safer and more enjoyable.

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What its like to set the standards

I have just returned from attending the ABYC Standards Week for the first time and it was very interesting and well worth it. I hope to attend again in the future; it was that interesting.

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Yamaha Motor Canada

Yamaha Motor Canada selected as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers!

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the Top Employers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for 2023! This special designation recognizes Greater Toronto employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

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Desmasdon's Boat Works and Beacon Marine Join MLM

Maple Leaf Marinas announces Desmasdon’s Boat Works and Beacon Marine have joined the MLM Family

It is with great excitement that we would like to welcome Desmasdon’s Boat Works and Beacon Marine to the Maple Leaf Marinas family!

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Borrow a Boat

Borrow A Boat group well positioned for substantial growth into 2023

Borrow A Boat, one of the world’s leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplaces with access to more than 45,000 boats in 65+ countries, heads for significant growth in 2023 following a record-breaking year in 2022.

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ABYC Board of Directors

ABYC Announces Board Members and Award Recipients at Annual Meeting

On January 9th in New Orleans during ABYC’s Standards Week, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) welcomed new board members and celebrated award recipients at its annual meeting and cocktail reception the evening of Jan. 9, 2023 in New Orleans, LA. 

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Staffing and training is up to us

At the Boating Ontario Conference, in a group discussion, CEO Rick Layzell asked where the attendees expected to get the people they need to operate their businesses and some quick-witted person immediately said, “poach ‘em!”.

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Yamaha Financial Services

Yamaha Financial Services announces 2022 Stay Outdoors Grant Recipients

Yamaha Financial Services is pleased to announce the first-ever Stay Outdoors Program grant recipients. Almost $100,000 will be distributed to five not-for-profit organizations from across the country in support of their conservation, education, access and/or sustainable use initiatives. 

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Marinemax

MarineMax completes acquisition of Boatzon, an innovative customer experience driven retail technology platform for the marine industry

On January 5, 2023, MarineMax Inc., announced that the company has completed the acquisition of Boatzon, the first 100 percent online boat and marine digital retail platform, through its recently formed technology entity, New Wave Innovations.

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Teledyne Technologies

Teledyne Technologies acquires ChartWorld International

On January 3, 2023, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) (“Teledyne”) announced that it has acquired ChartWorld International Limited and affiliates (“ChartWorld”).

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation highlighting developments in Marine Autonomy and launching Electrified Products at CES 2023

On January 3, 2023, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), the world’s largest recreational marine technology company, announced its exhibit plans for the 2023 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, running from January 5-8, 2023.

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation announces evolution of iconic parent brand reflecting most comprehensive technology vision in company history

On Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) unveiled a powerful brand update reflecting the Company’s unwavering dedication to architecting the future of the marine industry through technology-driven solutions across its portfolio of category-leading brands.

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What the future holds…

The beginning of every new year brings a host of predictions about what the future holds and this year seems to be offering up a bonanza of ideas thanks to the huge level of uncertainty coming out of the pandemic.

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Boating Ontario 50/50 Raffle supports the Georgian Bay Food Network

Boating Ontario was pleased to present a cheque for $880.00 to the Georgian Bay Food Network. During the Association’s recent Conference, a 50 / 50 raffle was held with a commitment that the Boating Ontario share of the proceeds would be donated to the winner’s choice of local food bank.

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Octopus Europe hands over the reins to CMP Europe to consolidate the CMP product line-up in Europe

CMP Group Ltd, (manufacturer and owner of the Octopus brand) based in Vancouver, Canada, consolidate their product lines into one master European distributor as Octopus Europe hands over the reins to CMP Europe for the Octopus (autopilot drive range) product line to focus on their other companies from the 1st of July this year.

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Deadline for Miami Innovation Awards entries approaching soon

For designers, developers and manufacturers, there is a great opportunity to enter your new products to the Miami Innovation Awards presented at the Discover Boating® Miami International Boat Show®.

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Gallery of Canadian Marine Graduate Profiles – Getting ready for 2023

It’s hard to believe (for me at least), that this is the last Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest edition for 2022. I feel like that was the year that just flew by!

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Canadian Yachting Media

Visit Canadian Yachting Media at the Toronto International Boat Show – we would love to see you!

We invite our friends and readers to stop by to say hello at the Canadian Yachting Media display at the Toronto International Boat Show starting Friday, January 20 through 29th, 2023.

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation named one of America’s most responsible companies from Newsweek magazine for third consecutive year

Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest recreational marine manufacturer, has been named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek magazine for the third consecutive year. From the thousands U.S. companies considered for this honor, only 500 made the Newsweek list of honorees.

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Brunswick Fort Wayne Facility Expansion

Brunswick Corporation announces Fort Wayne facility expansion adding in-house fiberglass capabilities to increase manufacturing capacity

Brunswick Corporation has announced the expansion of its Fort Wayne manufacturing facility with a new 17,000 square feet freestanding building next to its existing facility, where the Company will produce fiberglass parts for its Harris and Cypress Cay pontoon brands.

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Viatec Award 2022

Barnacle Systems awarded “Product of the Year” at Victoria Tech Community Awards

Barnacle Systems has been awarded “Product of the Year” for its new product, BRNKL Black, at the Victoria Tech Community Awards. Winners were announced at the awards gala on December 8th, 2022 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

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Boating Ontario Post-Conference Report

The Boating Ontario Team would like to thank all delegates and sponsors for their support of the Associations Annual Conference.

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Save the Date

After the really positive “vibe” at the Boating Ontario Conference two weeks ago, I can imagine the crowds and the excitement that we will see when the doors open on the Boat Shows this winter. Clearly people are not just back out there, they are really excited and seem to want to make up for lost time.

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Tommy's Boats in Grand Rapids

Tommy’s Boats opens new Grand Rapids area location with boat storage tower display

Tommy’s Boats, the largest Malibu and Axis dealer globally, and one of the largest pontoon dealers in North America, celebrated the opening of its newest location near Grand Rapids, Michigan during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 1.

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SS Beaver Medal

Lieutenant Governor presents BC Maritime Achievement Awards

Five British Columbians and an organization are being recognized for outstanding achievements in BC’s marine sector by the Maritime Museum’s annual SS BEAVER Medal Awards. The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, presented the awards at the Wardroom at CFB Esquimalt on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

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Boatfix

Legend Boats partners with Boat Fix to bring Advanced Telematics Solution To Canada

Canadian boat manufacturer Legend announced that it will be adding industry leading tracking, monitoring and 24/7/365 service to their offerings through a strategic partnership with Boat Fix, an American telematics provider. The new offering will be available to customers starting in January.

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Jason Leggatt

Jason Leggatt has announced his resignation from his role as president of Mustang Survival

The Marine Industry News UK team has reported that Jason Leggatt has announced his resignation from his role as president of Mustang Survival.

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Gussies 2022 Winners Collage

The Third ‘Gussies’ International Electric Boat Awards

The third ‘Gussies’ international electric boat awards have announced the winning boats the ‘best represent excellence in electric boats and boating. This year’s awards were presented in nine categories of boats that include both boats in production as well as concept electric boats or those in development.

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Andy Adams 2018 Edited 400

Great “lntel” at the conference

Last week in the Editor’s Message column, I wrote that to gain the best guidance at a time of high uncertainty, the consensus of opinion that you could get from attending the Boating Ontario or the Boating BC conferences may have the most value.

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The Limestone Boat Company

The Limestone Boat Company announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

On November 29, 2022, The Limestone Boat Company Limited (the “Company”) (TSXV: BOAT | OTCQB: LMSBF) – owner and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone® Boats and Boca Bay Boats…

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IMTRA and Libra-Plast

IMTRA expands partnership with Libra-Plast AS

IMTRA, a leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, has announced that it has expanded its partnership with Libra-Plast AS, world leader in production of vessel doors, hatches and storage.

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Dockhinge by Dickedge

CMP Group Ltd acquires rights to manufacture and distribute the DockHinge products

On November 28, 2022, CMP Group Ltd announces today the acquisition of the rights to manufacture and distribute the DockHinge products worldwide.

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CDI MEDS Computer

CDI M.E.D.S. Computer presented to Georgian College in memory of Russ Woodard

The team at C.C. Marine made a special presentation of a CDI Electronics M.E.D.S. (Marine Engine Diagnostic System) training system computer to Georgian College in honour of the late Russ Woodard.

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Andy Adams 2018 Edited 400

Hope we see each other

If you are reading this edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest on Tuesday morning, I hope you can look around the Peninsula Room at Deerhurst and that we will see each other at the breakfast on the first full day of the Boating Ontario Conference. I’ll be there for sure.

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Neogy Batteries

Vision Marine Technologies completes production contract for Marine Batteries with Neogy

Vision Marine Technologies (NASDAQ: VMAR) (“Vision Marine” or the “Company”), the global leader and innovator in electric transition of the recreational boating industry, is pleased to announce it has executed a production contract with Neogy, a division of Groupe Startec Energy, a French manufacturer of specialized batteries and systems.

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METSTRADE 2022

Vibrant METSTRADE 2022 back in its full glory

The world’s largest trade exhibition of leisure marine equipment once again sprang to life with the welcome buzz of thousands of industry professionals gathering from across the globe for meetings, researching, networking and much-missed socializing.

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Derelict Vessel Salvage Waivers

Update: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission extends deadline for Hurricane Ian Derelict-Vessel Salvage Help

Acknowledging the significant challenge facing many recreational boat owners who are unable to pay salvage costs for their Hurricane Ian- wrecked vessels, or who may still be assessing the extent of the damage, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) extended its Hurricane Ian waiver program through the end of 2022.

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Sara Anghel

NMMA’s Sara Anghel departs for Greater Toronto Hotel Association

On November 22, the NMMA announced that Sara Anghel, NMMA Canada president, is moving on from the Association after accepting the role of President/CEO for the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. She will remain onboard at NMMA through December 7.

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Mercury Go Boldly

Mercury Marine’s St. Cloud facility is company’s first manufacturing plant to earn ‘zero-waste-to-landfill’ designation

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced that its Plant 7 manufacturing operation in St. Cloud, Florida, has achieved a zero-waste-to-landfill designation. The factory makes electrical and plastic components for the company’s marine engines and related parts, accessories and technologies.

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ICOMIA International Distributors Guide

ICOMIA launches update of International Distributors’ Guide

The comprehensive ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) International Distributors’ Guide has been updated and enhanced to improve the ability of ICOMIA Member Associations to assist their members in the development of international distribution networks.

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Raymarine wins DAME award

Raymarine takes home DAME Award

Raymarine’s YachtSense Link marine router has won the 2022 DAME award in the category ‘Marine electronics and marine related software’. The story was carried in the UK media outlet Marine Industry News.

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Navigator Inflatable Boats logo

Navigator Inflatable Boats & Crabzz introduces Temo France, Rim Drive Technology and Thrustme Norway to Canada

Navigator Inflatable Boats & Crabzz has announced that they are introducing three new lines of eco-friendly marine electric motors to Canada – Temo France, Rim Drive Technology and Thrustme Norway.

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Andy Adams 2018 Edited 400

Movin’ up

Last week I attended the Mercury Marine introduction of their new V10 Verado 350 and 400 horse power outboards. The event took place at both Disneyland and the legendary Mercury Lake X test facility in Florida. Both places are appropriately imaginary and unique.

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Vision Marine at Portside Ventura Harbor

Vision Marine Technologies expands Electric Boat Rental Operations into Portside Ventura Harbor, California

Vision Marine Technologies (NASDAQ: VMAR) (“Vision Marine” or the “Company”), the global leader and innovator in the electric transition of the recreational boating industry, is pleased to announce the expansion plan of our high margin, profitable and rapidly growing electric rental boat operations into Portside Ventura Harbor, California.

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Mercury Racing

Mercury Racing Donation Match Wraps; funds aid Florida Power Boat Communities – Hurricane Ian Relief Program supports residents of Cape Coral and Fort Myers

Mercury Racing, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) and leading provider of high-performance marine propulsion systems, wrapped up the fund-matching portion of its Hurricane Ian Relief Program.

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Lund Celebrates 75 Years

Lund celebrates 75 years of fishing heritage, looks to the future

Lund Boats is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and manufacturing – continuing its legacy as one of the most well-known and respected fishing boat brands in the world.

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Highfield Boats Media Event

Highfield Boats USA reports record sales

Boating Industry Canada News Week editors attended the Highfield Boats Media Event at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), during which Highfield Boats USA President Christophe Lavigne announced the introduction of the new Offshore Sport Line to the North American market.

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation Named to the 2022 Forbes “America’s Best Employer for Veterans” list for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has been named by Forbes and Statista to the 2022 list of America’s Best Employers for Veterans.

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Andy Adams 2018 Edited 400

A foiling future?

For some boats, I do think foiling could well be the future, especially for electric power. But foiling is not a dream; there are foiling solutions coming to the market right now, and for ordinary family boats too!

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Boat Names 2022

What did we name our boats in 2022?

Now that recreational boating is coming to a close, BoatUS takes a look back at the Top 10 boat names ordered this season through its online boat graphics service and provides some commentary. Buh bye to ‘Social Distancing’!

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Government of Canada

Canada Harmonizes Vehicle and Engine Emission Standards with U.S. EPA Rules

NMMA Canada announced that Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently published regulations that maintain alignment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards for vehicles and engines.

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Raymarine and Avikus

MoU signed by Raymarine and Avikus to explore world’s first autonomous leisure boat solution

AVIKUS, HD Hyundai’s autonomous navigation in-house startup and global marine electronics leader Raymarine, announced on October 27th, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

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Massivit 10000

Massivit 3D Wins IBEX Innovation Award for the Massivit 10000 Advanced Additive Manufacturing System

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: MSVT), the leading provider of large-scale 3D printing systems announced that the Massivit 10000 additive manufacturing system has been selected as winner of the 2022 IBEX Innovation Award in the category of “Boatbuilding Methods and Materials”.

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Executive Yacht and MJM

Executive Yacht is proud to announce their addition of the MJM Yachts line!

MJM is a family-owned business that designs and builds outboard and inboard luxury performance yachts in their own Carolina Downeast style.

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Correct Craft

Correct Craft recognized as one of marine industry’s most innovative companies

For the fourth year in a row, Correct Craft is once again honored to be named one of the “Most Innovative Companies” in the marine industry. Correct Craft received this recognition during a virtual awards presentation hosted by Soundings Trade Only Editor-in-Chief Gary Reich.

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Indmar Marine Engines

Correct Craft acquires Indmar Marine Engines

November 7, 2022, Correct Craft announced the acquisition of Indmar Marine Engines, a pioneer and leader in the inboard marine engine segment with a hard-earned reputation for delivering world-class quality and reliability.

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Andy Adams 2018 Edited 400

Having a whale of a time

For years now, I have received regular press releases from the Georgia Strait Alliance about shipping, salmon farming and the many other dangers our society poses to the health and well-being of the west coast oceans. And, the situation there is not unique.

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Transport Canada

Transport Canada accepts ABYC Electrical Standards for Electric and Hybrid Vessels

Transport Canada has approved a policy accepting American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) electrical standards for electric and hybrid vessel compliance in Canada. This new Tier I Policy allows the marine industry to use alternative industry standards where no requirements currently exist within Canada’s regulatory framework.

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4 Million Suzuki Motors

Suzuki produces four million outboard motors

Marine Industry News from the UK carried this story about Suzuki Marine. The accumulated global production figures for its outboard motors has reached four million, Suzuki has announced, 57 years after launching its very first outboard motor, the D55, in 1965.

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OXE Marine

OXE Marine releases new campaign: The OXE Diesel – Something for Everyone

With sights set on the recreational marine market, OXE Marine is releasing their newest campaign, “Something for Everyone”, further deepening their presence as a disruptive force on the marine scene.

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NMMA Canada METS 2022

NMMA Canada Secures $100,000 For METS 2022 Export Mission

The Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) is around the corner and NMMA Canada has another sold out Canadian pavilion. With the cancellation of the 2020 show and a restricted 2021 show, everyone is excited to come back together.

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation reports record sales and share gains at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Brunswick Corporation has announced another record-breaking performance at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with record sales and share gains from many of Brunswick’s award-winning brands.

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Tow Boat Recovery Effort

A month after landfall, TowBoatUS Hurricane Ian Recovery Crews face challenges

Nearly one month after making landfall September 28 as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Ian is still challenging TowBoatUS cleanup crews tasked with salvaging thousands of recreational vessels damaged or destroyed by the historic storm – one of the deadliest in the state’s history.

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Andy Adams

News from the Front

I’m writing this on Friday October 28 from my hotel room at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). I have lots of news from the front but I’m not sure what to make of it all.

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HanseYachts

Sale of Privilège completed – HanseYachts focuses on strategic core brands

As of October 17th, the acquisition of Privilège Marine SAS by a consortium led by long-time CEO Gilles Wagner has been completed. As part of its portfolio strategy, HanseYachts AG has parted from its stake in the French catamaran manufacturer based in Port Olona, Les Sables d’Olonne.

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Mercury Distribution Center

Mercury Marine opens purpose-built global distribution center in Indiana to meet record demand for its products

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) just opened its new, purpose-built distribution center to support its industry leading parts and accessories business.

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MacDonald Turkey Point

MacDonald Turkey Point Marina has raised another $22,175 for the London Children’s Health Foundation

On Wednesday October 5th, 2022, Brad Thomson, General Manager of MacDonald Turkey Point Marina, presented a cheque for $22,175 to Jennifer Baxter of the London Children’s Health Foundation. Also on hand for the cheque presentation were Haldimand- Norfolk MPP Bobbi Ann Brady, Julie and Kayla Thomson.

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Furuno receives multiple NMEA awards

Furuno Honored with multiple victories at 2022 NMEA Awards

Furuno was the proud recipient of five “Product of Excellence” accolades at the 2022 NMEA Awards ceremony, bringing their total up to an astounding 247 NMEA award victories since 1971.

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BRP Wins Four Design Awards

BRP adds four prestigious design awards to its impressive 2022 and overall collection

BRP Inc. (TSX : DOO; NASDAQ : DOOO) is once again making waves and paving the way in the design and powersports worlds, adding four design and innovation awards to its already impressive collection.

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Ingenity Tahoe

Aqua superPower and Ingenity join forces to expand Electric Leisure Boat Market

Global marine fast charging network operator Aqua superPower and award winning electric boat manufacturer Ingenity announce their strategic partnership to jointly promote marine e-mobility in the sports and leisure boat sector.

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Andy Adams

Up in the air…

Literally. As you read this Tuesday morning, I’ll be up in the air aboard Air Canada with a whole host of other Canadian marine industry people, all heading for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It’s going to be simply nuts!

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation announces launch of Ripl Hub – a digital platform for boaters to connect

Brunswick Corporation today announced the launch of the Ripl Hub, a new digital platform for Brunswick’s Ripl community to connect with each other directly.

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Marine Marketers of America accepting Entries for 2022 Neptune Award Nominations, adds two new Award Categories

Marine Marketers of America is now accepting entries for the 2022 Neptune Awards competition, the most prestigious recognition program of marketing communications for marine marketers in North America.  

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Legend Boats

Legend Boats welcomes Partners from coast to coast to the Legend Campus

Legend Boats welcomes Partners from coast to coast to the Legend Campus for the first in-person events since 2019. Whitefish, Ontario, located just outside of Sudbury, Ontario, welcomed over 40 partners from across Canada for the first in-person Legend Boats Partner Conference since 2019.

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Avikus Autonomous Navigation

HD Hyundai’s Avikus to host demonstrations of its soon-to-be-commercialized autonomous navigation solutions for leisure boats at FLIBS 2022

AVIKUS, HD Hyundai’s autonomous navigation in-house start-up, on October 5th, announced its plans to participate in the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the world’s largest in-water boat show, to be held October 26 – 30, 2022 in the yachting capital of the world.

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ELCO Sponsors All Electric Tournament

ELCO sponsors all-electric fishing tournament

For members of High Voltage Bass Anglers, northern Georgia means small lakes, fierce largemouth bass and an exciting tournament schedule. The club’s recent event was sponsored by Elco and held in Rutledge, Georgia, at Hard Labor Creek, an electric-propulsion-only reservoir.

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Andy Adams

More on ZEVs and Hydrogen

You will be interested to read our story this week, “Volvo Penta and CMB.TECH partner on dual-fuel hydrogen engines”. Only a couple of weeks ago, we ran a story titled, “CIB Launches $500 Million Charging and Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure Initiative, accelerating new investment in Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure across Canada.”

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Mercury Go Boldly

Mercury Marine captures record 86% market share at São Paulo Boat Show

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), continues to increase its presence at the largest boat shows around the world with a record showing at the recent São Paulo Boat Show.

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WMC Award

Mercury earns Business Friend of the Environment award from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), was honoured with a Business Friend of the Environment Award from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.

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Resonado

Lippert to acquire exclusive rights to the Resonado Performance Audio brand

LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) announced on September 27th, that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. (“Lippert”), a manufacturer and supplier of a broad array of highly engineered components for leading RV, marine, and automotive manufacturers, has entered into a license agreement…

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Garmin NMEA 2022

Garmin named 2022 Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), is proud to announce that it was named Manufacturer of the Year in the large manufacturer category for the eighth consecutive year by members of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) at its annual conference and awards banquet…

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Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation named to the 2022 Forbes “World’s Best Employers” list for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) has been named by Forbes and Statista to the 2022 list of World’s Best Employers.

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Airmar SmartBoat System

Airmar wins coveted NMEA Technology Award at 2022 NMEA Conference

AIRMAR® Technology Corporation, a world leader in ultrasonic transducers and Chirp technology, is pleased to announce their SmartBoat® system, which provides access to and control of onboard sensor data, was named winner of the NMEA Technology Award at the 2022 National Marine Electronics Association Conference…

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NMMA Hall of Fame

2023 NMMA Canada Hall of Fame Opens Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 NMMA Canada Hall of Fame. Inductees in 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.

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Andy Adams

Investing in the environment

Last week in my Editor’s Message I recognized the terrible damage and losses from both Hurricane Fiona here in Canada and Hurricane Ian that hit Florida.

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The Bateau à flot de Québec

The Bateau à flot de Québec and Montreal events were a great success!

For this 5th edition of the Bateau à flot de Québec, the sun was there and made the event most enjoyable for visitors and exhibitors. It was in Quebec City, more precisely at the Louise Basin of the Port of Quebec Marina, that the event was held.

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NMRA Mel Barr and Old Pro

NMRA Presents 2022 Mel Barr & Old Pro Awards

On September 27, two marine industry veterans were recognized by the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) as the recipients of the 2022 NMRA Mel Barr and Old Pro awards.

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Kirkfield Lift Lock to close for the season – Friday, October 7, 2022

On Tuesday, October 4th, Parks Canada advised that the Kirkfield Lift Lock will close for the season on Friday, October 7, 2022.

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Andy Adams

Devastation in Atlantic Canada and Florida

In a matter of just a few days everything changed. In this edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest, I had expected to be writing about the experience of attending the IBEX 2022 show and all the great new products on display and in demonstration on the water.

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Vision Marine

Vision Marine receives initial purchase order from The Limestone Boat Company US$2 million purchase order for 25 E-Motion™ 180E powertrains

On September 22, 2022, Vision Marine Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: VMAR)(“Vision Marine” or the “Company”), the global leader in the performance electric recreational marine propulsion industry serving OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer)…

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Mercury

Mercury Marine receives award recognizing excellence in managing supply chain issues amid adversity

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has earned the distinction of receiving the first ISM Supply Chain Trailblazer Award in the Risk and Crisis Management category.

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IBEX

IBEX 2022 CANCELLED

Tampa, FL – The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced today that based on the weather reports from NOAA and consultation with the City of Tampa, Tampa Convention Center, and other stakeholders, the cancellation of this year’s show.

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CIB

CIB Launches $500 Million Charging and Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure Initiative, accelerating new investment in Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure across Canada

On Sept. 28, 2022, The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announced the launch of its $500 million zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) Charging and Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure Initiative (CHRI).

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Aine Quicksilver

Brunswick Boat Group President Aine Denari named 2022 Mover and Shaker of the Year by Boating Industry

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) Boat Group President Aine Denari has been named by Boating Industry Magazine as its 2022 Mover and Shaker of the Year.

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BoatUS Tropical Depression

Boaters need to batten down the hatches in Florida and Southeast – BoatUS offers hurricane preparation help for the boat

On September 23, Tropical Depression No. 9 was bearing down on Florida’s Gulf Coast and Southeast and forecast to reach a significant strength – potentially Category 3.

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Andy Adams

BREAKING NEWS – IBEX 2022 CANCELLED – Hope for lower prices

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced on Sunday, September 25th that based on the weather reports from NOAA and consultation with the City of Tampa, Tampa Convention Center, and other stakeholders, the cancellation of this year’s show.

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HoF Recipients

Two Boating Industry Leaders Inducted into NMMA’s Hall of Fame

Before the 2022 IBEX show in Tampa, Florida, was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian, the NMMA announced the induction of two industry veterans into the NMMA Hall of Fame, its most prestigious honor.

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Schmitt Marine

Schmitt & Ongaro renames, rebrands

To better clarify its company image, Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products has renamed and rebranded to Schmitt Marine, with product line brands Schmitt Steering Wheels and Ongaro Marine housed within the top-tier umbrella. Tim Schmitt, president, made the announcement.

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RELiON Battery

RELiON® Battery joins The Conservation Alliance

The global Lithium Battery manufacturer joins The Conservation Alliance to protect and preserve wild places and wildlife by harnessing the collective power of businesses.

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NMMA NOAA Fisheries Proposal

NMMA participates in Congressional Briefing on NOAA Fisheries’ Proposed Vessel Speed Restrictions

NMMA participated in a Hill briefing last week hosted by OCEANA, which focused on NOAA’s proposed rule to address ship strikes to endangered North Atlantic right whales and educated over 50 congressional staffers on the need for major revisions to NOAA’s proposal…

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Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club continues its European expansion; announces first UK franchise partners and two new locations

On September 16, 2022, Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the world’s largest boat club operator, announced the opening of its first franchise locations in the United Kingdom.

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ePropulsion R&D Center

ePropulsion expands with new R&D Center in Shanghai

ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, has announced that it has opened a new research and development center in Shanghai.

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Brunswick

Brunswick Corporation and its brands set new records at the 2022 Cannes Boat Show

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and its industry leading brands achieved another record showing at the Cannes Boat Show, one of the most important marine industry events in Europe.

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BRP

BRP reports record-breaking Fiscal Year 2023 Second Quarter Results

On September 14, 2022, BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO; NASDAQ:DOOO) reported its financial results for the three- and six month periods ended July 31, 2022. All financial information is in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

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Andy Adams

Will I see you at IBEX?

It might not surprise you to learn that the IBEX Show in Tampa that’s on from September 26 to 29th is my favorite show marine industry show.

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Lock36 Kirkfield

Trent-Severn Waterway system status – Kirkfield Lift Lock closed

Due to ongoing mechanical issues, the Kirkfield Lift Lock will remain closed for the foreseeable future to all boater and land-based visitors. Parks Canada advises boaters planning to transit the Kirkfield Lift Lock to revise their plans to avoid this location.

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Warrior Sailing Cup

Toronto Hosts Inaugural Warrior Sailing Cup

Last week in conjunction with the Canada’s Cup, Toronto’s Royal Canadian Yacht Club welcomed competitors, family, and supporters from around the World for the inaugural Warrior Sailing Cup, which hosted six teams from the Netherlands, Australia, USA (2 teams), and Canada (2 teams).

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Mercury Racing Groundbreaking

Mercury Racing breaks ground on plant expansion

Mercury Racing, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC), held a ground-breaking ceremony for its manufacturing operations plant expansion to help meet global customer demand for the company’s high-performance marine propulsion systems.

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Dream Yacht Season Record

Dream Yacht achieves a record season

The world’s leading yacht charter company announces solid results and launches new Fractional Yacht Ownership program. The Cannes Yachting Festival provided an opportunity for the Dream Yacht Group, the world’s leading yacht charter company, headed by Loïc Bonnet for 22 years, to take stock of the last twelve months and a true post-Covid year.

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Discover Boating Social Influencers

Discover Boating’s Social Influencer Partners engage, inspire through storytelling

Discover Boating, powered by NMMA and MRAA, has been amplifying the storytelling power of social content creators throughout summer to engage the next generation of boaters and inspire young, diverse audiences to experience life on the water.

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Andy Adams

Market demographics and the future

Several years ago now, at the NMMA Canada Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast at the Toronto Boat Show, I showed a chart of Canada’s population by age group and graphically, it was clear that the Baby Boomers continue to be a large group and significant group.

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Volvo Penta launches enabler for marine electric propulsion

Volvo Penta has launched a new range of variable speed marine generator sets – a key enabler for electric propulsion for marine vessels – demonstrating the company’s commitment to leading the marine industry in its transformation towards sustainable marine propulsion.

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RELiON Battery Partners with Non-profit The Bee Cause Project

RELiON® Battery, a global leader in lithium batteries, has announced a partnership with 1% for the Planet non-profit organization The Bee Cause Project. As part of its Limitless Blue™ initiative, RELIiON is a 1% for the Planet business member and partners with a range of non-profits supporting causes such as ocean conservation, food security, and access to solar energy.

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Boating Ontario Golf Tournament

The 2022 Boating Ontario Golf Tournament, held at beautiful Bonaire Golf Club in Coldwater, Ontario on Tuesday August 30th was an overwhelming success.

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3 Boating Safety Tips just right for Fall Boating

Fall boating season has arrived, and with it come different types of risks that cold water and air temperatures bring. Here are three boating safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water just right for fall.

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Vision Marine World Record

Vision Marine smashes the World Record for World’s Fastest Electric Boat – Achieves Top Speed of 109 MPH at the iconic Lake of the Ozarks Shootout

Vision Marine Technologies, Inc. a global leader in the electric recreational marine propulsion industry serving OEMs, is proud to announce an historic milestone in the boating industry by shattering the 100 MPH speed barrier on an electric watercraft.

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Mustang Survival Sponsors Canadians

Mustang Survival sponsors first Canadian seeking to make history to complete Vendée Globe

On August 25, 2022, Mustang Survival announced the partnership with Scott Shawyer and Canada Ocean Racing. Shawyer will compete in the solo, non-stop round-the-world race, the Vendée Globe, aiming to become the first Canadian to complete the pinnacle event in offshore sailing…

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Andy Adams

Selling the sizzle…

This industry knows how to sell boats…no doubt about it but do we know how to sell the intangibles and the lifestyle benefits of being a part of this industry?

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Andy Adams

Canadian boat builders

Canada’s boat business seems to be going the wrong way with last week’s story in Boating Industry Canada News Week that the country’s largest fiberglass boat builder, Campion Marine was ceasing production in Kelowna, BC and that the company’s owners are now investigating contract production elsewhere.

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boot Blue Innovation Dock

boot and EBI present a multifaceted program on the “Marina of the Future”

boot Düsseldorf is launching the new era of the blue innovation dock (bid) with a high-profile forum. The event, organised together with European Boating Industry (EBI), is the kick-off for the bid at boot Düsseldorf 2023.

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Wider Cat 92 Stern

Wider announces partnership with MarineMax

Wider Yachts and MarineMax have recently cemented a partnership that will be highly beneficial for both brands. The American dealer will now be the exclusive North American distributor for Wider’s production line of catamarans.

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Candela Boats

Polestar and Candela join forces to make electric boats mainstream

The Swedish electric car maker Polestar will provide battery and charging systems for Candela’s highly efficient flying boats. The battery deal will enable Candela to scale up production swiftly, bringing mass-market electric boats one step closer to reality.

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Salty Dawgs

Crew positions available heading to the Caribbean!

There are lots of reasons to become a member of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association but the best reason right now is that we are expecting a record number of boats in our rally to the Caribbean this fall and everyone is looking for crew.

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New Yamaha 22-Foot Model

Yamaha Watercraft unveils new 22-foot boats plus, game-changing low-speed handling, dock assist and more

On August 20th, Yamaha Motor Canada unveiled all-new, technology-rich 22-foot sport boats, a revolutionary low-speed handling and dock assist innovation that makes boating more fun for captains of all skill level…

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Brunswick Logo

Brunswick Product Protection launches Extended Marine Protection for Canadian Dealers

Brunswick Product Protection, the extended marine protection division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced that it will now offer its Passport and Passport Premier extended engine and accessory protection plans for recreational power boats to Canadian channel partners.

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Andy Adams

Managing uncertainty

Canada always seems to come out alright – we don’t often boom, but we rarely seem to bust. For the past two years, the boat business has been on fire in the US but supply constraints here seem to have moderated our business results.

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METSTRADE

Zero plastics in packaging: a catalyst for design and process improvement by Navico

The DAME Awards are part of the METSTRADE show and they are intended to promote excellent design practice, even in how equipment is protected and presented.

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Georgian College

Marine industry careers through Georgian College – still time for 2022 registration

Does your marine industry business have a promising young person who could build a great career in the business?

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Andy Adams

Technology will transform the business, not just the boats

Last week in the Editor’s Message I wrote about “Techs of the future…” and the idea that exciting new technologies could attract more young people into the marine industry.

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CBC CPS

Carefree Boat Club in Canada joins forces with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons as the exclusive Boat Club for CPS-ECP members

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (CPS-ECP) has a new valued service for their members – and it is with Carefree Boat Club (CBC) in Canada.

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Limestone Boat Company

The Limestone Boat Company adds first Canadian dealer to represent its Aquasport Boats brand

The Limestone Boat Company – owner and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone® Boats and Boca Bay Boats – recently added its first Canadian-based dealer to represent the Aquasport Boats brand: DeWildt Marine & Powersports.

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NMMA Canada

NMMA explains the impact of Canadian ‘Luxury Tax’

The Canadian government’s proposed ‘luxury tax’ on new recreational boats valued above $250,000 CAD is set to go into effect September 1, 2022. Despite two years of NMMA and the Canadian marine industry advocating against this tax, the Canadian government will move ahead with this measure.

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MarineMax to Acquire IGY Marinas

MarineMax to acquire IGY Marinas significantly expanding global marina and services business

On August 9, 2022, MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO), the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Island Global Yachting LLC (“IGY Marinas”)…

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Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club celebrates 50,000th membership

Freedom Boat Club recently announced a significant milestone as it surpassed 50,000 memberships across its 360 global locations. With their application to the Freedom Boat Club Seattle, Walter and CJ Robles signified this achievement.

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Jill Wrobel

Brunswick Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer Jill Wrobel Named to List of 2022 Crain’s Chicago Business’ Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest recreational marine manufacturer, has announced that Jill Wrobel, Brunswick Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, has been named to the 2022 list of Crain’s Chicago Business’ Notable Executives in HR and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

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BRP Rotax Outboard Engine

BRP introduces ground-breaking Rotax Outboard Engine with Stealth Technology in all-new Manitou, Alumacraft and Quintrex models

On August 7, 2022, BRP introduced fully redesigned Manitou, Alumacraft and Quintrex boats featuring the all-new Rotax Outboard Engine with Stealth Technology. Disappearing under the boat, and engineered not to be seen or felt, this new engine technology is a game-changer.

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Plugboats Vita Lion

Plugboats: Ninth annual Monaco races showcase latest electric boat innovations

The Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (MEBC) took place in the principality July 8 to 13 and shows how far the technology of electric boating has come and give some hints about what lies ahead.

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Andy Adams

Techs of the future…

As you read this on Tuesday morning, August 9th, I will be in New York city with Brunswick’s A-Team including CEO David Foulkes, Aine Denari – Brunswick Boat Group President, Alex Cattelan -Chief Technology Officer, Brenna Preisser – President of Business Acceleration as well as representatives from Boston Whaler, Mercury, Sea Ray, Freedom Boat Club, Bayliner and more. It’s a major event for sure.

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Yamaha Motor Canada

Yamaha Financial Services Announces 2022 ‘Win Your Yamaha’ Contest Winner

When Brent S., entered Blackfoot Motosports, his local Yamaha dealer in Calgary, to claim his $500 gift certificate he didn’t know he’d be leaving with much more than that!

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BRP Centre Experiences

The first BRP Experience Center opens at Fairmont Le Château Montebello

BRP is continually making powersports more accessible by offering new and seasoned enthusiasts unique experiences. BRP (TSX: DOO) (NASDAQ: DOOO) is proud to announce the launch of the very first BRP Experience Center in its home province of Quebec.

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Island Spirit Catamarans

Navigare Yachting named distributor for Island Spirit Catamarans

Navigare Yachting is pleased to announce its partnership with Group Island Spirit (GIS) to represent Island Spirit Catamarans through exclusive distributorship in Europe and the United States.

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2022 IBEX Innovation Awards

Deadline approaching for IBEX Innovation Awards entries

Entries are being accepted for the 2022 IBEX Innovation Awards now through August 16, 2022. One of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, the Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, pioneering products to market.

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ATA

Advanced Textiles Association debuts new logo – name-change from IFAI

Advanced Textiles Association (ATA), recently launched their new logo. ATA became the official new name of the association formerly known as Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), on June 1 and have now released their new look.

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Warning Lanyardicon

ABYC Publishes Updated Boat Building and Repair Standards

2022-2023 Supplement is the largest printed to date with 20 new and revised standards including E-13, Lithium Ion Batteries. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has published its 62nd supplement to Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft.

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Navico Group Logo

Brunswick Corporation Establishes Navico Group – the marine industry’s leading supplier of integrated systems and products

On August 3, 2022, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced the formation of Navico Group, which will replace its current Advanced Systems Group (ASG).

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Andy Adams

Half-time is the right time

Across Canada we are at the half-time of summer 2022, the weather has been mostly great and working in the boat business probably has never looked more attractive.

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NMDA Supplier of the Year Award

Sea-Dog Line, ARCO Marine & Meguiar’s Win 2022 NMDA Supplier of the Year Awards

Sea-Dog Line, ARCO Marine and Meguiar’s are the winners of the 2022 National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) Supplier of the Year awards.

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Survey

Registration under the Select Luxury Items Tax Act

Boating Ontario and all the other marine trades associations alerted their members that the CRA has now posted directions on how to navigate the registration process for retailers affected by the tax which takes effect September 1, 2022.

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Mercury Go Boldly

Mercury Marine partners with Alliant Energy to build solar array in eastern Fond du Lac County

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC), has announced a partnership with Alliant Energy to build a 5-megawatt, 32-acre solar array in eastern Fond du Lac County to advance the company’s sustainability initiatives and the region’s growing commitment to renewable energy.

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IBEX Innovation Awards

IBEX Innovation Awards call for entries deadline approaching

Entries are being accepted for the 2022 IBEX Innovation Awards now through August 16, 2022. One of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, the Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, pioneering products to market.

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Boateka New Facility

Brunswick Corporation strengthens its pre-owned boat business as Boateka opens fully integrated sales and refurbishment center in Florida

Boateka, Brunswick Corporation’s (NYSE:BC) certified pre-owned boat business, has announced that it has opened a fully-integrated refurbishment and sales center in Merritt Island, Florida.

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Andy Adams

Horsepower and happiness

If you have not noticed, in the electric vehicle space, the big news is all about high horsepower and big performance – not the environment and economy.

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Big Chute Marine railway

Trent-Severn Waterway Lock 44 – Big Chute Marine Railway status – vessel restrictions

There is a new Parks Canada information page about the Trent-Severn Waterway and vessel restrictions at Lock 44 – Big Chute Marine Railway.

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Beneteau Electric

Partnership launched with Beneteau and Vision Marine Technologies for electric outboard powerboats

On July 18th, Groupe Beneteau announced the launch of a partnership with Canadian company, Vision Marine Technologies to develop and market 100% electric outboard-equipped powerboats.

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DotComm Awards

Brunswick Wins dotCOMM Award for Outstanding Interactive Brand Experience, highlighting focus on expanding access to new generation of boaters

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), the world’s largest recreational marine manufacturer, has been recognized with a gold award by dotCOMM Awards, an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication. 

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Big Chute Marine railway

Parks Canada Introduces Up-to-Date Big Chute Marine Railway Schedule Webpage

Parks Canada has just released an Up-to-Date Big Chute Marine Railway Status Webpage with weekly Big Chute schedule. 

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Andy Adams

Electrification tidbits

We have all been hearing about the rapid arrival of electric vehicles and electric boats too. In this edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest we feature the news that Canadian firm, Taiga Motors Corporation has begun deliveries of its Orca™ electric personal watercraft so they will be out there on the water soon.

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Taiga Team Celebrates Orcas

Taiga begins deliveries of its Orca Electric Personal Watercraft

On July 11, 2022, Taiga Motors Corporation (TSX: TAIG) (“Taiga” or the “Company”), a leading electric off-road vehicle manufacturer, announced that it initiated deliveries of its Orca™ personal watercraft.

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Parks Canada

Trent-Severn Waterway Update – Big Chute – Lock 44 backlog is cleared

The backlog of boats at the Big Chute has been cleared.

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Jeff Wasil NMMA

NMMA names new Director of Environment, Health and Safety Compliance

On July 12th, the NMMA announced Jeff Wasil as Director of Environment, Health and Safety Compliance. He will serve as the technical representative to external organizations, advise NMMA members on environmental regulations and work on international issues impacting the boating industry.

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Villa Nova Solar Panels

Brunswick Corporation’s Venture Group to generate 40 percent of daily electricity needs through new rooftop solar array

Brunswick Corporation’s Venture Group (BVG), which comprises the company’s Bayliner, Heyday, Trophy, Quicksilver and Uttern boat brands, announced the installation of an array of photovoltaic solar panels at its location in Vila Nova de Ceveira, Portugal.

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BRP

BRP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Great Wall Motor Austria, reinforcing its know-how in electric vehicles technology

On July 7, 2022, BRP announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Great Wall Motor Austria GmbH, a subsidiary of Great Wall Motor based in Baoding, China.

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Plastic Odyssey Re-Fit

Plastic Odyssey Research Vessel re-fitted with Simrad Yachting Electronics before global expedition begins

Simrad Yachting has outfitted the bridge of the Plastic Odyssey research vessel as part of a 4-year partnership supporting Plastic Odyssey’s expedition around the globe to tackle the issue of plastic pollution in our planet’s oceans.

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Pride Marine Group, Golden Spruce Capital

Pride Marine Group Partners with Golden Spruce Capital, making a splash in the Canadian marine space

On July 11th, Pride Marine Group announced that it has partnered with Golden Spruce Capital Inc. to support the company’s future growth initiatives.

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Andy Adams

The boating industry needs to speak up

A recent conversation with a senior marine professional reminded me that we don’t seem to speak up to defend our own interests, even when the stakes are high.

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TIBS

Toronto International Boat Show announces the space application process for the 65th Anniversary show is now underway!

The Toronto International Boat Show organizers look forward to welcoming you back to what will be…THE Boating Event of the Year!

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Radian

Radian IoT launches innovative software platform for manufacturers, dealers and boat owners

Radian IoT, Inc., innovator in data collection and aggregation, has announced their latest reporting device and SaaS platform that turns boats, trailers, campers and powersports assets into data generators that deliver actionable intelligence.

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NMMA Canada

NMMA Canada submits joint letter to Transport Canada on Engine Noise Consultations

For some time now, NMMA Canada has alerted the industry through their newsletters, about Engine Noise Consultations and private sector lobbying efforts.

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Mercury Racing

Mercury Racing expands partnership with Powerboat P1

Mercury Racing, a global provider of high-performance marine propulsion systems, has announced that it entered a two-year agreement expanding its partnership with Powerboat P1, an international marine motorsport promoter.

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KingFisher Boats

KingFisher Boats receives Joint Health and Safety Excellence Award

Family-owned boat builder KingFisher Boats has been recognized for safety excellence from the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. The Joint Health and Safety Award was a recognition provided due to the efforts of the KingFisher Boats safety committee, who meet regularly to highlight and prevent workplace injuries.

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ePropulsion

ePropulsion sponsor of SailGP supplies sustainable electric propulsion at Chicago Sail Grand Prix

ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, continued its successful partnership with SailGP at the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix in Chicago at Navy Pier, June 18-19, the first North American event of SailGP’s third season.

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Walker Marine Award

Canadian Jeanneau dealer wins Social Media Award

Robert Walker and his team from Walker Marine recently attended the Jeanneau annual dealer meetings at St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida.

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Andy Adams

Share your opinions in the Canadian Electric Outboard Motor Survey

We are hearing a lot about electric motors in the marine space. Electric motors are hardly new.

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Clean & Protect

OneWater Marine Inc. signs definitive agreement to Acquire Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc.

OneWater Marine Inc. (NASDAQ: ONEW) (“OneWater” or the “Company”) recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI) (“OBCI” or “Ocean Bio-Chem”)…

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Prospec Electronics and UMMA

ProSpec Electronics & UMMA renew contract

ProSpec Electronics and United Marine Manufacturers Association (UMMA) have agreed to renew their preferred audio supplier contract for an additional two years. Josh Berry, ProSpec VP of sales and marketing, made the announcement.

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Ingenity Lake Geneva

Ingenity launches second Experience Center in Lake Geneva

This summer, Ingenity Electric, an innovative electric boat company under the Correct Craft family of brands, is bringing the future of boating to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin by launching its second “tiny home” experience center.

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NMMA Canada Economic Factoids

2021 Canadian Boating Statistical Abstract: Economic Factoids Report now available

NMMA’s 2021 Canadian Economic Factoids report is now available as a part of the 2021 Canadian Boating Statistical Abstract. 

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Brunswick Corporation

Boating Industry magazine names four Brunswick Corporation Leaders to its 2022 ‘Women Making Waves’ list of Honorees

Four of Brunswick’s rising leaders, Aine Denari, President, Brunswick Boat Group; Carrie Fodor, Senior Manager of Design, Sea Ray Boats; Chioma Aladi, Program Director, Sustainability, Business Acceleration; and Keisha Spicer…

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Andy Adams

Press Events mark a return to normal

Last week the team from Canadian Yachting Media and Boating Industry Canada joined the Yamaha folks for a day of new product review and boating on Peninsula Lake in Huntsville, Ontario and as you read this…