Granville IslandDespite Metro Vancouver experiencing some cold and wet weather conditions at the start of the week, attendance remained steady with serious, qualified buyers and strong onsite sales reported by exhibitors.

HIBS 2020 WrapupThe Halifax International Boat Show 2020 spanned four days of interesting weather and good crowds! Show Manager Scott Sprague summed it up: “Despite bad weather for days one and two, days three and four delivered good crowds.”

TIBS 2020 opening weekendPer tradition, Toronto was hit with a good amount of snow just in time for the opening weekend of the Toronto International Boat Show. Did that stop the crowds? Absolutely not, we welcomed a huge crowd opening weekend.

Ottawa Boat ShowIt might be the middle of winter – but if you find yourself daydreaming of sunny days out on the water, mark your calendar for February 20-23 at the EY Centre in Ottawa, where the Ottawa Boat Show will be offering up a taste of summer.

TwiggyThe Vancouver International Boat Show will include more than 250 exhibitors, providing boat enthusiasts with a first look at the 2020 boating season’s premiere boat models and accessories - and include over 125 presentations and workshops led by boating experts.

Hanse 675 AnnapolisCanadian Yachting’s Katherine Stone headed to Annapolis just last fall to scrutinize the new offerings at the 2019 US Sailboat Show. In CY’s February issue Katherine tells us what she saw with photos of features and ideas that made seven boats stand out. Here’s what she said about one she found very impressive.

Boot 2020Seventeen halls full of water related exhibits, perhaps a dozen of them full of boats and equipment. You might go to Miami or Annapolis to see the boat of your dreams, but you still wouldn’t get the same overwhelming scene. It might be because the whole show is inside that it is such an exciting event.

WheatstoneWhile working we continually were told how good the fall Annapolis Boat sailboat show was. Upon retiring in 2013 we finally had time to go. WOW! Five days of new boats, used boats, vendors, seminars, charter opportunities and meeting up with friends in the small community of boaters and cruisers.

Women's DayThe Vancouver International Boat Show is welcoming aspiring female mariners and seasoned boating enthusiasts to enjoy the 2020 “Women’s Day” on Saturday, February 8.

TwiggyThe Toronto International Boat Show starts next week; here’s what you may not know:

Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 

 

 

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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Moorings In BrazilWith an increasing amount of interest in South America as a charter destination, The Moorings has responded with a new base in Paraty, Brazil. Surrounded by towering jungles plummeting into the waters of Baia Carioca, this charter cruising region features bays peppered with islands and world-famous beaches.

Centrally located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Paraty (pronounced “Para-chee”) holds the key to many natural wonders you can only discover by boat.

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