Gobius Pro sensorsAt last month’s Toronto boat show, there certainly was a lot to see. One exhibitor Woodard and Company had a couple of brand new and noteworthy items that will be in marine stores soon. 

Bilge CleanerOne of the most important boat-ownership tasks is cleaning the bilge. Not only does it reduce noxious interior odors, but also eliminates a Coast Guard officer visit for unintentionally discharging oily waste. Bilge Cleaner from BoatLIFE quickly and effortlessly emulsifies oil and scum, leaving the vessel smelling fresh and new.

Blue GuardBlue Guard has announced the general availability of the BG-One, a solid-state bilge pump switch, oil and fuel detector. Having no moving parts or mechanical float switches, BG-One will automatically turn off the bilge pump when oil or fuel is detected, preventing potentially costly oil or fuel discharge.

Rainman ProductsErik Pawson Of Watertight Boatworks here in North Vancouver, BC, is really passionate about the Rainman distillation equipment that he now distributes throughout Canada.




AcuvaAcuva Technologies Inc. has come up with an innovative solution for boaters that want clean drinking water from their fresh water holding tank...



Shurflo Aqua King Water PumpA really practical and valuable new product is the Aqua King II water pump from Shurflo and we met manager Wendy Inskeep at IBEX. She explained the value and importance of this great new  water pump. It’s a four chamber pump and in her display you could see her operate four different fixtures at a flow rate of four gallons per minute [five gallon per minute is also available] and the flow of water remained steady at all four taps even as you turn some on or off.

Bilge Filtration SystemJohn Bartnick is the developer of The Dry Boat System and he had a pair of identical fiberglass runabouts on display. Both were boats with foam cored construction but one had been cut open extensively to repair and replace the wet and damaged core while the other was being dried out using a dry air injection system applied to the bad core areas using

Fresh water freezes in winter so what do you do when you need water all winter? Recognizing this need, Paulin & Co.  developed just the product, an electrically heated garden hose. With heating elements fabricated right into its walls, the 5/8-inch hose has its power supply through an electrical cord at the supply end. It can be set to operate automatically and turn on at 45 degrees F (7 degrees C) and off at 57 degrees F (14 degrees C) or higher.

Vortex VacWith Raritan's Atlantes Freedom Toilet, boat owners can declare their independence from clogged heads.  Now this excellent performing toilet features the company's Vortex-Vac discharge system. 

This technology creates a vacuum internally, so no remote vacuum pump or tank is required.  It also eliminates the need for foot pedals and other mechanical components that can fail.  Unlike typical vaccuum toilet systems, a convenient, built-in shredder with stainless steel blades transforms waste into small particles to reduce clogs.  A unique discharge loop eliminates odours and enables the bowl to hold water, similar to home toilets.

Vortex-Vac is quiet, efficient and has both low-power consumption and

With increasingly stringent waste discharge legislation in both Canadian and US waters, boaters looking for waste removal solutions have at least a couple of options. Holding tanks are the obvious first-level fix but, of course, these need a pump-out station and there are not many of those on this coast.

Raritan has another option for vessels up to 65’ in length.

CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.


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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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