Halifax Boat Show 2013The Halifax International Boat Show returns February 21 – 24, 2013 at Exhibition Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  This event encompasses the largest and most sought after brands of boats and boating equipment in Eastern Canada and it’s all under one roof.

Visit our Canadian Yachting staff at Exhibitor Booth #406.  Stop by to say hi and pick up a free edition.

The Halifax International Boat Show is the largest boat show in Eastern Canada. Exhibited boats range in size from 6' to over 30' and include runabouts, cruisers, motor yachts, sail boats, sailing dinghies, pontoon boats, bass boats, inflatables, RIBS and personal water craft.
 

Beneteau First 36.7The 2013 First 36.7 North American Championship (NAC) Organizing committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 First 36.7 NAC.  

Scheduled for September 5-8, 2013 and hosted at the Belmont Station of Chicago Yacht Club (CYC), the Notice of Race (NOR) and registration instructions are located at Yacht Scoring. The entry fee includes dockage during the event and access to all parties for the skipper and up to eight crew members.  Be sure to get your entry in early as there are incentives for early registration!

Registration and weigh-in begins Tuesday, September 3

Great things to check out at the boat shows this winter! Although it’s almost exclusively a powerboat show, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show attracts the most impressive range of boats and yachts in North America…and probably worldwide! From the smallest inflatable dinghy to the largest private superyacht that can float into the harbour, the Fort Lauderdale show brings boats from all over the globe. It’s one of our favourite shows because it’s so international and so diversified. It’s a boat lover’s paradise – but the people-watching is great, too!

Vancouver International Boat ShowWhile you are at this year's Vancouver International Boat Show be sure to stop by exhibitor booth # 174 to say hi, pick up an issue of Canadian Yachting West magazine and renew your subscription.  We'd like to know what you think of the boating issues of the day.  Share your thoughts and/or adventures with us!

Show Features include:

Platinum 120Platinum Marine announces the unveiling of their new refit project, “encore”, 120’ Crescent, at the 2013 Seattle Boat Show. The luxury yacht was refurbished to new construction levels through Platinum’s Transformational Refit program.

The transformation included the addition of an upper level, modernized exterior styling, hull lengthening, and the addition of a bulbous bow. The interior of the new tri-level vessel was removed and replaced with a professionally designed interior with up-to-date amenities such as a state-of-the-art entertainment system, technically advanced lighting systems, and chef’s galley. Mechanical, electronic, and yacht management systems have been either significantly upgraded or replaced throughout the vessel. Essentially the encore is a new yacht in appearance and operation, without the cost of a newly constructed vessel. The encore is listed for sale by Platinum Marine for $6,995,000.

SunSail 444 CatamaranSunsail is thrilled to open a new yacht charter base in Palma on the island of Mallorcain May 2013. This new sailing destination will offer Bareboat and Skippered Yacht Charters and is perfect for cruising the nearby Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

Cheryl Powell, Chief Operating Officer of Sunsail, who has enjoyed several holidays in Palma commented; “our new base in Palma, the busy commercial and cultural center of Mallorca and the capital of the beautiful Balearic Islands, is a fantastic addition to our charter offering in the Mediterranean. With great access from almost every European airport, Palma is a city of modern hotel chains, and stylish shops; yet, it still retains much of the fascinating architecture in the Old Town and the restored cathedral stands proud in the center of town. Guests can dine out on some of the best tapas Spain has to offer and enjoy the great shopping, before or after setting sail.”

Trent Severn User FeesThe lockage and moorage fees on two of Canada’s most popular recreational waterways, the Trent Severn and the Rideau have been bouncing up and down dramatically in the past little while as your Federal Government tries to cut costs.

If you have read Bob Eaton’s article on page 48 in this issue, you saw the headline, “...Trouble On Ontario’s Canal Systems” and hopefully followed the progression of Government efforts to cut costs by cutting hours, cutting manpower and cutting services on the Trent Severn and the Rideau. You would also have learned about the widespread backlash that stimulated and the public letters later released by Minister Peter Kent reinstating hours and continuing the open season until Thanksgiving 2012 as in past years, but you might not have picked up the subtle hint that user fees increases were in the works.

Cookie Cutter ChroniclesHomeward Bound: The Last Leg. On February 19, 2013 the Bluewater Cruising Association welcomes Peter McMartin and Connie Morahan, recently returned from their 10 year voyage around South Pacific, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.  They undertook this voyage on their Peterson 36.

Join them on their final leg as they sail from Kudat, Borneo, through the Philippines and Japan, and across the North Pacific from Hokkaido to Vancouver Island.

NMMA Hall of Fame Award 2013The 2013 State of the Recreational Boating Industry Presentation and Industry Breakfast took place Tuesday, January 15th at the Toronto International Boat Show. The event was sponsored by GE Capital, NMMA Canada and Boating Industry Canada magazine.

The event attracted a capacity crowd of about 200.

The presentations were opened by Andy Adams of Boating Industry Canada talking about two major demographic shifts that will greatly impact future planning for marine industry professionals.

Jimmy Cornell-Blue Planet OdysseyAuthor and internationally renowned sailor Jimmy Cornell will be at the Toronto International Boat Show for the first time this year to recruit Canadian sailors for one of the most ambitious voyages ever undertaken. The crews, launching from ports in every continent in the world in 2014 and 2015, will survey some of the world’s most endangered islands, take part in community projects to help curb the effects of global warming, and gather data for the international scientific community. Blue Planet Odyssey will also highlight the effects of climate change on the Arctic icecap, the Great Barrier Reef, and nature reserves such as the Galapagos Islands.

Destinations

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An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Lifestyle

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Boat Reviews

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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DIY & How to

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Ask Andrew – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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Marine Products

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