Mar 14, 2019

Natural MarineBackground:

In the late 1970's myself and a lady friend decided leave our corporate positions to spend 3 years backpacking around the globe.

Already having a bent to be an Eco friendly people, this odyssey was a real shock to both of us.

We travelled with a tent through about 75 countries, and being that close to the ground, we were stunned at some of the total misuse of our globe in many of these countries: Rivers on fire, no hygiene other than already polluted streams and yes, bodies floating by!

About 1980 the world caught up with us and we had to return home to Canada

Being a boater,  I chose to join the Canadian marine industry in 1980 and with my Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering  technician background, began to develop a friendlier water based marine boat care line. We started with Head-O-Matic holding tank care, which we also sold to the airlines, Go Train and others.

We added on Boat Armour boat care, which some of you will remember, by manufacturing and marketing that USA line in Canada for them.

That line was sold off to another group in USA, so we created, in 1989, our own Natural Marine.

We decided that my chemist and I could develop water based products to rival the existing solvent based product on the Canadian market.

We were invited to Ottawa by a branch of the Canadian government to help begin to develop the Eco-Logo program, which we did.

In those days, I agree, it was tough to get water based products to rival the nasty solvents, because the raw materials then were not as good as they are today. In many cases, fortunately, we can now outperform many of them.

No question now there is a global movement by many  to help preserve the environment. Be it by creating new consumer products with much less Eco impact or protecting our Great Lakes and Arctic Regions.

There are a number of environmental  symbols being used in our marine business and it is wise to be cautious of some of these. This is sometimes referred to a Green Washing, when unscrupulous  manufactures tuck a green branch or whatever grows on their product.

There are a few professional organizations that do try to monitor these rouge Eco-symbols , but very hard to track them all. Best to ask your fellow boaters whose symbol you can trust and their feedback on their results. In our case with Natural Marine we chose to partner with a well recognized national group like your CPS-ECP, to help bring the industry up to Eco-speed.

We work hard at selecting well respected groups in our various industries, like the CPS-ECP to help promote both parties. We do this by, as a CPS-ECP Proud Sponsor, adding the CPS logo on every marine bottle we manufacture. So there are now 10's of thousands of CPS-ECP logos somewhere on your marina or mass retailer shelves.

Most of these are promoting our Eco-consumer  products and also helping recruit new CPS-ECP members. Existing CPS-ECP members usually can spot these logos from a mile away!

As Eco-innovators Alex Milne Associates will continue to be a leader in developing key, Made in Canada, Natural Marine and Head-O-Matic  boat care products to help give Canadian and international boaters the choice and also help protect my well travelled global environment.

Bill Milne  
Alex Milne Associates Ltd

Valvetech Bridgewater MarinaFor many years now, we have used gasoline in our cars and trucks that contains some amount of ethanol, a form of alcohol, and just as a few drops of water combine almost instantly in your Scotch, moisture from the atmosphere can combine with the ethanol in the gasoline that is in your boat’s fuel tank.

Your motor vehicle has a sealed fuel system to control evaporative losses that are a source of air pollution. Fuel is moved into the engine under pressure and any drips that might escape, drop onto the pavement. The engine is open to the pavement below. In an inboard boat, the hull is below the engine and any drips will collect in the bilge with potentially explosive consequences. 

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Grand Banks 60 SkyloungeThe Canadian market has always been a tough nut for yacht designers to figure out. Summer days get really hot; other days are downright cold. There is always the chance things could change in the blink of an eye and let’s be honest, who among us hasn’t stepped off the boat wearing shorts, flip flops and a warm jacket? Canadian yachting has always been a world of contradictions, which is why designing cruising yachts for this market has never been easy. It’s not like Florida or the Med, where weather is dependable throughout the year.



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ILCA DinghyAustin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class sanctioned events.

“It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50- year history,” said Class President Tracy Usher.

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The DocksBy Katherine Stone

Docks are well-lit and wide to accommodate dock carts.

Steeped in tradition that goes back to one of the oldest towns in Canada west of Quebec City, is Penetanguishene. This bilingual community of 9,000 is located in the middle of Huronia on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay in Simcoe Country, Ontario. The name is believed to have been derived from Algonquin (also believed to have come from the Wendat, Abenaki and Ojibwe tribes) meaning “place of the white rolling sands”. 

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