FLIBS 2013The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened under partly cloudy skies Thursday as the biggest show yet in the event's 54-year history and, judging by show-goer comments, one of the best.

Howard Blitstein timed his visit from Costa Rica to see his mother in Fort Lauderdale with the boat show. "It's very busy for the first day," he said. "I've seen a lot of new center console-type boats that I never heard of. I'm impressed with the boats."

CPS AGMA highlight of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons Annual General Meeting held October 24, 25 and 26 in Toronto, was the culmination of the nation-wide Flag Relay celebrating their 75th Anniversary. Appreciating the importance and value of this education, the men went on to found the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons in 1938 in Windsor, now 75 years ago. The 2013 Flag Relay started this May when two specially designed

IBEX 2013One of the highlights of IBEX is the Innovation Awards and at the Industry Breakfast, the winners of the 2013 IBEX Innovation Awards were announced.

TIBS 2014The Toronto International Boat Show Jan 11 to 19 2014 is fast approaching and Exhibitor Kits are now available online.  The Discounted Rates Deadline is December 20, giving you the opportunity for huge savings on regular rates if you take advantage of the details in advance.

A date to remember is November 1st, 2013 for submitting Exhibitor Listing Information.  Ensure your company name, booth number and products are easily searchable by the consumer in FREE Exhibitor Listings and Product

Anchor Yacht SalesAnchor Yacht Sales of Port Credit, Ontario, an exclusive Beneteau dealer for the past 24 years, announced that they have sold a new Beneteau Oceanis 38, in fact Hull number 1 of this brand new design, on the very first day and in the very first hour of the 2013 Annapolis boat show in Annapolis, Maryland.

End of Youngstown RegattaAfter 40 summers, the Youngstown Level Regatta is done. Sure, there’s a nostalgia piece about all the great times we had, about Jeff Long Tarzan-ing his spar and setting his J24 on its side or about Don Allen’s bikini babes in Sailing News. I could write about the Whippet crew from Oakville sailing in Michelin Man suits or recall brushing my teeth with beer from B-Kwik, but that is only part of the story.

YYCWe thank John Morris and our friends over at Canadian Yachting magazine who wrote a most complimentary article on the Youngstown Level Regatta in their October issue.  We rated the inside back page no less.  It is still somewhat hard for us to believe that after 40 years the Level is no more, but we have plans underway for the next regatta to take its place on the same weekend, July 26-27, 2014.  We apologize for not being able to formally announce the details yet because we know many of you want to make plans and are anxious to know if your boat will be among

GillThe undisclosed sum of money paid to Douglas Gill International to YFM Equity Partners is intended to back their existing management team. Gill was established in the 1975 by Nick Gill who started up the business in his father's Nottingham lace factory. The Gill business makes technical sailing clothing and accessories and exported to more than 35 countries and last year and won the Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade. Gill employs more than 40 staff at its Long Eaton site.

ABYCThere will be a four-day ABYC Electrical Certification course taking from Monday, December 9th through to Thursday, December 12th, 2013 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Facilitator will be Ed Sherman. The  course is designed for the marine technician with at least three to five years’ experience working with marine electricity.  The student also needs some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards.

AMTAThe Atlantic Marine Trades Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 2PM in Charlottetown, PEI  Location: The Confederation Room, the Great George Hotel, 58 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada   C1A 4K3

Lifestyle

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Tight FitA new shrink-wrap promises more environmentally conscious

In Nov 2019, I was fortunate enough to attend the Boating Ontario conference in Niagara Falls ON. This conference is geared to members and suppliers of the marine industry particularly marina operations. One of the suppliers was Layfield Geosynthetics, offering a new shrink-wrap film called ‘Bioflex MarineShrink’. The Layfield rep that I spoke with described the new product as a more environmentally conscious option (more on what this means, below).

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Boat Reviews

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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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