The Vancouver International Boat Show is launching a new photo contest celebrating BC’s love of boating. The “Why BC Loves Boating Photo Contest” invites boaters to share with the world why they love boating the more than 27,000 km of ocean coastline, hundreds of lakes and countless rivers, that make the waters of BC amongst the finest boating destinations on the planet. The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree at the 2013 Vancouver Boat Show and a pair of tickets to the show; plus, 10 honourable mentions will each receive a $100 shopping spree and tickets to the show.

Canadian native Bruce Kirby (Ottawa, Ontario) has been named as one of the nine sailors who are members of the 2012 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Kirby, a newspaperman and former editor of One Design Yachtsman (predecessor to Sailing Worldmagazine) is internationally known as the designer of the Laser which is sailed in Olympic competition. Over 250,000 of the one-design single-person boat have been built since the early ‘70s. His designs also include the America’s Cup 12-Metres Canada I and Canada II, as well as the Ideal 18, San Juan 24 and the Sonar, which is raced in the Paralympics.

The Formula 3, Region 6 Championships were held in beautiful Marietta, Ohio at the 12th annual Riverfront Roar. Formula powerboat racing has become the primary event in this quaint Ohio town. Once a year, this historic riverfront area is ignited into a powerboat racing arena. Thousands of people gather along the Ohio River to watch the powerboat races. Last Friday as race teams arrived to set up there pit area. Gary Williams, chair of the Riverfront Roar committee said “The turnout this year is great...Friday evening was very crowded and, we believe, set a record for the Riverfront Roar opening night attendance.”

EH Yachts, manufacturers of Egg Harbor Yachts, Buddy Davis Yachts, Buddy Davis Edition, Predator and Topaz Boats announced its acquisition of Silverton & Ovation Yachts in a move that continues its strategy of acquiring companies to offer the industries most complete range of cruising and sportfishing yachts. Silverton, an over 40-year old company located in Millville, NJ creates sport and convertible yachts in a different package than the Egg, Davis, Topaz or Predator lines, which now gives EH Yachts the ability to offer both fishing and cruising solutions for every boater.

Canadian Boat Shows announced on August 13th that Adastra Media Inc., in association with Kerrwil Publications Limited, has been named the official show guide supplier for the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show, January 12 to 20, with Special Preview Night on January 11. The group is also the official show guide supplier for the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show, February 7 to 11, and publishes Boating Industry Canada, Canadian Yachting and Canadian Yachting West magazines. Its print platforms are available in digital format and online, and the group publishes numerous websites, all with weekly or monthly newsletters.

Carver Yachts has just announced the first model in a series of exciting new yachts currently in development and production at their Wisconsin based shipyard – the all new Carver 34 Fly. Carver Yachts are well known for their spacious, ergonomic interiors that are logically designed to meet the demand of the avid yachtsmen, and the 34 Fly will not disappoint. Sleek new lines paired with forward thinking naval architecture and supported by fine North American design, engineering and craftsmanship define this new series of yachts from top to bottom. The Carver Systems and Design Engineers focused on developing a yacht that meets the need of today’s and tomorrow’s yachting enthusiasts.

Tall Ships America set out to make its Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012 series, a success that would be remembered for years to come, and with the help of local organizers, the non-profit organization achieved its goal with flying colors. More than 20 member tall ships, representing six nations, traveled up the Eastern Seaboard this summer, participating in one or more maritime festivals in Savannah, Ga., Greenport, N.Y., Newport, R.I. and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Public participation trumped all expectations, as visitors thronged the waterfront to tour the ships and join a bi-national celebration of maritime heritage.

Cruisers Yachts has announced that a private unveiling of the 45 Cantius will take place at its 2013 annual international dealer meeting in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., held July 30 to Aug. 1, 2012, followed by a public debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show this October. The stylish 45 Cantius, complete with Volvo Diesel IPS propulsion, is the sister yacht to both the 41 and the 48 Cantius; the Cantius line originally launched in 2010. “Both the 41 and 48 really set a standard for engineering design in the Cantius family; it was up to our engineers to not only hit, but to exceed those standards with the 45.”

Richard Bee, Chief Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is pleased to report that the organization has completed the search process and hired a new Executive Director. Their new Executive Director is Walter Kowalchuk. He will be joining CPS-ECP on September 4, 2012. Walter was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta and moved to the Toronto area in 1984. He is married with two children. His wife Susan is the Program Manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.

The sale to Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, for all of the assets of Hunter Marine Corporation, and selected assets of Mainship Corporation and Luhrs Corporation has closed, according to John T. Peterson, President of Hunter and Chief Restructuring Officer/Treasurer of Morgan Industries Corporation, the holding company of Mainship and Luhrs. “With this behind us it is time to shift all our resources to get back to the task at hand, building and marketing boats”, stated Peterson.

Boat Reviews

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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. 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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Beneteau Antares 11By Andy Adams

What perfect timing! Beneteau is has just announced their new Antares 11 model for North America and I think it will be exactly what many people are looking for.

The boat business has simply taken off during 2020, spurred on by the social distancing requirements of the global battle with COVID-19. In many regards, this situation has brought a lot of families closer because there are few options for travel and recreation. I suspect that many families have rediscovered the joys of being together, going places and doing things.

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Destinations

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ChemainusBy Marianne Scott

The approach to the Chemainus Municipal Dock from Stuart Channel is straightforward and is protected from all but strong northerly winds. The only obstacle may be some large log booms often anchored in the harbour. The Dock is immediately south of the B.C. ferry terminal; the ferry runs to Thetis- and Penelakut Islands.

Harbourmaster Harmen Bootsma, who has been the cheerful, welcoming presence here for a couple of decades, is ready to catch your lines. 

 

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Lifestyle

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Limestone, a heritage Canadian boat brand that has earned a loyal following over the past 35 ...
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Recently while admiring the boats in Victoria Harbour my eyes locked into a 58ft yacht named ...
The 38.1m / 125' motor yacht, custom built in 1930 by Boeing of Canada and last refitted ...
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You will find that many of the yachts travelling up and down the BC Coast have Sea Kayaks on board. ...

(From left to right) Boating Ontario CEO Rick Layzell; Pollution Probe CEO Christopher Hilkene; NOVA Chemicals VP Rob Thompson; and Council of the Great Lakes Region  President and CEO Mark Fisher

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, recently announced the launch of the first phase of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative with founding partners Pollution Probe, the University of Toronto (U of T) Trash Team, Boating Ontario, PortsToronto, as well as collaborators EnviroPod, Water Products and Solutions-America, Poralu Marine and Georgian Bay Forever.

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DIY & How to

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July and August  in Canada are the months of boating. People are on the water – exploring, ...
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WinterizationBy Andrew McDonald, Lakeside Marine Services

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to”, is a phrase that many of us are familiar with. Most of the time it is in reference to a bygone era of better, and it’s used to lament the sorry state of what we have today. It is a phrase that can be applied to many areas of our lives: architecture, art, furniture, tools. Boats? I would argue that they don’t make them like they used to. But, is that lamentable, or is it progress?

Progress, I think. With this concept in mind, as we enter another season of putting boats to bed for the winter, why do we winterize as we always have?

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Marine Products

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