Sea Ray Jet BoatIn June of 2012, Sea Ray announced that it would launch a new sport boat series featuring the very latest in water-jet propulsion technology.
AT the Atlanta boat show on January 10th, 2013, Sea Ray will officially introduce their new 21-foot sport boat with plans to follow up shortly with a 24-foot model.

An earlier announcement stated that Sea Ray has an exclusive partnership with renowned German engine

Seattle Boat ShowThe Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is the West Coast's Largest Boat Show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest accessories indoors at CenturyLink Field, plus afloat on South Lake Union.

A popular feature with hundreds of boaters, the 2013 Seattle Boat Show features more than 200 boating and fishing seminars. On this page you will find the entire list of free boating seminars. You can search by topic, speaker's name and more. Topics cover a huge range of issues of interest including Plastic in the Marine

Kitsilano Base ClosureThe chiefs of the Vancouver Police and Fire Departments have written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to reverse the government's decision to close Kitsilano Coast Guard Base, at the mouth of False Creek. The station is set to close in May as a cost-saving measure, despite the fact that critics throughout BC’s marine and first-responder communities have warned it will put lives at risk.
 
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu and Fire Chief John McKearney have written letters to the prime minister echoing those fears. They say plans to spend more money on a new hovercraft to be based in Richmond and on volunteer search and rescue won’t make up for the SAR capabilities which will be lost in the closure of Kits base.

Gulf Islands Park ReserveParks Canada has announced additions to the Gulf Islands Park Reserve, with the inclusion of new properties on Pender, Saturna and Prevost islands. The new properties are a mix of waterfront and forested areas and include over 2,700 meters of shoreline.  Also included is additional natural habitat for Garry oak, a native tree species that is at under risk from habitat depletion.

It is hoped that this acquisition will lead to the development of additional trails, day-use areas and boat-in camping.

BC Marine Parks Forever SocietyWith financial support from BC Marine Parks Forever Society and a successful local fundraising campaign, BC Parks is set to acquire land that connects two popular marine parks, a trail network and a lake at the north end of Quadra Island.

The province created Small Inlet Marine Park, on the west side of the island, and the Octopus Islands Extension Park at Waiatt Bay, to the east, in the late ‘90s, and always planned to complete the package by purchasing a 395-hectare property on the high ground between the two bays.

There is probably more misinformation about fuel than any other current boating topic. (See CY Dec 2012 for a review of decommissioning advice). Gasoline with ethyl alcohol added (E-10 nomenclature means there is 10 percent ethyl alcohol in the mix, the most common formulation for mid-grade gas) is actually a good fuel when temperatures drop as the alcohol will absorb quantities of water that enter fuel tanks. However, once the alcohol is saturated, water will remain a separated liquid that may make running difficult, if not impossible next season.

Fraser River Discovery CentreTelus Corp. of Burnaby has donated $10,000 to support the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s education programs aimed at connecting individuals with the living and working Fraser River. The primary recipient is the FRDC’s River School, which offers interactive activities to school groups to increase awareness and understanding of the Fraser and its importance to BC.

The Fraser River drains almost 250,000 square kilometers of the province, an area that that houses two-thirds of BC’s population and generates 80 percent of its economic activity.

One of the oldest and most respected bareboat charter operations on the BC coast has passed into new hands. Merion Martin and Jennifer Knox-Martin are the new owners of Comox-based Desolation Sound Yacht Charters. They take over from longtime DSYC owners Bob and Lois Stevenson. The Martins are veterans of luxury yacht operations in the Mediterranean and sailing charters in the Caribbean, with extensive ocean cruising miles. DSYC’s fleet of up to 30 sail and power yachts is based just 24 miles from Desolation Sound.

Vancouver Maritime Museum has announced its 2013 Ocean Cruising Speakers Series: January 18 - 18 Years of Sailing Together by Judith and Harry McPhie, January 25 - South to Warmer Climes, Vancouver to Mexico and Back by Steve and Tracey Dolling, February 1 - Vancouver Island Circumnavigation by Ron Ungless and Gordon Milne, February 8 - Around the World at Age 18 by Zac Sunderland,

Marlow Hunter Marine has recognized Vancouver’s Specialty Yachts as Hunter Dealer of the Year 2012. John Petersen, president of Marlow Hunter Marine (right), presented Specialty president Lawrence Fronczek (centre) with the award at the Annapolis Boat Show for 2012. They were joined by Hunter’s director of sales Greg Emerson. 

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