Buying a Boat: The Musical

Since I am in the throes of purchasing a boat and am a huge devotee of musical theatre, I recently headed to Broadway to catch the must-see opening of Buying a Boat: the Musical. The production stars some of the most exciting celebs including Canadian Don Cherry as The Jovial Surveyor and Lady Gaga as The Boat.

GBAy Water Levels 2014In a response to an article written in a recent edition of a local Simcoe County newspaper bringing our attention to Georgian Bay low water levels, Canadian Yachting reader, John Jamieson, crafted the following rebuttal with an alternative viewpoint for us all to consider.

Port Credit Sprint Boat Show 2014The Credit Village Marina will be host to the Spring Boat Show from May 23rd to 25th, 2014; the official kick off to your boating season. Located right in the heart of the beautiful Port Credit waterfront, the best place to see any boat is right on the water.

2014 Victoria Harbour Boat ShowNo Northwest boat show can boast as congenial a setting as the annual Victoria Harbour Boat Show, right in the middle of the city's scenic and historic Inner Harbour. This year's edition takes place Thursday to Sunday, May 1 - 4. Presented by the B.C. Yacht Brokers Association the show brings about 150 new and brokerage powerboats

Hans FoghIt is with great sadness that we announce Hans Fogh passed away peacefully from Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease on March 14, 2014 in Toronto. A fighter to the end, Hans leaves Kirsten, his beloved wife and safe harbour for 49 years, his two sons, Morten (Debbie) and Thomas (Andrea) and his darling grandchildren, Sarah, Curtis, Marcus, Kaia and Lucas with whom he spent many joyful hours as “Farfar” attending their numerous special events.

America's Cup EventOn April 11, 2014 the Midland Cultural Centre will be hosting America's Cup New Zealand Design Team member Steve Killing as he takes us inside the drama of the 2013 America's Cup experience. 

When it’s time to stretch your cruising range, here’s how to make your big cruise happen.

Have you dreamed of stretching your cruising range from home waters to a legendary destination, chartering in an exotic locale, or cutting shore ties for an extended coastal or offshore passage? An adventure cruise like these can reward you with an unforgettable experience. The rewards may be based on special scenery, a unique or distant destination, skills and confidence gained by stretching your range, or a special event encountered along the way. Your cruise may be special for its length, its challenges and learning opportunities, or the make-up of the crew. Cruising with family, children, grandchildren and even parents can make an adventure cruise special.

London Boat and Fishing ShowThe Western Fair District will be filled to the brim with The London Boat Fishing and Outdoor Show offering even more boats, RVs and outdoor experiences than ever before.  Under new management, Continuum Productions, producers of the Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale have created a show experience featuring many of the Provinces top boat brands recreational power products, marine & fishing accessories.  

Hamilton Boat Show 2014Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale (Hamilton Boat Show), February 14-17 (Family Day Weekend) is held at the Careport Centre in Hamilton. This is the show's 4th year, and everything indicates that it's going to be even bigger and better than last year.

Fractional YachtingAt the Toronto Boat Show I met Howie Colt, owner of Toronto-based Gone Sailing Adventures-Yacht Time (GSA). Howie is a long-time charter captain and local innovator in “fractional yachting”, allowing boaters to enjoy big, beautiful craft without the high cost of ownership.

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