David Crowder

Thursday, 17 January 2013 22:41

Vancouver International Boat Show 2012

Celebrate BC Family Day in 2013 at the Vancouver Boat Show


Enjoy new dates and extended hours at the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show


December 11, 2012


Vancouver, B.C. ¾ Embracing BC’s new statutory Family Day Holiday, to be held the second Monday of February, the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show will run from Thursday, February 7 to Monday, February 11.  Boat aficionados and novices alike will be able to explore the latest and greatest boats and marine products showcased by more than 250 exhibitors at Western Canada’s premiere boat show.


Show Director Linda Waddell says the decision to incorporate the inaugural BC Family Day Holiday – by shifting from the traditional Wednesday through Sunday boat show pattern to Thursday through Monday – was easy.  “The Vancouver International Boat Show has always focused on providing an experience the entire family can enjoy.  Parents and children can get up close to a wide range of boats and see which boats best suit their family; they can even enjoy a free boat ride at Granville Island.  To be able to hold the 2013 Show on BC’s first Family Day is incredibly exciting for our industry.”



The Vancouver International Boat Show runs February 7-11, 2013 at Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina and BC Place. Pre-plan your visit at www.VancouverBoatShow.ca.


Dates:                         Family Day Weekend, February 7-11, 2013


Show Hours:             Thursday & Friday, 11 am to 9 pm

                                    Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm

                                    Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm

                                    Monday, 10 am to 5 pm                                

                                    Granville Island in-water venue closes at 5 pm daily


Admission:                Adults: $15

Seniors: $13

                                    2-day Adult Passes: $20 – New Multi-Day Ticket Offer!

                                    2-day Senior Passes: $17 – New Multi-Day Ticket Offer!

                                    Kids (16 and under): FREE

                                    Buy online before midnight February 6 and save $3/ticket






Locations:                  BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina – 1676 Duranleau Street, Vancouver

Free shuttle buses and water ferries run continuously between BC Place and Granville Island


Features:                    FREE Discover Boating boat rides at Granville Island; Kids’ Zone; Sport Fishing in BC; SailFest, offering the latest sailboats, gear, and destinations; and, Discover Boating Centre, an educational one-stop-shop where attendees can find unbiased answers on how to get started in boating.


Western Canada’s largest consumer boating event, the Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA), and produced by Canadian Boat Show.



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Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:45

New Fee Proposal

The brilliant bureaucrats at Parks Canada have figured out that they should hold the Rideau & Trent systems for ransom. There is very little I can say to illustrate how dumb this is compared to what they say themselves.


I had to type this manually because it will not cut and paste so I hope it is right.

My 38 would cause me to pay about $30.00 per lock - depending on the size of the lock and $76.00 overnight between locks as I read it and if this goes through .

The Save our Rideau people have crafted well reasoned and logical responses on their site but of course logic was never really very important to the great administrators of our government.

For any BOC members who have connections in the communities en route of either the Trent or Severn, I think their Councils or Chambers of Commerce might make more of a difference to the decision makers. As boaters we are probably considered fair targets for greedy tax collectors so we cannot lobby very well but those communities can.  

From my own perspective I was going to do the Trent again this summer and had budgeted about $5,000  fees, fuel and all to come up from Windsor and make the circuit. This fee change will put the trip up to about $7,000 as I calculate it. I think I will do the Erie Canal instead. It will be about $3,000 all in. The Trent now gets zero - so how much does that help their revenue stream?



Bayliner’s All-new Element Makes Boating
Easier and More Accessible Than Ever

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, Jan. 3. 2013 — Whether you’re rekindling a passion for boating or launching into the boating lifestyle for the first time, the Bayliner Element is your way in. All-new for the 2013 model year, Element is a revolutionary new boat that promises to make boating an accessible, easily adoptable pastime for just about anyone. Element’s affordable price allows owners to enjoy the “So Worth It!” Bayliner boating experience for a surprisingly low monthly payment that is comparable to a cable bill, and its unique design offers an automotive-like driving experience that will be familiar to anyone who’s been behind the wheel of a car.

“Whatever has held people back from getting into boating in the past, Element erases all that,” said Matt Guilford, Bayliner’s vice president of marketing. “We solicited extensive customer feedback and, thanks to some very creative innovations, developed a product that’s pitch perfect for someone looking for an approachable way into the boating lifestyle.”

At 16 feet in length, Element easily accommodates a family of four and has capacity for up to six. Its surprisingly roomy layout includes opposed cockpit seating, which fosters easy conversation among passengers, a full-beam aft sunpad, and a cushioned bow lounge area that boasts room for two to stretch their legs. Even with a full crew, there’s still space onboard for a carry-on cooler. Deep cockpit freeboard enhances passenger safety, and a pair of stern swim platforms provide easy water access.

To make it refreshingly easy to own, Bayliner designed Element with minimal upkeep in mind. A standard 60-hp Mercury FourStroke outboard engine provides reliable, fuel-efficient power capable of towing a tuber or wakeboarder. Low-maintenance Mercury outboards are engineered to perform in either fresh or saltwater, so Element is equally at home on inland or coastal waterways. And Element’s self-bailing cockpit is easy to clean after a day on the water; just hose and go.

The most distinctive aspect of Element’s design is its signature M hull. Bayliner’s engineering team sought to create a running surface that delivered exceptional stability and superior passenger comfort while at rest and under way. The team ultimately moved away from a traditional V hull in favor of an innovate M-hull design that maintains exceptionally level flotation even when passengers step on gunnels while boarding. Much like a car or tri-tube pontoon boat, Element takes turns like it’s riding on rails, with very little of the pitching and yaw commonly associated with V-hulled craft. And to simplify the driving experience for novice and experienced boaters alike, Bayliner constructed an all-new helm station for Element that features a single, multipurpose gauge and only a few essential dash controls.

Element is just as easy to maneuver out of the water. At a trailering weight of approximately 2,200 pounds, Element is towable by many small SUVs. With a 16’2” overall length and 7’5” beam, Element can be stowed in an average-sized garage. The standard Element trailer has been specially designed to make launching and retrieval at the boat ramp a breeze.

Element will makes its debut at the 2013 New York Boat Show, starting January 3, 2013.

2013 16 Element Specifications

Length overall (LOA) 16'2" (4.93 m)
Approximate dry weight* 1,750 lbs (794 kg)
Std. engine (U.S.) 60 HP Mercury 4 Stroke
Fuel capacity 12 gals
Maximum person capacity 6

Click here for photos of the Element.

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Bayliner is a recognized global leader in the fiberglass recreational boating industry. Through quality craftsmanship and a diverse product offering, Bayliner strives to make boating an accessible, “So Worth It!” pastime for everyone worldwide. For more information, visit www.bayliner.com. Bayliner is a brand of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

About Brunswick
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation endeavors to instill "Genuine Ingenuity"(TM) in all its leading consumer brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, and Diversified Marine parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Cabo Yachts, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris FloteBote, Hatteras, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Trophy, Uttern and Valiant boats; Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment; Brunswick bowling centers, equipment and consumer products; Brunswick billiards tables and foosball tables. For more information, visit www.brunswick.com

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 12:28

Halifax International Boat Show 2013

Halifax International Boat Show 2013

Welcome to the Water!


Chart a Course For Huge Savings! Shop for your next adventure at the Halifax International Boat Show!

See the latest in:

  • Boats from 6’ to 40’
  • Runabouts
  • Sailboats
  • Cruisers
  • Kayaks
  • Personal watercraft
  • Chandleries
  • Financing & Insurance
  • Docks and dock builders
  • Marine equipment
  • Marine engines
  • Diesel, gas, outboard and inboard motors
  • Marine electronics
  • Marine accessories and safety equipment
  • Everything and anything to do with the boating lifestyle


Exciting prizes, features, seminars and SPECIAL GUESTS!

Saturday, 22 December 2012 10:37

The 2013 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show

The 2013 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show


Forgotten what summer feels like? Head to the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show at Place Bonaventure from February 7th to 10th. It is the largest show of its kind in Quebec with more than 400 boats and nearly 200 exhibitors. Whether you love boating, fishing, extreme water sports such as wakeboarding or simply enjoy nature, the Show will inspire you with the latest engines, electronics and accessories as well asthe large luxury yachts.


General information


WHERE: Place Bonaventure (800, de la Gauchetiere West, Montreal, Metro Bonaventure)


WHEN: February 7th to 10th (Thursday and Friday - 11am to 9pm; Saturday – 10am to 8pm and 

             Sunday – 10am to 6pm)


FEES:   Adults: $13

Seniors / Student: $10

Children (under 12 years old): free



1 877-560-1777


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