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Spring Bling! Share your love for boating in a photo!

Ahoy boating shutter bugs!

Now is the time to share your love of boating!

Canadian Power & Sail Squadron has launched their spring photo contest – Spring Bling! Contest runs until Sunday June 30th.

Organizers are asking for all your boating friends from your shiny new boats to preparing for the boating season to taking your favourite pet on the water! Photos should be submitted to theporthole@cps-ecp.ca

Boaters on Instagram can visit  #SpringBling or @cpsboat regularly to vote for your favorite photo for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Aqua Map.

Thanks to Canadian Boating and to Canadian Power and Sail Squadron for sharing this content.

Boating Etiquette – The Top Ten Tips


With Safe Boating Awareness Week around the corner, the North South Yacht Sales team is posting, with permission, Know-How: A Guide To Boating Etiquette, courtesy of Canadian Boating.

When boating this summer…

      1. Always respect the rights of others while underway. Power boaters must take note of the affect their wake will have on smaller boats and sailing vessels. Make sure to give them a wide berth.
      2. When boating near sailing vessels that are engaged in racing, reduce speed to minimize your wake and always pass to their stern and the leeward sides. Never anchor near buoys that mark racing course or starting lines.
      3. A sailing vessel under sail must never interfere with a power vessel just to exert its right of way.
      4. Never enter an anchorage at full speed. Always enter at a speed that will leave little or no wake. Prepare lines and fenders before entering harbour and leave them on the deck until you near the dock. And of course, don’t anchor too close to other vessels. Always allow room for the vessels to swing.
      5. If you are going to raft off, communicate in advance with the other boats to see who is going to be involved and in what order.
      6. Respect your neighbours’ privacy and right to peace and quiet. Sound travels a long way on the water and a radio, loud voice or generator can be very annoying to your fellow boaters or even to local cottagers.
      7. When you are walking along a dock, don’t peer intently into the boats made fast at dock. These boats are home to the people inside and staring in on them is downright tacky.
      8. Never set foot on someone else’s vessel without first asking – “Permission to come aboard, captain”? Even though in many cases this is just a formality, always observe the courtesy. It is a small thing but marks you as cognizant of the proper thing to do.
      9. Always wear the proper footwear aboard a boat. Hard-soled shoes can scratch or scuff a deck and are very slippery when wet. Bare feet are the most treacherous of all on a wet fibreglass deck. If a skipper thinks you care about the deck, the more likely you are to be invited back.
      10. Finally, remember, the captain’s word is law. The skipper is the master of the ship and is legally responsible for the actions of the crew and the safety of the passengers. This law applies to all vessels. A ship cannot be run by committee. The captain must be decisive and give instructions clearly and quickly. If you are crewing or are a passenger on a boat, obey the captain promptly. Your life and safety may depend on it.

These points were excerpted from the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron’s Basic Navigation and Boat Handling manual. For more information on the CPS-EPC visit boatingcourses.ca.

 

Aaron Boudreau joins NSYS


Mike Burns, president of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce that Aaron Boudreau has joined the brokerage team.

Aaron’s passion for boating began as a child when he and his family explored the waters of Lake Simcoe and the Ottawa River. Those early trips developed into a passion for the open seas.

Aaron brings with him a wealth of knowledge in client interaction and the world of luxury yachting. He has become a true resource for boaters just getting started to those ready to take the next steps.

“We are delighted to have Aaron join the team. His resourcefulness and professionalism will be a true benefit for clients who are looking for that perfect vessel.” stated NSYS President Mike Burns. “Aaron is going to make a wonderful addition to the NSNG team. “

Aaron will be working out of the Ottawa area and can be reached at 613-621-1209 | aaron@northsouthyachtsales.com

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Specializing in the sale of pre-owned power and sailing yachts, North South Nautical Group Inc. has brokers located in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharine’s, Georgian Bay, Kawartha Lakes, Eastern Ontario and the Caribbean (St. Maarten). NSNG is the first in Canada, and one of a few select yacht sales operations to attain the rating of “Endorsed Brokerage” by the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program.

North South Yacht Sales is always looking to expand their brokerage services across Ontario. Anyone interested should reach out to Mike Burns directly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Mike Burns
President, NSNG
905•891•6764
northsouthyachtsales.com
info@northsouthyachtsales.com

Aaron Boudreau
NSNG, Yacht Broker
613-621-1209
northsouthyachtsales.com
aaron@northsouthyachtsales.com

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Mississauga (Port Credit), ON L6G 4S2
Steps from Port Credit Harbour Marina

See you at the Toronto Boat Show!

2024 Toronto Boat Show AdPut some summer in your winter and attend the 2024 Toronto Boat Show, January 19-28 at the Enercare Centre, (Exhibition Place) Toronto, ON. There will be over 550 exhibitors showcasing and selling thousands of boats and accessories from the industry’s top manufacturers and dealers.

Now in it’s 66th year, it’s still the best place to shop, explore, and learn about boats and the boating lifestyle! Whether you are a seasoned boater, or wondering what the best choices are for you and your family, there’s something for everyone at the Toronto Boat Show!

What can you expect?

What’s a boat show without a lake? An engineering marvel, the Toronto Boat Show creates the world’s largest indoor lake in the Ricoh Centre. In fact, The Lake is so unique, the show management provides a Live Lake Webcam, so you can follow it’s build.

Show-goers gravitate to The Lake because it’s THE place to test-drive canoes, kayaks and pedal boats and take in the Indoor Wakeboard Canadian Championship, held the first weekend.

But that’s not the only competition. Did you ever own or build a Seaflea? Head down to the Lake, any show day and follow the Indoor World Championship Seaflea Races.

Want to see the show, but not keen on the crowds? Then take in the show during First look Friday on January 19 – the official opening day of the show! While exhibitors are unveiling new products, the boating public is able to gain one-on-one access with sales staff and product specialists. Purchase tickets in advance. (A portion of all ticket sales are donated to the show’s partner charities.

Live the boating-lifestyle vicariously through other boaters, by taking in one of over 440 FREE seminars in one of the 8 seminar stages. Whether you want to build a boat; charter a boat; drive a boat; learn how to maintain or fix a boat; there’s a seminar for you!

And that’s not all. There’s something for every type and level of boater including: The Boating Resource Centre; Great Canadian Fish Tank, New Product Showcase, Antique and Vintage Boats and the Kids Classics Boatshops Museum.

New this year is the Traeger Grills Flavour Stage, featuring workshops on BBQing, baking roasting, braising, grilling and smoking with the confidence of a true pitmaster! Seminars are weekends and January 25 & 26.

And we’ll be there, with our wall of dreams!

Stop by the North South Nautical Group Booth #1739, (along the North Wall) and meet yacht brokers Mike Burns, Iryna Granich who will be happy to chat with you on the joys of boat ownership. Bring all your questions from purchasing a boat – to selling a boat – to getting the boat to its home port!

Curious about Caribbean boat ownership? This is the place to have the joys and intricacies of Caribbean boating and boat ownership.

Our current pre-owned inventory will be on display on our ‘Wall of Dreams’. If you are looking to buy a boat, the NSNG booth is a great place to start your research. If you are looking to sell, this is the time to list your boat!

Come on down to the boating event of the year – the Toronto Boat Show! We’re looking forward to meeting you!

TORONTO BOAT SHOW QUICK FACTS:

  • January 19-28, 2024
  • Show Hours: First Look Friday 1-7PM | Weekdays 11AM to 7PM | Saturdays 10AM to 6PM |
    Sunday (22) 10AM to 6PM | Sunday (28) 10AM to 5PM
  • Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
  • Kids 16 and under are free. Special pricing for seniors.

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Seeking A Yacht Broker To Join Our Team

Our brokerage firm is seeking an experienced Yacht Broker or seasoned sales professional from  a related industry with expertise and understanding of the Yacht industry and boats in general.

This is 100% commission independent contractor position, with the potential to earn a six-figure salary.

We are looking for someone who is an energetic self-starter, eager to grow with our business and be a key member of our team in one of our open territories.

Though we expect a Yacht Broker to cold call and generate leads, North South Nautical Groups invests heavily in online marketing and will provide the tools and resources to help generate sales.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:

North South Yacht Sales is one of the largest brokerage firms which includes both buying and selling of pre-owned Yachts in Canada. We are in growth mode and expanding our reach in various locations. We have accomplished our position in the industry by promoting a yachting lifestyle to our buyers and sellers, through innovative marketing and exceptional client care.

LOCATION:

We have locations across Ontario, and in the Caribbean. We are currently seeking candidates for the Eastern Ontario area, however we will entertain clients from other areas.

CLASSIFICATION:

Independent Contract Sales Role

REPORTING:

Reports directly to the President

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for generating and managing client listings (including complete listing agreements) with no restrictions on territory. There is a requirement for cold calling and networking to build a client base.
  • Responsible for input and management of required sales information into our vessel listing system and communicating and answering questions regarding the listings.
  • Responsible for managing the entire sales process from beginning to end including: showing of boats, haul outs, surveys and sea trials. Handling all offers and closing the sale including completing all documents accurately and professionally and handling of funds.
  • Responsible for ongoing and after sales client care including managing client expectations, price setting and adjustments and on-going client communications.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 5 years experience yacht sales. Or, similar sales experience in a related industry coupled with an expertise in boats. Previous sales management experience is an asset.
  • Proficiency and experience with computers [Microsoft Office] and mobile devices [including mobile software applications]. Internet search literacy and technical savvy.
  • Experience working with a CRM system in a service driven business. Detail oriented.
  • Exceptional Client Service Skills as this is a service driven business.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated team player.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s licence.

COMPENSATION & REMUNERATION:

  • 100 % commission based compensation on all sales

Please email a Statement of Qualifications (2 page max) outlining how your experience meets the position criteria along with a copy of your resume to Mike Burns [mike@NorthSouthYachtSales.com].

National #GoSailing Days June 16-18

Canadian sailors and boating enthusiasts are invited to celebrate sailing during this weekend for the National #GoSailing Days | June 16-18.

The entire weekend activities are in support of the Canadian SailGP Team, who will start their new season in Chicago, as well as the 28 Canadian sailors who will be in Germany for the Kiel Week event, June 22-26.

To cheer them on, Canadian sailors are invited invited to register online and log their sailing hours during Canada’s #GoSailing Days.

The objective is to collectively reach a total of 780 hours on the water to match the approximately 7,300 km distance that separates Chicago from Kiel while sailing at an average speed of 5 knots. Sailors can record their times online at www.sailing.ca/gosailing/.

In addition, Canadian Sailors and boaters are encouraged to post pictures of them and their family and friends while they are out on the water sailing. Don’t forget to tag @SailCanada and include the #GoSailing hashtag.

Sail Canada will hold a draw involving all participants who register their sailing hours in order to award several participation prizes.

Get started Friday!


Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.

Patrick Kwasniewski Joins NSYS

Mike Burns, president of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce that Patrick Kwasniewski has joined the brokerage team serving the South-Western Ontario area.

Patrick began his career as a yacht broker as a boat-buyer. In 2019, he and his father decided to jointly purchase their first boat. After 13 viewings, as Patrick shares, ‘we found the worst possible boat and decided to rebuild her from the stringers-up’. Now launched, they continue to modify and tinker with her as they get new ideas!

And that’s all it took for Patrick to fall in love with boating and the boating community. Operating out of the Port Dover area on Lake Erie, Patrick wants to share his passion of boating with others and unite boat-buyers and boating enthusiasts with the vessel of their dreams.

“We are delighted to have Patrick join the team. He has learned about the business by buying-in, and brings with him a number of great insights.’ stated NSYS President Mike Burns. “He is going to make a wonderful addition to the NSNG team. “

Patrick will be serving area of South Western Ontario working out of Port Dover and can be reached at 289•440•2611 | patrick@northsouthyachtsales.com

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Specializing in the sale of pre-owned power and sailing yachts, North South Nautical Group Inc. has brokers located in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharine’s, Georgian Bay, Kawartha Lakes, Eastern Ontario and the Caribbean (St. Maarten).  NSNG is the first in Canada, and one of a few select yacht sales operations to attain the rating of “Endorsed Brokerage” by the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program.

North South Yacht Sales is always looking to expand their brokerage services across Ontario. Currently there is an opening covering Eastern Ontario. Anyone interested should reach out to Mike Burns directly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Mike Burns
President, NSNG
905•891•6764
northsouthyachtsales.com
info@northsouthyachtsales.com
 

Patrick Kwasniewski
NSNG, Yacht Broker

289•440•2611
northsouthyachtsales.com
patrick@northsouthyachtsales.com

Yacht Purchase And Delivery: Make It Seamless

If you are looking to purchase a boat this year, don’t feel restricted by the location of the vessel, whether it’s in the Caribbean, the US or on the other side of Canada.

If it’s the right boat for you, the North South Nautical Group brokers are fully equipped and prepared to act as your ‘Buyers Agent’. But, negotiating with the vendor’s broker is just ONE of the services we manage for every buyer.

When you purchase a boat with NSNG you can expect a full-service experience including negotiating the deal, interpreting the survey, secure handling of the funds and the completion of all the necessary paperwork.

We can also arrange for the delivery of your yacht by land or water.

If you are considering a water delivery, NSNG offers in-house delivery services. Mike Burns, President of NSNG, is a licensed and experienced Captain with years of delivery experience across several different waterways including: the Great Loop, the ICW and the Caribbean.

With the NSNG delivery team you know who is managing your vessel and can even follow the delivery virtually.

Hiring an experienced and professional yacht brokerage will make THE difference in the purchase and delivery of your boat!

 


When not traversing locks, the Formula 48 cruised comfortably at 21 knots.
When not traversing locks, the Formula 48 cruised comfortably at 21 knots.

In the summer of 2021 – Mike and NSNG yacht broker Iryna Granich delivered a Formula 48 from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Toronto, ON Canada. Roughly 500 miles with 30 locks, it was a whirlwind 5-day ride with great scenery and interesting weather! They chronicled the adventures online!

Leaving mid-morning, they spent the first day cruising up the Hudson River at 21 knots passing Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. They covered off 150 miles landing just south of Albany, New York.

Day two saw them start at the Erie Barge Canal clearing 11 locks and plowing through ‘one heck of a thunderstorm’ declared Captain Mike.

NSNG Yacht Broker Iryna Granich was part of the delivery crew.
NSNG Yacht Broker Iryna Granich was part of the delivery crew.

Right on schedule, the crew spent day three clearing 8 more locks, each with its own weather system. Morning was thick fog, afternoon was hot and muggy – the finale in Utica, featured severe thunderstorms.

“We passed through my favourite section of the canal through the Adirondack Mountains. The canal is actually cut out in the side of the hills and you can look down onto a town in one section” posted Mike in his online log.

The five-day trip was 500 miles through different canal systems and 30 locks!
The five-day trip was 500 miles through different canal systems and 30 locks!

On Day 4, the crew set their sites on Lake Ontario but not before three locks and a nice run down Lake Oneida on the Erie Barge Canal followed by 7 more locks on the Oswego Canal.

“The lock crews even stayed a bit lake to make sure we made it all the way through! Lake Ontario looked a bit too rough to run (comfortably) tonight, so settled in for one more night. Only 130 miles to go!” Mike posted.

The yacht was delivered on the fifth day after a long run down Lake Ontario fighting a stiff easterly breeze all the way. The crew arrived in Port Credit prepped and ready for customs clearance!

In the end is was an exhilarating run with great crew and a great memories!


Looking to buy?

Hand over the helm to the yacht brokerage experts! NSNG not only has the alliances in the industry and the years of experience in facilitating international transactions, we have the team that can deliver your vessel!

Call one of our yacht brokers today!

65th Toronto Boat Show Returns In-Person January 20

After two-years of online shows, the Toronto Boat Show returns to an in-person event, January 20-29 at the Enercare Centre, Toronto, ON.

Celebrating 65 years, it is still the best place to see boats and the best place to buy them.

What can you expect? 

The World’s Largest Indoor Lake returns. A favourite amongst show goers it’s the place to test canoes, kayaks and pedal boats and take in the Wakeboard Water Show and the Most Amazing Water Ski Show.

Other show features include the Great Canadian Fish Tank, New Product Showcase, Antique and Vintage Boats and the Kids Classics Boatshops Museum .

There will be hourly seminars with topics and speakers designed to motivate, inspire and educate boaters of all types and levels!  Industry experts return to The Boathouse for features on Marine Toilets; Mould; boat maintenance and more.

And the largest assortment of power and sailing boats; boating equipment and services… everything you need to celebrate the boating lifestyle.


Stop by the North South Nautical Group booth (#1739, along the North Wall) and meet yacht brokers Mike Burns, Iryna Granich and Reg Bates who will be happy to chat with you on the joys of boat ownership. Bring all your questions from purchasing a boat – to selling a boat – to getting the boat to its boating destination!

Curious about Caribbean boat ownership? Reg who manages the NSNG Caribbean office will be flying in for the show from St. Maarten, will be at the show to explain the intricacies of Caribbean boating and boat ownership.

Our current pre-owned inventory will be on display on our ‘Wall of Dreams’. If you are looking to buy, the NSNG booth is a great place to start. If you are looking to sell, this is the time to list your boat!

Come on down to the boating event of the year – the Toronto Boat Show! We’re looking forward to meeting you!


Toronto Boat Show Quick Facts: 

  • January 20-29, 2023
  • Show Hours: Weekdays 11AM to 7PM | Saturdays 10AM to 6PM | Sunday (22) 10AM to 6PM | Sunday (15) 10AM to 5PM
  • Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON

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2022 TIBS In-Person Show Cancelled
Virtual Show Set For Jan 26-30

Organizers of the Toronto International Boat Show (TIBS) have announced that the annual event, scheduled to be held in-person, has been cancelled for 2022.

Once again, the Toronto Boat Show will be a Virtual Show offering exceptional content for all types of boaters that are looking to connect, shop and learn. The show will be held January 26-30. 

Last year was an unprecedented year, when the Toronto boat Show held a Virtual Show for the first time in its 60+ year history.

The 2021 Virtual Show attracted more than 35,00 registrations. Consumers flooded to the 2021 Virtual Show to shop, experience and interact on a digital platform with thousands of product listings, video content, opportunities to connect directly with exhibitors, as well as live seminars and TIBS Live TV.

More information, programming and seminar schedules will follow at the beginning of January and posted to the TorontoBoatShow website.

Preparations had already been completed for the 2022 in-person Show, with move-in set to begin in less than 30 days. Following months of strategic preparation, North America’s Largest Indoor Boat Show was ready to unveil an all-new reimagined floorplan. The event was set to showcase more than 300 exhibitors, plus 250 seminars & workshops inside the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place.

A new initiative for the show was the launch of a 5000 square foot Boater’s Resource Centre, featuring 15 industry and government organizations. The rapidly developing Omicron variant and newly mandated capacity limitations at large events in Ontario meant that the in-person show could not move forward as planned from January 22 – 30.

“The COVID Omicron variant is driving dramatic regulation changes across the Province of Ontario,” said Linda Waddell, President & Show Director of Canadian Boat Shows. “We are very disappointed to be making this announcement today, knowing we had an exceptional show planned to be ready on time following months of condensed and collaborative efforts with our partners and exhibitors.”

The swift announcement by the provincial government means that all meeting and event spaces that hold more than 1000 people will have their capacity numbers reduced to 50%, effective Saturday, December 18.

“We understand that this capacity reduction will be in place indefinitely, as the province did not set an end date. In addition, following several days of receiving feedback from exhibitors and review with the Show’s Advisory Committee, it became clear this is the right decision at this time for our event, and for the safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and staff.”

ABOUT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW:
The Toronto International Boat Show is owned and produced by Canadian Boat Shows. In generating more than $354
million in economic impact to the region, it is the Largest Indoor Boat Show in North America. More boats are purchased at
the Toronto International Boat Show than at any other place or event in Canada. About 43% of Canadians (12.4 million
people) participate in boating and 20% (6 million) own a boat. Direct revenues across Canada’s core recreational boating
industry total nearly $5 billion per year, and directly employ approximately 45,000 Canadians. (NMMA Canada – The
Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in Canada).

Iryna Granich joins NSNG at new Port Credit location

Mike Burns is pleased to announce that Iryna Granich has joined North South Nautical Group and will be working from the NEW Port Credit location.

Iryna was born in the USSR and lived in Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia and Poland before immigrating to Canada in 2001.

She has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the National Technical University of Ukraine (93) and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation through the CMA (12).

Iryna enjoys an active lifestyle including biking, swimming, yoga and curling. Her real passion is hiking and has many great hikes in Eastern Canada under her belt. She has also hiked the Grand Canyon and walked the Camino de Santiago from Portugal to Spain.

Always looking for new adventures, Iryna recently developed a passion for boating (power and sail) and hitting the waves on a Personal Watercraft.  A regular Lake Ontario cruiser, Iryna has also crewed in the British Virgin Islands on a 50’ Catamaran. Recently, she took part in the delivery of a Formula 48 Yacht from New York City to Toronto, via the Hudson River and the Erie Barge Canal.

While Iryna’s position with North South Nautical Group will be as controller, she also enjoys the sales aspect of the business.  She is currently working towards her Certified Professional Yacht Broker designation.

“It’s perfect timing to have Iryna join the team” stated NSYS President Mike Burns. “Having a controller to manage the ‘day-to-day business’ frees up our sales team to concentrate on sales. Iryna will be a real asset to our sales staff. “

Iryna will be working from new Port Credit office location and can be reached at 905-617-3077 | iryna@northsouthyachtsales.com.

North South Nautical Group has relocated their head office to a new Port Credit location at 92 Lakeshore Rd. East, Suite 226 in Mississauga.

“We’re only a quick jog to the Harbour Marina, so we still have easy access to our boats” continued Burns. “After 20 years (6 years with Clift’s Marine) it’s going to feel a little strange not being stationed at PCHM, but we are well positioned in our new offices for the new harbour development.”

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Specializing in the sale of pre-owned power and sailing yachts, North South Nautical Group Inc. has brokers located in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharine’s, Georgian Bay, Kawartha Lakes, Eastern Ontario and the Caribbean (St. Maarten).  NSNG is the first in Canada, and one of a few select yacht sales operations to attain the rating of “Endorsed Brokerage” by the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Mike Burns
President, NSNG
905•891•6764
northsouthyachtsales.com
info@northsouthyachtsales.com

NEW PORT CREDIT LOCATION:
Suite 226 – 92 Lakeshore Rd. East
Mississauga, ON L6G 4S2

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Canada’s First-Ever Virtual Boat Show

This past year as the global pandemic shifted workplace and social behaviours, one thing remains steadfast – Canadians love to boat. In fact, boating emerged among the top recreational activities in 2020 as seasoned and first-time boaters went out on local waterways in record droves. The 63rd annual Toronto International Boat Show (TIBS), Canada’s premier boating event, is set to launch its first-ever virtual show in response to the unprecedented demand for boats and growing interest in the boating lifestyle.

The 2021 Virtual Toronto International Boat Show officially goes live on Monday, January 18 – Sunday, January 24, to offer a whole new way to get ready for the boating season. The virtual show packs the depth of products, seminars, and workshops that boaters have come to expect from the Toronto Boat Show; while introducing new digital features to enhance the show experience including virtual boat tours, interactive showrooms, community chat forums, and all-new TIBS LIVE channel featuring content created for boaters.

Pre-registration is open now for the 2021 Virtual Toronto Boat Show, January 18 – 24.
Sign-up is FREE at www.TorontoBoatShow.com.

2021 VIRTUAL TORONTO BOAT SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:

  • ENHANCED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: Thousands of new products, boats, accessories and services will be available online for consumers to shop at exclusive Boat Show deals and plan for the summer boating season ahead. Industry manufacturers, dealers, and retailers will be presenting innovative ways to showcase their products including virtual boat tours, 360º showrooms, and video content for a better shopping experience. Consumers can also connect directly with participating dealers who will be available during virtual show hours for live chats, video and phone appointments, or by email.
  • NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHESExplore all the latest 2021 boat models, accessories, technology, and lifestyle products that will be trending on the waters this summer. Exhibitors will also be hosting live-streamed events and product launches exclusively at the Virtual Toronto Boat Show.
  • TIBS LIVE:  A dedicated live platform featuring video content created for TIBS viewers. Watch real-time demos, guided boat tours, interviews with industry experts, speaker panels, Q&A sessions, and creative videos. New content will be streamed daily during the entire show run.
  •  VIRTUAL SEMINARS: An engaging and comprehensive line up of virtual seminars for boaters of all interests – enhanced with interactive participation to ask questions and share comments just as you would in-person. Get inspired for the next adventure with Behan & Jamie Gifford, Liza Copeland, and Pam Wall; improve boating skills and know-how on a variety of topics including diesel engines, lithium batteries, and green alternatives; as well as DIY projects and much more.

Seminars will also cover helpful introductory topics for new boaters such as Boat Buying 101, Inboard Engine Basics, What Kind of Dock Do I Need, and much more.  Click here for daily virtual seminar schedules. 

  • COMMUNITY CHATROOM While many regions remain in lockdown for the foreseeable weeks and months ahead, TIBS organizers have created a new Community Chatroom for virtual attendees to socially gather online.  Users will be able to post questions, create discussions, and to connect with boaters on a variety of subjects in a friendly and welcoming space.

VIRTUAL TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW HOURS:
(For TIBS LIVE, Virtual Seminars, and Online Customer Service)

Monday to Friday: 11am – 7pm ET | Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm ET

Pre-registration is open now for the 2021 Virtual Toronto Boat Show, January 18 – 24.
Sign-up is FREE at www.TorontoBoatShow.com.

Fraser Campbell Retires From NSYS

After 10 years with North South Yacht Sales, Fraser Campbell has decided to put away his yacht broker pencil and start a new chapter in his life!

This is Fraser’s second attempt at retiring, but this time it may be for keeps!

Fraser began his second career as a yacht broker in partnership with his wife Annie.

They had been the type of boaters who were simply born to cruise. At one point, they made the Ottawa River their home and came to know the Rideau boating basin like pros.

Before Annie passed away in 2019, she and Fraser cruised the waters from Sorel, P.Q. down through the St. Lawrence locks to the Ottawa River and made several complete passages through the Rideau Canal to Lake Ontario. They also traversed the Trent-Severn Waterway to Georgian Bay several times and chartered in the BVIs.

Fraser had earned his accreditation as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, and is one of a select few in Canada.

“I was very fortunate to meet Fraser and Annie when they were looking for a ‘retirement’ project. “ stated Mike Burns, President of North South Nautical Group. “Their marketing talents combined with their love of boating made them the ideal yacht broker team.”

Fraser is adamant that this is probably the last time he retires.

“Fraser is going to be missed by the NSYS team. He is a great salesperson, very professional, and a true gentleman. “ continued Burns.

North South Yacht Sales has openings for seasoned sales professionals with expertise and understanding of the yacht industry and boats in general. Please forward your statement of qualifications (2 pages) to Mike Burns (mike@northsouthyachtsales.com).

Specializing in the sale of pre-owned power and sailing yachts, North South Nautical Group Inc. has brokers located in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharine’s, Georgian Bay, Eastern Ontario and the Caribbean (St. Maarten).

NSNG is the first in Canada, and one of a few select yacht sales operations to attain the rating of “Endorsed Brokerage” by the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program.

Cross-Border Boat Purchases When Borders Are Closed

COVID-19 hasn’t completely eliminated cross-border boat purchases, but it certainly presented us with some challenges.

This spring North South Yacht Sales was able to facilitate several cross border purchases and deliveries by leveraging the alliances we have developed over the years with local delivery Captains.

While searching for and locating vessels didn’t change from previous spring seasons, or the hiring of a surveyor to act as boots on the ground and report on the condition of the boat; where we had to get creative was on personal boat showings and vessel delivery.

With the US/Canadian border closed, boat buyers have traded personal viewing for a live-tour via a mobile app. We’ve had some excellent boat showings via FaceTime. With a mobile phone, it’s easy to capture the boat at a distance while still viewing the finer details of the vessel.

Once purchased, we partnered with a delivery captain, who is able to move boats across a closed border providing it is part of a sales transaction. And this holds true whether we are bringing a vessel up to Canada or down to the US.

At North South Yacht Sales, we talk about the NSNG Advantage and one of those is the full range services we offer, from interpreting the survey, securing the handling of funds to managing the paperwork. And now we can add, cross border shopping, during a pandemic and the border is closed.

If you are looking to purchase a boat this summer in the US or Canada, don’t be discouraged by the location of the vessel, whether it’s in the Caribbean, in the US or on the other side of Canada.

The NSYS sales team has both extensive knowledge and relationships in the yacht brokerage sales and associations, which during this unusual time have served us well.

Dan Peel Joins NSYS Yacht Brokerage Team

PRESS RELEASE: 

North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Peel as a yacht broker with the North South Yacht Sales division. Working out of the Toronto region, Dan is the ninth yacht broker on the team.

Dan’s boating experience started in Georgian Bay where he spent his summers fishing, sailing along with re-building and repairing boats. At a young age, Dan would travel in his 10hp boat to the local Marina to work as a dock attendant, renting boats, and maintaining the yard.

Dan has owned and maintained many different vessels of all sizes both sail and power. He purchased his first keel boat on Lake Ontario in his 20’s, a C&C 29, and raced that year in the Youngstown Regatta.

His passion for boating has taken him up and down the Eastern Sea Board, Erie Canal, Hudson River, Trent System, North Channel, Canals through Birmingham England, most of the Great Lakes, BVI’s and Florida Gulf Coast.

Dan still proudly serves his Yacht Club in Toronto as a Flag Officer & Vice Commodore.

“Dan actually is a former client” stated NSYS President Mike Burns. “And with that, he has some keen insights into boat sales, particularly as a client. His extensive boating background – both power and sail combined with his sales experience makes Dan an ideal yacht broker.”

Dan resides in downtown Toronto and on occasion, will be working from the head office in Port Credit Office. Dan can be reached at 416-919-8933 – or dan@northsouthyachtsales.com.

Specializing in the sale of pre-owned power and sailing yachts, North South Nautical Group Inc. has brokers located in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharine’s, Georgian Bay, Eastern Ontario and the Caribbean (St. Maarten). NSNG is the first in Canada, and one of a few select yacht sales operations to attain the rating of “Endorsed Brokerage” by the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Mike Burns
President, NSNG
905•891•6764
northsouthyachtsales.com
info@northsouthyachtsales.com

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Interviews NSYS Prez Mike Burns

On May 12, 2020, Erik Kyle, Publisher of Great Lake Scuttlebutt interviewed Mike Burns, President of North South Nautical Group. The discussion centred around the changes to the Canadian marine industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights:

1:04 • Mike discusses general lack of access to boating
1:40 • North South Nautical Group has several locations in Canada and one in St. Maarten (Caribbean)
1:55 • What directives are Canadians in Ontario currently operating under?
3:10 • Can a member of the public view and buy a boat right now in Canada?
4:07  When is Canada talking about opening back up?
5:49 • What is NSYS doing to help interested Canadians gain access to boating?
6:29 • The weather in Ontario has not been cooperative!
7:12 • American buyers can really benefit from buying a boat in Canada right now.


Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine was founded in 1992 by Jerry Kyle, former marine publisher of Playbouy and Roostertails. Jerry quickly established a “free” magazine model with distribution at marinas, yacht clubs, boat shows, marine stores and businesses. After working the western basin of Lake Erie and western Lake St. Clair for nine years with great success, Jerry retired and passed the magazine along to his son, Erik Kyle, who expanded the publication’s reach to all the coasts all along the Great Lakes.

In the mid 2000’s, the magazine went fully-gloss and started to use multiple digital platforms like a website, an e-newsletter called “Scuttlebitts”, social media outlets, and a very powerful digital version of each issue to communicate with boaters and connect them to boating businesses.

Today, Great Lakes Scuttlebutt offers six issues every year, can be found at over 1,500 marine locations throughout the Great Lakes in addition to 35+ boat shows per year, and reaches tens of thousands of boaters online every issue. Our mission has never changed: To provide an effective meeting place for boaters and boating businesses

New Safe Boating Message On Social Distancing

 

2020 Safe Boating Awareness Week ends tomorrow May 22nd.

Historically the kick-off to the boating season, it’s the first opportunity the boating industry has to remind recreational boaters to embrace responsible boating practices as second nature on the water.

At the core of the 2020 campaign are 5 key messages the Canadian Safe Boating Council has been consistently delivering to the boating community since 1995:

  • Wear a PFD or Lifejacket
  • Boat Sober
  • Take a Boating Course
  • Be Prepared, Both You and Your Vessel
  • Be Wary of the Dangers of Cold Water Immersion

This year, however, things have taken a couple of new turns.

How Do We Implement Social Distancing While Boating?

With the recent ease of COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario, marinas and boating stores have experienced a shorter opening time along with the implementation of new safety procedures.

Boaters themselves are subject to new social distancing rules at all public locations, including boat ramps, yacht club docks or marinas.

BoatUS, reminds boaters to look out for each other, and those assigned to keep boaters safe on the water.

But what does social distancing while boating actually look like?

Boating Ontario has compiled 4 key messages:

  • Only boat with those in your immediate household – no guests.
  • Prearrange fueling and maintain distance at fuel and service docks
  • Keep your distance on the water –No rafting
  • Don’t beach your boat directly beside another boat.

‘Boat Sober’ Takes On An Additional Meaning.

In addition to social distancing, ‘boat sober’ takes on a new focus this year with the legalization of cannabis.

Alcohol has been proven to be a contributing factor in approximately 40% of all boating fatalities across Canada. The legalization of recreational cannabis has the potential to significantly increase this statistic.

The recommendation of the CSBC is to avoid the consuming of any alcohol or drugs while operating a boat!

Stay safe on the water!

The entire team at North South Nautical Group wish everyone a wonderful 2020 boating season!

** Notes from Boat Blurb and Boating Industry Canada

TRIPPING The Rideau Canal with TVO

TRIPPING The Rideau Canal, A TVO documentaryA tvo (Television Ontario) original documentary, TRIPPING The Rideau Canal is a remarkable four-hour journey along Ontario’s magnificent Rideau Canal, one of Ontario’s most pristine boating areas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau is also North America’s oldest continuously operating canal system.

The Rideau story is told in six episodes (see below) where viewers are able to explore the Rideau Canal from every angle.

  • 8 Step Ottawa Locks: Take a trip through the 8 locks at the end of the canal system.
  • Taming Hogs Back: From the air, learn about this spectacular waterfall.
  • Watson’s Mill: See how a 19th century grist mill operates.
  • The Rideau Canal: The World’s Largest Skateway: Skate the canal during Winterlude.
  • The Ever Adapting Rideau: Learn how the Rideau Canal’s purpose has changed over time.
  • Over the Rideau Canal: Enjoy the Rideau from the air travelling from Kingston to Ottawa.

Using an interactive schematic, viewers are able to zero in on specific aspects of the Rideau including  towns, locks or scenic adventure. There is even wonderful ‘behind the scenes’ footage, describing how the documentary was made.

Miss boating? We do to.

While waiting to get on-the-water this summer, enjoy this VR tour of the Rideau Canal.

Mustang Survival Turns Attention To COVID-19 FrontLines

Western Canada’s Mustang Survival, a leader in boating safety and well known for it’s innovative solutions in PFDs and survival equipment has turned its attention to the frontlines – this time, on land.

In a recent Facebook Post, Mustang reported:

Responding to the global pandemic—and seeking a way we could leverage 50+ years of engineering experience and technical fabric insight—our team has spent the past two weeks working closely with the local healthcare sector to rapid prototype and test a safety-certified isolation gown for frontline healthcare workers.

Our facility in Burnaby, BC [is now conducting] the first pilot run of the production of the first 200 Level 3 Isolation Gowns.

“Our 50-year history, of developing innovative solutions for both Military and public safety professionals, combined with the unique advantage of being part of a cutting edge design community here in Vancouver, provides us with the ability to adjust and pivot our focus on developing a solution” – Mark Anderson, Director of Engineering, Mustang Survival

From the initial 200 gowns going into pilot-production today, we’ll take out 10 samples to share with other local manufacturers who are getting prepared to set up production. And, if all goes well in this first pilot run, we’ll be flipping the entire factory to focus on making these gowns, full time.

Beyond getting local manufacturers on board, we’re encouraging manufacturers with sewing and seam sealing capacity to jump on board; we’re planning on releasing the technical specifications so communities around the world can provide a local solution to this global crisis.

Huge thanks and acknowledgement to Boardroom Clothing and KenDor Textiles; our collaborators in bringing this project to life. Finding this solution with such speed and agility wouldn’t be possible without the manufacturing community rallying behind the cause – and it’s the community coming together that’s going to help this garment positively impact as many people as possible.

For additional information: Saving Lives… On Land via CBC.

As long time partners in the marine industry North South Yacht Sales celebrates Mustang’s successes. It is a bright light in this otherwise, difficult time.

With regard to boat sales, marine facilities and yacht clubs have been deemed non-essential services and are closed until May 1st, 2020. We anticipate being able to resume boat viewings, tests and surveys when the facilities re-open.

In the meantime, we invite you to shop online for the boat of your dreams and contact the listing yacht broker with any questions.

Mike Burns
President,
North South Nautical Group

 

 

Seeking A Yacht Broker To Join Our Team

Join Our Team

Our brokerage firm is seeking an experienced Yacht Broker or seasoned sales professional from  a related industry with expertise and understanding of the Yacht industry and boats in general.

This is 100% commission independent contractor position, with the potential to earn a six-figure salary.

We are looking for someone who is an energetic self-starter, eager to grow with our business and be a key member of our team in one of our open territories.

Though we expect a Yacht Broker to cold call and generate leads, North South Nautical Groups invests heavily in online marketing and will provide the tools and resources to help generate sales.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:

North South Yacht Sales is one of the largest brokerage firms which includes both buying and selling of pre-owned Yachts in Canada. We are in growth mode and expanding our reach in various locations. We have accomplished our position in the industry by promoting a yachting lifestyle to our buyers and sellers, through innovative marketing and exceptional client care.

LOCATION:

We have locations across Ontario, and in the Caribbean. We are currently seeking candidates for the Hamilton/Port Credit (head office) locations, however we will entertain clients from other areas.

CLASSIFICATION:

Independent Contract Sales Role

REPORTING:

Reports directly to the President

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for generating and managing client listings (including complete listing agreements) with no restrictions on territory. There is a requirement for cold calling and networking to build a client base.
  • Responsible for input and management of required sales information into our vessel listing system and communicating and answering questions regarding the listings.
  • Responsible for managing the entire sales process from beginning to end including: showing of boats, haul outs, surveys and sea trials. Handling all offers and closing the sale including completing all documents accurately and professionally and handling of funds.
  • Responsible for ongoing and after sales client care including managing client expectations, price setting and adjustments and on-going client communications.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 5 years experience yacht sales. Or, similar sales experience in a related industry coupled with an expertise in boats. Previous sales management experience is an asset.
  • Proficiency and experience with computers [Microsoft Office] and mobile devices [including mobile software applications]. Internet search literacy and technical savvy.
  • Experience working with a CRM system in a service driven business. Detail oriented.
  • Exceptional Client Service Skills as this is a service driven business.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated team player.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s licence.

COMPENSATION & REMUNERATION:

  • 100 % commission based compensation on all sales

Please email a Statement of Qualifications (2 page max) outlining how your experience meets the position criteria along with a copy of your resume to Mike Burns [mike@NorthSouthYachtSales.com].

Winter Boating: Marine Diesel Course

Craig Morley | Marine Diesel Engine CourseIf you want to know about marine diesel engines – both the operation and maintenance, then you can’t go wrong spending a day with Craig Morley in his Lake Erie shop, learning the basics.

Every spring, before the marine survey business gets revved up, Morley conducts single day marine diesel engine theory and maintenance courses out of his shop in West Lorne, ON. [between London and Chatham, ON]

It’s a full day with both theory and practical demonstrations.

In the morning, Morley familiarizes students with everything inside or attached to a marine diesel engine and all associated systems including: fuel, exhaust, cooling transmissions, propeller shafts, engine mounts and alignments.

The afternoon is all practical demonstrations where students learn how to: jump start a diesel; operate an engine on a test stand; bleed fuel injection systems; demonstrate valve adjustments; change water pump impellers; winterize the engine and more.

Morley warns:

  • His shop while heated, is not room temperature. The shop door remains open when testing engines. The solution: dress warmly, including good footwear.
  • While there are shop towels and hand cleaner available, be prepared to come in contact with a little diesel fuel or engine oil.

Classes start at 9AM sharp and end at 5PM or when everyone is ready to head home. Morley recommends arriving a little early to pick up the registration package. A complimentary lunch and light breakfast  in provided.

The class is limited to 12 people, so register early. Course dates are: March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 or 22.

Course fee is $282.50 which includes a copy of ‘Marine Diesel Basics’ by Dennison Berwick. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own engine information/manuals so Morley can address specific questions.

Morley started in the boating business in 1989 as a professional sailing school, yacht delivery and maintenance. In 2003, AquaFacts Marine Surveyors and Yachting Services was formed as an extension of those services.

Morley takes his marine diesel knowledge to the Toronto Boat Show. His talk Marine Diesel: Do’s and Don’ts, is widely popular at The Boathouse where attendees can ‘Ask The Experts’.

Of his course, Morley explains: “I can’t make you into a Diesel Mechanic in a day but you will leave with a very comfortable understanding of what you CAN, should and should not do with your Marine Diesel Engine.

To register contact Craig Morley directly: Office: 519-768-3438 | Cell 519-933-3205 | aquafacts@gmail.com