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Toronto Boat Show Photo Contest

It’s back! The Toronto Boat Show’s I Love Boating Photo Contest!! The Toronto Boat Show, wants you to ‘show the love’ – boating love that is. Share your favourite boating photos on Instagram and tag it with the hashtag #TIBSPhotoContest. That’s all you need to do to be automatically entered. And there are lots of great prizes including: Grand Prize of a $500 Shopping Spree at the Toronto Boat Show & 4 general show tickets, awarded August 6 Grand Prize of a $500 Shopping Spree at the Toronto Boat Show & 4 general show tickets, awarded September 3 20 pairs of show tickets, awarded September 4 Prize winners will be selected randomly Contest runs until September 2nd. Detailed information can

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Port Credit Spring Boat Show | June 8

Annie Campbell, CPYB

It is with deep sadness, that we announce the passing of one of our long time yacht brokers, Annie Campbell. Annie, and her husband Fraser, joined the North South sales team not long after the company’s inception in 2008. They started with North South Nautical Group as customers. With the excitement of selling their trawler, combined with their passion for boating, Fraser and Annie decided to launch their second career in yacht sales. An honest and hardworking team, they made many inroads into the Eastern Ontario boating market.  Both Annie and Fraser were among the first brokers in Canada to obtain their Certified Professional Yacht Broker accreditation. Before joining North South Nautical Group, Annie had a long career as a

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Buying Boats Outside of Canada: Used Or New

Canadian Yacht Broker Pat Sturgeon recently published the following in Canadian Yachting Magazine. We are reprinting it for our readers, with permission.  There have been a lot of changes over the past two years for importing boats. Canada recently negotiated a free trade agreement with Europe, NAFTA has come under attack and the Prime Minister has implemented a 10% retaliatory Tariff on all vessels coming in from the United States. What does all this mean if you want to purchase a boat out of the country? First lets look at Europe and CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement) which went into effect September 21, 2017. Since then all boats originating from the EU, used or new, can be imported into Canada without

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61st Toronto Boat Show | Many Great New Features

The 61st Toronto International Boat Show returns to the Enercare Cenre, Exhibition Place from January 18 to 27th. North America’s largest indoor boat show, the 2019 Toronto Show will showcase a selection of 1200 boats ranging from 6 ft. – 60 ft., as well as the latest in marine accessories to hit the marketplace. A broad range of marine services exhibit including yacht brokerages; boat insurance agents; marinas; yacht clubs and more. Once again, our team of yacht brokers will be showcasing  power and sailing vessels for sale, in booth 1737, along the North wall. The NSYS ‘wall of dreams’ is well known as a great place to ‘stop and shop’ for a pre-owned vessel. If you are interested in

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Women’s Day: A New Toronto Boat Show Feature for 2019

The Toronto International Boat Show has added a new feature to its boating educational roster – Women’s Day –  a whole day educational opportunity for women – no matter what type of boater or at what level. The show team has pulled together a roster of seminars and interactive sessions that will help every woman become e a better boater. Here are two of our favourites. Are you a trailer boater? Happy to drive the boat, or pull it out of the water, but when it comes to backing it down a ramp – you leave that to someone else? Don’t despair, sign up for ‘The Back-Up Plan: Trailering with Ease’. In this interactive session, seasoned boaters and back-up artists

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Yacht Broker Reg Bates Joins The NSNG Brokerage Team

North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of their yacht brokerage service to Downtown Toronto and the Caribbean. Career yacht broker, Reg Bates, will be joining the NSYS team and will be dividing his time seasonally between the Toronto and St. Maarten locations. NSYS BROKERAGE REPRESENTATION NOW EXPANDED TO DOWNTOWN TORONTO AND THE CARIBBEAN (ST. MAARTEN) Operating under the North South Yacht Sales (NSYS) banner, downtown Toronto and St. Maarten will be the newest areas of brokerage representation for NSYS, which currently has locations in Port Credit (Head Office), Hamilton, St. Catharines, Georgian Bay, and the Ottawa and Kingston regions. Reg has long been established in the yacht sales business, successfully representing manufacturers, buyers and sellers,

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8 Tips For Winterizing Your Boat

If you are trying to squeak in a few more days on the water, you probably haven’t given much thought to winterizing your boat. Trust us – winter is coming. Discover Boating Canada has a comprehensive list on How to Winterize Your Boat. We summarized the points here – to make it easier for you. Our only advice about winterizing: the time and effort you invest in winterizing will not only save you time but dollars come spring. 1) Policies & Manuals: This is a good time to review your boat insurance policy to see if there are specific requirements for winterizing. And don’t ignore your owner’s manual for winterizing steps that maybe particular to your boat. 2) Bilges: Make sure they

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LED Lights could be causing VHF Radio or AIS problems

With their low battery draw, cooler operation and sturdy construction, LED lights have become very popular with recreational boaters. However, these same lights may also be causing poor VHF radio and Automatic Identification System (AIS) reception, according to a Marine Safety Alert  recently issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The informational alert outlined reports received from boaters concerning radio frequency interference caused by LED lamps that “were found to create potential safety hazards.” In some cases, the U.S. Coast Guard reports, the interference may cause problems if boaters need to call for help. The interference can affect VHF voice communications and subsequently AIS,  as well as Digital Selective Calling (DSC). In particular, masthead LED navigation lights on sailboats may cause problems

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Buying A Boat? You could win $10,000 from Discover Boating

Buying a boat this year? If so, you could win $10,000 towards the purchase of your boat courtesy of Discover Boating Canada. Download the Discover Boating Canada Safety app, to access and submit the contest entry form before September 30, 2018, and your name will be entered into a contest to win $10,000 towards a boat purchase you made between January 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018 and took delivery of before May 2019. Boat purchases include new and pre-owned vessels purchased from authorized vendors such as North South Yacht Sales. Already using the Boating Safety App? No worries, you are still eligible to enter the contest if you have purchased a boat this year. The Boating Safety App is

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