News & Updates

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

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TRIPPING The Rideau Canal with TVO

A 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:

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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

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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

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Winter Boating: Marine Diesel Course

If 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:

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Women Stretch Beyond First Mate With TIBS Workshops

Women’s Day returns to the 2020 Toronto Boat Show – Sunday, January 19th. Designed to educate and empower women at the helm, it’s an entire day of seminars, workshops, on-the-water docking lessons and in-vehicle trailering sessions.  Last year’s premier event hosted over 100 women. Jacqui, who attended the 2019 inaugural event, stated: “Women’s Day really improved my knowledge in several areas (anchoring, docking, diesel engine basics, knots) and built my confidence to be more than just “first Mate” this summer!” Tammy Wolf will deliver the 2020 keynote “Overcome Your Obstacles & Turn Dreams Into Reality”.  Wolf is the first woman to achieve a podium finish in the F1 Champboat event, beating the odds to become a successful powerboat race driver.

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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

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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NSNG Becomes Sales Agent for CRANCHI CANADA

North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce that effective immediately, they will be representing Cranchi Yachts for the Canadian Great Lakes region, through a working relationship with Cranchi Yachts Canada. Based out of Montreal, Quebec, Cranchi Yachts Canada is led by Denis Poliseno, who also runs a long-established, family run marina business, Poliseno Marine. After having toured the Cranchi manufacturing facility in Lombardy, Italy, Mr. Poliseno was so impressed with the exceptional and high-quality product that Cranchi Yachts produces, he worked closely with the ownership to expand their product line into Canada by opening several sale offices Also a family-run business, Cranchi Yachts was established in 1870, and today, at two state-of-the-art factories, they are producing an impressive

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NSNG Expands Yacht Brokerage to Montreal, PQ

NORTH SOUTH NAUTICAL GROUP INC. EXPANDS YACHT BROKERAGE  TO MONTREAL, PQ North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of their yacht brokerage services to the Province of Quebec, with the addition of Richard Poirier to the North South team. Operating under the North South Yacht Sales (NSYS) banner, Montreal will be the newest office for NSYS, which currently has brokerage representation in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharines, Georgian Bay, Hamilton, and the Ottawa and Kingston regions. NSYS President Mike Burns, is looking forward to this expansion: “For many years we have been working with clients from the Quebec region. Now we can now better serve our clients with the addition of Richard to the team”.

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Toronto Boat Show Hits The BIG ’60’

North America’s largest indoor boat show, the Toronto Boat Show is celebrating 60 years of showcasing the boating lifestyle to Canadians. The show will feature more than 550 exhibitors and 1200 boats of all sizes, types and shapes. North South Yacht Sales, Ontario’s specialist in pre-owned power and sailing vessels, will showcase their ‘wall of boat dreams’ in booth #1737 – located along the north wall. Drop by our show booth, check out our dream boat board and meet the NSYS team. The Toronto Boat Show offers great family value with something for everyone from wakeboarding lessons, canoe and kayaking boat rides to fishing demos, FREE boating seminars and even a live trout pond for the kids. If you really want to stay

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BVI Tourist Board Says: ‘We’re Back In Business’

Although the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and its tourism sector were deeply affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, on November 1st, the Tourist Board proudly proclaimed: ‘We’re Still Sailing’. The BVI Tourist Board and government have been fully dedicated to restoring the territory to its luxurious allure. While many of the landside accommodations are currently closed, the BVI is thrilled to announce that the yachting sector started welcoming visitors as of November 2017. The following charter companies intend to resume sailing for the Winter 2017/2018 season – many of whom are bringing new yachts to the BVI for the first time: ● November 2017:  Virgin Motor Yachts | BVI Yacht Charters | Dream Yacht Charter | Tradewinds ● December 2017:  The Moorings

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Irma: An unprecedented force….

… will leave scars and tears for years to come Hurricane Irma hit the British Virgin Islands and St. Martin/St.Marteens on September 6th.  Pat Festing-Smith, a local Toronto sailor,  wrote the following essay that was reprinted in Canadian Yachting’s Onboard Newsletter. North South Yacht Sales is deeply saddened by the devastation all over the Caribbean. Last Wednesday morning through mid afternoon, Hurricane Irma made direct hits on both St Martin and BVI’s and at that moment of impact on the two tiny islands chains, as the most powerful storm in recorded history. Only during that short period of her devastating journey, was she a Category 5 (would be 6 if there was such a category) with 300km/hr. force and 7-11 foot

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