News & Updates

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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Join Us At The August Port Credit In-Water Boat Show

For the 27th year, the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show will close the summer season, with what show organizers are promising the biggest and best show yet’. Held at the Port Credit Harbour Marina – August 25-27 – the PCIWBS will showcase a fine array of boats from marina residents including – Pat Sturgeon Yacht Sales, Anchor Yachts and Navy Point Yacht Sales. Four Muskoka based marinas operating under the Parkbridge Marinas banner will be on hand as will CAS Marine Sales from Cambridge. The North South Yacht Sales Team will anchor R dock, as always, with a selection of used vessels for boat buyers to view. Leading the marine services section of the show are PCHM residents Fogh Boat

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Survey and sea trial, the last big hurdle

Reprinted by permission of the author: Peter Bass, Broker with North Point Yacht Sales. After an offer has been accepted, the all-important survey and sea trial takes place. The surveyor works for the buyer and is responsible only to the buyer. Brokers know the surveyors in their areas and can reach out to other brokers outside their home area for recommendations, but it is imperative that the buyer do his or her own due diligence in checking credentials, and talking with the surveyor prior to the survey. For the purposes of this discussion, we are assuming that the boat has been advertised and sold with the understanding that it is in good operating condition, and that all equipment on the listing is functioning properly. Part

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NSYS Opens New Hamilton Office

 North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of their yacht brokerage services to the Hamilton region of Western Lake Ontario. Operating under the North South Yacht Sales (NSYS) banner, Harbour West Marina will be the newest office for NSYS, which currently has brokerage representation in Port Credit (Head Office), St. Catharines, Georgian Bay, and the Ottawa and Kingston regions. Hamilton’s Harbour West Marina is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, with a significant increase in marine services. A new major feature is their 40,000 square foot indoor heated storage complex that houses approximately 75 boats and can handle vessels up to approximately 90 feet in length. There will be two marine lift piers with a 50 ton

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Going boating? Boat Safely from Port to Port

Discover Boating Canada has just launched a new safety app that is quickly becoming the ‘must have’ for Canadian boaters. It is designed to keep boaters, their friends and family safe while out on the water. Regularly updated by recreation marine industry specialists, the Discover Boating Canada Safety App will ensure that Canadian boaters will have all the helpful and up-to-date information about safe boating practices in one place and easily accessible by a mobile device. Broken into three major categories: Be Prepared | Plan your trip and Your Reference Guide, boaters can access important boating information including: Boating safety checklists Weather resources to help plan trips Minimum required safety equipment and navigation light requirements based on vessel type Visual references of buoys

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Smart Boaters Choose Professional Brokers

North South Nautical Group is a proud supporter of the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program. We encourage all of our brokers to become CPYB certified and as a team became the first yacht brokerage in Canada to attain the recognition of CPYB ‘Endorsed Brokerage’. But what does it mean for the boat buyer or seller? Isn’t one yacht brokerage as good as another? Like other industries, recreational boating has created professional organizations to monitor its activities. In North America, it’s the CPYB that monitors and regulates the activities of yacht brokers. CPYB certification is rigorous, requiring 3 years work experience prior to applying, an extensive three-hour exam and regular annual re-certification credits. With all that work, boat buyers and sellers can

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TORONTO BOAT SHOW CELEBRATES 59 YEARS!

North America’s largest indoor boat show, the Toronto Boat Show is celebrating its 59th year as ‘the best place to see and buy the latest in boats and boating related accessories and services’. The show runs January 21 to 29 (January 20 is the preview day) at the Enercare Centre, Exhbition Place, Toronto. Advance tickets are now on sale, with a number of options for single, 2-day, 9-day and unlimited weekday evening passes. North South Yacht Sales, Ontario’s specialists 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. Not your first show visit? Here

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North South Nautical Group welcomes Cenk (Jack) Yener

PRESS RELEASE Mike Burns, President of North South Nautical Group Inc., is pleased to announce that Cenk (Jack) Yener has joined the North South Yacht Sales division. He will be working jointly with his wife Elif Hanhan Yener who joined NSYS in 2015. Originally from Turkey, the Yener’s were the owner/operators of a successful Yacht Brokerage at the Kalamis Marina in Istanbul. While Elif re-located the family to Canada, Cenk (Jack) who holds a Florida Yacht & Ship Salesperson’s License, operated as a Yacht Broker in Miami. According to Burns: “Combined, Cenk and Elif have a wealth of knowledge and well-established contacts not just in Canada, but throughout Europe and the United States. Cenk will make a wonderful addition to

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26th Annual Port Credit In-Water Boat Show
Aug 26-28

The Port Credit In-Water Boat Show has plenty to offer boaters & vendors! The 26th Annual Port Credit In-Water Boat Show runs August 26-28 at the Port Credit Harbour Marina. This year promises to be another very successful show with a forecast of great weather – and a great selection of new and pre-owned vessels for sale. The CPYB brokers at North South Yacht Sales are pleased to showcase the following vessels on R dock: 1985 Ocean Alexander 38 Double Cabin 2003 Hunter 326 1995 Bayliner 4587 Cockpit Motor Yacht 1986 Ocean 38 Super Sport Show visitors will also be able to inspect power and sailing vessels from Port Credit Yacht Brokers: Anchor Yacht Sales, Pat Sturgeon Yachts, Navy Point Yacht Sales and

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Port Credit Spring Boat Show
June 3-5 – Credit Village Marina

The Port Credit Spring Boat Show is the annual kick-off to the boating season! The 3rd annual Port Credit Spring Boat Show runs June 3-5, 2016 at Port Credit’s prestigious, Credit Village Marina. Once again, this year promises to be another very successful show – with great weather and a great selection of new and pre-owned vessels for sale. Visitors can expect to find an extensive display of new & used power and sailboats from the Port Credit Yacht Brokers (Anchor Yacht Sales, North Lakes Yachting, Pat Sturgeon Yachts and True North Yachts). And of course you can count on seeing vessels from the North South Yacht Sales. Our CPYB yacht brokers will be ready to put you in the boat of

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Tips On Selling Your Boat | Making A Great Presentation

Selling your boat is just like selling your house, you want to present your best. If you are thinking of selling your boat, now is the time to make sure that your boat is clean and those annoying little things that should have been fixed are. Our professional yacht brokers have been selling boats for many years, and are knowledgeable on those exact items that could make or break a sale. Here are a few things to consider when getting your boat ready for sale: De-clutter and clean your boat. If the carpets and upholstery are worn, it may be worth investing in replacing these items. Again, it will not make your boat worth more than fair market value, but

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Tips On Selling Your Boat | Getting The Price Right

When you’re ready to sell your boat, establishing a price can be difficult.

This is precisely one of the services a professional yacht broker can guide you through to help establish a price that is fair market value and encourage a quick sale.

At North South Yacht Sales, we ask our customers to keep a few things in mind when establishing a boat price –

The 10% rule

– Yacht brokers use a number of tools, (not always available to the public) to determine the value of a boat. Once a broker has established an average selling price, the asking price is set to within 10% (lower or higher) of that price.

What’s key, is to understand that the value of a boat should not be determined by the asking price of similar boats currently on the market, but rather by an assessed market value based on sold boat data.

Tips on Selling Your Boat | Getting a marine survey

Now is the time to invest in taking care of those little annoyances. If you’ve ever sold a home before, you know how important it is to put your best foot forward. We all talk about ‘getting our house’ ready for market and the same holds true for your boat. Things like a generator that won’t start, or lights that won’t work can be perceived as major issues to a potential buyer and beg the question what else could be wrong with the vessel. It could also lead a buyer to intentionally drive the price of the boat down because of all of the ‘repairs’ that are required. Marine survey tells the true story Having a marine survey completed on

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Mike Burns Chats About Boat Pricing

Mike Burns, President of North South Yacht Sales shown here with Erik Kyle, publisher of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt at the 2015 Toronto Boat Show talks about finding the right boat and the right fit for each customer. On the question of boat pricing, Mike explained that the market has corrected itself and particularly for the last two years prices have been pretty stable. North South Yacht Sales anticipates more US boaters venturing to Canada to take advantage on the currency exchange. If you are interested in bringing a boat across the border, the CPYB brokers at North South Yacht Sales, are experienced at facilitating international transactions. Whether you are looking to import or export a vessel between Canada and the US,

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Marine Professionals Talk Fuel Prices

At the 2015 Toronto International Boat Show, Boating Georgian Bay interviewed Mike Burns, President of North South Nautical Group, Ken MacDonald of Parkbridge Marinas and Chris Meyer of Crate’s Lake Country Boats, to give their insights on how lower fuel prices will affect the 2015 boating season. According to BGB, it’s good news for the marine industry. Via video.

Harbour-West Hamilton
Boost Marina’s Capabilities

Harbour West Marina has acquired a new lift for recreational boats, capable of handling vessels up to 80 tons. According to their website, the Marina decided to replace the 50-ton capacity lift to the new 80-ton lift when the lighter lift was ready to be replaced. Marine lifts are used to launch and haul power and sailboats into or out of the water. “The trend has been for recreational boats to get larger, but not many marinas can’t handle the big ones,” said Harbour West Marina Manager Kelly Flood. Harbour West Marina was established in 1938 when the Hamilton Harbour Commission, with the Harbour Development Plan decided to construct a marine railway and dockyard specifically for the use of pleasure

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There’s An App For Everything!

Good-by paint chips! Interlux – the yacht paint specialists – has introduced a free Boat Paint Guide app designed to allow consumers better access to the Interlux Boat Paint App for Interlux product information and select the correct Interlux paint system for their projects. The new Boat Paint Guide app features a quick reference guide containing Interlux product information; product health and safety information; a store locator for the nearest Interlux dealer by address or the device’s location; and a paint calculator to estimate how much you’ll need for your boat. Available for Apple IOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Just what you need when you are checking the underside of a boat and have a paint question! Interlux is

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AVIVA Marine Assistance Program

Skippers’ Plan introduces AVIVA Marine Assistance Program Beginning this month, the new AVIVA Marine Assistance Program will automatically be added to every Skippers’ Plan Boat Insurance Policy. In a recent blog post, Skippers’ Plan stated: “Whether your plans include fishing with friends, sailing the open water or taking a leisurely cruise along a river, you can enjoy it with all the peace of mind knowing you have the insurance coverage you need from Aviva and Skippers’ Plan.” Among the value-added benefits included in the package are: Emergency boat towing services anywhere in Canada or US (24/7) Marine navigation and trip planning information and services Unlimited, confidential legal assistance via telephone Health assistance via telephone anywhere in Canada or US (24/7)

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NSYS Strikes Brokerage Alliance
With Len’s Cove Marina

North South Nautical Group is now the preferred yacht brokerage for Len’s Cove Marina. “We know that sometimes, as much as we don’t welcome the news, you may need to sell your used boat,” stated Sean Horsfall,  Len’s Cove Marina General Manager in a recent blog post. “We wanted to give you the best brokerage value by minimizing the time that process takes, and maximize the amount you can receive for your boat.” Fraser and Annie Campbell, who manage the Eastern Ontario Office, are Certified Professional Yacht Brokers and will become the NSNG representatives at Len’s Cove. Well known and well liked by the Len’s Cove community, Fraser and Annie had previously docked their 40’ Trawler there. NSNG will now

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