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.
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.