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Boater Skills.ca Adds More Instructors
In order to meet the rising demand in Ontario for boat-handling clinics, BoaterSkills.ca announced the addition of two instructors to assist in training boaters on waters to the north and east of the GTA.
Bob Minielly and Joe Farish, both retired Sergeants from the Marine Division of the Ontario Provincial Police, are now onboard to assist with teaching half day and full day boat-handling clinics across Ontario.
“In 2012 we saw a tripling of the number of clinic requests from boaters across the GTA and Cottage Country who wanted help with docking, close quarters maneuvering or in obtaining an operator card, VHF radio or Toronto Harbour License.” stated RYA Yachtmaster and Master Instructor Craig Hamilton, who founded Boaterskills.ca in 2011.
Already, Boaterskills.ca say that they have seen an increase over this time last year in bookings for boat-handling clinics and certification courses.
“We are pulling together an exceptional staff of instructors with years of on-water teaching and management experience with the O.P.P. to help build and implement our Recreational Boater Training Program in Canada. It’s a very exciting time for us.” said Hamilton.
With more than 2.5 million boaters in Ontario preparing to head out on the water this year, many will be looking for help at the helm. Boaters new to boating or wanting a 'refresh' who have taken either the half day or full day boat-handling clinics are better prepared and more competent than ever before.
Located in Port Credit Harbour Marina, BoaterSkills.ca offers half and full day on-the-water boat handling instruction courses and well as onshore boating courses. They are recognized by major insurance brokers in Ontario (including Skippers' Plan Insurance).
For further information on private or group boat-handling clinics and boater certification courses, visit www.boaterskills.ca or call 905-484-BOAT (2628).
MarineNav introduces CG Elite LCD Touchscreen
MarineNav Ltd. (located in PEI) has introduced, what they have identified, as the latest evolution in digital marine displays. The CG Elite LCD touch screen has a field swappable integrated computer option, True Super High Brite display and one touch red-monochrome night mode and backlit buttons for easy day and night operation.
The optically bonded, rugged front panel with circular polarized touch screen assures reliability. The panels are anti-reflective, anti-glare and abrasion resistant. All internal and external metalwork are crafted from marine grade aluminium and then powdered coated to prevent scratches and oxidization.
CG Elite’s optional integrated computer has been designed so that it won’t increase the size of the display and can be easily swapped. Originally designed for with a HMI interface, the CG Elite is powerful enough to run most navigational applications. It comes standard with a high powered processor, 60GB solid state drive and 4GB of RAM, serial and USB connectivity.
The CG Elite also has -
- True Super High Brite option with over 2500 Nits Brightness.
- Circle Polarized Multi-touch Displays.
- High Performance low powered embedded solutions.
- True IP controllable functions, for remote keypads and HMI trigger sensitive events, firmware upgrades and custom programmable keys.
- One touch “Hot Keys” for input selection, red-monochrome night mode and dimming
- Backlit Keys for easy night time navigation
- Picture in Picture capabilities
- Available in 12”, 15” and 19” display models.
Visit the MarineNav website to see their complete line of marine electronics and navigation equipment.
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Smart Boaters Choose Professional Brokers
North South Nautical Group is a proud supporter of the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program. In fact, not only did we encourage all of our brokers to become CPYB certified but we 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 it's activities. In a recent Sounding's Article, The Smart Buyer - Seek Out a Certified Broker First, Lon Bubeck Chairman of the CPYB Certification Advisory Council, Rod Rowan President of the Yacht Brokers Association of America and Colleen McDonough program manager of the National Yacht Broker Certification Program explain what it means to be a professional yacht broker.
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 be assured that CPYB brokers take pride in their profession. With a CPYB certification, a yacht broker has made a significant commitment to accountability to their broker peers through enforcement of a strict code of ethics and to a program of continuing education to improve their competency.
A professional yacht broker that takes pride in his profession, will also take pride in doing a good job for their client!
When Should I List My Boat?
We often get asked when is the best time to sell a boat?
Our response? ....
'Anytime is a great time to sell your boat!'
But what we really mean, is that a well maintained boat that has been properly priced and marketed will sell any time of year. Don't let the fall and the cooler weather discourage you from putting your vessel up for sale. In fact, historically, the fall has been an exceptional time to sell.
Check out our Boat Selling Tips to help you get your boat ready for sale. Never underestimate good professional advise and working with a Certified Professional Yacht Brokerage that gives you great service and confidence. Give one of our professional brokers a call to see how North South Yacht Sales can help you sell your boat.
Hone Your Boat Handling With BoaterSkills.ca
With an estimated 2.5-million Ontario boaters taking to the water this season, the need for practical, hands-on training has never been greater. BoaterSkills.ca, a training program for recreational boaters in Ontario, has begun offering its boating safety and basic skills development clinics across the province. There’s no classroom, no exam, no major time commitment – just you, your boat, your crew and a day with a professional captain.
Conveniently located in the offices of the Yacht Brokerage firm North South Nautical Group Inc. at Port Harbour Marina, BoaterSkills.ca sends a professional instructor to their client’s boat to provide half or full-day onboard training. From tying knots, to docking, anchoring and rules of the road, BoaterSkills.ca tailors the clinics to the client’s individual needs.
Mike Burns, President and owner of North South Nautical Group, works with BoaterSkills.ca to offer hands-on training to his clients. He says more boaters need to appreciate the many benefits to hands-on training.
”From what I have observed in the past, proper training can only enhance the experience people have on the water with their boats, and Craig has certainly created a curriculum that can accomplish this,” said Burns. “As people’s boating skills develop, so does their confidence.”
Craig Hamilton, founder and chief instructor of Boaterskills.ca, has sailed many parts of the world as a professional skipper and has witnessed time and again disastrous outcomes as a result of boaters who have not received even the most basic training before heading out on the water.
“BoaterSkills.ca provides you with the hands-on training you need to be safe on the water,” said Hamilton. “The Pleasure Craft Operator Card program makes you legal to operate a boat; we want you competent to operate a boat.” More...
Craig Hamilton, Chief Instructor