Newport International Boat Show

Browsing at last year's Newport International Boat Show. Image Credit: Newport International Boat Show.

We love boats, which means we love boat shows! Newport is gearing up for a big one that’s sure to be a great time!

The 41st annual Newport International Boat Show is set to take place September 15-18 at multiple waterfront facilities including the Newport Yachting Centre, Oldport Marien, Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s wharf.  All sites are accessible by land or water taxi and will feature sailboats, powerboats, as well as thousands of products and services from exhibitors from all around the world.

Cited as one of the “top largest in-water boat shows in the country” the Newport International Boat Show will be displaying over 600 boats, including an 82’ luxury cruiser.

More than 750 vendors have signed up to attend.  In addition to boats, engines, sails, boating equipment, electronics and accessories will be on display.  The Newport International Boat Show will also feature seminars, demonstrations and workshops.  Acclaimed authors, journalists and accomplished sailors are set to give informative talks on their areas of expertise.

A special VIP day for industry press and buyers is slotted for Thursday, September 15.  Special activities are slotted for this day, information for which can be found on the boat show’s official website.

This year’s charitable partner is Sail for Pride, an organization founded in 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks.  Since becoming established, the group has raised money for victims of the attacks and their families as well as for dozens of charities.

An added bonus of this year’s show is the free Saturday night party.  The Newport International Boat Show will commence the party at 6 p.m. and offer guests free beer, pizza and soft drinks while they listen to live music performed by the Eric Stone Band.

This sounds like a great time and we’re sure that the attendees will have a memorable (and informative) experience!

To learn more about the Newport International Boat show, click here.

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The Sydney International Boat Show

Sydney International Boat Show. Image Source: TimeOut Sydney.

Boating enthusiasts in Sydney, Australia are in for a treat!  The Sydney International Boat Show kicked off yesterday and it will run through the weekend until August 1. It is an amazing gathering of some of the most prominent boat enthusiasts in the world and   guaranteed to be a great time for anyone who loves to sail the seven seas!

Touted as the “biggest event of its type in the southern hemisphere”, the Sydney Boat Show has more than 280 exhibitors packed into all six of the Darling Harbour Marina’s halls.  Fashion shows, a walk of fame “discover boating” tours, historic boating information and marine photography and cooking demos are going to be on display.

Visitors will be able to obtain information on purchasing boats, view concept and next year’s models, network and inquire about insurance.

Cardiff Bluewater Yachts is displaying a beautiful 420 Raised Saloon yachted named the Southern Belle.  The stunning vessel was launched only two weeks ago on Lake Macquarie.

The boat show will have a variety of different boats from a diverse range of brands and will heavily promote the boating lifestyle, both to new and experienced boaters.  Exhibitors include both local and international boat manufacturers as well as industry leaders promoting the most current innovations in marine equipment and supplies.  Thousands and thousands of visitors are expected to attend, from all over the world.

There will dedicated displays at the show which will feature some of the industry’s most sought-after brands from around the world.

Catering to all boaters – from fishermen to occasional boaters to yachters – the show will have something for every skill level and budget! With countless experts and industry professionals present, the Sydney International Boat Show provides an opportune time to learn more about boats, secure insurance and financing for a major purchase and stock up on the latest gadgets.

Click here to learn more.

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Boating in Canada

Lake Louise. Image Credit: Andrea Schafthuizen.

Canada is a great place for boating.  It has such a diverse range of terrain and vegetation.  From mountains to waterfalls, to forests to flat lands, Canada truly has it all.

Discover Boating is an informative website and public awareness effort that was established by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) to represent the North American boating industry.  It focuses on creating interest in recreational boating in Canada while promoting an affordable and accessible boating lifestyle and, in the process, educating established and potential boaters.

The website is a repository of information about buying and maintaining a boat, Canadian boating regulations and safety legislation and information on boating certification.  The website also highlights Canadian boating hotspots, which have been rated by users.  Top destinations include:

  • Muskoka and the Haliburton Highlands, which is described as the “experience of a lifetime” and noted for its “glorious sunsets, crystal clear waters and active community”;
  • Desolation Sound, which was given a 77% overall user rating, specifically for its picturesque mountain landscape and
  • Howe Sound, a beautiful area in British Columbia that is best known for its “beautiful vistas, and mountains with sparkling, snow-capped peaks”.

We’ve been supporters of Canadian lakes for a long time – they truly are beautiful.  If you plan on boating in Canada, don’t forget to check out the Muskoka Lakes, a stunning region of Ontario with 1,600 lakes, beautiful waterfalls and sprawling forests spread out in 2,500 square mile area and Lake Louise, an area rich with folklore and geology.

Discover Boating is also active in the Canadian boating community by organizing promotional events and educational seminars both online and across the country.  The website also has an extensive resources section that includes tips on green boating, a glossary of commonly-used boating terms and other miscellaneous resources.

Click here to discover this website for yourself! Once you’ve got your next boating expedition planned, contact us to get your vessel fitted with the right equipment!

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A Boating Playlist

Looking for a boating playlist to put together the next time you hit the water?  Look no further! Here are some sea-worthy songs written with the serious boater (and vacationer) in mind!

Bobby Darin – Beyond the Sea

Notable lyrics:  “Somewhere beyond the sea, / Somewhere, waiting for me, /  My lover stands on golden sands / And watches the ships that go sailing /”

Enya – Orinoco Flow

Notable lyrics: sail away… / from the North to the South, Ebudæ into Khartoum / from the deep sea of Clouds to the island of the moon / carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never been / carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never seen.”

Beach Boys – Kokomo

Notable lyrics: “Jamaica, off the Florida Keys / There’s a place called Kokomo / That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all.”

Duran Duran – Rio

Notable lyrics: “Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand / Just like that river twisting through a dusty land / And when she shines she really shows you all she can / Oh Rio Rio dance across the Rio Grande.”

Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay

Notable lyrics: “Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun / I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come /
Watching the ships roll in / And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah / I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay / Watching the tide roll away.”

Styx – Come Sail Away

Notable lyrics: Set an open course for the Virgin Sea / ‘Cause I’ve got to be free / Free to face the life that’s ahead of me.”

Billie Holiday – A Sailboat in the Moonlight

Notable lyrics: “Some things dear that I long for are few / just give me a sail boat and moonlight and you.”

Madonna – Holiday

Notable lyrics: “If we took a holiday / Took some time to celebrate / Just one day out of life / It would be, it would be so nice.”

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Toronto Port Authority to Hold North America’s First-Ever Floating Movie Event

Sail in Cinema Poster. Image Credit: Toronto Port Authority.

We love boats here at Eris Propellers, so we always appreciate learning about the innovative ways that people are getting out there and enjoying the water.

A press release by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has recently caught our eye.  In honour of the TPA’s 100th anniversary this August, the organization will be holding North America’s first-ever floating movie night.  The event, which will be called Sail-In Cinema, will take place from August 18-20 at Toronto’s Sugar Beach.

“The Toronto Port Authority has played a big part at the city’s waterfront and waterways for over 100 years,” Geoffrey Wilson President and CEO told the Canadian Press Room. “We wanted to create an experience that would give something back to the community and allow us to create a closer connection with the people who enjoy it.”

Sail-In Cinema is a free event that will feature a 28 foot two-sided screen that will enable moviegoers to enjoy water-themed movies in boats as well as on the mainland.

Movies will start after dusk, estimated at approximately 9 p.m. each evening for three consecutive nights.

The TPA is currently compiling a list of films to be played during the three-day event.  They are asking the public to recommend films that should be featured during Sail-In Cinema.  Recommendations can be relayed to the TPA through Facebook at www.facebook.com/theTPA or by email at: cinema@torontoport.com.

The official films will be chosen this month and will be announced to the public in late July.  One winner will be selected from the submissions and will receive two airline tickets to anywhere in North America, courtesy of Air Canada.  Contest details will be revealed in late July when the film list is announced.

TPA is sponsoring Sail-In Cinema in partnership with its lead partner and waterfront neighbour, Redpath Sugar as well as with the help of the radio station Q107. Other supporters of the event include: the Toronto Star, Pier 27 by Cityzen Development and Fernbrook Homes, and Birthplace Inc.

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Most Boating Accidents are Avoidable

Boating Safety Badge. Image Credit: US Coast Guard.

Boating is a truly rewarding hobby, but it is also a big responsibility.  We talk about safety on the water a lot on this blog, but that’s because it is so, so important!

A recent article from the Laurel Outlook reports a somber truth that boaters understand all too well.  According to the article, the vast majority of boating accidents are avoidable.  The article stresses the importance of exercising extreme caution when out on the water, and outlines what happens when boaters do not:

“The U.S. Coast Guard reported 672 boating fatalities nationwide in 2010, and 4,604 accidents. Of the fatalities, about 75 percent drowned, and of those, roughly 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

In Montana, of the 44 boating fatalities in the past seven years, 29 involved individuals who were not wearing a life jacket.”

According to the article, operater “inattention”, in addition to speeding, alcohol use and mistreatment of boating equipment resulted in about $35 million dollars in damage in 2010.

Along with working flares, boating safety organizations recommend that water vessels are equipped with water-activated emergency radio beacons, a device that emits a signal indicating the location of a distressed boat.  Boat captains should never be under the influence of alcohol, and should stay hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion.  There should be at least one life jacket onboard for every passenger, and speed limits should be observed.

It is also recommended that all boats are equipped with an onboard radio, which would enable boat passengers to stay on top of rapidly-changing weather conditions.  It’s also extremely important that all boat owners complete some sort of safety training, and that they know how to react safely should a rapid weather change occur.

For more information on boating safety protocols in your region, contact your regional municipality.  And remember; always take extreme cautions when on the water. A little bit of careful planning can avoid unnecessary tragedy.

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Throw a Summer Party on Your Boat

Summer Cocktail. Image Source: Delish.com

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to invite friends out for a spin on your boat, now is your chance. Boat parties are popular this time of year – many large companies organize on-the-water parties, and charge hundreds of dollars per ticket. Hosting a party on your own boat is a fun (and memorable) way to celebrate the summer season.

Here are a few party-planning tips.

First, you’ll have to determine your guest list which will, of course, depend on the size of your boat. You will also need to plan your budget. Prepare a shopping list of all the party essentials – food, drink, snacks, and favors (fruity drinks and light foods would would make excellent party snacks)!

Next comes the matter of invitations. If your friends are online, we recommend using Evite. It’s a free, electronic invitation service that allows you to track your RSVPs.

If your boat is docked in an out-of-the-way part of town, you may want to consider arranging transportation for your guests. For a large party, you may want to consider renting a bus to transport guests from a pre-determined pick-up spot.

If guests will be driving directly to the dock, make sure that the parking area is well-lit and that there are no parking restrictions.

Alcohol and boating don’t tend to mix well. As a host, it is your decision whether or not guests can bring drinks aboard. Make sure your decision is clearly stated from the get-go, to avoid any misunderstandings.

If your guests will be drinking, make sure they are supervised. It is imperative that a boat’s captain remain sober at all times.

Make sure your boat is in tip top condition so you can show off to all your friends! Make sure your propellers are in good condition, sails have no rips and there is enough fuel for the ride! It is so much practical to do this beforehand to avoid any potential surprises during the party.

For those who do not own a boat, consider renting one. From yachts to smaller-sized vessels, there’s something on the market to suit your needs.

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