AMTA E-News, March 2nd 2018
Almost Spring!

Welcome to new members

The Boat Shop
The Boat Shop started in the backyard of founder, Chris LeBlanc. TBS was incorporated in 2008 when the demand for maintaining & repairing local boats became a full-time job. Today, TBS has 6 full-time staff and still follows the same principal that the company was founded upon: treating customer boats as if they were our own. TBS is located on Peggy's Cove Road, Tantallon.
12435 Peggy's Cove Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3Z 2R7
Tel. 902-821-3511

Ocean Yacht Sales Limited
Aquired by Trinav of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017, Ocean Yacht Sales has moved its offices to Dartmouth. Ocean Yacht Sales represents the following new yacht lines Beneteau USA, Dufour, X-Yachts, C&C and Hylas as well as its brokerage yachts.
115 Joseph Zatzman Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1N3,
Tel. 902-455-5565

Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association 2018 Conference & Reception
Register now for NSBA’s AGM and Conference which is being held on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. Recognizing the challenge that much of the boatbuilding industry is facing, the conference theme is Finding and Keeping Young Employees.
The AGM starts at 11am – and all NSBA members and Conference delegates are welcome to attend. The Conference starts at 1pm and features three speakers and an expert panel. An industry reception follows in the early evening that opens with presentations of special Boatbuilder Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Details and the program schedule are posted on the NSBA website at To register for NSBA’s half-day conference, contact the NSBA Office or call (902) 423-2378
NSBA Members $50 Non-Members $100

The Moncton Boat Show
Always a good time! The Moncton Boat Show motors back into the Moncton Coliseum this spring, March 23 to 25! The show returns the same weekend as the New Brunswick Sportsmen’s Show and the Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum, offering visitors three great events under one roof – and all the excitement needed to start planning for the warmer months ahead. AMTA will be hosting the Discover Boating Center and handing out the Boating Atlantic Guide to visitors to the show. For more information about the show go to

Boating Atlantic Guide
The Boating Atlantic Guide to Destinations and Marinas 2018 is now available as an on-line flipbook at

Office of Boating Safety
AMTA met with Brian Avery, Manager of the Atlantic Office of Boating Safety. There are now to Boating Safety officers in the Dartmouth Nova Scotia Office and Brian says that he will be starting up the Recreational Boating Advisory Council in the near future, This advisory council is an excellent vehicle to find out about new and proposed legislation for recreational boating and provide input. Ross Munn is the new Regional Director for Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security for the Atlantic Region. He recently replaced Scott Kennedy who has now retired.
To contact the Office of Boating Safety in Dartmouth:
John Nelson Boating Safety Officer
Marine Safety and Security
Transport Canada
45 Alderney Drive, PO Box 1013, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4K2
Tel. (902) 497-7386

Listing of boat ramps in Nova Scotia
The web site has a detailed listing of boat launches in Nova Scotia :

AMTA E-News, February 5, 2018

Halifax International Boat Show starts Feb 8th at Halifax Exhibition Centre

Here is some show information:

Photo contest:
We have had a good response for the photo contest with over 200 great photos coming in from all Maritime provinces in three categories. Winning photos will be posted on Saturday, Feb 10th. You can view the photos on Facebook at: under the photo tab and click the 2018 photo contest albums.

For New Boaters:
The Discover Boating Centre is located in the Prospect Rooms along with Yacht Clubs, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, Sail Nova Scotia, and sailing and boating schools. New, prospective boaters and existing boaters should visit this section of the show for valuable information about boating. There will be workshops on all days of the Boat Show in the Discover Boating Centre for important boater skills such as anchoring and knot tying, and leaving and returning to the dock or mooring.The Discover Boating Centre will be serving free Tim Horton's coffee and Timbits on Saturday, Feb 10th at 10AM

Smart Boater: New Boaters and Prospective Boaters can attend a seminar on Saturday February 10th at 11AM in the Theatre in Prospect 3.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council has developed a free online primer for people who are starting out in smaller entry-level boats like small open motor boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. If you’re unsure as how to safely start out your boating experience, STARTBoating provides you with the confidence you need to make good boating decisions.

Information about the seminars presentations and workshops along with the schedule can be viewed at

Presentations in the Theatre (Prospect 3)
Presentations will take place on Friday and Saturday in the Theatre

5:30PM Inflatable Boats 101
6:30PM Atlantic Crossing on a Tall Ship

11AM Smart Boater Start Boating
12PM Chester Race Week Questions and Answers
3PM Atlantic Crossing on a Tall Ship
4PM Inflatable Boats 101

Boat Finder
This service is back for the second year. Boats that will be on display at the show are listed in the BoatFinder accessed on Currently 130 boats have been listed on the Boat Finder by exhibiting dealers. The Boat Finder is created by and provided for dealers by the Atlantic Marine Trades Association.

2018 Show Guide
The 2018 Halifax International Boat Show Guide is now available as a flipbook. Click the link:

Boating Atlantic Guide 2018
The brand new guide will be available at the Literature Booth at the front of the show. Suzanne Rent, publisher of the Guide has set up Facebook page. Please visit and like the page!

See you at the SHOW!!!!!!


AMTA E-News December 15, 2017

AMTA and the Halifax International Boat Show continue their partnership with for the 2018 Boat Show. ( will be providing the Halifax International Boat Show with their on-line Boat Finder Tool. The tool allows traffic coming to the Halifax International Boat Show website ( the ability to preview any boats that will be on display before, during and after the show. This allows consumers to know what will be on display from each individual boat dealer. The Boat Finder tool will provide unparalleled value to boat dealers presenting at HIBS. Exhibitors who are showcasing their boats at HIBS will see increased exposure by utilizing this tool and their inventory will also be placed on the listing website. Boat Dealers will be in touch very soon with dealers exhibiting boats at the show to organize their inventory on-line.

Toronto International Boat Show January 12-24
Its North America's largest Boat Show at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto. For more information All members of the marine industry attending the Toronto International Boat Show are invited to register to attend the NMMA Canada Boating Industry Breakfast, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The event takes place at the Beanfield Centre (formerly the Allstream Centre) which is located across from the Enercare Centre, the location of Toronto Boat Show at 105 Prince's Blvd., Toronto, Ontario. The Agenda includes “Welcome” with Andy Adams, Editor, Boating Industry Canada, the NMMA Canada Annual General Meeting lead by Tom MacNair, Chair, NMMA Canada Board of Directors, the NMMA Canada Update with Sara Anghel, President of NMMA Canada. The event will conclude with the NMMA Canada 2018 Hall of Fame Award presentation.
To register please go to

AMTA E-News, Nov 21, 2017

New President for AMTA
The Atlantic Marine Trades Association held its Annual General Meeting at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron on November 9, 2017. A new President was elected along with the Board of Directors. Tara Mills of Seamasters Services is the new President of AMTA. She is joined on the Board of Directors by past president Jason Craig of Quartermaster Marine. Zack Green of Mahone Marine, Lee Toole of Stright MacKay, Suzanne Rent, Bobby Mitchell of Wells Fargo, Chip Dickison of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, Norman Wiechert of NewStar Marine & Scooter, Chris Power of Sunnybrook Yachts, Mac Morrison of the Binnacle, Blair Gallant of Mercury Marine and Dan MacMillan of Gateway Insurance. Retiring members from the Board were Brad Fleet and Kathryn Newell.

Last call for Atlantic Boating Guide
This is the last week to get your ad into the 2018 Atlantic Boating Guide!
Suzanne Rent is currently working on the 2018 version of the Atlantic Boating Guide, a guide to Marinas, Destinations, Boating Services and boating events. The guide is distributed at boat shows and is available at marinas, yacht clubs and at Tourism offices. View the 2018 rate card here
You can contact Suzanne at, phone 902-789-9673

New Show Guide producer for the Halifax International Boat Show
We are pleased to announce that the Halifax International Boat Show Committee has awarded the rights to the 2018 show guide to Select Printing & Signs. Select has extensive experience in trade and consumer show marketing and collateral so we are confident the final product will be professional and effective.
Bernie Ough is managing the sales aspect of the book. Bernie is a seasoned sales management professional who is more than capable of handling any and all of your questions or concerns. For details, please visit

C-Tow is looking for more marine operators
AMTA member Andy Cardiff from C-Tow sent the following;
C-TOW CONTRACTORS WANTED all areas $195/hr
C-Tow is actively seeking experienced marine operators for new and developed territories in the Maritimes.
Applicants must be passionate for the boating lifestyle. Able to operate a C-Tow response vessel on an on-call basis. Have or able to obtain required Transport Canada licensing. Willing to be on call 24 hrs and respond in all types of weather. Must be personable, skilled in boating, able to trouble shoot a wide range of issues, solid under pressure and have a desire to start or add to an existing small business. Please contact C-Tow at for more information 888 354 5554 or

Tell your customers about the 2018 Halifax International Photo Contest
The Photo Contest is a great way of getting your clients and customers to think about their last summer of boating and to get excited about the 2018 season at the Halifax International Boat Show. Please share the contest information!

Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meeting (CMAC)
Pat Nelder will be attending the upcoming CMAC meeting in Ottawa December 5-7. The meeting will be followed by the National Recreational Boating Advisory Council.
These meetings are an opportunity to learn about and to discuss and provide input on legislation that affects recreational boating.
More Information about CMAC visit:

Discover Boating Survey
Don't forget, we need your opinion!
Discover Boating is the industry's program is to grow recreational boating by generating awareness and interest in the boating lifestyle through the Discover Boating campaign, an integrated marketing strategy that is grounded in sound research.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) manages the program on behalf of the recreational boating industry and works collaboratively with the Association Maritime du Quebec, the Atlantic Marine Trade Association, Boating BC, Boating Ontario, and the Mid-Canada Marine and Powersports Dealer Association to promote recreational boating in Canada.

We are together undertaking a survey to better understand industry perceptions of the Discover Boating campaign in order to improve the program.
As an AMTA member, we invite you to share your opinions of the program with a 10 question survey that should take 5 – 10 minutes to complete.
Please go to to take the survey and provide your feedback before November 27, 2017 6pm ET.
Thank you for sharing your opinion.

Canada's Fall Economic Statement and Small Business
Sara Angel from NMMA Canada provided this information from the Government of Canada's Fall Economic Statement:
The federal government's Fall Economic Statement was tabled last week by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The government will be implementing legislation that will lower the small business tax rate to 10 percent, effective on January 1, 2018, and down further to 9 percent on January 1, 2019.
The Economic Statement also reviewed the various tax reforms that have been proposed by government. The government is set to move ahead with restricting income sprinkling by private corporations. This is set to take effect in the 2018 tax year with draft legislative proposals to be released this fall. It will also limit the benefit of investing passively in private corporations, with proposed rules to be released in Budget 2018.
It is important to note that the government will not move forward with proposed measures to limit the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE) or with proposed measures relating to the conversion of income into capital gains.

AMTA E-News Oct 31, 2017

Atlantic Marine Trades Association Annual General Meeting
Thursday, November 9th starting at 1:00PM.
Place of Meeting is the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 376 Purcells Cove Rd, Halifax, NS B3P 1C7
AMTA is pleased to announce that David Maduri of Wells Fargo will give and economic and industry update during the meeting for the recreational marine industry.
In 2016 Wells Fargo acquired the North American portions of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance and Vendor Finance businesses, as well as a portion of its Corporate Finance business.

Sail Nova Scotia Awards Evening, November 17th at Halifax Central Library
Join us and fellow sailors as we celebrate a wonderful year of sailing in Nova Scotia with our annual Sail Nova Scotia Awards. The awards are free for all to attend and take place on Friday, November 17 in the Paul O'Regan theatre at the Halifax Central Library. Light refreshments will be served. Come and hear who are Sailor of the Year is and who will win the President's Award for lifelong dedication to the sport of sailing. If you follow sailing in NS you will certainly know this guy.

On October 30, 2017, Bill C-64 – the Wrecked, Abandoned, or Hazardous Vessels Act was introduced in the House of Commons.
This Bill delivers on a key commitment the Government made as part of the national Strategy to Address Abandoned Vessels and Wrecks, which was announced as part of the Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016.
As you know, the impacts from wrecked, abandoned and hazardous vessels have damaged our coastlines, and burdened local communities. The proposed legislation will help protect coastal and shoreline communities, the environment and infrastructure from these problem vessels. The bill proposes to strengthen vessel owner liability; address irresponsible vessel management, including by prohibiting abandonment; and enhance federal powers to take proactive action on problem vessels before they become costlier to address.
Read the full press release here

AMTA exists to serve members of the recreational boating industry in the Atlantic Provinces. We do our best to help you market your products through our ownership of the Halifax International Boat Show, we do our best to help your clients be aware of boating through our partnership in the Discover Boating Program, and we encourage your clients to use their boats by publishing the Atlantic Boating Guide to Destinations and Marinas. In 2017, AMTA worked with Discover Boating providing information for their brand new Boating Safety app and sponsored video footage of the region’s largest boating event, Chester Race Week.The Association works closely with NMMA Canada, other Canadian Marine Trades Associations and the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association to keep up to date with issues affecting our boating industry and educational opportunities for members including the Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician Certification and Apprenticeship Program. AMTA is represented on the National Recreational Boating Advisory Council to Transport Canada Marine Safety.

AMTA E-News, October 18th 2017

Atlantic Boating Guide 2018
Suzanne Rent is currently working on the 2018 version of the Atlantic Boating Guide, a guide to Marinas, Destinations, Boating Services and boating events. The guide is distributed at boat shows and is available at marinas, yacht clubs and at Tourism offices. View the 2018 rate card here
You can contact Suzanne at, phone 902-789-9673

Halifax International Boat Show Photo Contest
We have gone out to market early with our photo contest on facebook and instagram. Encourage your clients to enter their best photos in the

Best Boating of 2017 Photo Contest!
Enter up to 5 photos in any of the following categories:
1) Best Boating Time 2017
2) Best Critters on Board 2017
3) Best Kids on Board 2017

To submit your entry, leave your photo(s) in a comment on the Facebook Contest post, send them in a Facebook private message, by email or enter on Instagram by tagging us @halifaxboatshow and using the hashtag #HaveBoatHaveSummer
More info is at

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association will take place on:
Thursday, November 9th starting at 1:00PM.
Place of Meeting is the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 376 Purcells Cove Rd, Halifax, NS B3P 1C7
For those coming from out of town, there is a group rate of $159 available at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Halifax, 5120 Salter Street Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 0A1 Canada. Call the hotel at 902-428-1900 or make the reservation on-line. The rate is available until October 19th so book today at
Book your group rate for Atlantic Marine Trades

The Senate Finance Committee Small Business Tax Change consultations
Ben Snair has sent the following information
I've been asked to assist with identifying small business owners who have been/will be impacted by the recently announced small business tax changes, or who know someone who is. will be taking place in Atlantic Canada October 23-27th in Halifax, St. John, & St. John's, and the committee is looking to hear from witnesses about the impact that small business tax changes will have on them/their families, or from individuals who have gone through the process of starting a business. Although likely less applicable to the AMTA, the committee would also be interested in hearing from students who put themselves through school by working for a small business owner.
If any AMTA members would have interest in potentially speaking at these consultations, please let me know. I can be reached either at or by phone at 902-275-8896.

2018 AMTA Membership
Membership packages are currently in the mail. If you are not currently a member but would like to rejoin or join the Association, please visit

May 19th 2017
Have a great long weekend

Day on the Hill
AMTA's Executive Director Pat Nelder took part in the 5th Annual Day on the Hill in Ottawa on May 8th, an event made possible by NMMA Canada. Day on the Hill is a gathering of leaders from all sectors of the Canadian recreational boating industry on Parliament Hill to advocate on behalf of the industry’s 4,792 Canadian marine companies. The annual legislative event provides the marine industry an opportunity to communicate with Parliamentarians on key issues impacting recreational boating.

2016 Economic Impact Study Released
The study titled, The Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in Canada: 2016, defines the core recreational boating industry as boat and accessory manufacturers, boat and accessory dealers, marina operators, repair and maintenance shops, schools and boat clubs, and other related companies.
The study was conducted by Hickling Arthurs Low on behalf of NMMA Canada and in cooperation with the recreational boating industry’s national marketing program, Discover Boating Canada, and Canada’s regional marine trade associations, including AMTA.

Key finding of the study are:
• The core recreational boating industry was directly and indirectly responsible for $10 billion in revenues in 2016, a 12.4% increase from 2012
• Those revenues contributed $5.6 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2016, a 12% increase from 2012
• The core recreational boating industry supports approximately 75,000 jobs, generating $2.9 billion in annual salaries and wages, an 11.5% increase from 2012
• The economic activity supported by the core recreational boating industry contributes $868 million in annual taxes and subsidies to Canada’s economy, a
12.1% increase from 2012
• Forty-three per cent of Canadians went boating in 2016
• Canadians own approximately 8.6 million boats

AMTA members can contact the AMTA office for their copy of the study 877-595-2682 or email

Safe Boating Awareness week May 20th - 26th, 2017
Safe Boating awareness week starts tomorrow.Please pass on to your boating clients the following key messages courtesy of the Canadian Safe Boating Council:
Wear a PFD or Lifejacket
Don’t Drink & Boat
Take a Boating Course
Be Prepared, Both You and Your Vessel
Be Wary of the Dangers of Cold Water Immersion
More information is available at

Flare Disposal in the Maritimes: Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
CPS-ECP has a partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.
If your flares have a manufacture date of 2013 or earlier they have or will expire this year. You can't light them, throw them in the water or in your household garbage to dispose of them. Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner CPS-ECP and selected CIL Dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days, you will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and you can bring your outdated flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge.

June 3, 2017 The Yacht Shop, 3514 Joseph Howe Dr. Halifax, NS B3L 4H7
June 3, 2017 Marine Source, 32 McCarville St. Charlottetown, PE C1E 2A6

The list of flares that can be accepted is here:
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Halifax Harbour 2017
Every year. Sail Nova Scotia hosts a meeting of the Halifax Port Authority, representatives from the Canadian Navy, Halifax Police Service, Waterfront Development, CHS and the Yacht Clubs serving the recreational boating public in Halifax Harbour. This year's meeting had presentations by the Port of Halifax Pilots, by Waterfront Development about the Tall Ships and provided updates from all attendees.
The Port will be very busy in the summer of 2017, not only are sections of the shoreline under construction, but the Port will be hosting 173 Cruise Ships this year, Canada 150 celebrations, the 2017 Tall Ships and many Yacht Club events.
The Halifax Pilots request the following:
All vessels including recreational boats must not impede the passage of large commercial vessels or naval vessels within the waters of the Port
All vessels including recreational boats should monitor Channel 12 when operating within the Port
The Pilots say that their visibility when operating large ships is very limited so do not assume that they can see smaller vessels that are within 500 metres of them. For more information, visit

Waterfront Development update.
Nik Karbowski is the Marine Manager for Waterfront Development.
Recreational boats can obtain a free daytime berthing pass by visiting
To make up for construction happening within the Port, the floating dock at Purdy's wharf will be extended to 400'.

Tall Ships
The Tall ships, with 27 vessels registered will be available in locations around the Port of Halifax for public vewing (no charge) July 29-July 31. The Tall Ships will leave Halifax with a Sail Past on Tuesday August 1.
More information about the Tall Ships visit to Canada is at
Information about actually sailing aboard one of the tall ships is at
If you want to volunteer for the tall ship event email

Canadian Hydrographic Service Atlantic
The Canadian Hydrographic Service, CHS is interested in 'Crowd Sourcing' information for their Atlantic Charts. If you are aware of anything that you feel should be included on a chart, such as a new wharf, or a shoal that has appeared please contact them at the Bedford Institute.


Brad Fleet Retirement Celebration
Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Time: 6PM-8PM
Place: Mug and Anchor Pub, 643 Main St, Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0
Invitation for members of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association and their guests. Please indicate by return email if you are able to attend and how many will be attending.
For those coming from out of town that would like to spend the night on Nova Scotia's beautiful South Shore, The Atlantica Oak Island Resort has offered a room rate of $169. The rate includes breakfast, parking and WIFI. Reservation may be made by calling the Hotel directly at 902-627-2600

Shining Waters Marina Day, June 24th from 10am – 3pm.
Our beautiful marina is located off the Peggy’s Cove Rd which boasts beautiful ocean views and stunning landscape. Our goal is to unite boaters/ non-boaters and their families with organizations in HRM that promote the boating lifestyle and related products & services.
The expo is free for vendors to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact
Carolyn at 902.820.3627 or 902.817.1555

AMTA E-News, November 4, 2016

2017 Board of Directors elected at the Annual General Meeting
AMTA welcomes new Board Members Chris Power of Sunnybrook Yachts, Zack Green of Mahone Marine, and Mac Morrison of The Binnacle for the 2017 Board year. They join President Jason Craig and Board Members Tara Mills, Kathryn Newell, Brad Fleet, Lee Toole, Suzanne Rent, Norman Wiechert, Bobby Mitchell, Chip Dickison and Blair Gallant.
The Board thanks retiring Board member Terry Conrad for his work on the Board and the Executive Committee.

2017 Edition of the Atlantic Boating Guide
Work is underway for the 2017 edition. The Guide has been re-designed and continues to be a sought after publication for boaters. Distributed throughout Atlantic Canada and a selected boat shows elsewhere, the guide is a source of information about marinas and the recreational boating industry. The media kit can be viewed here: or contact Suzanne Rent at

Economic Impact Study
Its time to update the Economic Impact Study of the Canadian Recreational Boating Industry. A consortium of national and regional marine industry associations is sponsoring an economic impact analysis of the Canadian recreational boating industry. The resulting economic portrait will help strengthen the industry by providing stakeholders with information to guide their business decisions and influence public policy. The project sponsors have engaged Hickling Arthurs Low (HAL) Corporation to conduct the study.
Your input is very important to ensuring the success of the study and supporting the success of the recreational boating sector. Please be assured that all specific information gathered from the survey will be aggregated to protect the anonymity of participants. No information identifying an individual organization or person will be shared with the project sponsors or any other party.
It is important that you take the time to complete the survey so an accurate picture of our industry in our region can be provided. Here is the link to start the survey:

Marine Service Technician Trade Certification
WE NEED YOU in order to start training apprentices in our industry
For experienced technicians working in the recreational boating industry who would like to to challenge for certification with the NS Apprenticeship Agency as a Marine Service Technician, the agency is offering a significant discount on the cost of taking the exam. The discounted cost is $148.18 (normally $740.77). If you are interested in writing the exam and want to know if you are qualified to write it, how to prepare for it, and the process involved, please contact Pat at the AMTA office 877-595-2682 or
If you think you would qualify to challenge the certification AMTA and the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders will be putting on a 3 day preparation course in early 2017.

Scammer Warning:
Once again a scam letter has come from a European based company called International Fairs Directory targeting exhibitors at the Halifax International Boat Show. They offer a listing in their directory for 1212 Euros.Their registered address is in Uruguay. Please ignore this letter it has nothing to do with AMTA or The Halifax International Boat Show.

Halifax International Boat Show
Taking place February 9-12, 2017! Make sure you have booked your space...visit or call Scott at 902-468-4999

Membership for 2017
Membership applications and invoices will be in the mail next week. If you wish to pay your membership by credit card please note that we can only accept credit cards on-line but we can email you a credit card invoice. More information about AMTA is at

AMTA E-News September 20th

Annual General Meeting October 20th, Rodd Charlottetown, PEI
Today is the final day to take advantage of the guaranteed rate at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. After today the room block is released so you may not be able to get the same great rate. Book today by clicking this link Choose your dates and add the number of rooms and people and click continue to confirm your reservation. Or you can call the Rodd Charlottetown at (902) 894-8566
Presentations during the meeting will include:

Monica Matheson, Boating Cape Breton, Cruise Cape Breton Association
For the past three years, the Cruise Cape Breton Association has implemented a marketing strategy to increase the awareness of the Bras d'Or Lake and Cape Breton Island as a world class recreational boating destination. As the Marketing Director, Monica has travelled up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the USA and to destinations other parts of Canada with her message. She has spoken to more boaters, distributed more literature not only about Cape Breton but about Atlantic Canada, surveyed boaters for more reasons why or why not they travel to the region than has ever happened before. Her efforts and those of the Association have produced results! Its a great story.

Antoine Lejeune, Wells Fargo National Sales Manager for Canada
AMTA members are used to getting these don't miss insights from the biggest commercial lender in Canada. Wells Fargo has excellent information for Dealers in the region, they track trends in sales and inventory and supply their thoughts about what the future will bring for the recreational marine business. GE Capital sold its business segments of equipment finance and corporate finance to Wells Fargo earlier this year.

Annual General Meeting Schedule: Location Rodd Charlottetown Hotel,
12 PM AMTA Board of Directors Meeting
2 PM - 4:30 PM Annual General Meeting
6 PM Dinner

Halifax International Boat Show February 9-12, 2017
Its time to get excited about the 2017 show! Exhibitor information is now available at

Its Dealer Show Season!
October dates

Stright MacKay Dealer Show. October 13-14, 2016
Moncton Casino For more info contact your sales rep: 902-928-1900 or email

Mermaid Marine Dealer Show, October 21
Charlottetown PEI Call 1-902-566-1220 or visit

Brunswick Boat Group (Land N Sea)October 20 & 21, 2016
South Point Casino, Las Vegas, NV,

C.C. Marine Dealer Show Oct 23-24, 2016

Kimpex 2016 Marine Dealer Show Oct 31 - Nov 2nd, 2016

AMTA April 26, 2016

Last week, I attended the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) meetings in Ottawa, in particular the Standing Committee on Recreational Boating and also the Environment Standing Committee. Next week, AMTA President Jason Craig and I will be meeting with NMMA Canada and other Canadian Marine Trade Associations for a recreational boating industry strategic planning meeting followed by the NMMA Canada organized 'Day on the Hill' which is an opportunity to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss the importance of the Recreational Boating Industry in Canada.

Standing Committee on Recreational Boating
The Office of Boating Safety(OBS) focuses on regulatory programs and provides national leadership and guidance in an effort to improve regulatory oversight for Pleasure Craft. Their activities are as follows:
Regulatory Compliance, Enforcement and the Pleasure Craft Courtesy Program
Pleasure Craft Licensing
Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (VORR)
Leveraging Partnerships through the Boating Contribution Program
Technical support the the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency (PCOC) Program

Contact information for the Atlantic Office of Boating Safety is
45 Alderney Drive, 11th Floor
P.O. Box 1013
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 4K2
Telephone: 1-800-230-3693

Transport Canada has created a facebook and twitter feed with safety messaging that you can share on your social media. As the information covers all aspects of transportation, it is worthwhile to have a look and see what is available for recreational boating. Visit the Facebook site at or Twitter at

Pleasure Craft Licensing
Electronic Licensing was launched in July 2015 for all Canadians, since the launch, over 50% of boats licensed have used the electronic system.
A reminder of the link for the public electronic licensing:
For Boat Dealers:

Proposed Amendments to the Small Vessel Regulations (SVR)
Regulatory Amendment submissions are expected to be pre-published in Part 1 of the Canada Gazette in Spring 2017
The amendments relate to the following
1. Stand-Up Paddleboards
2. Pyrotechnic distress signals
3. Pleasure Craft Licensing
You can view the information paper about these regulation amendments at this link. Comments about the regulations should be sent directly to Larry Spears or Honey Walsh whose emails are on the information paper.

Addressing abandoned boats and wrecks
A presentation was made to the Environment Standing Committee by Transport Canada Environment Policy regarding the proliferation of abandoned boats. According to information that they have, an increasing number of boats are being abandoned as they reach end of life which can pose hazards to marine navigation, public health and safety, the marine environment and cause economic harm to local communities. Current Federal legislation focuses on certain impacts of abandoned boats and wrecks but does not directly address the problem. Contact information regarding this presentation:

Navigation Protection Act
The Navigable Waters Protection Act 1882 is one of Canada's oldest pieces of legislation intended to allow economic development while protecting safe navigation. Between 2009 and 2014, amendments were made to the act to streamline the approval process of works, reduce environmental assessments and determine navigability on navigable waterways and the name was changed to Navigation Protection Act. Now, the Minister of Transportation has the following mandate:
"Work with the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to review the previous government's changes to the fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards"

Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP)
The BSCP supports organizations that work to raise public awareness about boating safety for both recreational boating and commercial fishing; advance knowledge of boating safety issues, practises and behaviours in Canada; and support regulatory compliance.
Funded Projects
increase the number of pleasure craft and small vessel operators following safe boating practises;
improve access to national boating incident data that will improve stakeholder’s capacity to deliver evidence-based awareness and education initiatives; and
help reduce deaths, injuries and property damages due to boating accidents.
Five projects have been approved and will be announced in May for 2016-17 for a total of 1.3Million over 3 years
New for 2016 is a project for Commercial Fishing Safety with a program targeting safety for Small Fishing vessels
For more information about the BSCP visit

AMTA E-News. March 18, 2016

Publicity Opportunity
Glen Cairns former AMTA Board member and veteran of the Marine Industry in Atlantic Canada is now working with Kerrwil Publications, publisher of magazines Canadian Yachting Magazine, Boating Industry Canada and digital newsletters Canadian Yachting OnBoard (Atlantic) and the weekly Boating Industry Canada. If you have news about your business or news for boaters please contact Glen at or Phone: 902-443-7437
Here is an example of the Canadian onBoard (Atlantic) digital newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter at this link.

Digital Magazine
The 2016 Edition of Boating in Atlantic Canada, a guide to yacht clubs and marinas in Atlantic Canada is now available as a flip book on line. Click on the link to browse the book or copy the link to your web site as an information piece for your clients.

Marine Service Technician Training
The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency has approved the Marine Service Technician (MST) Apprenticeship. The Trade Regulation for the MST Apprenticeship can be viewed at this link:
The boating industry in Nova Scotia still needs to have more employed certified MST journeymen in order to have apprentices in business. The NS Apprenticeship Training continues to offer those who qualify an opportunity to challenge the certification for $143.00
If you are interested in challenging the certification and or registering apprentices at your business, please contact Chip Dickison at the Nova Scotia Boat Builder Association at 902-423-2378 or
AMTA is please to welcome as a member is the largest collection of Boats For Sale in Canada. Offering thousands of Used Boats For Sale, New Boats for Sale, and Yachts for Sale.
Dealers can list their entire inventory for buyers to view before they visit the dealership and save a lot of time on unqualified prospects and quickly recoup advertising costs. No other site can offer so many potential sales at so little cost, benefits include:
Unlimited listings
Unlimited photos
Online listings manager (add/update/remove)
Commission free - buyers contact you directly
Website integration
Automatic updating service available
See more at: and contact Cameron Coleman at

Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meeting
Will take place April 19-21 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa Ontario.
The Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) is Transport Canada's national consultative body for marine matters. Meetings are normally held twice a year in the spring and fall, nationally in Ottawa. Participants include representatives of individuals and parties that have a recognized interest in boating and shipping concerning safety, recreational matters, navigation, marine pollution and response and marine security.
Meeting agendas have not yet been posted, however if you would like a draft of the schedule or the agendas when they do get posted, please contact Pat Nelder The National Recreational Boating Advisory Council Meeting will take place on April 21, also in Ottawa.

Moncton Boat Show
April 1-3, 2016 at the Moncton Coliseum.
Come and discover some great ways to spend your spare time this summer – the water is waiting! You’ll find tons of boats of all shapes and sizes, with dealers from NB, NS and PEI. From fishing boats to cruisers, runabouts, inflatables, personal watercraft and so much more, this show has it all!
Plus, the Moncton Boat Show will once again be co-located with the New Brunswick Sportsmen’s Show and the Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum. Three great shows for one low price, and you’ll get a taste of all the outdoor activities that we love to take part in during the warmer months.

Upcoming Shows and Events
Courtesy of Boating Business

Toronto Sportsmen's Show
March 16 to 20

Palm Beach International Boat Show
March 17 to 20

Kingston Boat Show and Sale
March 18 to 20

Northwest Sportshow
March 30 to April 3

Moncton Boat Show
April 1 to 3

New Brunswick Sportsmen Show
April 1 to 3

Spring Cottage Life Show
April 1 to 3

Windsor Boat, RV & Recreation Show and Sale
April 1 to 3

Sudbury Sportsman Show
April 8 to 10

Orillia Perch Festival
April 16 to May 7

AMTA E News, Jan 21th 2016

Halifax International Boat Show February 18-21 2016
Less than a month to go to the 2016 Boat Show! AMTA and the show producers, Master Promotions Ltd are looking forward to the first show in the Halifax Exhibition Centre. With a theme of summer: Have Boat Have Summer, the show will feature what 'lies beneath' with stories from shipwreck hunter Terry Dwyer, artifact finder Wayne Mushrow, panel discussions, seminars, cooking afloat demonstrations and a visit from a Mermaid!

The Halifax Exhibition Centre (formerly Exhibition Park) kicks off a Brand new 2016 Show season on Jan 28th with the Halifax RV Show.
New owners of the facility, Besim Halef and Bassam Nahas have started improvements to the building and surrounds and have rebranded it.

Photo Contest
The 2016 Halifax International Boat Show Photo contest is now open on the Show Facebook page You can check out the rules of the contest and encourage your clients and customers to enter! Contest Rules are on-line here

NMMA Canada releases 2015 Statistical Abstract on the Recreational Boating Industry in Canada at the Toronto Boat Show
The Abstract is a compendium of statistics about the industry and is available from NMMA Canada. Boating Business did a quick recap of the statistics presented at the Toronto Boat Show Industry Breakfast which can be read here

The Vancouver Boat Show
The Vancouver International Boat Show runs January 20-24, 2016 at BC Place and Granville Island.
Western Canada’s largest consumer boating event, the Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the Boating BC Association and produced by Canadian Boat Shows.

The Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference
takes place 25th-26th February in Halifax – and this years seminar speaker line-up includes:
Nigel Irens, UK’s well-known yacht designer. Nigel will be speaking about innovations in power and sailboat designs.
If you are interested to attend the conference, and to hear and meet Nigel and the other speakers and delegates, details on all the seminar speakers, topics and related events – plus Registration form - are on the NSBA website.

ABYC Marine Electrical Certification course – Monday, March 14th – Thursday March 17th, 2016, Lunenburg
The American Boat Yacht Council (ABYC) is a non-profit, member organization that develops voluntary safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats. 90% of all boats are built to ABYC standards. NMMA certification and the Canadian TP1332 are based on ABYC standards.
If you are providing service to recreational boats, the ABYC Electrical Certification course is geared toward marine electricians with broad experience in both troubleshooting and equipment installations, both AC and DC. The course covers basic electrical fundamentals, cable installation and termination, maintaining and installing battery systems, battery charging systems, inverter installation and troubleshooting, AC shore power systems, AC generators and panel boards, DC panel boards, AC components, DC components, safety equipment.
Ed Sherman will be the instructor, course is facilitated by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association.
Registration details:
NSBA Members $350+HST ($402.50)
non-NSBA Members (residents of Nova Scotia) $450+HST ($517.50)
Residents outside Nova Scotia $1,300+HST ($1495)
Please contact the NSBA office at 902-423-2378 or

Upcoming Boat Shows Courtesy of Boating Business

Fish Canada Workboat
Jan. 22 to 23

boot Dusseldorf
Jan. 23 to 31

Calgary Boat and Sportsmen's Show
Feb. 4 to 7

Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show
Feb. 4 to 7

Miami International Boat Show
Feb. 11 to 15

Spring Fishing and Boat Show
Feb. 12 to 15

Ontario Family Fishing (winter)
Feb. 13 to 15

Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen's Show
Feb. 18 to 21

Halifax International Boat Show
Feb. 18 to 21

Montreal Hunting Fishing and Camping Show
Feb. 18 to 21

London Boat Fishing and Outdoor Show
Feb. 19 to 21

Victoria Boat + Fishing Show
Feb. 19 to 21

December 22, 2015
Happy Holidays

President Jason Craig and the Board of Directors would like to wish all members and friends of AMTA a very happy holiday season and all the best for the 2016 boating season. Thanks for your support during 2015.

Photo Contest

The 2016 Halifax International Boat Show Photo contest is now open on the Show Facebook page. You can check out the rules of the contest and encourage your clients and customers to enter! Contest Rules

Atlantic Boating Guide

The 2016 edition of the Guide has gone to print, and copies will be available at the Toronto International Boat Show at the Discover Boating Booth, at the Boating Cape Breton Booth and at the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Booth. If any other Atlantic Canada exhibitors would like copies to have at the show please contact the AMTA office.

Toronto International Boat Show

Takes place January 8-17, 2016. Jason Craig and Pat Nelder will attend the annual Discover Boating Board meeting during the show. NMMA Canada hosts the Canadian Recreational Boating Industry Session on Tuesday, January 12th at the Allstream Centre. Click here for more information about the show.

New Member

AMTA welcomes new member Waterfront Development
Waterfront Development
The Cable Wharf
1751 Lower Water Street, 2nd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1S5

December 4th 2016
AMTA E- News
AMTA Board Re-elected

AMTA held its Annual General Meeting last Thursday, November 26th. Jason Craig of Quartermaster Marine is the President of the Association in his second term. Returning Board members are; Brad Fleet, MCTi, Suzanne Rent, MetroGuide Publishing; Lee Toole; Stright MacKay, Bobby Mitchell; GE Capital, Tara Mills, Seamasters Services, Terry Conrad, Conrad Marine, Blair Gallant, Mercury Marine, Kathryn Newell, Iron Wind Marine, Chip Dickison, Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, Norman Wiechert, NewStar Marine & Scooter. The Association would like to thank retiring Board Members Mare Wareham of the Marine Institute and Derek Bennett of the Town of Lewisporte for their service to AMTA.

Welcome to new members

Walker Financial Services
Will and Shannon Walker, financiers of recreational vehicles
Contact Information
2 Blackburn Ave. Nottawa, ON L0M 1P0
Tel: 705-444-6618 Toll Free: 1-866-717-5370 Fax: 866-717-5371

C-Tow Marine Assistance Ltd. is 30 years strong, providing "Peace of Mind at Sea" to boaters on the west coast of British Columbia, the Great Lakes, the St Lawrence River in Ontario and for the summer of 2016 on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
Contact info
1-888-419-CTOW (2869) or 1-888-354-5554

Farewell to CMC
CMC, a long term member of AMTA and vendor of marine electronics has been sold to MacKay Marine. The Atlantic Canada offices will stay open however they will no longer be catering to the recreation boating market, their concentration will be commercial shipping only. AMTA would like to thank the staff of the Atlantic Canada offices for their contribution to the recreational boating industry in the region over many years.

Congratulations to Derek Bennett of the Town of Lewisporte
Former AMTA Board member Derek Bennett of the Town of Lewisporte NL has won his bd to represent his region on the Provincial NL Government in the election held November 30th 2015.

Sail Nova Scotia Honours the Best at Annual Awards
Sail Nova Scotia held its awards ceremony on November 23 in Halifax. Capturing the Sailor of the Year award was Peter Wickwire who had a great year capturing just about every race he entered with his team including Chester Race Week and the US Match Racing Invitational Regatta. Winning the Female Sailor of the Year was the 49erFX team of Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd. Earlier on Saturday they qualified Canada to a berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics. For more information visit

Final Discover Boating Marketing Results Beat Expectations
Final campaign reporting for the 2015 year has been tallied and results show that the campaign surpassed expectations and targets for the year. Advertising efforts delivered more impressions for the boating lifestyle, which positively impacted people's perceptions of boating and led to increased traffic to
A key result of the growth in traffic on is the increasing number of consumers who visit manufacturer websites directly from These numbers continue to grow year-over-year and in 2015 more than 474,000 visits to manufacturer websites came directly from Click link for the campaign results summary.
Visit for industry information & resources.

2016 Membership in AMTA
Membership information has been mailed out. If you prefer update your information and pay on-line you can do so by visiting

Upcoming Atlantic Events

Halifax International Boat Show February 18-21, 2016

Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference Feb 25-26, 2016
Contact the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association for more info

Moncton Boat Show April 1-3, 2016

November 6th 2015: Exhibition Park has new owner!

AMTA is pleased to share with you that Exhibition Park, home of the Halifax International Boat Show has been sold in principle. The following press release has been received from The Exhibition Managers Society of Nova Scotia which represents the major shows and events that take place at Exhibition Park.

The Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia News release: Nov. 6/15 Halifax, NS -

The announcement has been made earlier today by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal that the Province has an agreement in principle with Banc Properties for ownership of Exhibition Park in Halifax. This agreement, combined with the proviso that the facility will be renovated and operated as an exhibition centre for a minimum of eight years is welcomed by the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia. The Society represents all of the major privately-operated shows and events taking place annually at Exhibition Park.
The Society warned in September that if the facility was closed then their industry would effectively be shut down with a more than $12 million annual hit to the Halifax economy alone and significant job losses. “The announcement does not come as a surprise”, said Society Chairman Jim Gourlay of the Saltscapes Group. “When the file was taken over in September by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan, the industry was invited to become part of the transition process. With the exception of the actual selection of the winning bid, we have been involved every step of the way. “That meant that the needs and wishes of the industry were clearly understood by government and were incorporated into the criteria for the sale of the facility to the private sector.” Mr. Gourlay said what appeared in July (when the government announced it was divesting of the facility) to be a catastrophe, may yet turn out to be the best turn of events —for the industry, for Halifax and for the province as a whole. “The building needs to be renovated and upgraded: that will happen. The parking lot needs to be repaved: that will happen. The facility needs to be aggressively marketed to rebuild and grow the events industry: we are optimistic that will happen as well.” The events industry has committed to assisting the new owner in hitting the ground running, he said. The window of opportunity to get the work done and get organized for the 2016 season is now extremely tight. The industry has the resources, the experience and the interest in helping to make this happen.”

AMTA e-News November 5, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association will take place Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the Future Inns Halifax Hotel & Conference Centre located at 30 Fairfax Dr, Halifax, NS, B3S 1P1 starting at 1PM
Further details about the meeting will be in subsequent emails and at as of November 6, 2015.

Atlantic Boating Guide is Atlantic Canada’s premiere boating guide, offering readers all of the details they need to boat around Atlantic Canada. Inside you will find the best boating destinations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, along with detailed marina listings and services.This guide also includes details on the most popular events in each region along with personal stories and advice from boaters who know Atlantic Canada’s waters the best.

Include your message in the only regional boating guide dedicated to sailors and power boaters alike within Atlantic Canada.
Click for the rate card and contact Barb McConnell at Metro Guide Publishing, 902-420-9943, ex 1804 or email

Atlantic Sailing Conference Saturday November 21, 2015
Registration is $25 and includes lunch. You can register at or by contacting the Sail Nova Scotia office at (902) 425-5450 Ext 312
Click for the schedule
AMTA Annual General Meeting, November 26, 2015


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Nov. 5 to 9

Paynes Marine Group Trade Show
Nov. 7 to 9

Marine Dealer Conference & Expo
Nov. 15 to 18

Nov. 17 to 19

Land N Sea Canada Show (Mashantucket, CT)
Nov. 19 to 20

Boating BC Conference
Nov. 24 to 25

Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2

AMTA e-nEWS, October 13, 2015

2016 Atlantic Boating Guide

Atlantic Boating Guide is Atlantic Canada’s premiere boating guide, offering readers all of the details they need to boat around Atlantic Canada. Inside you will ‑ find the best boating destinations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, along with detailed marina listings and services. This guide also includes details on the most popular events in each region along with personal stories and advice from boaters who know Atlantic Canada’s waters the best.
Include your message in the only regional boating guide dedicated to sailors and power boaters alike within Atlantic Canada.

Click the link for the Rate Card and contact Barb McConnell at Metro Guide Publishing, 902-420-9943, ex 1804 or email

Atlantic Sailing Conference Saturday November 21, 2015

Sail NS is excited to release the schedule for our 2nd annual Atlantic Sailing Conference to be held Saturday, November 21 at Citadel High School in Halifax. The Conference will bring together leaders, volunteers, coaches, instructors, sailors and power boaters for a great day of information gathering and networking. Last year's inaugural event was a great success with up to 100 in attendance.

Sessions this year range from The Best Sailing Apps to what physiological traits make a great sailor and a whole lot more. Dawn Riley is the Keynote speaker. Dawn is a true leader when it comes to sailing having been the first female to lead an America's Cup campaign. Currently she is the director of the Oakcliff Sailing Center in New York.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. You can register at or by contacting the Sail Nova Scotia office at (902) 425-5450 Ext 312

Click the link for the schedule

NMEA training sessions in Halifax

The NMEA is offering Educational Training Sessions in Halifax from November 18th to 20th at the Future Inns Halifax Hotel and Conference Centre, 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, NS B3S 1P1.

Details and Dates of each training session:

Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Wednesday, November 18th
NMEA2000 Training, Thursday, November 19th
Advanced Marine Electronics Installer, Friday, November 20th
Each course runs from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with an exam given at the end of the session. Pre-registration is required by visiting the NMEA website at Course materials are sent out in advance, so if you’re interested to attend, register as soon as possible.

AMTA E-News, September 2nd 2015
Back to school edition

Newport International Boat Show
September 17-20, 2015.The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront with all makes and models of powerboats and sailboats ranging from 16 ft. to 100 ft. - ready for boarding and review. On the land side, there’s a bountiful array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. . With numerous countries represented - it truly is an international event. This year AMTA will be at the show passing out our Boating in Atlantic Canada Guide. The opportunity was made possible through the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association who are hosting a 'pavilion'. Its a great opportunity to showcase what is available in Atlantic Canada with the current advantageous exchange rate for Americans planning to visit. Suzanne Rent and Pat Nelder will be at the show for AMTA.

Canadian Safe Boating Council Symposium
2015 Annual Symposium
Halifax, Nova Scotia – September 20 – 22, 2015
The CSBC Symposium summons boating safety enthusiasts from across Canada and internationally at the Sheraton Four Points in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Attendees include government policy makers, not for profit organizations, marine law enforcement, first responders, boating safety educators, course providers, marina operators, volunteers, marine manufacturers and more. On-line registration is available at: and the details of the conference at
AMTA is sponsoring the reception for the symposium.

Halifax International Boat Show
Plans are underway for a 2016 edition of the Halifax International Boat Show despite changes that may occur at the show venue Exhibition Park. Show producers Master Promotions are working tirelessly on AMTA's behalf to provide the best solution.

Atlantic Outdoor Sports, RV & Boat Show
Exhibition Park - Halifax - September 11-13, 2015
This is the second year for this later summer event. More information at

October is the season for Dealer Shows: Please contact the organizations directly for more information about these shows, they are a great opportunity for dealers to talk directly to manufacturers and vendors.

Stright-MacKay Dealer Show
Oct1-2, 2015
Moncton Casino, NB

2015 KIMPEX Marine Trade Show
October 14 - 16, 2015
Quebec City Convention Center, 900 Boulevard René-Levesque Est, Quebec City, Quebec

Rekord Marine Trade Show
October 15-16

Mermaid Marine Trade Show
October 16
Moncton New Brunswick Hotel & Casino, Moncton, NB

Western Marine Trade Show 2015
October 16 - 18
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond, BC

2015 C.C. Marine Trade Show
Sunday, October 25th & 26th
Scotia Bank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Paynes Marine Group Trade Show
November 8-9

AMTA E-News, June 2nd 2015

Good News for Halifax Harbour:
New Docks for Recreational Boaters on McNabs Island
In June, Waterfront Development Corporation will be installing 150 feet of dock space on McNabs Island. This will allow recreational boaters to tie up and explore the Island during the day. The docks will be installed at Garrison Pier on the Island.

Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day–a day to unite the marine industry to grow boating and celebrate on-the-water recreation.
June 13th, 2015, Shining Waters Marine will be celebrating!
AMTA will be hosting a Discover Boating tent alongside many other members of the marine industry from 10am-6pm
148 Nautical Way, Tantallon, Nova Scotia.

Flare return June 6th
The Canadian Sail and Power Squadrons have announced that they will facilitate the return of expired flares in Nova Scotia on June 6th, 2015. Drop off will be at the Yacht Shop on Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax. The CPS has a partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.
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Work Smarts Subsidy Program
Received from the Sobeys School of Business
We are running a subsidy called Work Smarts funded through Service Canada with the aim of employing recent graduates in the Atlantic provinces. We were hoping you could pass along this information to your members as we feel they could benefit greatly from a subsidy such as this! From what I could gather from your membership page, your members are all in what we call “NAICS High Demand Sectors” and should be eligible for the subsidy.
This information is most useful to any of your members who own their business, or are in a position to hire a new employee. By applying for Work Smarts, they can use this program to subsidize the wage of one new employee. Through a partnership with Service Canada, we pay 50% of the participants wages for the first 7 months, as well as cover EI and CPP contributions. We also provide the participant and employer with professional development training prior to, and after the subsidy ends.
The only requirement is that the candidate they chose is a recent graduate of any post-secondary school, and they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
All of this information can also be found on our website, If you, or any of your members have questions, please give me a call at 902-491-6545, or by email at
Thank you and all the best,
Alex Rafuse
Project Coordinator - Skills, Development and Training
Sobey School of Business - Business Development Centre

AMTA E-News May 18, 2015

Discover Boating Canada — Marketing Webinar — May 27th
Save the date to learn more about the details of the 2015 Discover Boating Canada marketing plan. Register now to attend a 30 minute webinar that will provide information about the marketing efforts that are underway as well as what's in store for this year. Join us to learn more about how the program is working to grow recreational boating and to help you grow your business. The webinar will cover strategic initiatives including:
Advertising campaign (online and mobile) and how content marketing will help deliver on our core program objectives to grow the recreational boating industry
Social media: our plan to engage this important online community and how you can leverage the opportunity
Public relations: how we'll get media excited about the boating lifestyle and how you can get involved in these initiatives
Promotional materials and web tools available to you at no charge
Please register for Discover Boating Canada 2015 Marketing Campaign on May 27, 2015 1:00 PM EDT at:
To learn more please contact Tracey Hart, Director of Marketing, Discover Boating Canada at

Recreational Boating Advisory Council (RBAC)
The RBACs is Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Maritime Provinces have been reconvened. Mark Wareham of the Marine Institute in NL is the Co-chair in NL, and Pat Nelder is the Co-chair in the Maritimes. If you need to get information about legislation affecting recreational boating in our region, there is a phone number that does get answered regionally. Call 1-800-230-3693

Electronic Licensing
According to the Office of Boating Safety, digital licensing will be available possibly on June 1st. This means that all boat owners should be able to go on-line to apply for new boat licenses and renew their boat licenses.

Flare return June 6th
The Canadian Sail and Power Squadrons have announced that they will facilitate the return of expired flares in Nova Scotia on June 6th, 2015. Drop off will be at the Yacht Shop on Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax. The CPS has a partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.
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AMTA E-News May 8, 2015

Boating season begins!

Safe Boating Week
North American Safe Boating Awareness Week (SBAW) will take place across Canada from May 16 to May 22, 2015. The purpose of Safe Boating Awareness Week is to promote safe boating practices to the estimated 16 million recreational boaters in Canada who head out in canoes and kayaks, sailboards and sailboats, fishing boats, personal watercraft and powerboats.
If you are interesting in using some of the great materials developed for this campaign, visit

Halifax Safe Boating Week launch on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Come out to Parade Square in front of Halifax city hall to visit a variety of safety displays and pick up the latest boating news.Displays will be set up on Thursday May 14th between 1030 and 1330. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Pat at

Changes to Nova Scotia Laws for Aquaculture and Marine Renewable Energy
The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has announced amendments to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act relate to aquaculture and recommendations made in the Doelle Lahey report - The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture also has a new website: The Province of Nova Scotia introduced a Marine Renewable Energy Act to govern the development of marine renewable energy resources including waves, tidal range, in-stream tidal, ocean currents, and offshore wind in designated areas of the Nova Scotia offshore -

Race the Cape
Registration is open for Race the Cape: five days of challenging point-to-point sail racing, both inland and coastal ocean, broken into five legs of up to 40 nautical miles through the island’s amazing Bras d’Or Lakes and along Cape Breton Island’s rugged Atlantic coast leading to the Cape Breton Highlands.
Visit for more information

Job Postings
Boating Industry Canada hosts a Job posting Board on their electronic weekly newsletter. If you are looking for employees in the marine industry, you can put your job posting onto their list by contacting Ethan Shaw at

Here is a list of Events as compiled by Boating Industry Canada
If you would like an event that is of interest to the boating industry in our region to be included on this list, please contact the editor Terri Hodgson at
The following lists a series of industry related conferences and events that will be of interest to marine professionals. If you are aware of an appropriate event that you would like to see listed here, contact Terri Hodgson at .

2015 Canadian Marine Events Calendar

Port Credit Spring Boat Show
May 29-31, 2015
Credit Village Marina, 12 Stavebank Rd S
Port Credit, Ontario

Georgian Bay In-Water Boat Show
Bay Port Yachting Centre, Midland, Ontario
June 5-7, 2015

Orillia Spring Boat, Cottage and Outdoor Show
Port of Orillia, Orillia ON
June 12 - 14, 2015

5th Annual Women-On-Water Regatta
June 20, 2015
Etobicoke Yacht Club, Etobicoke, Ontario

Antique and Classic Boat Society - 35th Boat Show
July 11, 2015
Port Carling Community Centre

Race The Cape
July 12-18, 2015
Cape Breton Island

8th Annual Muskoka In Water Boat & Cottage Show
July 24-26, 2015
Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, Ontario

28th Annual Georgian Bay Regatta
July 29 - August 2, 2015
Georgian Bay, Ontario

The 25th Annual Port Credit-In-Water-Boat Show
September 18-20, 2015
Port Credit Harbour Marina

2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo
Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Florida
November 15-18, 2015

AMTA E-News March 18, 2015

AMTA Awards
At the exhibitor reception at the 2015 Halifax International Boat Show held in February, the Board of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association honoured two members with Service Awards. Paul Embrett retired from a long career with GE Finance and as a Board member of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association. Jason Craig, President of AMTA spoke about the great customer service that Paul had always brought to his clients, the boat dealers of Atlantic Canada. He will be missed.
Jason Champagne of Seamasters Services provides exemplary customer service to the clients at Seamasters. A Liferaft Technician, Jason has repacked and serviced liferafts that have saved lives including the students aboard the SV Concordia in 2010 and most recently the 20 metre fishing boat Poseidon Princess which sank this past January.

Moncton Boat Show
Once again Atlantic Canada Boat Dealers are faced with beating the snow demons and getting their products into the Moncton Coliseum for The Moncton Boat Show, the New Brunswick Sportsmen’s Show and the Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum. For more information visit or like

Power Boat TV
Enjoy a taste of summer on the Bras d'Or Lake airing this Saturday, March 21st at 11AM on Powerboat Television on Global television. AMTA and Boating Cape Breton along with AMTA members Mermaid Marine, Quartermaster Marine, Conrad Marine and MCTi brought Mike Gridley and his crew back to Atlantic Canada in the summer of 2014 for some spectacular footage of Cape Breton Island. Brad Fleet of MCTi, and Past President of AMTA even explains how to cook snow crabs!
Episode 12: March 21 - Cruising Cape Breton's Bras d'Or Lake - Part 1
Join Mike and friends as they head out to experience Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lake. Steve will take you through a Marquis 500 Sport Yacht and Mike Milne profiles a new Regal 2550. On Footitis we look at a great cottage buy, a Grew 174
Episode 13: March 28 - Cruising Cape Breton's Bras d'Or Lake - Part 2
We’re back on Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lake with a visit to the Bell Museum. Steve tests a Sea-Doo GTX Limited IS 260 and Mike covers a Meridian 411 on Footitis. On My boat, the topic is cockpit carpeting.
OR you can review past episodes at

Boat Builder Awards
During the Industry Reception during the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference held in Februay, awards were presented to
Bruce Atkinson of Bruce M. Atkinson Boat Builders Ltd of Clarks Harbour, Nova Scotia – Lifetime Achievement award
Roland DesChamp Sr of Deschamp and Jackson Boatbuilders in Shelburne, Nova Scotia – Lifetime Achievement award.

National CMAC Meeting
The upcoming spring 2015 National Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting will take place at the Shaw Centre located at 55 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa.
The Recreational Boating Standing Committee meeting will take place on April 22, for the full day.

AMTA E- News, Feb 4, 2015

Any member servicing and surveying boats should have this certification course. Boats are continually improving electrically and electronically and Transport Canada-Marine Safety uses the ABYC Electrical Standard for recreational boats.
There will be a four-day ABYC Electrical Certification course taking place from Monday, March 23rd through to Thursday, March 26th, 2015 in Lunenburg, NOVA Scotia.
Delivered by ABYC and facilitated by the NSBA, this course is designed for the marine technician with at least three to five years’ experience working with marine electricity. The student also needs some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards. For more info visit
Cost of the course for AMTA and NSBA members is $1195 + HST = 1374.25
For Non AMTA and Non NSBA member rate- $1395 + HST = $1604.25
Study guides are included in the course fee. Registrants will receive ABYC Certification upon completing and passing the certification exam. If you would like to attend or register an employee, please complete the ABYC Marine Electrical registration form and fax it back to the NSBA office by February 20th. Or, you can contact the NSBA's Christian O’Neill at 902.423.2378 or .
Registration and full payment of fees due on or before the 20th of February is required to be in attendance. Cancellation of the course will occur if critical mass is not obtained by this date. Please refer to the registration form for information on how reimbursement will be handled.

The digital flip book is now available. Click the link to have a look. members are encouraged to place a link to the Guide on their web sites. The print copies of the guide will be available at the Halifax International Boat Show, please drop by the Metro Guide Publishing booth to get extra copies

We are looking forward to a great 2015 show. Get your customers and clients inspired by asking them to enter the photo contest with their photos of boating in the summer of 2014 and our new opportunity in the contest where they can send in a 'boatie' which is a 'selfie' aboard a boat. More about the contest is at and entries can be made on the Facebook site

On Thursday, February 19th, please make sure to attend the Exhibitor Reception at the Halifax International Boat Show. Festivities get underway at show close at 8PM and the reception is located in the Pub at the show.

Happy Holidays! All the best for 2015
​AMTA E-News December 23, 2014

Photo Contest for Halifax International Boat Show
The photo contest is now running. The contest photos should be about 'How I spent my 2014 Boating Summer” or “Selfie aboard a Boat”. Information about entering and the contest album can be viewed on the Halifax Boat Show Facebook Page

New searchable dealer database on
Discover Boating is pleased to announce a new searchable dealer database is available on the English and French websites. This tool gives potential new boaters who are looking for ways to get started in boating, an easy, user-friendly way to find a nearby dealer to shop for a boat. The tool utilizes a geo-targeting feature and allows site visitors to simply type in their city, province and/or postal code in order to find a list of dealers nearby. The results generated for these potential boat owners also indicates whether the dealers listed are a member of Boating BC, Mid-Canada Marine Dealers Association, Boating Ontario, Association Maritime du Quebec, Atlantic Marine Trade Association and/or NMMA Canada. Further the results will also show which members are certified dealers.
This dealer database can be found on under the 'Buying a Boat' section or by typing in
Don't forget to visit the Canadian dealer online toolkit at


FitzWright Survival Inc., has been recognized for over 30 years as one a high quality manufacturer of Life-Saving Equipment in Canada. FitzWright is proud to announce that it has expanded its product offering under the FitzWright Brand to bring a far greater variety of products to the market. The showcase of this new Life-Saving Equipment Program launch is FitzWright’s NEW Transport Canada and SOLAS Approved Liferafts., FitzWright has also introduced its NEW Rapid Donning 9460 Immersion Suit to compliment the already well known Model 9700 High Mobility Immersion suit.
For more information on these new products, or innovative cost reduction programs, or to locate the nearest dealer, please contact:
DSS Marine Incorporated
71 Wright Avenue, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1H4
Ph: 888-523-0221 email:

Derek Hatfield's Volvo 60, Spirit of Adventure, crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 09:47:16 UTC on Monday 15th December 2014 with an elapsed time of 14 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds. The Spirit of Adventure crew of 15 were met dockside by representatives of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and well wishers at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. After enjoying an ice cold beer, the first cold drink for two weeks, the crew cleared customs and headed for the Victory Bar for eggs and bacon.
Derek and the team will be at the Toronto and Vancouver International Boat Shows in January to once again update visitors on the next round the world race as well as how the team training events available during the winter Caribbean season and spring time on the Atlantic.
For more information on Sailing Adventures contact:
Patianne Verburgh

NS Marine Industry Conference, Halifax, 26th-27th Feb
This year’s line-up of speakers for the 2015 Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference has something for everyone:
Editor of Professional Boatbuilder Magazine, Aaron Porter
Russ Newberry, deckhand from TV’s Deadliest Catch
International designer and well-known builder of wooden boats, Paul Gartside
Les MacIntyre, President of Superport Marine Services
Dave Gerr, President of Gerr Marine, New York and Director of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
Tony Thompson, President of EYE Marine Consultants
Sue Molloy, Glas Ocean Engineering
Paul Jamer, Breakwater Group
Visit to find out what these industry experts will be speaking on, and for details about the conference and registration.


Toronto International Boat Show
January 10-18, 2015
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place

Vancouver International Boat Show
January 21-25, 2015
BC Place and Granville Island

Seattle International Boat Show
January 23-February 1, 2015
South Lake Union

Miami International Boat Show
February 12-16, 2015
Miami Beach Convention Center

Halifax International Boat Show
February 19-22, 2015
Exhibition Park

AMTA E News November 17, 2014

AMTA Welcomes Jason Craig as President.
AMTA held its Annual General Meeting on November 6th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jason Craig of Quartermaster Marine in Charlottetown, PE is the new President. New Board members are Kathryn Newell of Iron Wind Marine, Bobby Mitchell of GE Finance, Chip Dickison of the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association and Norman Wiechert of NewsSar Scooter and Marine join Brad Fleet of MCti, Suzanne Rent of Metro Guide Publishing, Lee Toole of Stright MacKay, Tara Mills of Seamasters Services, Derek Bennett of the Town of Lewisporte NL, Blair Gallant of Mercury Marine, Terry Conrad of Conrad Marine and Mark Wareham of the Marine Institute, NL to direct AMTA for 2015.

AMTA worked with Mahone Bay committee to stop removal of Navigational Aids in Mahone Bay
During October and November, AMTA worked with MP Gerald Keddy, residents and Yacht Club members in Mahone to avert the proposal of the Canadian Coast Guard to remove some navigational aids in popular Mahone Bay Nova Scotia. The Minister of Fisheries, the Honourable Gail Shea provided the following statement to the relief of the community;

“Following discussions with my colleague Gerald Keddy and feedback provided by his constituents, I would like to inform the Mahone Bay boating community that I have asked the Canadian Coast Guard to postpone the review of navigational aids in this area for the next season.
Mahone Bay has a very unique boating population with a fleet of recreational boaters of more than 1,000 pleasure crafts. This is crucial to the region’s economy and tourism industry.
Although there are a number of proposed changes to the current system of aids to navigation, I recognize the importance of the sailing patterns that local boaters have developed over the last few decades.
Over the next year, the CCG will once again engage in public consultation to develop a new model that considers the needs of mariners as well as their safety and the efficiency of marine traffic.
I invite the Mahone Bay boating community to participate constructively in this consultation and I thank my colleague Gerald Keddy for bringing the concerns of his constituents to my attention.”

Atlantic Sailing Conference presented by Sail Nova Scotia
Calling all sailors, racers and boating fans! The first ever Atlantic Sailing Conference and Awards will be held in Halifax on November 21 and 22. If you are interested in the sport of sailing, check it out!
Hear native Nova Scotian and professional sailor Brian MacInnes tell of his experiences as a team member of Oracle during its successful campaign for the 2013 Americas Cup. Brian will be speaking at the at the Sail Nova Scotia’s Awards Ceremony at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Friday, November 21 at 7pm.
The annual awards will be preceded at 6pm by the 2014 Annual General Meeting also at the Maritime Museum.
The author of Saving Sailing, Nick Hayes will be the key note speaker on Saturday, November 22 at the day long Atlantic Sailing Conference to be held at Citadel High School in Halifax. Nick has some surprising insights into the future of sailing.
Learn about improving sailing at your club, regatta management, fundraising and bringing sailing to schools and much more during the concurrent sessions on Saturday. Full conference schedule
To register for the Awards and Conference

The Nova Scotia BoatBuilders Association is pleased to announce;
Russ Newberry, a deckhand from the TV Series Deadliest Catch is coming to Halifax, 26th-27th Feb to present at
the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference in Halifax, 26-27 Feb 2015. For more information visit

Halifax International Boat Show

Don't forget! Dates are February 19-22 2015. Visit for more information

Thanksgiving AMTA E-News, October 10, 2014
Wishing the Boating Industry a Happy Thanksgiving!

AMTA Annual General Meeting Thursday, November 6, 2014
Saraguay House, Purcells Cove Road.
The schedule for the Annual General Meeting is now available at as are registration form and Board of Directors Nomination Form. Presentations include “Marine Industry Overview”; Patricia Carrara of GE Capital will go over various statistics for the recreational marine industry in Canada that GE tracks and then will be open to questions. “Status of Training for the Marine Industry”; Chip Dickison of the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association will give an overview of current training, apprenticeship and certification available for the industry and then will be open to questions. Make sure to book your hotel room at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel prior to October 15 to take advantage of a great Halifax waterfront rate.

Sail Nova Scotia presents the Atlantic Sailing Conference November 22
Registration is now open for the first ever Atlantic Sailing Conference to take place Saturday, November 22 at Citadel High School in Halifax. Topics already confirmed include; fundraising, insurance & risk management issues, developing an able sail program, hosting regattas, getting your program into schools, and increasing participation for 16-24 year olds, and so much more. Keynote speaker will be Nicholas Hayes who wrote Saving Sailing, which discussed the decline of participation in sailing and what we should be doing to increase numbers. A full schedule will be posted shortly. The Conference is preceded by the Sail NS Awards on November 21, with a feature presentation by Brian MacInnes of Team Oracle. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic from 7-9pm.
Registration information is at or visit

Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC)
The upcoming Fall 2014 National CMAC Meeting will take place at the “Old City Hall” located at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, November 4-6th. Pat Nelder will be attending the Recreational Boating Standing Committee meeting on November 5th.

NMEA Courses in Halifax
The National Marine Electronics Association, NMEA, have scheduled the following certification courses in Halifax for November 2014:
NEW Basic Marine Electronics Installer Wed. Nov. 12th
NEW NMEA 2000 Network Course Thurs. Nov. 13th
NEW Advanced Marine Electronics Installer Fri. Nov 14th
For more information please visit
All courses are at the Future Inns Halifax Hotel & Conference Centre, 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax.

2014 Sail Canada Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Sail Canada Awards! All sailors and their supporters are invited to participate in recognizing Canada's top sailors via the Annual Sail Canada Awards. Now is your chance to nominate outstanding sailors, athletes, coaches, instructors, race officials, volunteers and events that have contributed to the sport over the past year.
Visit for information about awards and for nomination forms. Submit nominations to or fax to 613-545-3045. Deadline for nominations: December 1st, 2014.

Upcoming Events: Dealer Shows

Mermaid Marine
October 17, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

Western Marine and Transat Marine
October 17-19
Richmond, BC

Paynes Marine Group
Nov 9-10
Victoria BC

Other Distributor Shows
Rekord Marine, Oct 16,17
CC Marine October 26-27
Land & Sea Oct 23-24
Kimpex October 15,16 and October 21-22

Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show
December 1-3, 2014
(Sunday to Thursday)
Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville
AMTA E-News September 12, 2014

Halifax International Boat Show February 19-22, 2015
Exhibitor information for the show is now available at

2015 Atlantic Boating Guide
Is produced by Metro Guide Publishing
Don't forget to renew your ad as soon as possible. Renew by September 15th to ensure the same placement and great rate as last year.As you know the Atlantic Boating Guide is our region’s official boating resource offering readers all of the details they need to boat around Atlantic Canada. It’s also the ONLY boating guide in Atlantic Canada.The Guide will be published in January and we will distribute 10,000 copies which will be available to readers at Visitor Information Centers, marine outlets, retailers, boat shows, and special events throughout Atlantic Canada. Contact Tara Jooose at or phone 902-420-9943 x 237
Check out the 2014 on-line version of the guide at

AMTA AGM November 6, 2014
Mark your calendars to make sure you attend the AMTA AGM coming up on Thursday, November 6th in Halifax. Full details will be available before the end of September.

National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) will be holding courses in Halifax in November
For more information visit
Basic Marine Electronics Installer
NMEA 2000® Network Course
New Advanced MEI

Hurricane Season
Keep an eye on the weather at this time of year! Hurricane preparedness is very important for marine business. Visit for the most up to date information.

AMTA member Canadian Distributor Shows

Stright MacKay
October 5-6, 2014
Moncton New Brunswick

Mermaid Marine
October 17, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

Western Marine and Transat Marine
October 17-19
Richmond, BC

Paynes Marine Group
Nov 9-10
Victoria BC

Other Distributor Shows
Rekord Marine, Oct 16,17
CC Marine October 26-27
Land & Sea Oct 23-24
Kimpex October 15,16 and October 21-22

Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show
December 1-3, 2014
(Sunday to Thursday)
Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville

AMTA E-News, June 20, 2014

Summer begins tomorrow! have a great boating weekend!

Anti Spam Legislation
Discover Boating has provided a link to their webinar
‘Email Marketing Law in Canada has changed ... are you ready?’
To review a recording of the webinar or download the slides, visit where you will find links to the presentations.
Please note that there is a delay of about a minute at the beginning of the recording but the balance of the recording is fine and does include the Q&A session where several questions regarding application of this new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation were answered.

AMTA and the Anti Spam Legislation
As of July 1st, 2014, members of AMTA will continue to receive the AMTA E-News, however those of you that are on the e-news mailing list but not AMTA members need to let us know that you would like to continue to receive the e-news. Please send an email to with the message 'Continue to send me the AMTA E-News' The E-news can also be accessed at

Stright Mackay receives award
Nova Scotia Business Inc handed out awards on May 29th and Stright MacKay was awarded the Nova Scotia Regional Export Achievement Award 2014
The Export Achievement Awards celebrate Nova Scotia companies and are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. This year's event was hosted at the World Trade and Convention Centre. For more information about the awards, visit:

Upgrade for Chester Race Week August 13-16, 2014
Chester Race Week is bringing both sailors and race organizers important benefits through its investment in Yacht Scoring, a web-based, race management and scoring system used by some of the competitive sailing world’s top organizations including the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, 2014 J/70 World Championships, and Charleston Race Week – the only annual keelboat race week in North America larger than Chester Race Week, based on number of competing boats. Benefits will include:
-Real-time online scoring so anyone with a web or wifi connection can see results from the water or dock. Race result reporting will be managed by a trained specialist on the water for all race courses
-Instant, direct communication with skippers and crews before, during and after each race via convenient email notice function. Note: Email notificaton is a courtesy service. Official notices will continue to come from race committee boats via traditional flag and horn signals.
-Easier, faster online registration and payment service will reduce headaches all around
-Handy mobile web sites for smart phones via and – type “Chester” into List of Events, then bookmark the Chester Race Week 2014 results site
In addition to Yacht Scoring, Race Week sailors will also appreciate the new site that can handle the heavy loads of 1,200 sailors seeking race results, is tablet and smart phone compatible, and makes it easier and more intuitive for sailors to find what they need, quickly.
Read full news release at

Vancouver International Boat Show announces 2015 dates
Dates for the 2015 Vancouver International Boat Show have been set for January 21 to 25 at BC Place and Granville Island.

AMTA Events

AMTA Annual General Meeting November 6-7, 2014
Halifax International Boat Show February 19-22, 2015

AMTA E-News May 28, 2014

Flare Disposal
CPS-ECP is excited to announce their partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a pilot project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.
Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner CPS-ECP and selected CIL Dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days, boaters will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and can bring outdated flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge.
Want to host a Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Day in 2015? Email John Gullick at
Visit to find out 2014 locations, dates and times of flare drop off.

Transport Canada has new Safe Boating Guide
Although there is no printed Safe Boating Guide anymore, Transport Canada has reviewed and enlarged the existing guide on-line and produced an excellent new version( TP511E). Dealers are encouraged to distribute the guide to their customers and clients through social media and on web sites.

Boat Notes
The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), with support from Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program, created Boat Notes, an information packed four-fold pamphlet (in English and French) containing critical and pertinent boating safety information.
Boat Notes is being made available to boating safety educators, stakeholders and enforcement agencies to pass out to the public through their on water activities. If you would like to order copies for your marine/ marina customers, please visit for more details. Alternatively, you could simply alert your boating customers that there is a downloadable PDF copy of Boat Notes on the Canadian Safe Boating Council's website if they would like their own copy immediately.

2014 Tournament Schedule released for New Brunswick Sports Fishing Association
The New Brunswick Sport Fishing Association (NBSFA) was founded by Grass roots Bass anglers as a non-profit group dedicated to the protection and promotion of Bass fishing in New Brunswick. Through the hosting of many tournaments throughout the province, The NBSFA promotes continued economic Benefits to their First Nations, Municipalities and corporate partners. Only though the help of these partners are they able to continue their volunteer work insuring that the Bass fishery in New Brunswick is here for generations to come. Check out the 2014 tournament schedule by visiting

Fast and Furious at the Lunenburg Wooden Boat Reunion July 25-27
The legendary skills of Lunenburg shipwrights will be put to the test during the town’s 4th annual Wooden Boat Reunion when teams will be given four hours and a matching collection of materials to build a boat in the all-new Fast and Furious competition. A race of the completed craft is sure to be a highlight of the two-day festival, taking place July 25-27 at the historic port and UNESCO World Heritage Site, as festival-goers watch to see which builder sails away with the title, or simply which boats float! "It should be a really fun event, not only for participants but certainly for spectators," says festival chair Maggie Ostler. Tentatively slated for Sunday, the competition is open to all boat builders – professional and amateur. All materials will be provided.

AMTA E News May 14, 2014

Proposed amendments to the Canadian Small Vessel Regulations

At the spring meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) Transport Canada advised of three proposed amendments. These amendments are in their early stages and much consultation has to be done before submission in 2015.

1. Stand-up paddleboards. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to include regulatory text for stand-up paddleboards under section 220 "Exception for Human Powered Pleasure Craft":
If every person on board a paddle boat,a watercycle, a sealed hull, sit-on-top kayak or a stand-up paddle board is wearing a PFD or life jacket of an appropriate size, the paddleboat, watercycle, kayak or stand-up paddleboard is required to carry on-board only the following safety equipment
a. a sound-signalling device
b. a watertight flashlight if operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility

2. Pyrotechnic Distress Signals (Flares)
The proposed regulatory amendments for this item would involve amendments to Subpart 3, section 213 of the Small Vessel Regulations, General Exceptions for Pleasure Craft, Visual Signals
213.(3) For vessels more than 6 metres in length the number of pyrotechnic distress signals in Section 205 may be reduced by 50% for each type required if the vessel is operated within (3) or (5) nautical miles from shore and the vessel is equipped with
a) VHF radio operating in a VHF coverage area, or
b) if outside VHF radio coverage, radio equipment capable of establishing continuous two way communications with an organization on shore communications, or
c)a 406 MHz PLB worn by the vessel operator, or
d)a 406 MHz EPIRB

3.Pleasure Craft License
The proposed amendment will remove the word 'update' and would reduce the expiry date of the license from ten to five years.
Example Section 106 would read "a pleasure craft license is valid for a period of 5 years beginning on the day on which it is issued, transferred or renewed"; the word updated would be removed.

On-line Pleasure Craft Licensing.
Transport Canada informed industry that on-line licensing for the general public has been delayed until 2015. Dealers across Canada continue to process licensing on-line for their customers.

Ready, Set, Wear It
As a part of North American Safe Boating Awareness Week this year, the fourth annual Ready, Set, Wear It (RSWI) initiative will take place.
In Nova Scotia the event is scheduled for 1130 to 1330 on this Thursday, May 15th at Victoria Park in Halifax. Supported by the Canadian Red Cross, Halifax Regional Search and Rescue, Sail Nova Scotia, HRP, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, MADD, Canadian Safe Boating Council and Paddle Canada, the event will feature information booths with the key activities starting at noon. Aimed at increasing awareness around the importance of lifejackets and boating safety, RSWI aims to set a new world’s record for the most lifejackets worn and the highest number of inflatable Lifejackets inflated. Last year, 5,774 participants from across six countries (including the USA, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Finland) took part in this event. The RSWI goal is to bring together boating safety educators, marine enforcement officials, politicians, media and the general public around the world to surpass this number. To see a list of events registered across Canada, visit

North American Safe Boating Awareness Week
will take place across Canada from May 17th to May 23rd, 2014.Although boating related fatalities have trended downwards in past years, there continues to be an average of over 100 boating related deaths annually in Canadian waters. With people gearing-up to launch their boats after a long winter slumber, the goal of the week is to continue to bring those numbers down by ensuringthat Canadians who head out in any type of boat have the appropriate knowledge to help them have a safe day on the water.

The purpose of this initiative, managed by the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) and its partners, is to promote safe and responsible boating practices to the estimated 16 million recreational boaters in Canada.The Safe Boating Awareness Week initiative is promoted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), a registered charity, with support from its members, partners and Transport Canada Office of Boating.
For additional information on both the event and boating safety information, please visit and

Discounted cost to challenge for Nova Scotia MST Certification                                Until 1st July, the Province of Nova Scotia's fee to challenge for Marine Service Technician Certification is $143.86 (HST incl.). After 1st July, the Province will charge the standard fee of $719.20 (HST incl.). The fee is payable to the Minister of Finance. If you want to take advantage of this big discount and take the Province’s MST multiple choice exam, you must have at least 12,000 hours’ relevant work experience. Contact chip Dickison at the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association for details on the exam process, or to arrange to challenge the MST exam.

Wake Restrictions in Halifax Harbour
The Halifax Port Authority would like to remind all boaters in the Halifax Harbour of the following Wake Restrictions.
Safe Speed: The Port of Halifax does not have a defined speed limit except in areas so described below. However, Masters are reminded that in accordance with Collision Regulations rule 6, vessels must proceed at a safe speed.
In the waters of the Port, safe speed includes a speed at which the wash and wake from the vessel will not cause the risk of damage to property or to the safety of life. Where necessary, a velocity relating to safe speed will be defined by the Port Authority and passed to vessels via MCTS. Notice to Shipping and Notice to Mariners will identify work in progress, and in accordance with the Collision Regulations vessels must proceed at the minimum speed at which the vessel can be kept on her course.
Specified Speed Limits within The Port Of Halifax
A speed limit of 6 kts is in effect for the following areas:
-Northwest arm - all areas {Take note of the charted “No Wake” zone}
-Bedford Basin - within 100 m of any fixed or floating docks, beaches, mooring areas and small craft.

Canada's anti spam law takes effect on July 1st.
Canada's new anti-spam law was passed in December 2010 and, following a Governor in Council order, it will enter into force on July 1, 2014. Once the law is in force, it will help to protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace. On January 15, 2015,sections of the Act related to the unsolicited installation of computer programs or software come into force. More information is at

When the new law is in force, it will generally prohibit the:

-sending of commercial electronic messages without the recipient's consent (permission), including messages to email addresses and social networking accounts, and text messages sent to a cell phone;
-alteration of transmission data in an electronic message which results in the message being delivered to a different destination without express consent;
-installation of computer programs without the express consent of the owner of the computer system or its agent, such as an authorized employee;
-use of false or misleading representations online in the promotion of products or services;
-collection of personal information through accessing a computer system in violation of federal law (e.g. the Criminal Code of Canada); and
-collection of electronic addresses by the use of computer programs or the use of such addresses, without permission (address harvesting).

Upcoming Events

AMTA Annual General Meeting November 6-7, 2014

April 11, 2014
Training News
The Nova Scotia government wants to increase the involvement of industry in apprenticeship training through a new agency. 
Labour Minister Kelly Regan says the agency would be led by a board of private-sector leaders in changes the government is making to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act.She says the board would mean closer co-operation between the private sector and the government in developing apprenticeship policies that meet industry’s labour needs.Industry will have greater influence on the types of trades training offered by the Nova Scotia Community College, and students should receive the type of pre-apprenticeship preparation that fits with industry and employer requirements.Regan said other proposed changes would enable the government to enter into agreements with other provinces outside Atlantic Canada to have out-of-province training recognized and give industry more influence in trades training at the Nova Scotia Community College. The government says it will spend $2.6 million to expand apprenticeship training and program development.

Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician (MST)Qualified Marine Service Technicians can challenge the Trade Certification for Nova Scotia Marine Technician. Until July 1st 2014, the cost is $143.85 to write the examination. After July 1st, the price reverts to the regular charge of $719.20. There is no legal requirement for a Marine Service Technician to be certified however certification of employees is a great way of advertising that a dealership or boat yard stands behind service work carried out, and does increase employability for Marine Service Technicians. AMTA and the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association have created a booklet with all the necessary information required to apply to challenge the certification. Contact Pat Nelder at AMTA at info@boatinginatlanticcanada.comfor your copy or Chip Dickison at the NSBA at

Discover Boating has a new Logo
Discover Boating has updated their logo. The logo is available for you to use. Visit to downlad the new logo and also to find other useful tools that you can use to help promote your recreational marine business.
Webinar: Discover Boating Marketing Campaign on April 22
Discover Boating is inviting all industry stakeholders to attend its webinar on Tuesday, April 22, during which Carl Blackwell, president of Discover Boating, will unveil the 2014 marketing campaign.
Register today to join the 45-minute webinar covering:

- Content marketing strategy
- Unveiling of the new Stories of Discovery series
- Enhancements to 
- Social media endeavors on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram & Pinterest
- Public relations efforts
- Plus, an new exciting partnership with a popular country music star!

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 2:00 pm EDT / 1:00 pm CST
Reserve your spot at
The webinar is open to all industry stakeholders. Space is limited & registration is necessary to join the presentation live on April 22.

An OLN travel series featuring Atlantic Canada scheduled to be filmed in 2014
This information was received from Ken Loxton
We are filming a travel series for OLN Network this summer with Newfoundland & Labrador, PEI, Nova Scotia and other surrounding areas scheduled as one of our stops in our TV series.At this time we are offering select companies the opportunity to promote your business nationally with either TV commercials during this segment or during our show itself. We have limited space available during this one hour segment. If you would like to participate by advertising your company to 100.000-250.000 Canadian households that will view our shows I invite you to contact me for further information and for booking.
"Paradise Vacations" Television Travel Series
The show will highlight amazing travel destinations to vacationing Canadians. With over 35 million people living in Canada and a very large amount that travel yearly this is a great revenue opportunity for those willing to promote their property in our show. Our demographics are as follows... Families, couples, weddings, anniversaries and corporate clients. Target audiences will hit 100.000-250.000 Canadian and US households.
The show will air on the Canadian network OLN that hosts such shows as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, Mantracker, Survivorman and travel shows like Departure, Descending and Wildthing. Visit to view all network shows.
You will also have the option to run a independent commercial during the show. This option will increase potential revenue opportunities.
We start filming in Early 2014. If you are interested in participating in the show please contact Executive Producer Ken Loxton at

North American Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 17th-23rd, 2014)
Atlantic Canada Launch of Safe Boating Week
May 15, 2014
Victoria Park in Halifax, 11:30-1:30PM for more information go to
The following information was received from Ian Gilson, Boating Safety manager at the Canadian Safe Boating Council. North American Safe Boating Awareness Week has, since 2003, been a key tool reminding boaters of important safe boating-related behaviors at the start of the season.  As owners of boat dealerships, marinas or chandlers, NASBAW provides you an opportunity to show your customers that you care about their safety and enjoyment on the water.  We’ve got great new campaign materials that will allow you to reach out to your fellow Canadian boaters both directly through your customer communications and through the media.
Both Ready Set Wear It and North American Safe Boating Awareness Week provide YOU a great opportunity to kick-off strong sales of safety and other boating equipment by getting people through your doors at the start of the season for fun events. 
To learn more about this year’s campaign and view the materials that are available copyright free for your use,please visit We also encourage you to spend some time with our new Volunteer E-Guide at t that provides a step-by-step guide to help you with all your volunteer activities.
There’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re making a difference.  Register your 2014 participation now by sending an email with your contact information to or contact me directly at 905-719-5152.  Together we can make the start of this boating season meaningful and fun while promoting boating safety.
North American Safe Boating Awareness Week is promoted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), a registered charity, and its members and partners from all areas of the marine community. It is made possible through financial support provided by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

The Eastlink Centre (formerly known as the Charlottetown Civic Centre) plays host to the second annual Island Outdoor Show April 25-27,2014!
Plan your next adventure here! This Is the Islands Most Inclusive Recreation Show! The region's leading dealers of RV's, Boats, Power Sports products, Campgrounds, Destinations and so much more! for more information contact Scott Sprague or call 902-468-4999

Lewisporte Boat Show
The Lewisporte Boat and Outdoor Show scheduled to be held on May 9th & 10th, 2014 has been cancelled.

March 7, 2014

AMTA Awards presented at the Halifax International Boat Show
AMTA and sponsors Fairway Insurance, GE Finance and TD Bank hosted the Reception at Exhibition Park. It was well catered by the staff of the facility and pizza and beverages were enjoyed by all. Industry Awards were given to recognize the service to the recreational marine industry to Catherine MacNutt of Master Promotions Ltd who is Manager of Operations for the Halifax International Boat Show and to Brad Fleet,current President of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association and Chair of the Boat Show Committee. The Boat Show recognized Quartermaster Marine on their 30th Anniversary in the recreational marine industry in Atlantic Canada.

Moncton Boat Show March 28-30, 2014
Show manager Scott Sprague is anticipating a busy Moncton Boat Show. Once again the show combines the boat show with the NB Sportsmen Show and the Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum. AMTA will be hosting the Discover Boating Booth at the show and distributing the Atlantic Boating Guide.

January 2014 Canadian data cube
Wholesale shipments of outboard engines in Canada for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers jumped in January, slowing the R12M pace of decline to down -7.2% YOY.  Corresponding dollars were down -6.9% (R12M YOY).  Warranty card registrations as a proxy for retail sales were down just slightly (-1.3% R12M YOY), suggesting inventories may be running lean in Canada.  Engines 200HP+ continued to be the bright spot, up 24% (R12M YOY at wholesale) while nearly all other powerbands were down, ranging from -2% to -18.9% YOY.  For a look at the latest marine data, check out the NMMA Industry Statistics and Research page,

Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Conference well attended
The NSBA hosted their industry conference at the end of February at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax with international speakers presenting about a variety of topics pertinent to the boat building industry. The Conference is an annual event and open to all members of the marine industry and interested people.

Chip Dickison recognized by AMTA
Chip Dickison is the Training Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association. For the last five years he has been working on establishing the Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician (MST) Certification. The Certification is now available and qualified Marine Technicians who wish to challenge the Nova Scotia Certification may do so at a very reduced rate until July 1st. AMTA was pleased to present Chip with an award at the recent Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Conference, recognizing the effort that he has put into making the Certification available to industry. For more information about challenging the MST contact Chip at or call 902-423-2378

Spirit of Adventure racing the Caribbean Circuit
With the Caribbean 600 under their Belt, Spirit of Adventure with Sprit of Canada's Derek Hatfield and crew of adventurers start the four day Heineken Regatta in St Maarten today. The racing continues with Antigua Race Week the last week of April. For more information about Spirit of Adventure, and Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges, visit

New Name for Nova Scotia's Yachting Association
Sail Nova Scotia is the new name for the former Nova Scotia Yachting Association. The name change falls in line with Sail Canada and other organizations across Canada that have adopted the Sail prefix. Information about Sail Nova Scotia is on their new web site at

Four Nova Scotians Win National Sailing Awards
At the 2013 Rolex Sail Canada Awards, held Friday, February 28 in Toronto, 4 Nova Scotians were recognized with awards.Click the link for the full story

The Sinking of the Bounty will have its world broadcast premiere on CBC Television’s Land & Sea on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 12 Noon
It was a voyage that never should have happened. On October 25 2012, The Bounty left the safety of the harbour in New London, Connecticut and set sail into one of the largest and most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history – Hurricane Sandy. Four days later, the iconic three-masted tall ship, her captain, and one of the crew were lost forever to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Sinking of the Bounty is a half hour documentary that tells the story of the vessel’s final tragic voyage, the crew’s struggle to save the ship and then themselves, and the heroic high-seas rescue performed by the United States Coast Guard. The film combines unique footage shot on-board the Bounty with exclusive, first-hand accounts from rescuers and a survivor of this tragic marine disaster. The Sinking of the Bounty was written and directed by award-winning Halifax documentary-maker Geoff D’Eon, best known for his work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and CBC Television’s Doc Zone and created and produced by Edward Peill from Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc.

January 2014

Photo Contest
Its back, the Halifax International Boat Show Contest! Remind your clients and customers to submit their great boating photos from 2013 to the contest. All photos are displayed on the show facebook site and during the boat show. Click here for more information  

2014 Atlantic Boating Guide 
The guide has now gone to the printer and copies will be available for the Toronto International Boat Show

Marine Service Technician exam prep workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to provide information to people who have been working full time as marine service technicians, providing service, repair, refit and upgrades to marine vessels, power and sail in the commercial and recreational marine sectors who wish to challenge for a Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician Certificate of Qualification. Those wishing to challenge the MST certification must demonstrate with documentation that they have at least 12,000 or more hours (approximately 6 years) working full time in the full scope of the new trade. Candidates can write the MST certification exam for a special reduced fee of $143.85 until July 1st, 2014. If you would like to arrange a workshop, or need more information, please contact Chip Dickison at the NSBA 902-423-2378 or Pat Nelder at AMTA at 877-595-2682

Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association presents the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference, 27th – 28th Feb, 2014 Halifax
Register now to attend the 2014 Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference, which takes place at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Halifax on 27th and 28th Feb. The conference includes a seminar program with many of the speakers featured at IBEX - and an evening industry networking event and reception with an America’s Cup theme. Conference schedule details are available at                          

Discover Boating Toolkit
Life is better with a boat. Adding Discover Boating's commercials to your website will allow visitors to see just how exciting and fun the boating lifestyle can be, all while making your website more interactive. Discover Boating commercials can be added to your website by accessing the toolkit at
Want your product to stand out to customers at an upcoming boat show? Show visitors to your booth how they can become boat owners and get out on the water by next spring! Add complimentary Welcome to the Water window clings and stand-up cards to a window at your dealership or on a boat on the show floor. Adding these clings to a windshield or to stand-up cards on seats of a boat is a great way to show potential customers that particular model can be financed for $250 a month or less. Other promotional materials are also available for industry to order free of charge, including: Welcome to the Water boat windshield clings, window clings and bumper stickers. There are activity-specific varieties available, including fishing, sailing, personal watercraft and water sports. Be sure to order in English or French to take advantage of these assets today!

Member News

AMTA welcomes new members

C.P. 52017, Quebec, QC, G1L 5A4
Contact: Louis Philippe Ethier, Tel:800-607-2329, web site:, offers you a convenient, step by step way to obtain your boating license. Our complete online study guide will allow you to successfully pass the boating exam for your Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

NewStar Marine & Scooter Inc.
1612 Shore Rd, Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia, B3G 1G3
Contact: Norman Wiechert, Tel: 902-488-3600, web site:
Sales & Service of Inflatable boats, Outboard motors, WaveWalk Kayaks, HydroBikes, Trailers and Rentals.

Dealer Updates

Mahone Marine Update
Are now Dealers for Edgewater Boats, Robalo Boats, Chaparral Boats, Godfrey Pontoons(Sweetwater, AquaPatio, San Pan), Polar Kraft Boats - aluminum fishing boats and for Yamaha, Mercruiser and Lehr engines

If you have updates about your business that you would like to have included in the newsletter please contact the AMTA office at 877-595-2682 email info@boating
Upcoming Events

Toronto International Boat Show
January 10 – 19, 2014
Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON  

Vancouver International Boat Show
January 22 – 26, 2014
B.C. Place and Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)
January 29 – 31, 2014
Fort Lauderdale, FL  

Halifax International Boat Show 
February 20 - 23, 2014
Exhibition Place, Halifax, NS

Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen's Show
February 20 - 23, 2014
Ottawa, ON


AMTA E-News October 31, 2013

AMTA Elects two new Board members at its AGM on October 24th
Derek Bennett of the Town of Lewisporte and Blair Gallant of Mercury Marine have joined the AMTA Board of Directors. Returning President of the Association is Brad Fleet of MacDonald Chisolm Trask Insurance, Vice president is Tara Mills of Seamasters Services, Secretary Treasurer is terry Conrad of Conrad Marine Sales and Service and returning Board members are Lee Toole of Stright-MacKay, Jason Craig of Quartermaster Marine, Suzanne Rent of Metro Guide Publishing, Mark Wareham of the Marine Institute of Memorial University and Paul Embrett of Ge Finance. Retiring from the Board is Lester Watton of the Town of Lewisporte

Canadian Border Services Agency
The CBSA has a new web page for foreign vessels coming into Canada. Questions that have arisen from their new Directive this fall should be answered here. Please review the page at travel-voyage/fv-be/menu-eng. html

ABYC Electrical Course
There will be a four-day ABYC Electrical Certification course taking from Monday, December 9th through to Thursday, December 12th, 2013.Facilitated by ABYC, this course is designed for the marine technician with at least three to five years’ experience working with marine electricity.  The student also needs some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards.
Course Times:
Monday, December 9th: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Tuesday, December 10th: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Wednesday, December  11th: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday, December 12th: TBD – Exam
Course Location:
Heritage Carpentry Building in Lunenburg, NS.
NSBA Members - $750 + HST = $862.50
Non-NSBA Members - $850 + HST = $977.50

Click the link for the course registration form or contact the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association at 902-423-2378 or email content/uploads/2011/05/ ABYCMARINEELECTRICALCERTIFICAT ION_Dec13.pdf

Canadian Marine Advisory Council
AMTA Executive Director Pat Nelder will be attending the Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meeting(CMAC) in Ottawa Nov 5-7.
Meetings that will be attended are: The Recreational Boating Standing Committee, Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight Standing Committee, and the National Recreational Boating Advisory Council(NRBAC) meeting.

NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts
NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, recently announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print on demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems. Since 1862, those lithographic nautical charts -- available in marine shops and other stores -- have been printed by the U.S. government and sold to the public by commercial vendors. The decision to stop production is based on several factors, including the declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts, and federal budget realities.
NOAA will continue to create and maintain other forms of nautical charts, including the increasingly popular Print on Demand (POD) charts http://www.nauticalcharts. , updated paper charts available from NOAA-certified printers. NOAA electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC®) and raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®), used in a variety of electronic charting systems, are also updated weekly and are available for free download from the Coast Survey website. NOAA will also announce a new product; full-scale PDF (Portable Digital Format) nautical charts, available for free download on a trial basis online.http://www. pdfcharts

Upcoming Industry Dates


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 

October 31 to November 4 

Paynes Marine Group Trade Show 

November 2 to 4


Land 'N' Sea Show 

November 7 to 8  


Marine Dealer Conference and Expo 

November 17 to 20



November 19 to 21 


BCMTA Conference 

November 27 to 28


Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show 

December 1 to 3 


AMTA E-News October 3, 2013

The Atlantic Marine Trades Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 2PM in Charlottetown, PEI

Location: The Confederation Room, the Great George Hotel, 58 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada   C1A 4K3

Agenda to follow however the AGM will be followed by dinner.

Those wishing to stay in Charlotteown at the Great George can make their reservations before Oct 14th 

Click here for reservations


September 11, 2013

Halifax International Boat Show

AMTA and Master Promotions Ltd are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2014 edition of the Halifax International Boat Show. Exhibitors from 2013 have the first opportunity to reserve their previous location with a deadline of Friday, October 18th. Contact Scott Sprague at 902-468-4999 or email

Marine Service Techinician(MST) Information Workshops
The purpose of the workshops is to provide information to people who have been working full time as marine service technicians, providing service, repair, refit and upgrades to marine vessels, power and sail in the commercial and recreational marine sectors who wish to challenge for a Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician Certificate of Qualification. Those wishing to challenge the MST certification must demonstrate with documentation that they have at least 12,000 or more hours (approximately 6 years) working full time in the full scope of the new trade. Candidates can write the MST certification exam for a special reduced fee of $143.85 until July 1st, 2014. Click here for dates and times of workshops. For more information please contact Pat Nelder at AMTA  877-595-2682 or Chip Dickison at the NSBA 902-423-2378.

Atlantic Boating Guide 2014

Atlantic Boating Guide is Atlantic Canada’s premiere boating guide, offering readers all of the details they need to boat around Atlantic Canada. Inside are boating destinations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, along with detailed marina listings and services. The guide includes details on the most popular events in each region along with personal stories and advice from boaters who know Atlantic Canada’s waters the best.  Include your message in the only regional boating guide dedicated to sailors and power boaters alike within and visitors to Atlantic Canada. Contact Will Diamond at 902-420-9943 ext 1809 email for the media kit.

Canadian Coast Guard Buoy tending opportunities

Using contractors for buoy tending services has proven to be an effective and efficient method of providing aids to navigation without affecting marine safety as evidenced by reliability statistics. Currently, 4,661 buoys are tended by contractors, representing 41% of all CCG buoys. The CCG is looking into increasing the use of contractors for buoy tending services by contracting out approximately 4,000 additional buoys across Canada. There will be Industry Day Sessions across Canada whereby the CCG Project Team will meet with interested parties to discuss the structure and objectives of the contracting-out. For more information and dates of these sessions click here

ABYC Electrical Certification Course offered in December 2013 by the NSBA
There will be a four-day ABYC Electrical Certification course taking from Monday, December 9th through to Thursday, December 12th, 2013 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Facilitator will be Ed Sherman. The  course is designed for the marine technician with at least three to five years’ experience working with marine electricity.  The student also needs some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards. For more information go to

Important Industry Dates..
Its the start of the season for Boat Shows in the USA and the important start of the Dealer Show circuit in Canada

Newport International Boat Show
September 12 - 15, 2013
Newport, Rhode Island

IBEX 2013
September 17-19, 2013
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Canadian Safe Boating Council 2013 Symposium
September 23 - 25th 2013
Hilton Whistler Resort in Whistler B.C.

42th Annual United States Powerboat Show
October 3 - 6, 2013
Annapolis, MD

Stright-MacKay Dealer Show
Oct 6-7

43nd Annual United States Sailboat Show
October 10 - 14, 2013
Annapolis, MD

Rekord Marine Trade Show
Oct 17-18

Western Marine Tradeshow
October 18 - 20, 2013
Vancouver, BC

Kimpex Dealer Show
October 21-23

Mermaid Marine Dealer Show
October 25

CPS National Conference and AGM
October 23-27, 2013
Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, ON

12th Annual 2013 C.C. Marine Trade Show
October 27 & 28, 2013
cotiabank Convention Centre Niagara Falls, Ontario

54nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
October 31 – November 4, 2013
Locations throughout Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Paynes Marine Group Dealer Show
November 2-4

2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo
November 17 – 20, 2013
Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Florida  

METS 2013 – Marine Equipment Trade Show
November 19 - 21, 2013
Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

AMTA E- News July 5, 2013

Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA announces Agreement with th Quadrant Marine Institute of British Columbia
British Columbia and Nova Scotia are shaking hands over an agreement to share training resources for Marine Service Technician apprenticeships.
The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, based in Halifax, will use training programs developed by Quadrant Marine Institute of Sidney, BC, for a new Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program being developed in support of an MST trade recently designated by the Government of Nova Scotia.
Marine Service Technicians repair and maintain pleasure boats, yachts and light commercial vessels. Several AMTA members have already challenged the Certification, and thos interested in Challenging should contact the AMTA office. Click here for full press release

AMTA E-News June 14, 2013

New Discover Boating Materials Available
Discover Boating Canada announced an updated event toolkit for industry to take advantage of this summer. "Welcome to the Water" event materials allows your business to increase awareness of your next summer event, and create opportunities for your business by welcoming more people to the boating lifestyle. A key objective for any Welcome to the Water event is to encourage existing boaters/customers to extend a warm invitation to their non-boater friends, so that they can experience a fantastic day on the water, courtesy of you and your organization.
These materials, available in both English and French, are designed to add on to your existing events such as Customer Appreciation Days, Open House BBQs, Yacht Club Social Events, etc. Access the toolkit at
Additionally, you can list your Welcome to the Water events on
WelcometotheWater at no cost.

Nova Scotia Yachting Association
The NSYA is constantly updating its list of sailing events in Nova Scotia and elsewhere. Access their searchable list at,com_rsevents/ Itemid,73/view,events/

Educational Training opportunities offered by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)
August 28/29/30, 2013 Halifax, NS (Note Location Change)
Future Inns Halifax Hotel and Conference Centre
30 Fairfax Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1P1
Phone: +1-902-443-4333/Fax: +1-902-443-9775

NEW Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Wednesday, August 28th
NMEA 2000 Training, Thursday, August 29th
Advanced Marine Electronics Installer, Friday, August 30th

The courses run from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with an exam given at the end of the session.
Pre-registration is required.  Please visit website at to register. Course materials are sent out in advance, sign up early. 
Course Registration Form

Marine Recreational Fishing’s Economic Impact Rivals Commercial Sector in USA
A report released  by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) makes a powerful case that from an economic perspective, recreational fishing is just as important as commercial fishing, despite a much lower overall impact on the resource. According to the report, anglers landed just two percent of the total saltwater landings compared to ninety-eight percent caught by the commercial fishing industry. However saltwater landings by anglers contributed three times more to the national gross domestic product (GDP, or value-added) than commercial landings. read more at newsroom/news-releases/marine- recreational-fishings- economic-impact-rivals- commercial-sector/

Navy Ship meets wave video
Its always fun to see waves on the screen instead of real life!
Canadian Yachting is growing its Canadian Yachting ATLANTIC onboard newsletter!
Make sure to have you and your clients sign up to receive the newsletter by clicking 
http://www.canadianyachting. ca/index.php?option=com_ content&view=article&id=1007
If you have news items that should be included contact Greg Nicholl at
IBEX September 17-19, 2013
Show organizers announce registration is now open for the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), to be held from September 17-19 at the Louisville Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. All qualified marine professionals are invited to register for this trade-only event by visiting the new IBEX website. The 2013 IBEX Show offers a full schedule of 75 seminars, presented by industry experts on a variety of subjects vital to the marine trades. Topics range from in-depth looks at specific products; discussions on methods of boat building, repair, surveying, and design; as well as issues of boatyard operation and management. The new IBEX website allows visitors to browse topics and search by area of interest. This year, each seminar has its own page with details, pictures, and videos, so attendees can have a deeper understanding of the subject matter before the conference, and make informed decisions about which professional development opportunities are right for them.

 E-News May 14, 2013

Advocacy Day
On May 1st, AMTA Executive Director joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Recreational Boating Day on the Hill. It was an opportunity to present the recently completed Canadian Recreational Boating Economic Impact Studey (EIS) and affirm the significant revenues, nearly $9 billion, generated by the core businesses of recreational boating. The group which was split into several teams met with several Members of Parliament from across Canada, promoting the substantial value of our industry and to discuss issues specific to the various regions.The team that AMTA was in also had the representatives from the Mid Canada Dealers Association and Yamaha Motors Canada. The team visited MPs Sean Casey and Wayne Easter from PEI and Merv Tweed from Manitoba. Atlantic Canada information from the Economic Impact Study were presented to the PEI MPs. According to the new EIS, despite having only 5% of the Canadian population, Atlantic Canada has 12% of the Boating Industry in Canada. The brand new Recreational Boating Economic Impact Study will ready for distribution at the beginning of June 2013.

Plan Webinar: Discover Boating Canada's 2013 Marketing Plan - May 23rd, 2013 
Reserve your space today.
As Discover Boating Canada launches our 2013 summer marketing campaign, we invite you to join this all-industry webinar on May 23, 2013. This 30 minute webinar will provide a look at the marketing efforts on tap for the busy boating months ahead, including online advertising, social media, and public relations. Sign up to take part and learn more about how you and your staff can get involved in the industry-wide movement to welcome more people to the water. 
Date: May 23, 2013 
Time: 2PM - 2:30PM EDT
Click the link to reserve your spot.

Educational Training opportunities offered by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)
August 28/29/30 in Halfax, Nova Scotia
Upcoming Educational Training Sessions:
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council (NSCSC)
10 Ragged Lake Blvd., Unit 1
Halifax, NS  B3S 1C2
Phone:  902-832-4761
Please check the web site information for each course and registration information
NEW Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Wednesday, August 28th
NMEA 2000 Training, Thursday, August 29th
Advanced Marine Electronics Installer, Friday, August 30th

PM announces support for innovation in Atlantic Canada
May 14, 2013
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for three projects in Prince Edward Island under the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF), which will promote jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
“Our Government is committed to helping innovators in Atlantic Canada succeed,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The support being announced today will help innovative companies in Prince Edward Island bring their cutting-edge products, processes, technologies and services to market, generating jobs and economic growth.”
New support being provided under AIF will help BioVectra Inc. develop two generic drugs employing sustained-release delivery technology and Delivra Inc. to develop more effective topical creams to relieve joint pain and improve circulation. AIF support will also help Island Abbey Foods Ltd. research and develop ways to use innovative dehydrated honey to deliver a broad range of therapeutic products. All three companies are in Charlottetown.

Safe Boating Awareness Week promoted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC)
Once again, the campaign's goal is to remind recreational boaters to boat safely this season and to keep top of mind five key messages:
Wear a Lifejacket
Don't Drink & Boat
Take a Boating Course
Be Prepared - Both You and Your Vessel
Be Aware of the Dangers of Cold Water Immersion
Canadian Tire Corporation is partnering with the CSBC in support of Safe Boating Awareness Week.  They are displaying signage promoting the campaign's key messaging in each of their 488 stores nation-wide.

Recreational Boating Safety Improves in USA
The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Monday, revealing that boating fatalities that year totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record. From 2011 to 2012, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased from 758 to 651, a 14.1 percent decrease; injuries decreased from 3,081 to 3,000, a 2.6 percent reduction; and the total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,588 to 4,515, a 1.6 percent decrease.
The fatality rate for 2012 of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 12.9 percent decrease from the previous year’s rate of 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $38 million.
More information is a available at

AMTA E-News April 12, 2013

April always seems to be the cruelest month for the boating business! Nature has a way of stopping the process of spring commissioning with storms and colder than expected weather. Lets hope that when the storm expected this evening clears off it will be the beginning of the boating season! Prince Edward Island is celebrating April with their first ever Island Outdoor Show April 19-21 in Charlottetown.
Find out more

Advocacy Day
AMTA's Executive Director will be taking part in the 2013 Advocacy Day. Last year’s Recreational Boating Day on Parliament Hill was a great success, and NMMA will head to Ottawa again this year on April 30th and May 1st 2013. One of the core functions of NMMA is to advocate on behalf of its members and the recreational boating industry. This event will help raise our industry’s profile with our Members of Parliament and Senators and senior officials from key departments including Transport Canada and Industry Canada. The event provides an opportunity for the recreational boating industry to tell our story to our country’s decision makers and put recreational boating in the spotlight. It is part of the building blocks required to continue to address issues that impact our industry such as trade barriers, access to water and tourism development. Working with the government to address such issues helps keep boaters enjoying the water and introducing more people to boating while ensuring we maintain a healthy Canadian manufacturing climate for our members. NMMA looks forward to another successful Recreational Boating Day on the Hill in 2013.

RCMP in Nova Scotia to collect expired marine flares
The RCMP is hosting a Marine Flare collection program to safely dispose of expired marine flares. Federal Regulations require all vessels to carry marine flares in case of an emergency. Marine flares have an expiry date and can become a safety and environmental hazard if left for a period of time or wash up on our shores.
Starting May 13-17, 2013, recreational/private boaters are asked to bring their expired flares to their local RCMP Detachment from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The flares will be disposed of in a manner that is safe for everyone.
More info

NMMA Canada's Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract
The 2011-2012 NMMA Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available to order and/or download. The abstract is the most complete collection of facts and figures available for the marine industry in Canada.
It is available for download or as a DVD. Member companies are allowed one free download for non-commercial distribution. It is $225 per additional copy for members and $750 for non-members. Contact
Sara Anghel 

Maryland legislature passes vessel tax cap
The Maryland General Assembly voted Monday to cap the tax at $15,000 for three years, a move the industry says will help keep more vessels in Maryland and create more jobs. The bill just needs to be signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to take effect.
“It makes Maryland competitive with other states on the East Coast,” George Dunigan, president of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland told Boating Industry.
Read more 

Mustang Survival sold to Safariland Group
Burnaby-based Mustang Survival, the pioneering designer of ocean survival suits and other marine safety gear branded with its iconic sea horse logo, has been sold.
Mustang announced earlier this week that the company, founded in 1967 by Irv Davies, inventor of the “Floater Coat,” is being sold to Jacksonville, Fla.-based Safariland Group. Mustang has more than 400 employees in Canada and the U.S.
Read more

Yanmar Group Purchases Vetus
Global marine engine and equipment manufacturer, Yanmar Group, has acquired Netherlands based marine equipment producer, VETUS. VETUS, which manufactures boat equipment systems in-house for pleasure craft and small commercial vessels, is owned entirely by Yanmar. The company will retain its brand name and current business line, including engines. Yanmar says it hopes the acquisition will strengthen its footprint in the marine industry. Brands of the VETUS Group, Maxwell and Marex, will also help Yanmar strengthen its presence in the sail and powerboat markets, as well as the superyacht industry.
Read More

Upcoming  Regional Events

Island Outdoor Show
April 19-21, Charlottetown, PEI

Lewisporte Marine Show
May 10-11, 2013, Lweisporte NL
Contact Derek Bennett,

AMTA E-News March 25, 2013

Canadian Yachting now offering Atlantic Canada monthly digital newletter
The monthly newsletter contains short editorials of interest to Atlantic Canadian Boaters. Include a sign up onyour company website by including this link: Banner advertising is available. Contact Greg Nicholl at if you have editorial or want to advertise.
Canadian Yachting is published by Adastra Media Inc. - Their complete line of marine platforms includes: • Canadian Yachting • • • Boating Industry Canada • • boating • Boating Industry Canada Newsweek

Moncton Boat and Sportsman Show a Success
According to show organizers, Master Promotions Ltd, attendance at the Boat and Sportsman show held March 15-17 was up over 12% and broke the 10,000 mark during the course of the three day event. Saturday attendance was outstanding and the atmosphere almost electric in the Moncton Coliseum. Exhibitors reported brisk sales with many solid leads to follow up on before the 2013 boating season officially begins. AMTA hosted a Discover Boating Centre at the event.

Semi Annual Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meeting
The national meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) will convene in Ottawa from April 23 to 25, 2013.Meeting will take place at the “Old City Hall” located at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. The meeting will commence with Opening Plenary at 09:30 hours on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 and conclude at 16:30 hrs on Thursday, April 25, 2013. For more information visit

National and International Sailing Championships sponsored by Highliner Foods
High Liner Foods of Lunenburg, N.S. has announced the company will be the title sponsor for two important sailing regattas coming to Nova Scotia. The Mobility Cup will be returning to Nova Scotia in 2013 and the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) will hold its world championships in Halifax in 2014.
The 2013 High Liner Mobility Cup is Canada’s national regatta for sailors with disabilities. “ It’s gratifying that High Liner Foods has chosen to support two important disabled sailing events hosted in Nova Scotia – one national event and one world championship event.“ says Mobility Cup chair Michael Archibald. “We at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron as host of these prestigious regattas are happy to be associated with a company that has a long-standing maritime heritage in Nova Scotia with a global presence.”
The chair of the IFDS event, Heather Robertson, says, “Without the generous support of our title sponsor High Liner Foods, we could not afford to host this major sporting event. We rely on the corporate sector to assist us in making our province a premiere destination for competitive international yacht racing". RNSYS is the home club of Paul Tingley who won a gold medal in the 2.4mR class at the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics and a World Championship in 2010.High Liner Foods is the leading North American processor and marketer of prepared, value added frozen seafood.

July 21 2013 will be the launch of the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
The National Historic Landmark former whaling ship has been undergoing a comprehensive restoration since November 2008. She will be launched and returned to the water in a public ceremony that begins at 2 p.m. Ric Burns, a documentary film maker will give the key-note address.“We are honored to have Ric Burns serve as the keynote speaker at our launch ceremony,” Mystic Seaport president Steve White said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge of American history and the role whaling plays in it will help us articulate the importance of the Charles W. Morgan in our nation’s maritime experience.”
The Morgan is the oldest American commercial ship still in existence. The 113-foot vessel was built and launched in New Bedford, Mass., in 1841 and had a whaling career that lasted 80 years and 37 voyages that spanned the far reaches of the globe. The ship came to Mystic Seaport in 1941. More than 20 million people have walked her decks since she arrived.The launch is a key milestone in her restoration, which has been carried out at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at the museum. Once the boat is back in the water, work will continue with the installation of her spars and rigging, additional interior carpentry and preparation for her 38th voyage, which will begin in May 2014.

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Upcoming Events

Island Outdoor Show
April 19-21, Charlottetown, PEI

Lewisporte Marine Show
May 10-11, 2013, Lweisporte NL
Contact Derek Bennett, 709-535-2737

E-News March 1, 2013

Now that the Halifax International Boat Show has finished, spring can officially begin!

Boat Dealers and marine retailers supported the show in a big way this year, with new boat lines, new equipment and great deals. Good weather meant that the show had a record breaking attendance day on Saturday and the other days were very steady as well with thousands flocking to Exhibition Park.“The buzz on the floor was fantastic,” said Show Manager Scott Sprague. “The excitement about the upcoming boating season coupled with the new line of boats debuting and great sales activity made this event one to remember,” said Sprague.
Exhibitors reported solid sales figures with many leads to follow up on in the coming months. Marine Chandleries also reported brisk sales.Leading up to the show, boaters sent in their entries to the photo contest portraying the boating lifestyle in Atlantic Canada which were displayed at the show. This was extremely popular this year and all of the entries were fantastic. lookoutforthatwaveThe winner of the competition was Megan White with her photo 'Look out for that Wave', second was Stephanie Austin with her photo 'Raft up on Grand Lake, New Brunswick' and third was Stephen Sharpe's 'Gracie at the Helm' .
In the seminar room, boaters wishing to sail south were mentored by Rob MacLeod of, racers took advantage of Tristran's Story of UK Sail's Racing Rules presentation and Sandy MacMillan of North Sails Atlantic packed the room with his navigation for IPhone and IPad presentation.
Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation entertained children and adults with their saltwater touch tank, and radio station Q104 made sure that everyone coming in the door knew about the fantastic door prize of boat motor and trailer won by Paul Gaetz of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia.

It was all such a good time that organizers are already actively planning for 2014. Stay tuned to for all the exciting details! 

AMTA Industry Awards, February 21, 2013

mercuryAMTA honoured the contribution that Arthur McNeil had made to the Industry for the past 33 years. David St Laurent of Mercury Marine spoke about Arthur to the large crowd of Atlantic Canada marine dealers.
In Photo: David St Laurent, Sales Manager of Mercury Marine in Canada and Pat Nelder, Executive Director of AMTA

Cindy Bradette Photo

suzanneSuzanne Rent of Metro Guide Publishing Received the 2013 Service to the Marine Industry Award.
In Photo from left to right, Scott Sprague, Show Manager of Halifax International Boat Show, Suzanne Rent, Editor at Metro Guide Publishing and Pat Nelder

Stright-MacKay was recognized for 65 years in the Marine  Industry.
In Photo from right to left; Nigel Poirier of Stright Mackay, Eric Maldre of Stright Mackay,Pat Nelder, AMTA and Brad Fleet, President of AMTA.

Cindy Bradette Photo

Mermaid Marine was recognized for 40 years in the Industry
In Photo from left to right,: Ron Savidant of Mermaid Marine, Pat Nelder, AMTA and Brad Fleet, President of AMTA.

Cindy Bradette Photo

Innovation in Boats and Boat Building, March 7th and 8th 2013
The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association Marine Industry Conference takes place at the Lord Nelson Hotel in downtown Halifax, on March 7th and 8th, 2013. Five internationally-renown speakers – all of whom were featured at the recent IBEX 2012 – will be talking on topics ranging from new and emerging marine electrical technologies to the design and construction of lightweight plywood boats. Visit for registration and information
New personnel at Mercury Marine for Atlantic Canada
Mercury Marine has announces their most recent hires representing the Sales and Service Business in Altantic Canada for Mercury Marine.  
Mr. Blair Gallant has joined the company in the position of Business Development Manager reporting to David St Laurent, and Mr. Stewart Laflamme as Technical Account Manager reporting to Gary Coleman, National Service Manager. Blair brings with him over twenty years of experience in the retail / wholesale power sports industry and has been with several top companies, such as Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and Campion Marine. Stewart has been in the retail marine industry for almost 30 years and most recently
as the owner of K&S Marine in Northern New Brunswick.

E-News February 7, 2013

HIBS Seminar Schedule finalized
Here is the Seminar and Panel discussion final schedule! This year we have a few different presentations including our Olympian panel discussion with Danielle Dube, Sandy MacMillan and Brian Todd, a presentation about coastal erosion with Josh Caines, and information about the brand new 'Race the Cape'. See the schedule here.

E-News January 7, 2013

New Member
AMTA is pleased to welcome new member
Eco Dock Designs
3045 Robie Street, Suite 214
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 4P6
Contact:Jamie Hall
Phone             902-802-0236   

Halifax International Boat Show Show Guide for 2013
Metro Publishing's Jeff Green would like to remind exhibitors that the deadline for placing an ad in the guide is
Wednesday, January 9th. Contact Jeff at or phone:            902-420-9943       ext 253

Photo Contest
make sure your customers and clients know about the Halifax International Boat Show Photo contest!
http://www. images/PDF/2013photocontest. pdf

Yacht Shop now on-line
North Sails Atlantic announced their brand new online store in November
'After much hard work, we're proud to announce the launch of our webstore.
Please visit our store at it's new second home: '
The Yacht Shop Team
North Sails Atlantic Yacht Shop
3514 Joseph Howe Dr.
Halifax NS B3L 4H7

Mermaid Marine celebrating 40 years in business
With the arrival of 2013, Charlottetown, PEI-based Mermaid Marine Products will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
In recognition of the milestone, the company will be giving away a $20,000 grand prize to one of its dealers. The winning dealer will have its choice of either a Harley Davidson motorcycle, car or camper trailer. “We'd like to reward our customers, some of whom have been doing business with us for 40 years,” explains Patrick Villeneuve, Mermaid Marine Products' President, who has been with the company since 1983. “There will also be other prizes presented throughout the year such as iPads, gift cards and other items.” Dealers earn ballots for the contest each time they place an order with the company. There will be additional opportunities to earn extra ballots at Mermaid's October 18 dealer show through contest specials. Mermaid will also draw the grand prizewinner at the event.

The North American Boat Show Season opened with the New York Boat Show Jan 3-6
Thom Dammrich of the National Marine Manufacturers Association was interviewed about the state of the boating industry outside the New York Boat Show v/2070913085001/tide-turning- for-boat-sales/?playlist_id= 933116624001.

December 21, 2012

New Members
AMTA welcomes the following new members to the Association

Noddings' Sales & Service Ltd
433 York Street
Bridgewater, NS, B4V 5K1
            (902) 543-7396
Contact: Kevin Nodding

Baywood Enterprises
46 Sewell Road
Jacksonville, NB , E7M 3S2
            (506) 328-1220
Contact: Dana Barrett

Sail Easy Yacht Company
3479 Lower Cambridge Road
Cambridge Narrows, NB, E4C 1S7
            (506) 488-6003
Contact: Michel Belzile

Toronto International Boat Show
The first Canadian Boat Show of the season starts January 11th with a special preview night and continues until Jan 20th 2013. Atlantic Canadian based companies and members of AMTA making the trek from ur region to the show to exhibit are: Michele Stevens Sailloft, Stright Mackay and The Binnacle. Many of AMTA's national members are taking part. AMTA wishes all a wonderful show!

Marine Service Technician
Now that Nova Scotia has accepted Marine Service Technician as a Trade, work is ongoing to create the Trade with its occupational profile. The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association and AMTA along with Nova Scotia's Apprenticeship Training have developed a timeline to put the Trade in place. If any member would like to have more information about this process, please contact the AMTA office            877-595-2682      .

Atlantic Boating Guide
The 2013 Edition has gone to the printers and will be ready for the Toronto International Boat Show. The 2013 edition has been well supported with advertising, and looks GREAT! Thanks to all who have made this happen.

New Web site for AMTA
Yes it has finally happened! Evidently the 'switch' will be pulled to make our new web site LIVE very soon. AMTA has purchased which is the Marinas and Destinations guide developed by Eclipse Media. Eclipse will now host the Atlantic Boating Guide, our AMTA home page and  Halifax International Boat Show, An email will be sent out to let you know as soon as the new site is on-line.

Halifax International Boat Show Photo Contest
Don't forget that we are looking for your client's photos for our 2013 photo contest. Go to for the entry form. Photos should showcase the Atlantic Canada Boating lifestyle

Halifax International Boat Show and AMTA membership
Please note that members wishing to receive a space rebate for their space at the Halifax International Boat Show must have their 2013 AMTA membership paid prior to December 31, 2012 and must adhere to the payment schedule set by Master Promotions for show space. Membership packages have been 
sent to existing members. If you wish to become a member, 2013 information and application form can be downloaded

December 5, 2012
AMTA Elects new Board members
The Atlantic Marine Trades Association held its Annual General Meeting and Conference on November 22nd at the Saraguay House in Halifax. Great presentations were received from Tracey Hart, Program manager of Discover Boating, Richard Straka of GE Capital and Chip Dickison, Training Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association. Brad Fleet continues as President of the Association for his second year, Terry Conrad of Conrad Marine and Mark Wareham of the Memorial University's  Marine Institute joined existing Board members Lee Toole of Stright Mackay, Tara Mills of Seamasters Seapro Services, Jason Craig of Quartermaster Marine, Suzanne Rent of MetroGuide Publishing, Lester Watton of the Town of Lewisporte and Paul Embrett of GE Finance.  Chris Shaw of the Binnacle retired from the Board after being a member  for the past three years. Other retired Board 2012 members are Arthur McNeil from Mercury Marine, Rick Lingley of BRP and Blair Patey formerly of Shining Waters. Many thanks to all that volunteer their time and effort for the Association.
hibsbanner2013bHalifax International Boat Show 2013 Photo Contest
Click the link to download the new entry form. Please encourage your customers to enter this contest. Photos get displayed at the Boat Show and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Photos should showcase the boating lifestyle! 
Click here for the entry form

Presentation by GE Capital's Commercial Distribution Finance 
Those present at the AMTA Conference AGM were treated to a presentation by GE's Richard Straka. You can view his presentation; Strategic Marine Industry. Review by clicking the link. Please note that it is a big file and may take a while to load. Strategic review 2012
Marine Service Technician job posting
Occasionally AMTA is asked to post help wanted ads. Please click the link for a posted marine service technician position. Technician Position in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Industry Dates

55th Toronto International Boat Show
January 12 – 20, 2013
Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON  

International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)
January 30 – February 1 2013
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Centre, Fort Lauderdale, FL

51st Vancouver International Boat Show
February 7 – 11, 2013
BC Place Stadium and Granville Island, Vancouver,  BC

Montreal’s Boat and Water Sports Show 2013
February 7 – 10, 2013
Place Bonaventure, Montreal, QC

71st Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
February 14 – 18, 2013
Miami Beach Convention Centre, Miami FL

Halifax International Boat Show 2013
February 21 – 24, 2013
Exhibition Park, Halifax, NS

30th Annual London Boat Fishing & Leisure Show
February 22 - 24, 2013
Western Fair Grounds, London, ON