Boat reviews


Western Canada

  • Wings Over Water Doc Makes Canadian Debut

    A stunning new nature documentary, Wings Over Water, will make its Canadian debut this Friday at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.

    The IMAX film follows the migratory journeys of three bird species that make remarkable, and often harrowing, flights to the wetlands of North America’s prairies to breed and raise their young.

    Audiences will be captivated by the stories of the sandhill crane, yellow warbler and mallard as they soar across one of the most important—yet little known—ecosystems on the continent.

    Known as the Prairie Pothole Region, this iconic landscape spans southern AlbertaSaskatchewan and Manitoba, extending into North DakotaSouth DakotaIowaMinnesota and Montana.

    It was created when receding glaciers scraped across North America and left behind millions of shallow pools, or “potholes.” Sixty per cent of North America’s ducks are hatched here, and hundreds of species of shore birds and songbirds rely on the Prairie Pothole Region for survival.

    Narrated by award-winning actor Michael KeatonWings Over Water was produced with the support of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC).

    “We are proud to be a funding partner of this engaging film that showcases the importance of conserving the Prairie Pothole Region,” says Thorsten Hebben, DUC’s manager of provincial operations in Alberta.

    “The habitat that we help conserve is critical to the birds featured in this movie and hundreds of other species of wildlife. We’re excited for audiences to experience its majestic beauty in 3D IMAX format.”

    As beautiful and important as the Prairie Pothole Region is, it is among the most threatened ecosystems in North America. Up to 50 per cent of wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region have been drained, with thousands of acres more lost each year.

    “When people of all ages and from all walks of life watch this film, they will have a better understanding of why we must work together to conserve these natural habitats,” says Hebben.

    “In addition to providing essential habitat for birds and other wildlife, pothole wetlands provide many environmental benefits to people and communities. They guard against the effects of floods and droughts, store vast amounts of carbon and keep harmful pollutants from entering our rivers, lakes and drinking water sources.”

    DUC welcomes nature enthusiasts to visit the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 to learn more about the film and conservation work being delivered across the Prairies.

    Those inspired by the film can support conservation efforts by donating to DUC at For a limited time, thanks to the generous support of corporate partner TELUS, donations will be matched to double the impact.

Eastern Canada

  • Seasonal Lockage and Mooring Permits on sale

    Parks Canada is offering an Early Bird deal on Seasonal Lockage and Mooring permits for $17 per foot, when bundled together. this deal is 20% off the regular price of $20 per foot. Lockage permits are also on sale alone, at $7.60 per foot, compared to the normal price of $9.50 per foot. However Mooring permits are not on sale alone. St. Peters Canal National Historic Site in Nova Scotia and Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site in Ontario do not charge lockage fees. The Early Bird Sale ends March 31, 2022.

    A Galeon Yacht at Chambly Canal. Photo by Paul Wright



    • Rideau Canal National Historic Site
    • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
    • Georgian Bay Islands National Park (mooring only)
    • Thousand Islands National Park (mooring only)
    • Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site (free)


    • Carillon Canal National Historic Site
    • Chambly Canal National Historic Site
    • Lachine Canal National Historic Site
    • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
    • Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

    Nova Scotia

    • St. Peters Canal National Historic Site (free)
    Chambly Canal. Photo by Paul Wright


    Seasonal Lockage and Mooring Package
    (both permits bought together for the same vessel)

    • Sale Price: $17.00/foot
    • Discount: 10% off price of mooring | 20% off price of lockage
    • Regular Price: $20.00/foot

    Seasonal Lockage Permit

    • Sale Price: $7.60/foot
    • Discount: 20% off price of lockage
    • Regular Price: $9.50/foot

    Seasonal Lockage Permit for Canoe and Kayak

    • Sale Price: $4.75/foot
    • Discount: 50% off price of lockage
    • Regular Price: $9.50/foot

    Seasonal Mooring Permit

    • No discount on its own
    • Discount only applies when packaged with lockage
    • Regular Price: $10.50/foot

    Six Day Lockage Permit

    • No discount
    • Regular Price: $5.50/foot

    Transit Lockage Permit

    • No discount
    • Regular Price: $5.00/foot

    For more information, visit the Parks Canada Website at


Western US

  • Seattle Boat Show celebrates 75th anniversary

    Feb 4, 2022 through Feb 12, 2022.

    The Seattle Boat Show will be celebrating 75 years on Feb 4, 2022. The show will feature 255 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats, as well as 13 marine dealers.

    The event will be held indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina. Boats on display will include a 1948 20′ custom Chris Craft, a 1955 Chris Craft Capri and a very rare 1958-59 Chris Craft Silver.

    A historical photo display of the past 75 years will document the show’s moves from the Washington National Guard Armory to the Seattle Center Coliseum to the Kingdome, followed by dropping anchor at Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center in 2000 – which is now known as the Lumen Field Event Center.

    The display will include a look back at boats and outfits through the years and classic promotions such as Boat Show Queen and Boat Show Family of the Year.

    There will also be a long putt challenge, starting on Feb 4, and running until Feb 11. Attendees can play mini golf at the Long Putt Challenge located inside the Boaters Lounge. All participants will receive a gift certificate to Flatstick Pub for a complimentary round. Winners who sink a putt will win a gift certificate of at least $50 and be entered into a raffle for the grand prize.

    On February 7, women can attend the show for free and enjoy numerous seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters.

    It’s the perfect opportunity to meet, learn and get inspired by some of the most experienced and talented women boaters around. Visit Seattle Boat Show to print the complimentary pass. Women are free at both locations. Seminars are at Lumen Field Event Center.

    There’s a special day at Lumen Field Event Center just for furry first mates, on February 10. Their owners can make a custom dog tag at the on-site engraving machine and stop by the photo booth, have some fun with the props and enter to win the cover dog contest.

    The winning dog will be featured on the cover of a springtime issue of 48° North. Those arriving after 5pm for Yappy Hour can take home a dog life vest courtesy of Connelly Watersports (while supplies last). Dogs are welcome every day of the show at Bell Harbor. 

    Entertaining and educational, the seminars are always one of the most popular features at the show. New for the 2022 show is an online component.

    Attendees who can’t make all the in-person seminars on their list, or wish to revisit a favourite seminar, can watch the complete library of nine show days’ worth of boating and fishing seminars from the comfort of home for three months post-show.

    The $99 dollar seminar ticket package includes multi-day admission to the show (a $36 value) and a boatload of goodies, including a copy of the Waggoner Cruising Guide.

    Boat Show U classes will be offered as online webinars and are available to watch live (online only)during the show or on-demand until May 15,2022 with a seminar package ticket. This is an incredible value add to the ticket as Boat Show U courses were previously $55 each.



    Adult Admission: $18.00

    9 – Day Pass: $36.00

    2 For 1 Tuesday: $18.00

    Seminar Package: $99.00


    Seminar Package includes 9 days admission to the show, a Waggoner Cruising Guide, a BOAT U.S Basic Membership, and 3-month access to the online seminar library, to re-watch all fishing, boating, and sailing seminars as well as Boat Show University classes.

    Kids 17 and under get in free.


    A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations.

    For specific details about hours, exhibitors, seminars and attractions, visit


    The show will be following all State and local Covid-19 protocols.



    Lisa Samuelson

    Samuelson Communications

    Cell: 206-954-2574



Eastern US

  • Exploring the Florida Keys

    There are few vacations that have the beauty and charm of traveling through the Florida Keys. Whether it’s driving the Seven Mile Bridge or fishing in Key West, the Florida Keys has something to offer for everyone.

    Florida Keys - boatingBeginning just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key West. Each region has its own special flavour, attractions and museums, historical and cultural offerings, flora, fauna, restaurants with local seafood and other specialties, fishing, diving, watersports and boutique-type shopping experiences.

    Florida Keys - fishing

    The islands are connected by the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s 42 bridges over the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the country’s biggest fishing tournaments takes place in the Florida Keys, attracting top anglers from around the world.

    In addition to great boating, the Florida Keys offers superb diving and snorkeling and other watersports activities. The Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West offers unforgettable scenery and one of the top beach spots in Florida.

    Florida Keys - snorkeling
    Snorkeler Katherine Wieland examines the Christ of the Abyss statue in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. This nine-foot-tall, 4,000 pound replica of a similar statue, located in the waters off the coast of Italy, is submerged in 25 feet of water at Key Largo Dry Rocks. Photo by Stephen Frink/Florida Keys News Bureau

    If snorkeling is too slow, check out powerboat racing’s Key West World Championships in early November. The collection of boats—from center consoles to race boats—is unreal and it’s a heck of a party. 

    Learn more about the Florida Keys at