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Check out the new #CaptainsRant - Now available on the Boating Georgian Bay website http://bit.ly/2hjdBmt

Boating Georgian Bay reviews the October Moon full view snorkel mask.

Easy to adjust size and comfortable on your face a great unrestricted view with anti-fog and anti-leak technology. It's view really is amazing! Read the full review at at http://bit.ly/2iYI8EZ

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So here are my 2017 predictions on boat sales:

- Our dollar will weaken further as US interest rates climb and that will mean more US bargain hunters coming to Canada for yachts. Great for the brokers and Canadian sellers, but maybe not as good for Canadian buyers as inventory dwindles.
- New US built boat prices will rise in Canada while new European built boat prices will fall.
- The Toronto Boat Show would actually be a good time to lock in a new boat purchase before more US interest rate increases take hold affecting our dollar in Canada.
- Higher fuel prices due to carbon taxes may soften first time boat buying prospects, but not to the same extent higher fuel prices hurt the market a few years ago.
- As boomers grow older some are forced to sell their boats, but as a counter, boomer wealth gets passed along to the next generation and some of that wealth may go to boat purchases for younger longer term buyers.
- Canada’s economy should improve as the residual affect of the US economy heating up takes hold up here – employment and wages will rise and disposable income will lead to sales increases particularly in the multi outboard centre console market which has been a hot boat sector for several years.
- New boat buyers will favour outboards at the expense of stern drives for boats under 40 feet.
- Both US and Canadian boat enthusiasts will use their boats increasingly as a domestic tourism substitute for travel outside the country ... just like what happened in the US after 911.
- Increased utilization of boats and engine hours will go up meaning more repairs, accessories and boat turnover.
- Canadian boat brokers biggest headache will be finding listings of low hour, high quality boat inventory - sales prospects won’t be the issue.

Overall my prediction is that used boat sales will be very healthy in Canada in 2017 and new boat sales will lag somewhat but will still be up from 2016 new boat sales stats.

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Many boaters comment that water levels will be down significantly for the 2017 boating season because of the hot dry summer we had last year, but at the end of December 2016 Lake Huron and Georgian Bay were at 579.07 feet. This is about 19 inches over chart datum and about 7 inches higher than the long term monthly average. While it is lower by 3 inches from December 2015 levels ... 2017 will not have significant problems with water levels because the lag effect of water level changes on such large bodies of water means that one hot dry summer has little immediate affect on water levels.

We may pay for this 2016 hot dry summer at some point, but it's likely to be several years out. So for 2017 don't worry about water levels. Boating Georgian Bay http://bit.ly/2jzRnyz

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Don't miss the latest #CaptainsRant available now online at Boating Georgian Bay. http://bit.ly/2hjdBmt

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Be sure and check out the latest #episode of Boating Georgian Bay TV. http://bit.ly/2fTG79N

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Don't miss Septembers' Captains #Rant with Captain Bill Everitt on Boating Georgian Bay http://bit.ly/1ezd2ht

The Georgian Bay Regatta (GBR) is one of the most unique sailing events in Ontario. On an annual basis for the past 30 years, a fleet of 35 to 50 boats have participated in this adventure of racing and cruising various areas of Georgian Bay. Don't miss it. - Midland Bay Sailing Club - registration, practice & BBQ, July 27, 2016. Boating Georgian Bay http://bit.ly/JHOqo

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Receive hands on basic and advanced training for maneuvering your boat in close quarters ... it’s free thanks to Discover Boating. Just one of the many attractions to see at the Orillia Boat Show June 10-12th, 2016. Boating Georgian Bay. http://bit.ly/IS5Wq2

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Boating Georgian Bay reviews the new Gill OS2 Offshore #jacket - big brother of the Gill Onshore & Coastal jackets. It will keep you comfy and dry in the worst weather conditions on your boat and is stylish enough to wear it anytime even on dry land. http://bit.ly/1fnSiou
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