Despite poor weather conditions that closed several local highways, attendance and dealer participation at this year's 7th annual Hutchings Marine Shirt Sleeve Sessions were comparable to 2010's event. Held on March 2 at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst, ON, the event included the 80 dealers and approximately 180 attendees according to organizers.
“Overall our show was well received,” says Judy Semple, Hutchings Marine's Co-owner and Secretary Treasurer. “Our event provides our customers with valuable hands-on product information going into the spring. There's no fee for attending and it's a great opportunity to network with others in our industry.”
This year's program included seminars for Taylor Made Products, CDI Electronics, Sierra/Teleflex Marine, Optronics, AD Canada and Turning Point as well as a discussion on trailer regulations by OPP Senior Constable Brian McLaughlin.
Representatives from Georgian College's Midland campus were also present to raise awareness of the college's Apprenticeship Program. Students enrolled in the one-year Marine Engine Mechanic course are seeking spring placements with Ontario marinas that will ideally lead to apprenticeship.
Next year's 8th annual Hutchings Marine Shirt Sleeve Sessions are scheduled to return to the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre on March 7.