Consumers planning to attend this year's Toronto International Boat Show can expect plenty of exciting new features. The 57th edition of Canada's largest boat show returns to the city's Direct Energy Centre from January 10 to 18.
In addition to the grand showcase of new boats, engines and marine products across the venue's million square feet of show floor space, visitors can look forward to an expanded educational seminar program. For 2015, show owner and producer, Canadian Boat Shows, expanded its educational programming from 140 to more than 200 free seminars, a 42 percent increase. Seminars will be presented hourly each day and will cover topics such as boat buying tips, world cruising adventures, marine weather forecast tools and sailing solo.
Also, an all-new ‘Do It Yourself' stage will offer how-to seminars covering boat maintenance, varnishing techniques as well as other topics.
The show's new SailFest Theatre will include a lineup of boating experts who will share advice and stories of sailing the most beautiful worldwide destinations, plus adrenaline-packed competitive racing adventures.
Special guest speakers will include:
• Irish sailor Damian Foxall presenting The Toughest Race on the Planet with live footage of the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as Ontario's own Sandy Macpherson sharing his experience of offshore solo racing.
• Dawn Wells who played the character ‘Mary Ann' on Gilligan's Island
Also new for 2015, Discover Boating will present its Hands-On Skills Training (HOST). The national program launched in August 2014, offering practical skills development in-water and dockside with an instructor. A variety of clinics include Fundamentals of Close Quarters Boat Handling: learning to confidently maneuver close to other boats, piers, docks and fixed objects; Advanced Close Quarters Maneuvering: a hands-on session covering advanced, precision boat control and docking techniques used by professional captains including how to dock and depart confidently using spring lines and more; and Essential Boating Safety (presented dockside): an overview of important pre-departure safety elements with emphasis on passenger safety, use and care of required equipment and vessel systems check. Registration is required. For more information on HOST clinics visit: http://bit.ly/DiscoverBoating-Toronto2015
Other educational freebies at the Toronto Boat Show include the Great Canadian Fish Tank where you can watch daily demonstrations on how various fish react to different types of bait, step-by-step casting methods, and new this year, watch how to fillet and cook your next catch.
Waterskiing and tubing opportunities will once again be available on the world's largest indoor lake in Ricoh Coliseum as well as a thrilling water ski show.
Special Preview Night (on January 9) tickets offer consumers early show access so they can catch a glimpse of the latest marine products while supporting children's charities.