Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show Will Return To Halifax Waterfront

The 4th annual Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show returns to Bishop's Landing on the Halifax waterfront from July 23 to 25, 2010.  Presented by Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association in partnership with Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd., the 2010 show promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This year's seminar line-up includes Doug Rosborough, who will speak about his experience as a Nova Scotia boatbuilder; Brian Smyth, who will speak about custom boat buying; and Les MacIntyre, on boat handling in close quarters. A fashion show featuring Helly Hansen products is also scheduled.

Last year 22 boats were featured ranging from dories to ocean-going cruisers. “The Halifax waterfront is a natural fit for the Nova Scotia In- Water Boat Show,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, WDCL. “It's a working waterfront with a growing marina and top destination for visitors and residents.”

“The Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show is unique because it features only Maritime-built boats, designed for fishing, work, and pleasure,” said Tim Edwards, executive director of NSBA.

Dartmouth-based YachtSmiths International will feature the completed 53-foot aluminum luxury Kasten designed motor yacht Passage of Time and introduce a model of the Pathfinder 48-foot steel trawler design. The company specializes in high-end pleasure yachts for the North American market, using steel, aluminum and composite. It presently employs 10 people and looks to expand into northern Europe.

“Building custom boats is all about relationships – when you spend a year or more building a boat for a client, you tend to form a lasting relationship,” said Brian Smyth, chief operations officer, YachtSmiths International and speaker for the show. “We have clients that update us on their boats and latest adventures.”

The Dory Shop, located on Lunenburg's working waterfront is one of the oldest continuous commercial boat building shops in North America. The dories are built using much the same traditional methods of the past 90 years. For the first time in 30 years, the company is building schooners. Dawson Moreland and Associates, parent company of The Dory Shop, is building twin 48-foot schooners simultaneously outside the shop.

In 2008, boatbuilding sales in Nova Scotia were about $50 million, with more than 45 boatbuilding companies, employing about 820 people year-round. NSBA was established in 1998 by group of leading boatbuilders who shared a common vision of growing and diversifying the industry. Membership comprises 34 boatbuilders and 38 companies supplying products and services to the industry.

For information on exhibiting, contact the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association by visiting