Saturday, January 21, 2017

@TorontoBoatShow 2017

I am enjoying the Winter Wake Fest wakeboard show in the home of the Toronto Marlies. They say the ice is still on the bottom of the temporary lake which combined with the fresh lake water makes the spills that much colder. Deals on boats must be great because in 2016 they sold almost 1,000 boats. A Mountie on snow skies flys over the water in the photo at top.
The Crazy Canucks will put on their water ski show next so between checking all the boats and wandering the aisles in cottage country, you can always rest your feet and catch the excitement on the lake throughout the run of the show.
The Toronto International Boat Show brought the yachts into Enercare Centre in Exhibition Place from January 20-29. Well, really all manner of watercraft from stand up paddleboards to kayaks, speedboats, sailboats and more - it's not North America's largest indoor boat show for nothing! The newest trend is pedal boarding which is a SUP, or stand up paddle boat, with handlebars and a human powered pedal that moves flaps underwater. The mechanism works much like a floating step machine and looks like a lot of fun, plus the whole exercise thing.
If we are lucky we will be able to watch the waterskiing squirrel Twiggy put on a life jacket and take a run behind a radio-controlled boat. Twiggy is also a major motion picture movie star - she appeared in Dodgeball: A Underdog Story and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as well as a music video.
"Among the highlights will be the debut of a 100 per cent electric powered boat made by The Canadian Electric Boat Company, based in Quebec. The Bruce 22 uses zero fuel, produces zero emissions or greenhouse gas, and is noiseless. The electric boat can hit speeds up to 72km/h and has up to 8 hours of battery operating range." Shown above and below in a pretty blue colour.

See more boats after the jump.


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