Lin & Larry Pardey will be at the Toronto Boat Show this January (11th – 14th)! Lin writes:
Remember, it’s about sailing!
Spring refit time finally arrived here in the southern hemisphere. With the wind down, rain holding off for a week, we set to work on the paint, the varnish. I got my scrubbing gloves on and began removing spots of mildew that marred the white of the overhead. Every day I laid out a plan for the next item I’d attack. Larry was right there with me until the sixth day. It dawned bright, clear, warm. A light breeze ruffled the water – perfect for applying a coat of varnish to the skylight. “Forget working, let’s go sailing,” Larry said, throwing a wrench into what he jokingly calls “my tidy little plans.”
“But it’s going to rain tomorrow and I’ve already sanded the forehatch,” I countered.
“If it’s going to rain tomorrow, we’d better get out sailing today,” he announced.
Soon we were skimming away from the jetty. I sheeted in the jib and watched our wake straighten as our forward momentum gave the rudder traction. For the next few hours I forgot about spring refit and was reminded of the rule we’d made many years before when we were outfitting our very first offshore cruising boat together – no matter how long the list, clean the boat up, and get out sailing every two weeks. We’d learned getting out sailing as we outfitted or prepped for a voyage, we can see if our upgrades really worked, check to see if we’d forgotten to put something on the list, maybe even cross some things off as we found they weren’t really necessary. But even more important, getting out sailing served to remind us why we were doing all of this work. That was years ago, and Larry was right, it was the perfect choice this time too. (And by the way, it didn’t rain for three days so the varnish got done too.)
The Port Credit in-water Boat Show! will be held this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (Aug 23-25) at the Port Credit Harbour Marina. This year, for the first time ever, we’ll be there each day with a heap of our great books and boat show specials.
We’ll be also joined by a bunch of great authors like Paul & Sheryl Shard, Rob MacLeod, the Canadian Hydrographic Service, and more. The timetable for the many informative scheduled seminars is here.
So come on down, check out some neat boats, hear some tips and tales, and pick up some cheap gear and great books. Hope to see you there!
The cavalcade of boaty and literary wonder that is the Toronto Boat Show is just around the corner! From Saturday, January 12th to Sunday the 20th we’ll be at the Direct Energy Centre on the old, slightly haunted CNE grounds. This year we’ll be joined by a whole chapter of authors who will be delivering lectures/seminars/workshops, signing books, and generally hanging out at our booth (listed below). We’ll also have incredible, once-a-year-only treasures and bargains from the vault like last year. If for some reason you can’t make it to the party, you can drop by our store which will have the same great deals, but less of the carnival atmosphere. If you can’t make it there, but would like an autographed copy of a book, phone or email us, and we’ll get the author to sign the book and then ship it to you. More fun boat show facts are on their website.
Deep in the cavernous bowels of Nautical Mind Head Quarters lies a dusty, half-remembered vault. Once a year we throw open its creaking doors, shine high-lumen flashlights in to the dank, and haul out a trove of wondrous artifacts. Left-handed marlinspikes, deadlight bulbs, buckets of prop-wash, deeply discounted calendars, all manner of reasonably-priced boat books, and much more are schlepped from the dark into a waiting truck.
The assembled crew consists of tall ship captains, yachties, software developers, islanders, and sailors of all stripes. Our zeal for the impending Event makes the load light and the work swift, as we sing Broadway show tunes and pack the truck.
Ramping up the Excitement
Treasures of the Vault
The truck gets sprinkled with drywall dust, which presumably allows it to pass unharmed through the magical Prince’s Gates and arrive at the fabled CNE grounds. Then, drawing on years of experience helming a tug in treacherous arctic waters, the driver deftly slips 30 tons of truck and bargain down the congested aisles of the Direct Energy Centre. Truly a sight to behold, he manages not to crush a single SeaDoo or shipping pallet of radars. Once at our destination, we resume our joyous box flinging, this time unloading the truck and assembling our pop-up bookstore booth. Within moments, we deploy carpets, bookcases, tables, merchandise, POS-terminals, and the treasures of the vault.
Watch out buddy! That's 30 tons of truck and bargain comin' at you!
Joyous Box Flinging
Pop-up Bookstore Booth
At last, the booth is ready for another year of the carnival atmosphere of the Toronto International Boat Show. Come visit us at booth G545 before sundown on Sunday, January 22nd! We look forward to seeing you!
Booth G545. You should come!
It’s that time of year again! The 2012 Toronto International Boat Show is upon us. This year promises to be one of the best ever, with our much expanded booth, some great boat show bargains, and a host of fascinating authors scheduled to speak and hang out at our booth.
The Nautical Mind at the Toronto Boat Show, booth G545 in the "Mariner's Marketplace"
The Boat Show will be held between Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 22nd at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. Details about hours, admission, and more are on their site here. We hope to see you at our booth, #G545.
Our booth is always packed with great deals! In addition to our listed, already massively reduced sale books, we’ll be discounting all our remaining 2012 calendars to clear stock, and offering surprise deals!
This year, we’re looking forward to reconnecting with Paul & Sheryl Shard, Liza Copeland, Barb Sprenger, Mike Evans & Jayne Finn , Abby and Zac Sunderland, and plenty of other interesting people. The seminar schedule is posted on the Boat Show’s site, here. Many of the authors will also be hanging around our booth, swapping yarns and autographing books.
Another exciting boat show is behind us! The Toronto International Boat Show ran between January 9th and 17th and was as fun and action packed as any! The boat show always provides such a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet interesting customers from far afield, and check out the latest in boat fashion and tech. This year was no exception as we were joined by some of our favourite authors and sailors.
Sheryl Shard, Paul Shard, and Ann Vanderhoof at our booth at the Toronto Boat Show
Among others, Ann Vanderhoof, Paul and Sheryl Shard, and Liza Copeland all spent some time at our booth. Ann shared tasty recipes from the Caribbean and autographed copies of her new book, The Spice Necklace. Ann’s previous book, An Embarrassment of Mangoes, is one of our all-time bestsellers. Paul and Sheryl Shard, were reeling with the joy of having just purchased a new boat and gave seminars based on their popular Distant Shores series. Finally, Liza Copeland stopped by to talk about her excellent Just Cruising series of books.
See you next year!