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.
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.
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!