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Sailing co-op set sights in Sooke

The Sooke Sailing Association is looking to create a sailing co-op in Sooke. - Submitted photo

You may have heard of car co-ops, housing co-ops, gardening co-ops. Now, perhaps because of our easy proximity to the sea, some people in Sooke are in the process of putting together a sailing co-op.

The directors of the Sooke Sailing Association have done some groundwork to start up a Sailing Co-op in Sooke, and they would be happy to hand it over to a group of people interested in co-op sailing.

“We started Thursday night sails last year and got overwhelmed with people that wanted to learn or practice sailing,” indicated Gord Fulcher, the Commodore and one of the Directors of Sooke Sailing. “Also being a non-profit association with a focus on youth Sailing we have been offered keel boats to use or sell to help make our sailing camps for kids continue.”

The main goal would be cooperative ownership of boats for the purpose of training, day sailing and cruising, for adults as well as families.

Fulcher said there would be a booking calendar available, and each co-op member would get 300 hours a year. More time would be available by purchase, based on availability.

Experience is not necessary, said Fulcher.

“In order to skipper, there are courses and orientation procedures that must be followed. The only thing you must do is contribute 25 hours of work a year towards the club either administrating or maintaining our booth.”

Each co-op member would pay an annual fee and contribute their time towards maintenance, administration or social events (whatever your strengths or what you want to learn).

The costs like maintenance, insurance, moorage etc. would be covered by the yearly fees.

“In any case,” summed up Fulcher, it would cost “way less than owning your own boat.”

There are two boats available for the co-op. A 2007, Catalina 22 Mk II and a Catalina 27 which was generously donated this spring to help get a co-op started in Sooke by the Van Isle Sailing Co-op (Nanaimo). A minimum of two people are required to take out a boat, and the maximum capacity is five.

There will be an open house on June 1 starting at noon and running until 3:00 p.m. at Mariners Village docks. More information is available at

The Sooke Sailing Association a non-profit association in Sooke will be doing Thursday night sails again this year starting in June.

With notes from Gord Fulcher


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The Dana Point Harbor Boat Show runs Thursday through Sunday, featuring more than 100 boats in the water and 50 boats on display ashore.

Seeking smooth sailing with sales

With 100 boats in the water and 50 to 60 boats on display on the land side, the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show is hoping the revival of boat sales seen over the past few years in California will continue its upward trend.

The latest numbers from the National Marine Manufacturers Association show an increase in California’s powerboat sales, up 17 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, and up more than 21 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.

Boat show organizer Ray Hebert said the show has been growing alongside the sales increases, with more than 50 boats sold at last year’s show.

For Brett Tilly, owner of Tilly’s Marine, with dealerships in Ventura and Huntington Beach, the recovering economy has had a major positive effect on his business.

“We nearly doubled our sales in 2013 compared to 2012,” said Tilly, whose stock includes Malibu ski and wakeboard boats, along with Robalo fishing boats.

The change is a welcome one after the company weathered the recession that crippled California’s boat sales. The low point was 2010, as powerboat sales totaled $310 million, about one-fourth of the $1.2 billion sold in the industry’s heyday in 2005.

“We were in the middle of opening our Huntington Beach shop in 2010 during the worst of it,” Tilly said. “It was ugly, but we made it.”

Now, they’re hoping to sell a few boats at this year’s show, planning to display seven boats from their inventory, along with a 22-foot Robalo center console fishing boat, priced at $59,500.

Boats at the show will range from 14-foot sailboats to 75-foot yachts, with prices ranging from the thousands to millions of dollars.

A selection of personal watercraft, paddleboards, kayaks and more will be on hand at the show.

If you go

When: from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: OC Sailing Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place

Admission: Free Thursday; $9 for adults and free for children 12 and younger Friday through Sunday

Parking: Free at most harbor lots. A shuttle will be available at each parking lot every 10 minutes.

Information: or 323-655-2010

Aboard Laguna Beach resident Lydie Denier’s 36-foot Hunter sailboat, the silence is noticeable.

Still within the confines of Newport Harbor, Denier hasn’t raised the sails and the motor is still running, but the drone of a diesel-powered engine typical of cruising sailboats is absent.

“We like to try new things; we have an electric car and electric bikes, so it made sense for us to get an electric-powered boat,” Denier said.

Denier and her husband, Michael Jakobsen, are some … Click here to login or subscribe and see more.

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Sanctuary Intl’ Boat Show – Multihull Solutions blitzes sales records

Multihull Solutions has smashed its sales records with an outstanding Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, confirming that the popularity of multihulls is stronger than ever.

At the close of the show on Sunday, Multihull Solutions had recorded AUD$5.7m in new boat sales, including four Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 sailing catamarans, a Saba 50 sailing catamaran and another share in the Hélia 44 Whitsunday syndicate.

The company also has an additional seven further orders in progress that are subject to upcoming sea trials and factory inspections on catamarans including three Hélia 44s, a Lipari 41, Sanya 57, Summerland 40 and Cumberland 47.

The Multihull Solutions Brokerage division was also successful at the show, with provisional orders taken on a Mahé 36 Evolution and Lavezzi 40 sailing catamaran.

Multihull Solutions managing director Mark Elkington said the boat show was undoubtedly their most successful in history.

‘We were absolutely inundated with genuine buyers who came to the event looking to secure a great deal,’ Mark said.

‘The sheer quantity and quality of visitors at our stand is evidence of the show’s appeal, as well as the ever-growing popularity of multihulls,’ he said.

Multihull Solutions’ sales record adds to an already successful year with their expansion into Asia yielding immediate response from regional multihull enthusiasts, and a new management board recently established to oversee the future development of the company.

Multihull Solutions now has offices in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Hong Kong and represents many of the world’s leading power and sail multihull brands including Fountaine Pajot, Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts, Sunreef Yachts, Catana Catamarans, TAG Yachts, NEEL Trimarans and Privilège Catamarans. In addition to selling new multihulls, the company has the largest pre-owned multihull brokerage division in the Asia Pacific region.

Further information about Multihull Solutions can be obtained by contacting 1300 855 338 (within Australia), 0508 MULTIS (within New Zealand), or +66 8 1894 1530 (within Asia), emailing or visiting the website.

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Set sail with Park City Sailing

Park City Sailing will host its annual Sailapalooza Saturday and Sunday at the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Based at the personal watercraft ramp, the organization will have several different types of boats available for rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Park City Sailing vice president Ken Block said the group hopes to attract a lot of people to the dock for test sails. He noted that P.C. Sailing wants to improve on the nearly 300 people who came out to last year’s Sailapalooza.

“The dock sinks, there are so many people,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue that.”

In order to accommodate more people, Block said the group added a day to this year’s event.

“This year, we’ve actually expanded,” he said. “Sunday is an experiment because, in the past, we’ve had people who want to go, but it’s an important soccer weekend or baseball weekend or a family picnic or something. So, we decided to open up for both days.”

The process is simple, Block said. Show up and members of the organization will take you out on the Jordanelle for a ride.

“You show up, sign a waiver form and tell us what type of boat you’d like to go on,” he said. “This year, we’re going to feature boats that represent our entire fleet. We literally have something for everyone.”

There will be J22s, Rhodes 19s, Elliot 6Ms, Club 420s, lasers and optimists available for rides. Ride length will be based on demand and how many people are waiting.

“We take people out for sails, probably 20 minutes on average,” Block said. “If you get there really early, you tend to have a longer sail. The middle of the day gets extremely busy.”

For those who want to hang around by the docks and enjoy the weather, Block said there would be plenty of food available.

“At about 11:30, we’ll be firing up our grill,” he said. “We’ll have free hamburgers, free hot dogs, soft drinks, all that.”

Everything at Sailapalooza will be free, Block said.

The normal Jordanelle entrance fee is the only expense for guests.

“There is a $12 per car admission to the park,” he said. “We encourage supporting the park. All the dollars that are spent at the gate are invested in the infrastructure that benefits our community.”

Though the reservoir isn’t anywhere near full, Block said he’s hopeful that this year will be a good year for sailing.

“The water level is coming up,” he said. “It should be equal or greater than last year, which is encouraging.”

Overall, Block said, Sailapalooza is a way to draw attention to sailing in Park City and provide access for anyone who has ever wanted to sail.

“Sailapalooza is our way of showcasing our facility and the spirit of the organization,” he said.

For more information about Sailapalooza or Park City Sailing, visit

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Pee Dee dealers see sea change in boat sales

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Wade Altman, left, test drives a Nitro Z8 bass boat for customer Ricky Tipton, of Lugoff, SC, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Marshall’s Marine in Lake City. The boat dealer is one of the few that has a six acre, on-site test lake.

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Rigging manager Ken Mooris, right, talks with customer Marion Humphrey about a new motor he purchased on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Marshall’s Marine in Lake City.

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Pee Dee dealers see sea change in boat sales

JOHN D. RUSSELL, Morning News

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Americans are taking their boats out in record numbers based on the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) most recent data.

It’s almost a guarantee that many of the nation’s 88 million boaters will be out this Memorial Day weekend.

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Weather hinders boat sales

WATERLOO | Area boating destinations may not be hosting as many new boats this Memorial Day weekend. Chilly spring temperatures and high water levels are taking their toll on area boat dealers.

“If you can’t put it in the water right away, you don’t want to buy a new boat,” said Tricia Arends, owner of Heartland Marine in Sumner.

High water means fewer places for boaters to dip in and more cause for caution about floating debris.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which collects data on recreational boat use in the U.S., projects an increase in boat sales for this season. NMMA President Thom Dammrich said the boating industry is primed for a busy selling season after a year of inclement weather.

But local dealers are telling a different story.

Seth Hilton, general manager at Chain of Lakes Marine in Waterloo reports that sales are off, mainly due to poor boating weather locally.

“Look out the window; it’s cold, it’s windy, the water’s high,” Arends said. “It’s not conducive to boating yet.”

Arends and her husband, Harry, are veterans to the business of boating. They have been in the industry for a combined 65 years and at their Sumner location since 1998.

“We’re not strangers to it,” Arends said.

Harry Arends began working on boats during the Vietnam War, when he was guarding ammunition in the Philippines with the U.S. Navy.

Typically, Memorial Day brings a spike in boat sales, but dealers say that hasn’t happened last year or this year. That’s partly due to high water levels.

Arends said this only “helps the cause” to decrease boat sales.

The NMMA reports a 6 percent increase in nationwide boat sales between 2012 and 2013. Area dealers saw the same.

Hilton, who has owned boats ever since he was 15, said business last year was booming. He sold more than $800,000 of merchandise, including boats, motors and trailers.

This year, however, he has yet to see the same enthusiasm.

A common hurdle for boat dealers is high fuel prices, but fuel costs haven’t changed much in the last five years. As a result, Arends said, customers are prepared to pay up.

“You have to pay to play,” she said.

One factor impacting boat dealers is the growing popularity of motor homes and all-terrain vehicles. Sales of recreational vehicles, such as motor homes, increased sharply from 2012 to 2013, according to NMMA.

Local dealers say they don’t necessarily agree.

Heartland Marine’s Arends says she does not think ATVs and RVs affect her business; rather, they go hand-in-hand with boating.

“A lot of people who have boats also have RVs in a park or camp and they leave them there over the summer months while they use their boat,” she said.

Camping World in Cedar Falls offers RV buyers the option to trade in their boat for a new or used motor home. But General Manager Mick Maddox said he recalls doing this only once in the last couple years.

Most powerboats are purchased used, as opposed to new. NMMA data show just 20 percent of all recreational boat sales were for new boats.

Heartland Marine already has sold up all of the used boats it has. Arends said she can’t keep older models around long — they often are snatched up before she has the chance to post them online.

But she said boat manufacturers are introducing incentives to push new models.

One promising area is pontoon sales. Arends says the old notion that pontoons were only for grandmas and grandpas is slowly disappearing, and younger families are buying. Higher speed capabilities have prompted the surge in popularity.

Despite a dismal year so far, Hilton said, “I’m hoping it’s just a late spring.”

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Visitors browse the yachts at the 2014 Newport Boat Show at Lido Marina Village. Boat sales in California have been on a two-year upswing after several years of decline.

Top 10 states in new powerboat sales:

1. Florida: $1,931,420,221, up 14% from 2012.

2. Texas: $1,170,110,215, down 2.2% from 2012.

3. Michigan: $651,972,329, up 1% from 2012.

4. Delaware: $567,203,555, up 17.7% from 2012.

5. Minnesota: $554,465,991, up 0.2% from 2012.

6. New York: $547,940,162, up 1.8% from 2012.

7. Wisconsin: $516,344,257, down 0.5% from 2012.

8. North Carolina: $505,466,304, up 2.9% from 2012.

9. Louisiana: $475,670,309, down 5% from 2012.

10. California: $428,956,673, up 16.9% from 2012.

2004: $1,201,149,368

2005: $1,274,045,713

2006: $1,210,422,380

2007: $976,879,799

2008: $594,740,334

2009: $417,176,557

2010: $310,262,319

2011: $312,980,668

2012: $367,016,212 (a 17.3% increase over 2011)

2013: $446,255,560 (a 21.6% increase over 2012)

Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association

Boat sales in 2013 for California were up nearly 17 percent over the previous year, following along with the national trend that has seen boat sales increase for two straight years.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, about 166,800 new powerboats and sailboats were sold nationwide in 2013, an increase of 2.2 percent. That comes on the heels of the industry’s 2012 rebound, when new powerboat and sailboat sales rose about 10.7 percent, continuing the bounce back from the industry’s low point in 2010.

“We appeared to bottom out in 2010 and saw minimum growth in 2011, but now we’re actually seeing California outpacing the national growth significantly,” said Thom Dammrich, National Marine Manufacturers Association president.

That’s due in part to California’s boat sales getting hit much harder during the recession compared to the rest of the nation.

Even with powerboat sales increasing 30 percent over the past two years, Dammrich said Californians are still only buying about one third of the boats they were compared to the industry’s heyday back in 2006.

Dammrich said that’s partly due to the housing market taking a harder hit here than in other parts of the country.

“What we’re seeing now is that the pontoon and aluminum fishing boat markets have started this recovery, and now the outboard boats and fiberglass ski and wakeboard boats are catching up,” Dammrich said.

Ski and wakeboard boats saw an 11 percent increase in the number of new boats sold in 2013 to 6,100 units, while outboard boats (pontoons, fishing boats and small family cruisers) were the most popular type of new powerboat sold in 2013, making up about 84 percent of the powerboat market.

Brett Tilly, owner of Tilly’s Marine boat dealers in Ventura and Huntington Beach, said his company nearly doubled its boat sales numbers from 2012 to 2013.

The company specializes in trailered ski, wakeboard and center console fishing boats.

“It wasn’t just the economy, but the dealers who overbought, and there was a flood of new boats from the manufacturers, with nobody buying boats,” Tilly said. “It was ugly for a while, but this past year was just huge.”

For 2014, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is expecting another 5 to 7 percent increase in retail sales of new boats.

In total, the National Marine Manufacturers Association estimates the recreational boating industry generates $36.7 billion in retail expenditures annually.

Contact the writer: or 714-796-2468

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Chasing the dream not all plain sailing

Jason and Tristin Dickey

The first vessels built by Dickey Boats were put afloat about the same time the world economy sank.

At the end of a long, unremarkable cul de sac in Napier’s industrial area is a small team designing and building the best boats of their type in the country.

It’s a far cry from the old woolshed where Jason and Tristin Dickey laboured over their first boat, but the attention to detail that saw that first product take out a national award hasn’t changed.

Over years of sailing the world as an engineer on superyachts Jason saw the finest designs and slowly evolved plans for the perfect stylish, smooth-riding launches. Key to his design was using aluminium where other boats of similar size used fibreglass.

The couple were based in Auckland, where Tristin worked in the corporate world. Jason spent three months at home and three months on a 180-foot superyacht in whichever sea or ocean it might be.

The couple saw a massive gap in the market for 30-60-foot offshore capable boats, a size that was particularly popular in Europe and the United States.

“Boat design tends to vary between economic but hard riding and very uneconomical but riding very nicely,” Jason says. “It seems simple to bring it all together, but it’s actually very complicated.”

Around nine years ago they decided to chase the dream and go boat building. Napier won out over Auckland and Tauranga because of proximity to family.

“It’s hard work starting any business and the support we had from family and contacts here was really important. In Auckland we’d be a small fish in a big pond and we may not have had the same support,” Tristin says.

It took two years to build their first boat in that old woolshed in Ahuriri. A day after the “Dickey Semifly 28″ was completed in May 2007 it was taken to Auckland, where it won the national award for best aluminium fishing boat of the year.

“It was a very different design. It was alloy with a superyacht finish and had a distinct plumb bow, which was never really seen in New Zealand,” Jason says. (A plumb bow is one that looks square-ish and is nearly vertical when seen from the side rather than slanting back from top to bottom.)

“We’d sunk everything into that boat. It was a risk, but it was mitigated risk. We were young, we had good careers, if it didn’t work we could have gone back to work . . . for probably more money and less stress,” Tristin says.

About seven months after the award they were commissioned to build a second, larger boat. The “Dickey Semifly 32″ was launched in September 2008, the same month that Lehman Brothers crashed in the US, around the height of the global financial crisis. The boat building industry was one of the first casualties of the recession.

“We were small so we were nimble and we were able to design to meet demand. It wasn’t easy, but in hindsight we were probably in just the right position given the world economy,” she says.

Building trailer boats is what got them through the recession and it wasn’t until about eight months ago that the demand for larger launches resurfaced.

In late 2011 they built their current 700 sqm factory in the industrial area of Pandora and employed more people. Today they employ 11.

A bigger work space and more staff meant they could take on more sales and within two months they had five boats on the go.

To date the company has built about 50 boats. They can be found in Europe, Australia, the Pacific and around New Zealand. Every boat is entirely designed and built on site in Napier.

“From cabinetry, flooring, upholstery, the teak decks, aluminium work, electrical work, plumbing work, it’s all done here,” Jason says. “It’s always been our goal to have exports comprise about 60 per cent of business. If we can make an entire product here, not just a hull or a part, and we can back that up with after-sales service then it means we’ll have set up a successful company that’s great for New Zealand.”

There are just two downsides to being in Napier. The first, which has been largely overcome now, was convincing customers to leave Auckland and elsewhere to come and sea test the boats in Napier.

“To this day we’ve never lost a sale to someone who’s come here and been taken out on a boat,” says Jason.

The second downside is finding skilled staff who will relocate to Hawke’s Bay. In time the couple plan to expand the factory space and employ up to 20 people.

But much bigger than that and the company could lose an inherent strength.

“We like to know our customers and spend time with them. Every customer sits down with Jason and builds their dream. We don’t want to become so big we lose that,” Tristin says.

There are orders well into next year and demand would appear to be something that need not overly concern them.

Every boat is customised for each customer and therefore each price is a reflection of those differences, from layout, to equipment to finish.

Dickey declined to give revenue figures, but said that both boat production and overall revenue had been increasing year on year for the last four years.

Dickey Boats’ plumb bow is a design featured on all vessels produced at the factory. This is integral to the ability to create a soft ride and fuel efficiency from the same hull. It increases the water line length and the bow deadrise angle without changing the weight of the vessel.

– The Dominion Post

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