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HIRING for the Boat Show



We’re looking for a few hands to help out at the Toronto Boat Show this year, January 17th to 28th.

Experience or interest in any/all of: boats, retail, books, or boat shows a plus.

Please contact Ross or Dorothy with a resume by email, phone, or in person.
249 Queen’s Quay W

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Nigel Calder to Appear at Toronto Boat Show!

Nigel Calder’s Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual and Marine Diesel Engines are cornerstones of any boater’s library. This year at the Toronto Boat Show he will be appearing to deliver seminars! The Nautical Mind will have his books available at the seminars, as well as at our booth, G-545.  On Saturday, he’ll be joined by John & Amanda Neal, authors of the Offshore Cruising Companion.



Reservations are now being accepted for Mahina Expeditions/ Nigel Calder Cruising Seminar Series at Toronto Boat Show

Friday, Jan. 20: Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems – Nigel Calder
Saturday, Jan. 21: Offshore Cruising Seminar – John & Amanda and Nigel Calder
Sunday, Jan. 22: Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance & Troubleshooting – Nigel Calder

Click on the above links to register for any of these seminars. Seating is limited and all three seminars are expected to sell out. Seminars run 9-5 and cost is $100 each.

Nigel Calder is author of Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and Marine Diesel Engines, plus a host of other books. He is the Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues. He and his wife, Terrie annually cruise Europe aboard their Malo 46, Nada and have spent the last 35 years cruising and writing about the East Coast of North America, Caribbean, Atlantic, U.K, and Scandinavia.

John and Amanda Neal are authors of Offshore Cruising Companion and have been helping sailors prepare for extended sailing adventures through 160 Offshore Cruising Seminars conducted since 1976. They 658,000 miles and 81 years combined experience and for the past 27 years have been conducting offshore sail-training expeditions worldwide aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare III.


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The Nautical Mind’s Great Book Action/Adventure Photo Contest & Raffle!


Reading aboardSend us pictures of you or your crew enjoying our nautical books and charts aboard or ashore and you could win a gift certificate!  Just email or facebook action shots of you or your crew:

Please try to make the book easily identifiable in the picture.  Photos will be added to Image Galleries on our online store.  Jury will select one winner, and raffler will select one winner on October 1st, 2016.

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“Stars to Steer By” Review Raffle Rextravaganza!

"Stars to Steer By" Review Raffle Rextravaganza

Help fellow seafarers find their way by adding guiding stars and reviews to your favourite books on — and get entered in a raffle with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

For every review you contribute, we’ll add your name to the raffle hat. You can even review charts or navigation tools if you want.  Negative reviews are okay too, but extremely short/uninformative reviews might get disqualified.

The raffle will be held on Friday, October 30th.


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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting resolutions: Polar Code, PSSA, & More

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO met for from May 11th to 15th.

The MEPC adopted the environmental requirements of the Polar Code and associated MARPOL & SOLAS amendments to make the Code mandatory; adopted amendments to MARPOL related to tanks for oil residues; designated an extension to the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA); and furthered its work on implementation of air pollution and energy efficiency measures and the Ballast Water Management Convention.

The amendments will go into force January 1st, 2017. We’ll have them available as soon as they’re published.  The IMO has published this Polar Code infographic for the mean-time.

Polar Code Ship Safety Infographic

[Download as PDF]

The MEPC’s other conclusions include:

  • MARPOL Annex I amendments relating to oil residues adopted
  • Extension of Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait PSSA adopted
  • Ballast water management status and technologies reviewed
  • EEDI review work to continue
  • GHG reduction target for international shipping considered
  • Revised air pollution guidance and requirements agreed
  • Fuel oil availability review to be initiated this year
  • Fuel oil quality correspondence group re-established
  • Black carbon definition agreed
  • Ship recycling convention – revision of IHM Guidelines
  • Oil spill response guidance approved

Details on the IMO site

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Minor Display Issues After Code Update to [FIXED!]

We’re still ironing out kinks and smoothing a few corners on our shiny new site. Following an update yesterday, some things broke in exciting ways.  The damage was entirely superficial though – there was no risk to security, data, or stability. If the site appears extra odd to you, please try reloading/refreshing by hitting Ctrl-R or Apple-R or clicking a circley arrow near your browser’s address bar.

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