David Crowder

Bayliner’s All-new Element Makes Boating
Easier and More Accessible Than Ever

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, Jan. 3. 2013 — Whether you’re rekindling a passion for boating or launching into the boating lifestyle for the first time, the Bayliner Element is your way in. All-new for the 2013 model year, Element is a revolutionary new boat that promises to make boating an accessible, easily adoptable pastime for just about anyone. Element’s affordable price allows owners to enjoy the “So Worth It!” Bayliner boating experience for a surprisingly low monthly payment that is comparable to a cable bill, and its unique design offers an automotive-like driving experience that will be familiar to anyone who’s been behind the wheel of a car.

“Whatever has held people back from getting into boating in the past, Element erases all that,” said Matt Guilford, Bayliner’s vice president of marketing. “We solicited extensive customer feedback and, thanks to some very creative innovations, developed a product that’s pitch perfect for someone looking for an approachable way into the boating lifestyle.”

At 16 feet in length, Element easily accommodates a family of four and has capacity for up to six. Its surprisingly roomy layout includes opposed cockpit seating, which fosters easy conversation among passengers, a full-beam aft sunpad, and a cushioned bow lounge area that boasts room for two to stretch their legs. Even with a full crew, there’s still space onboard for a carry-on cooler. Deep cockpit freeboard enhances passenger safety, and a pair of stern swim platforms provide easy water access.

To make it refreshingly easy to own, Bayliner designed Element with minimal upkeep in mind. A standard 60-hp Mercury FourStroke outboard engine provides reliable, fuel-efficient power capable of towing a tuber or wakeboarder. Low-maintenance Mercury outboards are engineered to perform in either fresh or saltwater, so Element is equally at home on inland or coastal waterways. And Element’s self-bailing cockpit is easy to clean after a day on the water; just hose and go.

The most distinctive aspect of Element’s design is its signature M hull. Bayliner’s engineering team sought to create a running surface that delivered exceptional stability and superior passenger comfort while at rest and under way. The team ultimately moved away from a traditional V hull in favor of an innovate M-hull design that maintains exceptionally level flotation even when passengers step on gunnels while boarding. Much like a car or tri-tube pontoon boat, Element takes turns like it’s riding on rails, with very little of the pitching and yaw commonly associated with V-hulled craft. And to simplify the driving experience for novice and experienced boaters alike, Bayliner constructed an all-new helm station for Element that features a single, multipurpose gauge and only a few essential dash controls.

Element is just as easy to maneuver out of the water. At a trailering weight of approximately 2,200 pounds, Element is towable by many small SUVs. With a 16’2” overall length and 7’5” beam, Element can be stowed in an average-sized garage. The standard Element trailer has been specially designed to make launching and retrieval at the boat ramp a breeze.

Element will makes its debut at the 2013 New York Boat Show, starting January 3, 2013.

2013 16 Element Specifications

Length overall (LOA) 16'2" (4.93 m)
Approximate dry weight* 1,750 lbs (794 kg)
Std. engine (U.S.) 60 HP Mercury 4 Stroke
Fuel capacity 12 gals
Maximum person capacity 6

Click here for photos of the Element.

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Bayliner is a recognized global leader in the fiberglass recreational boating industry. Through quality craftsmanship and a diverse product offering, Bayliner strives to make boating an accessible, “So Worth It!” pastime for everyone worldwide. For more information, visit www.bayliner.com. Bayliner is a brand of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

About Brunswick
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation endeavors to instill "Genuine Ingenuity"(TM) in all its leading consumer brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, and Diversified Marine parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Cabo Yachts, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris FloteBote, Hatteras, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Trophy, Uttern and Valiant boats; Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment; Brunswick bowling centers, equipment and consumer products; Brunswick billiards tables and foosball tables. For more information, visit www.brunswick.com

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 12:28

Halifax International Boat Show 2013

Halifax International Boat Show 2013

Welcome to the Water!


Chart a Course For Huge Savings! Shop for your next adventure at the Halifax International Boat Show!

See the latest in:

  • Boats from 6’ to 40’
  • Runabouts
  • Sailboats
  • Cruisers
  • Kayaks
  • Personal watercraft
  • Chandleries
  • Financing & Insurance
  • Docks and dock builders
  • Marine equipment
  • Marine engines
  • Diesel, gas, outboard and inboard motors
  • Marine electronics
  • Marine accessories and safety equipment
  • Everything and anything to do with the boating lifestyle


Exciting prizes, features, seminars and SPECIAL GUESTS!

Saturday, 22 December 2012 10:37

The 2013 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show

The 2013 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show


Forgotten what summer feels like? Head to the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show at Place Bonaventure from February 7th to 10th. It is the largest show of its kind in Quebec with more than 400 boats and nearly 200 exhibitors. Whether you love boating, fishing, extreme water sports such as wakeboarding or simply enjoy nature, the Show will inspire you with the latest engines, electronics and accessories as well asthe large luxury yachts.


General information


WHERE: Place Bonaventure (800, de la Gauchetiere West, Montreal, Metro Bonaventure)


WHEN: February 7th to 10th (Thursday and Friday - 11am to 9pm; Saturday – 10am to 8pm and 

             Sunday – 10am to 6pm)


FEES:   Adults: $13

Seniors / Student: $10

Children (under 12 years old): free



1 877-560-1777


Saturday, 31 March 2012 15:00


I recently discovered this recipe courtesy of Chatelaine magazine, and I immediately fell in love. It’s super easy and quick to make, but it is mouth wateringly yummy and can be served before any meal. Although, I would recommend it prior to an Italian or Indian main course.




Photo courtesy of Chatelaine


Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 10 minutes

Makes 6 Servings

Bottom of Form


  • 300 g pkg brie
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Using a serrated knife, thinly slice off top rind of the brie and discard. Place in a brie baker or a pie plate. Bake in bottom third of oven until soft, about 10 min.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high. Add oil, then garlic, tomatoes and vinegar. Cook until mixture is reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 5 min.
  3. Spoon sauce over brie, then sprinkle with basil. Serve with crackers.

Tip: White balsamic vinegar is mild in flavour. Substitute regular balsamic if preferred.

Nutrients per Serving

  • 189 calories
  • 9 g protein
  • 4 g carbohydrates
  • 15 g fat
  • 1 g fiber
  • 289 mg sodium

Recommended wine for this appetizer: Pinot Gris

Ottawa Marina’s - Yacht Clubs - Sailing Clubs


Part One


     Ottawa has a vibrant boating community being located at the centre of three main bodies of water, the Ottawa River, the Rideau River/Canal and the Gatineau River.

     There are several boating facilities available to Ottawa residents and visitors depending on your boating preferences and activities.  Prices and amenities vary from facility to facility and I will try to summarize them with this series however you should contact each facility to ensure pricing has not changed since the creation of this article.  Please keep in mind these are my opinions and impressions of these clubs and you should visit each club to determine for yourself if they are right for you. In Part One of this series I will introduce you to the Britannia Yacht Club.




     Britannia Yacht Club is one of the oldest clubs the region at 125 years, with a long history related mostly to sailing. Located at 277 Cassels Street in Ottawa’s west end it is situated on a part of the Ottawa River called Lac Deschênes, at the head of the Deschênes Rapids.

     The location of the club is very picturesque with beautiful views of the river especially at sunset and wonderful grounds. The club offers many amenities such as gas; pump out, electricity, cranes, tennis, showers and of course the Club House with restaurant and bar. No water is available at your dock but is available at the service dock. While there is no swimming pool available you can swim in the river in front of the clubhouse but it is quite rocky, shoes are advised and you should check to see if high bacteria counts have closed the adjacent Britannia Beach.

     Parking and access to your boat is one of the nice features of the club. You can drive right up to your boat in most cases making the on loading and offloading of supplies much easier.  However the use of Mediterranean style docking where you must access your boat by crawling over the bow of your boat is not conducive to older boaters. Finger docks are being installed but when I last checked you had to purchase the dock at an additional cost of $5,000.00 which would be returned to you should you leave the club but only if another member was willing to purchase it from the club.

     The Club House while old is charming and has undergone some recent renovations which have greatly improved the facilities. Hours of operation for the restaurant and bar even during the summer are restrictive in that they are not open during the week for breakfast, lunch or an early afternoon drink and minimal hours on the weekend.  This is in part due to the club house being rented for special events such as weddings almost every weekend and in part I think due to its policy of a member’s only club and not being open to the public. As the club is funded solely by its members special events make up a large part of the clubs revenue.  It is unfortunate as these missed opportunities have a large effect on the clubs ability to finance its self and attract new members.

     As probably the highest priced facility in the region there is plenty of mooring space available. The pricing structure for the club is a little complex and convoluted based on the clubs belief that it offers something more than other clubs and facilities in the region. The club advertises it’s self as “Your Cottage in the City “. The total cost for a NEW member couple over 28 yrs. of age, seniors pay a premium don’t ask me why, with a boat having a 10 foot wide beam would pay as follows;


Annual Membership Fee       

$ 998.07

taxes included

Initiation Fee

$ 221 .15 (paid over 4 years)

taxes included

Mooring Fees  

$ 2168.30

Mooring fees include winter storage; spring launch and fall haul out. BYC has holding tank pump out facilities, free to members. Taxes included

Mooring Initiation Fees

$ 2168.30 (not calculated deferred)

Currently, there are wet moorings available at Britannia Yacht Club. New members may therefore request a temporary mooring and defer paying the Mooring Initiation Fees for their boats until such time as the harbour is full, at which time they will have the option of converting to a permanent long-term mooring or risk losing their temporary mooring

Total Cost  (First 4 Years)

$ 3387.52

Fees as advertised  on BYC 03/03/12



                Finally let’s discuss the atmosphere of the club. BYC, although there have been many recent attempts to change it, still exudes the rich old boys Yacht Club atmosphere.  Despite these attempts to change the atmosphere it is difficult to avoid. This may in part be to the no public allowed policy, the limited hours of the club house or due to the cliques that are naturally formed along lines of the activities at the club such as racing members vs. cruising members vs. non boat owners like the tennis only members.

The governance of the club may also contribute to this atmosphere. The club is run by a board of directors elected by the members at large. It can be likened to a bad Condominium association. While there are some very excellent and friendly members at BYC this type of governance is riddled with competing visions and politics. This atmosphere coupled with the high fees may be one of the reasons BYC memberships an moorings allocations continue to drop.  The staff at BYC is extremely courteous, friendly and helpful and enough cannot be said about them.

     All in All BYC is a nice location and I would recommend you check them out either on the web or in person to see for yourself.  While I am not convinced that they offer anything more than other clubs in the region to justify the high fee’s they do have available slips and the location is beautiful.

In Part Two I will review the Nepean Sailing Club NSC.


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