2024 Pre-Show Newsletter

Pre-Show Newsletter January 2024

From our dock to yours

Welcome to 2024 and our 48th year of helping boaters enjoy every aspect of our shared passion. With worldwide uncertainty looming on many fronts, the pleasures of boating still support Kenneth Grahame’s century-old observation that ‘there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
When our team isn’t messing about in boats, we love to talk about them. And that’s what we’ll be doing again this year at the Toronto International Boat Show. We look forward to seeing you, discussing our listings with you in person, and hearing about your boat if you are thinking of selling this year. We’re here to help introduce new boats and boaters and to continue to support our many clients.
See you at the Boat Show.

—Dave Harris

Win 4 tickets! to the Toronto International Boat Show, courtesy of Harris & Ellis Yachts. Simply send an email to info@harrisellis.com and tell us why you love “messing about in boats.” We’ll add your name to the draw to be held January 15, 2024.

How to extend the life of your smoke and CO detectors

Winter has finally arrived, and our boats are huddled under their covers for the season. You loaded up your engine and plumbing with antifreeze, but did you do anything for your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors? Some detectors come with built-in lifetime batteries, typically rated for a seven-year lifespan. Check the documentation from the manufacturer—you may find that winter temperatures will shorten the longevity of these devices through reduced battery life due to low-temperature exposure. On our boat, the marine-grade CO detectors are susceptible, so we’ve brought them home for the winter. They will, of course, be amongst the first equipment to be re-installed in the spring.
—Jeff Cole

Want to buy a US boat?

Over the years, we have helped many Canadian customers to buy boats in the United States. We can act on your behalf to search for and purchase any yacht that is listed by any broker.
In many cases, if you’ve already found a vessel that you think might be a perfect fit for you and your family, we can inspect the vessel on your behalf and present you with an inspection report. While this report is not a substitute for a marine survey, it can help you separate the “good boats” from the “not-so-good ones.”
We are experienced in cross-border transactions and can help you to import the vessel to Canada. That includes assistance with navigating duties/NAFTA, taxes, cross-border transportation, customs, and proper paperwork like the USCG notarized bill of sales and statements of origin.
Our customers say they like that we handle all your funds through our account here in Canada, and we don’t release them to the U.S. Brokerage company that is listing the vessel until we have everything required to satisfactorily transfer the vessel’s title to you.
We can also help to arrange structural and mechanical surveys, sea trials, ground and sea transportation, and just about any other aspect of the sale and after-sale service.
If you fall in love with a boat south of the border, or want to widen your search, don’t let location be a deterrent. We’re here to help.
—Grant Bowlby

Featured boats


Pacific Seacraft 37 Cutter 

Speed and comfort without compromise to seaworthiness were the goals Bill Crealock set out to accomplish when he designed what would become the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. This stout and versatile boat is just as comfortable in a stiff breeze on a long bluewater voyage as she is cruising the coast on the weekend.

Grant & Patricia Bowlby 613-659-3344


Oneillcraft 28 Hardtop Cruiser

Townships is a stunning custom 28-foot hardtop runabout that looks like she belongs in St. Tropez, Martha’s Vineyard, Miami, and other high-end neighbourhoods. She has a beautifully traditional look with all the advantages of modern construction plus two newer engines with less than 50 hours on them. 

Grant & Patricia Bowlby 613-659-3344


1985 C&C 35

This freshwater vessel has undergone an extensive re-fit to prepare her for cruising south to the Caribbean. Many custom features make this yacht one of the best C&C 35 MK IIIs.The work was done by a professional boatbuilder, and we’ll have a fresh survey to share this spring.
George Ayers 226-932-6974


Farr 11S

This Farr design incorporates the best in performance features, including a canting keel, twin retractable canards and twin rudders. Originally equipped with an outboard, this model now has a Lombardini diesel with the Lombardini saildrive.
Ewan Campbell 705-529-9433  


Metalcraft 27 Kingston

MetalCraft Marine is a renowned builder of patrol and fire boats for the government sector, but they custom built this vessel for use as a family recreational boat. The welded aluminum hull, deck, and fittings will stand up to daily commercial use, and the efficient Volvo Penta TMD-41B diesel (only 68 hours) will be cost effective to operate. With a 10′ 6″ beam, this is a big boat for her length. If you are looking for a club committee boat, a small dive boat, a crew transfer vessel or work boat, or perhaps a rugged adventure cruiser, this terrific hull and engine may meet your needs. She is an exceptional sturdy, durable boat at a great value point.
Jeff Cole 226-791-2881


Niagara 35 MK1

Aphrodite is a first generation Niagara 35 built to the highest quality at Hinterhoeller Yachts. She has been wonderfully maintained with recent upgrades, and it shows. Those looking for a stable vessel in inclement weather with beautiful classic lines should look no further.
John Heintzman 416-435-5029

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As first-time boat buyers and as foreigners wanting to buy a cruising catamaran in the US, we knew we needed a reliable broker that had our best interests in mind. John Heintzman was just that, and more! He was extremely committed to understanding what we were looking for, gave great advice, and guided us through the purchase process with great patience and knowledge. All in all, we felt very well taken care of.

I feel compelled to reach out about the absolutely wonderful experience that I have had with Grant and Patricia Bowlby. I completed the purchase of a boat yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. They were so helpful, kind, and patient. This was my first experience with a broker, and I think I’ve found the best.

I can’t thank Ewan Campbell enough for the super job he did in selling G, making up for my lack of experience in this realm and patiently searching for just the right buyer and a win-win for seller and buyer alike.

It was a wonderful experience selling A with Jeff Cole’s expert assistance. Thank you for simplifying a complicated process. Your patience and kindness are especially appreciated.

I just wanted to thank Jeff Cole for all his hard work. He was very professional and effective.

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