Discover Boating helps Quebecois find the perfect boat at the Montreal Boat

New year, new you, new boat: Insider tips for shopping at the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show


A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Enjoy more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating—an activity that can accomplish all of the above.


According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, in 2013,19 percent of Canadian boating participants lived Quebec, and the most popular activities boaters engaged in while on board were taking in the sights and sounds of nature, swimming, fishing and having fun with family and friends.


If boating is on your radar, getting started can be easy. Get ready for summer months ahead by shopping the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show (February 6-9, 2014) at Place Bonaventure to learn more about what, when, where and how to fish, sail, wakeboard, cruise and more. Boat shows provide a taste of the boating lifestyle, deals on boats for every budget, and an opportunity to compare boat brands side-by-side.


Below are insider tips to get the most from your boat show experience:


Find your virtual dreamboat. Be sure to visit the Discover Boating Centre at the show to find out which boats to shop. Unbiased experts are available to answer questions about getting started in boating. The Centre also offers a free Beginner’s Guide to Boating which is packed with useful information on boat operation, maintenance, storage and safety.


Make the most of show pricing. It helps to know what fits in your budget before shopping a show. Use Discover Boating’s boat loan calculator to estimate monthly payments, which can be as low as $250 a month or less. Since one of the best times to buy a boat is at a boat show, exhibitors generally offer special show pricing and other incentives during the winter season.


Learn the ropes. Boat shows provide opportunities for beginners to learn about getting on the water. For example, the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show offers free seminars including information on sailing, fishing, boat maintenance and docking. It’s a fun way to learn new skills at no additional cost.


Bring the whole family. More than a shopper’s paradise, there’s fun to be had by everyone at the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show. Free activities keep the kids entertained, such as a special photo booth and remote control boats. Plus, it helps to make boat buying a family decision, keeping in mind which activities appeal most to the kids and the adults.


Look for the seal of approval. When shopping for a boat at a show, online or at a dealership, always check to make sure it is certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. An “NMMA Certified” seal means a boat has met strict industry standards for safety and construction and federal regulations, ensuring the best quality to the buyer. Look for the NMMA Certified sticker near the helm and find a full list of certified boat manufacturers at


Keep that new year resolution to get on the water and have some fun. Whether in the market for a boat or just curious about the boating lifestyle, the first step is to visit a local boat show this winter.


About Discover Boating

Discover Boating Canada is a public awareness effort managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on behalf of the North American recreational boating industry. Discover Boating programs focus on increasing participation and creating interest in recreational boating by demonstrating the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle while helping to educate potential boaters and offering opportunities to experience the fun and togetherness of being on the water in a boat.



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