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AN INVESTMENT IN

ENJOYMENT
REGULAR BOAT MAINTENANCE PAYS DIVIDENDS

By | Andy Adams

I

t has always been important to have a
marina that can provide good service,
but in the madness that was the summer
of 2020, getting great service was really
essential to a great boating experience.
There are many marinas offering excellent service, but we have heard a lot of
good things about Queen's Cove Marina
in Victoria Harbour on Georgian Bay. To
get a first-hand sense of the market, we
scheduled an interview with owner/operator John Swick last August 18, 2020. John
is also the current President at the Boating
Ontario association, so in that capacity, he
is also well-connected to what's happening at marinas all across the Province, and
even nationally.

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During a previous visit, we had learned
how Queen's Cove Marina encourages
owners to keep up their boat with programs like their Spring Compound and
Wax program. They provide boat owners
with incentives but also, they emphasize
pride of ownership and the value of keeping up the appearance of their boat.
Especially in the hot boating market
that COVID-19 stimulated, I wanted to
explore the cost-value relationship of
maintenance and also, to learn more about
how COVID-19 was affecting the business at Queen's Cove.
John told us that in 2020, COVID
restrictions pushed the season back 60
to 90 days, so while typically the end

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of August should be slower, it was not
last summer. The 2020 weather was
also excellent and business remained
steady. When we talked last August, John
explained that initially the business was
negatively affected by COVID-19 and he
speculated then, that the year could wind
up being down perhaps 10%. When we
spoke again in February 2021 to update
this story, the final results were ahead of
the previous year. And, things have not
slowed down.
Boating is an ideal recreational activity
in the era of COVID-19 and again this
year, there are few new boats left to buy.
In our discussions, John emphasized that
there is a perception that boat owners are



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SARAH DOUGLAS: A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO TOKYO
FEATURE: X-SHORE EELEX 8000
DESTINATION: DESTINATION VICTORIA, BC’S CAPITAL CITY
FEATURE: VIA-MARA – “WOOD” YOU LOOK AT THAT…..
MARINA: QUEEN’S COVE MARINA – AN INVESTMENT IN ENJOYMENT – REGULAR BOAT MAINTENANCE PAYS DIVIDENDS
AT THE HELM: YIPPEE!
SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 530
THE PORT HOLE: JUNE 2021
CROSSING THE LINE: NFTS AND CRYPTOBOATING - A BEGINNER’S GUIDE
Canadian Yachting June 2021 - Intro
Canadian Yachting June 2021 - Cover1
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - AT THE HELM: YIPPEE!
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - SARAH DOUGLAS: A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO TOKYO
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - FEATURE: X-SHORE EELEX 8000
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Canadian Yachting June 2021 - DESTINATION: DESTINATION VICTORIA, BC’S CAPITAL CITY
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