Cool Products that we Discovered at the 2019 Toronto International Boat Show
We attended the 2019 Toronto International Boat Show on Saturday, January 26, 2019, to find new boating accessories that would make great products to offer our Sea Dog Boating Solutions customers.
This was our third year at the Toronto show and we were still impressed with how big it is for an indoor show. It is the largest indoor boat show in North America. There were a ton of boating accessories available at the show which was at the Exhibition Center right near the Lake Ontario shoreline.
We took the VIA Rail train to Toronto and stayed at an AirBnB within walking distance of the show. We took an extra day this year so we could see more of Toronto. On Friday, we went to the Hockey Hall of Fame. If you are a hockey fan, this is a MUST SEE! On Friday evening, we met up with our marketing person who lives just outside Toronto and had a great evening visiting with her and her husband while having dinner in the downtown area. We had a full day on Saturday attending the show and looking for new products. We also attended a couple of hour-long seminars while at the show. We attended the "Cruising America's Great Loop" and the "Anchoring then and now" presentations. Both of these presentations were time well spent. We left Toronto on Sunday morning and traveled back to Vermont via the train.
We found some great boating accessory products that might work out well to offer to our Sea Dog Boating Solutions, LLC customers.
Here are a few of the products that I will be researching and following up on:
- Holding Tank In-Line Vent Filter - Big Orange OEM Filter -- we will start carrying this filter starting April 15, 2019
- Non-Intrusive Holding Tank Monitor System
- 110 W Solar Panel System that includes the Controller and Monitor (can add more panels easily)
- SeeArch device that makes a person more visible when they fall overboard and also gives you a way to pull/raise someone back into the boat via a halyard
- Galvanized dock "cleat" that is easily removable and allows you to put a cleat right where you need it on a dinghy dock between the existing boards
- Strahl Drinkware - Crystal Clear, Dishwasher Safe and Virtually Unbreakable
We purchased the following products for our own boat at the show:
- Holding Tank In-Line Vent Filter
- Nylon mesh bag to hold our recyclables
- Galvanized dock "cleat
- Non-Intrusive Holding Tank Monitor System -- Note: they were out of stock so we will be ordering one
We use the products that we sell on our own boat or thoroughly test them before making them available to our Sea Dog Boating Solutions, LLC customers. This is a strict policy of ours to ensure that all products are of high quality and provide a solution to the boating challenge or need at hand.
I will be adding more details and links to this blog post as I finish my research and make arrangements to offer these products to our customers. Please check back.
Overall the trip to the Toronto show was very worthwhile and enjoyable. We plan on returning to this boat show again next year.
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above products. Email me here.