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Outdoor boat show a valley first

What do you need to complete your aquatic adventures? You might find it at the first Cowichan Valley Outdoor Boat Show. -
What do you need to complete your aquatic adventures? You might find it at the first Cowichan Valley Outdoor Boat Show.
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The first Cowichan Valley Outdoor boat show is setting up anchor March 15 and 16 at Dean's Marine, 5147 Polkey Rd. in Duncan.

Hosted by Dean's Marine Ltd. and Van Isle Powerboat School & Brokerage, the purpose of the show is to promote the smaller marine-related local businesses at a fraction of the cost compared to the larger international boat show venues.

Several businesses and groups are setting up shop at the show, including: Flagship Ford of Duncan; Coles Canvas; Harle Quin Embroidery; Bellevance Welding; Marine Insurance Centre; Central Boat Moving; Fibre Glass Done Right; Cowichan Valley Power Squadron; Grade 6 fundraising event for Camp Qwanoes; and Bons Yacht Services.

There will also be used boats to view and offers will be taken on-site. Van Isle Powerboat will have further listings of boats and yachts docked at local marinas.

Dean's Marine is a marine repair and boat storage business that teamed up with Van Isle to make the show happen.

"I have been a boater my whole life, growing up on the many beautiful lakes of Ontario through the Trent Severn Waterway, Rideau Canal and ventured in Georgian Bay,'' noted Van Isle's Derek Card in a submission to the News Leader Pictorial.

Card is a boatswain by trade who served the country for 22 years. During that time with the Royal Canadian Navy, he circumnavigated the entire Pacific Rim while based out of CFB Esquimalt.

Card is now self-employed.

"Not only do I have the tools to sell your boat, find you a new boat of your choice. I also have the knowledge and ability to certify you as a pleasure craft operator if you choose my services to educate you for on-the-water navigation practical training,'' he indicated.

Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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