Following a 10-year career in journalism covering all things affiliated with the recreational marine industry in Canada, I now count it a privilege to work alongside one of our industry's young visionaries. Previously working as both a trade and consumer writer, I first met Spike On The Water's Shane DesLoges on the docks at a boat show - imagine that. Our unlikely encounter took place last year at the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show, where Shane (a.k.a. 'Spike') and his crew of well-trained staff were busy detailing the largest and most opulent yachts on display. These certainly weren't older pre-owned sailboats either. Rather, Spike's team had been entrusted to 'beautify' an Azimut, a Carver and a Neptunus with a combined value of several million dollars. Clearly, Spike On The Water has worked long and hard to earn the trust of boat dealers and yacht brokers in order to work on such high-end inventory. Searching for a story on the show as well as a little insight into the yacht cleaning profession, Spike agreed to a one-on-one interview and we soon found ourselves bouncing along Lake Ontario’s waves aboard his workboat, the White Pearl, enroute to Toronto Island to pickup a few more members of his cleaning crew.
It was on this journey that I learned that Spike originally trained to become a marine tech. If you're familiar with the industry, you'll know that marine mechanics are in very short supply. Learn a little about Shane's interesting back story here (page 19).
Besides his shining personality (no pun intended), what drew me to taking on the job was the wealth of exciting ideas Shane has for improving the marine industry in Canada as well as sustaining the environment that boaters consider their personal playground. You'll quickly come to understand this as I follow Spike On The Water's activities in the future. Check out what one of those 'big' ideas includes here (on pages 6-7).
Stay tuned for big announcements from Spike On The Water; savvy hands-on DIY tips on how to properly clean your vessel using environmentally friendly products; and how you can pursue a full-time career in the marine industry as a vessel-detailing specialist.
More to come,