Collecting boat brochures was part of the job in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, so the Dawsons could keep up-to-date on all the makes and models to sell their new and used boats at Dawson’s Marina Limited on Lake Simcoe. Then, during the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s, Doug and Brenda continued collecting brochures for reference in their businesses: Computer Boat Search, Boat Value Book and Boat Evaluation Service. As a boat tester for Canadian Yachting and Power Boating Canada Magazine, Doug continued to collect and often referenced the brochures for specifications and equipment.
Even though they only collected one of each, the “Old Boat Brochure Library” has grown to thousands and is probably the largest in the world. The Dawsons are keeping it up-to-date each year collecting brochures at Boat Shows and contacting builders.
Boaters around the world now have access to this library. The Dawsons have a long list of all the brochures in their library. They are appreciative of any donations from anyone, who is house or office cleaning and need a place to send their old boat brochures. “Don’t throw them out” says Doug. “We may have someone out there, looking for them”.
They will scan and email a pdf for boaters who need information for buying, selling, restoring, bragging, advertising, or history. Depending on the manufacturer, the number of pages ranges from 5-20.
This is a unique resource for boaters and anyone interested in boats.
by Andy Adams, Editor
Canadian Yachting Magazine
These look great. I am looking at purchasing this boat and was told it was a 24’. Could easily be the 25. Boat is still covered in snow so I can’t get at it yet. The brochure really helps. Thanks, Doug
P.s. Your email went directly to my ‘junk’ folder and I’ve been anxiously waiting for it. Just checked and it has been there for almost a week. My fault for not checking. Extremely fast service, just a little slow on my end…
Doug, I wanted to say thank you for the brochures, articles and your personal insights into the Performer.
We purchased a 1988 24 foot CC after reviewing the information you supplied.
Thank you very much for the brochure.
I was surprised and quite pleased that you provide this service and have the brochure I was looking for.