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 only $45 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
Thanks Brenda, the brochures are great. I am so pleased you sent both brochures as after some comparison I now know the boat I bought is actually the 20' K&C model. Further it seems with the configuration and layout I have my boat was originally a hard-top! I was wondering why there were no windshield support rods nor any evidence of ever their presence. Well, the brochures showed support rods for the soft top and not the hard top as they were not needed for structural integrity. I think I will look into getting a hard top made as I do like the look.
Thanks again, your brochures were really helpful and cleared up a few mysteries as well!
I’m very impressed with your detailed response. I really appreciate it.
I’ll take your suggestion of sending you a photo and getting in touch with the Antique and Classic Boat Society about the Lakefield. I would guess the photo will arrive in about two or three weeks time.
Thanks again Doug.
The Dawsons, I received your email with the 2002 SeaPro brochure attached. In my haste to read it, I forgot to thank you for sending it. I very much appreciate you doing so. Your old brochures are a wonderful tool in researching the purchase of a used boat. Thanks again.