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​​VETUS is a supplier of choice for almost all leading boat builders. A wide range of the top quality equipment is available from VETUS; bow and stern thrusters, hydraulic systems, windlasses, steering systems, climate control, electrical systems and diesel engines from 11hp to 286hp etc. 

Their Canadian distributor STRIGHT-MACKAY and U.S. distributor VETUS U.S. supplied us with the 28.5HP diesel engine and associated parts for Julius. Thanks to Peter Bennett, Nigel Poirier and Yvan Sicotte from STRIGHT-MACKAY, John Mardall from VETUS U.S. and Chee Poo from VETUS Dutch headquatersfor making this arrangment possible.



​​Klacko Spars is known around the world as a metal fabricating company specializing in spars and other marine related products. The company started operation in 1970 as the independent fabricator of custom hardware for C&C Yachts, the major Canadian yacht builder of all times.

A million thanks to Mr. Danny Klacko, the owner of Klacko Spars, who is responsible for the building of the Julius hull, spars and standing rigging.



​​"From the drawing board to drawing water..."  For over 25 years Mars Metal Company, the largest keel manufacturer in North America, has been producing quality Lead Keels for production manufacturers and custom builders worldwide. Mars Metal's production facilities are second to none, with the ability to produce Keel configurations from 100 lbs to over 200,000 lbs. Their experience in design, moulding techniques, and metallurgical testing provides the customer with the most advanced keels in the marine industry.



UK-Halsey Sailmakers provide sail solutions from racing to cruising. The highest quality sails are customized to suit sailors needs and the customer service will follow through with excellence. Every sail UK-Halsey makes is custom-made to meet the specific requirements. 

The new UK-Halsey Sailmakers Toronto and Design Coordinator for UK-Halsey Group, Brian Chapman will design and manufacture all sails for us.



Hella marine is a worldwide marine lighting specialist represented in 40 countries. The range was first created in 1925 by Hella KG in Germany and today Hella marine is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand - a country with a rich maritime history of boat building and yacht racing success. Over a decade of LED expertise is now being channelled into sophisticated navigation and lighting systems. With these products, Hella marine is a supplier to yacht and powerboat manufacturers, marine re-sellers and commercial fleets around the world.

Hella marine is providing all lighting for Julius. A big thank you to Dominik Assig from Hella marine headquarters in New Zealand for arranging this sponsorship.



Jefa Rudder & Steering is located in Greve near Copenhagen in Denmark and has been manufacturing highly reliable rudder and steering products since 1980. The Jefa Steering directors all have more than 15 years experience in specifying and producing mechanical steering systems. Numerous boat manufacturers, like Hanse, Nauticat, Nautitech, J-Boats, C&C Yachts, X-Yachts, Farr, Najad, Beneteau, Janneau, Oracle Racing and many more, use Jefa systems. Thanks to Jefa sales director Armin Geisler for providing this major sponsorship.
Jefa products are exclusively distributed in Canada by Rekord Marine.



Bennett Custom Canvas' experienced team specializes in the fabrication and installation of high-quality marine canvas products but virtually no project is beyond their expertise. All products are handcrafted to specifications at facility in Toronto and their mobile service ensures timely and convenient installation to customers throughout the Golden Horseshoe and beyond.

Bennett Canvas will design and custom build the dodger and the bimini for SeaRover Julius.



STAZO is the company established in 1931 has introduced cork, as a deck material, to the marine industry. Their main products are MARINEDECK2000, steering wheels and anti-theft products. 

Thank you to Bill Wasson, general manager of STAZO North American branch, for arranging this sponsorship. 



The unique HYDROVANE is both 1) a self steering system and 2) an emergency rudder and steering system, in place and ready to go. It is a completely independent steering system no lines in the cockpit. Celebrating its 40th anniversary; Canadian owned and British built in Nottingham, England HYDROVANE is a world leader in self steering.

A big thank you to John Curry for providing this essential gear for 'a piece of mind'.



Quick, "the Cadillac of windlasses", has been active in the nautical market since 1992 and offers a very extensive range of products: electric windlasses, battery chargers, water heaters and a broad range of accessories.

A big thank you to Daniele Rizzo from QUICK headquarters in Ravenna, Italy and Nigel Poirier from Stright-Mackay, their Canadian distributor.

A big thank you to John Curry for providing this essential gear for 'a piece of mind'.



Marinco is the premier manufacturer of electrical and harsh environment solutions for a variety of worldwide markets. The Recreational division features the marine brand names: Marinco (shore power systems, 12 Volt connections); Guest (battery chargers, galvanic isolators, spotlights, battery switches, interior lighting); AFI (horns, wipers, ladders, rod holders, teak accessories); Nicro (ventilation systems); BEP (switches, panels). In July 2005, Ancor, leading supplier of harsh environment wire and cable, and Marinco, were merged as the Actuant Recreational Group.

NICRO - The Nicro ventilation line of products features the best in solar and passive ventilation for any boat. The solar vents allow for continuous ventilation of a closed cabin which helps eliminate the buildup of mold and mildew inside the cabin. As well, Nicro offers a line of high quality cowl vents designed to provide the passive ventilation for the open seas. Nicro supplied Julius with the ventilation system and is distributed in North America by Marinco Electrical Group.

ANCOR - Ancor was founded over twenty years ago to solve electrical problems experienced by mariners as they ventured offshore in large numbers. General purpose wire and components designed for on shore applications caused significant problems as electrical systems became more sophisticated and demanding. Ancor Marine Grade Products quickly became the system of choice as the first major supplier of UL listed products designed for the harsh marine environment. Often imitated, never duplicated, Ancor continues to lead the industry by providing the most water resistant, flame retardant wiring products available Ancor is a part of Marinco Electrical Group.

MARINCO - From ship to shore, Marinco shore power is the leading manufacturer in electrical systems for pleasure boats. All products are manufactured from only the highest grade material available, and are built to last. Marinco supplied Julius with the complete system for the 'around the world shore power'. Marinco is a part of Marinco Electrical Group.

BEP Marine was evolved from the auto electrical company BE Pratt Ltd in the late 1970s specialising in electrical installations for production boat manufacturers in the New Zealand market. Today BEP Marine is a manufacturer of quality marine electrical components, specializing in circuit breaker and sprayproof control panels, multiple battery charging systems, battery distribution products, AC, DC, tank monitoring and Gas detection products. BEP Marine supplies major boatbuilders worldwide including Riviera, US Marine, Intrepid, Pursuit, Monterey and Beneteau. BEP Marine, distributed in North America by Marinco, is providing their line of products for Julius. A big thank you to Chris Middleweek from BEP Marine headquarters in New Zealand for arranging this sponsorship.

AFI - A leading supplier to the marine industry for over 50 years, AFI is recognized as a top quality manufacturer of horns, wiper systems, boarding systems, fishing supplies, drinkholders, and teak products. Designed for use in the tough marine environment, AFI products are built from high quality materials and are designed to last. AFI is distributed in North America by Marinco Electrical Group.



With more than 50 years experience, Imtra has become the known reliable supplier to builders, repair yards, retailers, naval architects, as well as private yacht and vessel owners. Anchoring systems, antennas, custom equipment, marine lighting, marine wipers, pumps and tanks and thrusters are Imtra products. These categories collect individual products into cohesive groups that are selected to complement one another. 
A big thank you to Colby Chevalier from Imtra for outfitting our sailboat with warm-white LED lighting for cabins.



Locomarine is manufacturer of specially built and prepared marine computers, marine displays and other marine computer acessories. Whether you are a racing sailor, a mega-yacht captain in unfamiliar waters, commercial fisherman searching for better catch or just a recreational boater seeking peace of mind, Locomarine marine computer systems will help you to work out your activities on a simple, faster and easier way.
A big thank you to Berislav Ortynski for providing this sponsorship, supplying Julius with marine computer, two 19" monitors for the navigation table and 12" touch screen waterproof monitor for the cockpit.



Rutgerson Marin is a manufacturer of high end deck gear (cruising and performance line), sailing hardware, portholes and hatches. Their products have evolved from more than 30 years of experience gathered through own research and development, but also through strong partnerships with the world leading yacht manufacturers and yacht designers. The truly distinguishing feature of Rutgerson products is reliability and trust. 



ThyssenKrupp Materials North America, offers a diverse inventory in aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel and industrial plastics. They maintain a variety of alloys, shapes and sizes in stock and offer a wide array of processing services. Eastern Canada Region of ThyssenKrupp Materials NA come on board as the supplier of all raw aluminium and stainless steel material for the rebuild. A big thank you to Paul A. Ali and Chris Lawrence.



Chris Aslin from Aslin Boat Building stepped aboard as boatbuilding advisor and 'special tasks' welder. First major task - welding the keel plate that carries 6000 pounds led keel custom made by Mars Keel. Chris is the owner of Aslin Boat Building, the company offering marine services to customers who like to do things right the first time. Attention to detail is what makes or breaks a job in the marine environment, and it takes experience and understanding to bring a project to a successful, lasting conclusion. Chris brings many skills to a project and the result is a seamless and thoroughly planned installation or repair.



CamOne sponsors our project with ultimate mini action cameras. These German made cameras with interchangable lenses will be mounted on 5 strategic spots around SeaRover® to capture unique angles of sailing footage. A big thank you to Shane Asa from Digitec Trading for arranging this sponsorship. Digitec is Canadian exclusive distributor for CamOne.







Jeppesen Marine (formerly Nobeltec) is the leading developer of PC-based marine navigation products. The Company was established in 1993 with the idea to produce a software program that displayed electronic navigation charts and tracked vessel positions with a GPS. In 2000, Nobeltec was purchased by Jeppesen Sanderson Inc., a global producer of aviation charts. Because of strong recognition in the marine industry, Jeppesen has retained usage of the Nobeltec name for its entire line of products. Jeppesen Marine now offers a complete line of navigation products including Nobeltec Admiral, Visual Navigation Suite, World Charts, Radar, and Sounder.







GOAL ZERO, the sponsor of SeaRover's solar panels, is an innovator of portable solar power systems that power a variety of USB, AC and DC devices anywhere and at anytime. Providing a perfect blend of portability, power, and ease-of-use, GOAL ZERO products feature full solar energy systems -solar panels, power packs and accessories - each designed to work in concert with each other.







MOBi-lert is an automatic wireless marine safety system that provides instant alerts in a man overboard emergency. It is for recreational and professional mariners who consider the safety of their family and crew to be their number one priority. The MOBi-lert display console provides valuable GPS track back recovery information that enables a fast rescue.







In a sail boat, space is at a premium. German made Espar diesel-fired heater will keep us warm and comfortable, no matter what the weather or season. Available in a wide range of thermal outputs to closely match any on board heating needs, Espar heaters are compact, convenient, economical to run and time tested for safety. Thank you to Barry Lamont and John Dennehy for arranging this sponsorship!







Flex-O-Fold propellers was established in 1992 in Egtved, Denmark, to design and build propellers that are low in drag, produce high thrust in forward and reverse, and are manufactured from the highest quality materials to be long lasting. Sailors choose the 3-blade Flex-O-Fold because, under power, it is the most efficient 3-blade prop available. Yet, it folds into a very low-drag configuration. Thanks to Chuck Angle for arranging the sponsorship of one 3 blade folding prop for Julius. Flex-O-Fold is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Flex-O-Fold North America.







3M Marine Products and Systems are improving worker safety, maximizing productivity and providing optimal finished results. Their range of products for marine industry is vast: abrasives, adhesives, sealants, fasteners, cleaning products, electrical products, fiberglass, lubricants etc. 

A big thank you to David Hawthorn for providing this sponsorship.







More models of the best flush watertight deck hatch than any other manufacturer in the world! Freeman Marine from Gold Beach, Oregon, manufactures and outfits vessels worldwide - megayachts, sailing yachts, expedition vessels, offshore trawlers, large sport cruisers as well as patrol and commercial boats - with the very best in watertight marine closures.
2400 Series Cast Hatches are specified and used on a wide variety of commercial vessels and can be installed in any deck style or material using stock or custom deck rings. Freeman Marine has more quick acting flush hatch experience, models, and features than any other manufacturer. 







The present generation of high tech racing boats require equally high tech deck gear that accurately corresponds with the current evolution in performance, output efficiency, weight reduction and ergonomics. Concepts first adopted in the design and construction of the Open 60Class, can now be applied to all yachts, allowing racing and cruising sailors alike to benefit from the latest cutting edge technology. From mass production to custom parts, Karver Systems follows the same no compromise stringent standards; from theoretical study to product manufacturing. 






Marlow Ropes are the Official Rope Supplier to the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team. The Marlow Ropes brand has an outstanding reputation based on products tried and tested in the harshest environments. They are committed to developing and delivering the ultimate range of rope products to suit all marine environments.


Marlow Ropes are exclusively distributed in Canada by Rekord Marine. 







Noah's, established in 1973 has been Ontario's major boat building store & composite warehouse. Be it Plywood Skiff or Kayak, Cedar Strip Canoe or Composite Multihull; from Plans to Paint, and everything in between, Noah's has it all as the one-stop-shop for great prices, quality materials, kits & supplies for the amateur and professional builder.

A big thank you to Ric Steevs, the owner and founder of Noah's, for providing marine grade plywood, varnishes and fiberglass for Julius interior.







Superwind GmbH recognises the huge natural energy resources and significantly wants to improve the use of wind energy in the small power range. The result is small wind generators, which are suitable for professional applications without compromise and which represent an equal economic alternative, in addition to photovoltaic systems. Thanks to Superwind Managing Director, Klaus Krieger for providing Julius with Superwind 350. 








Whale Water Systems provide complete solutions to marine water system management. Innovative design is combined with the latest in manufacturing technology to enable them to offer tailor-made products for boaters. Whale currently supplies major boat builders across the globe, including Sunseeker, Beneteau, Bavaria, Seaswirl, Bayliner and Tiara Yachts. Whale will supply Julius with the complete water system.






Tiger Foam, a DIY Spray Foam Kits, are quick curing and manufactured to ASTM E-84 Specifications and classified as a fire-rated foam insulation. This product is manufactured using the most Green Environmentally Friendly blowing agents and fire-retardant chemicals available today.

We spraied Tiger Foam on inside of cabin roof and hull sides above the water line. This will make thermal insulation and will prevent condensation in the sailboat.






Trojan Battery Company is the world leader in deep cycle battery technology. Since 1925, Trojan has been a pioneer in the development of superior deep cycle batteries. Decades of experience, ongoing research and dedication go into every deep cycle battery they manufacture.






Founded in UK in 1986 by aeronautical engineer Trevor Reed, ScanStrut is the international market leader in the design and manufacture of installation solutions for marine electronics. From mounting a radar on a yacht to a satcom antenna on a powerboat, ScanStrut have a choice of solutions that ensure a quick, easy and great looking installation. Scanstrut products are fully endorsed and recommended by all leading marine electronics manufacturers. A big thank you to Hannah Brown for arranging this sponsorship!






Established in 1976, Accurate Fasteners become recognized as the "specialist in hard to find fasteners". They are the Julius Project supplier of all stainless steel fasteners. A big thank you to Michael Jacobson for initializing this sponsorship.






True Heading is one of pioneers in AIS - an Automatic Identification System. True Heading's AIS-CTRX Class B transponder has both receiving and transmitting capabilities. The AIS-CTRX makes it possible to navigate and display all vessels equipped with AIS transponders and at the same time be seen by other vessels equipped with Class B adapted AIS equipment.

A big thank you to Anders Bergstrom, the senior partner at True Heading AB, for providing this sponsorship.






VHF emergency radio with GPS locator - an ultimate life saving device for divers, commercial fishermen, seasoned ship's captains, marine engineers, floatplane pilots and recreational boaters. Nautilus Lifeline manufacturers know firsthand the value of being able to call for help easily and without any fuss. Any time. Anywhere in the world.


A big thank you to Terry Wilson for providing 3 units for SeaRover crew!!!






From their start in 1954, Sterling Crane have grown to become one of the World’s largest crane rental supply companies. Their heavy lift equipment and expertise offer a safe, competitive advantage to heavy lift projects throughout North America, India and Australia.






Waterbuoy - your vital piece of waterside equipment! The worlds 1st miniature floatation device visible at night. Waterbuoy can recover virtually ANY portable item used by boaters and anglers including GPS units, cameras, phones, fishing tackle & radios. No other device can match the strength & versatility of the Waterbuoy. Upon activation the bright orange balloon within the Waterbuoy becomes a flashing beacon visible at night at up to 1Km. The Waterbuoy will keep your valuables afloat for up to 24 hours giving you plenty of time to locate & retrieve them.






Yapalong 3000, developed by Nautic Devices Inc. is a radio system that provides group conferencing communication among 2 to 4 users. Yapalong is totally handsfree and you talk as though on a normal telephone or cell phone with microphone and earbud. 






PODS is North Americas leader in mobile moving and storage and is now serving the GTA and surrounding areas. Their storage containers are delivered to homes and businesses and can be placed where needed with PODS patented hydraulic lift system.


PODS provides two 16ft storage containers to use during the boat-building process. Thanks to Kate Middleton for arranging this sponsorship.






RedPoint Ropes, manufacturer of highest quality and best performance marine cordage, supplies the Julius Project with running rig, anchor and fender lines splicing work. Their extensive line of specialized products is specified for cruisers, club-racers and pro-racers. This is a family operated business from Orillia in Ontario. 

Thanks to Greg Danaj for making our cordage splices.






MIRKA is the most modern abrasive manufacturing company in the world with the headquarters and manufacturing in Finland and are available worldwide through wholly owned subsidary companies. Mirka is producing some of the industry's most technologically innovative products. A big thank you to Garry Seale for arranging this sponsorship.






Lee Valley Tools has been meeting the needs of serious woodworkers, boat builders and craftsmen for 30 years as one of the leading mail-order and retail suppliers of quality hand tools, accessories, and finishing supplies. Lee Valley's Veritas woodworking tools are well designed, built to last, and a pleasure to handle. Lee Valley supplied The Julius project with Veritas Workbench. To request a copy of 248-page woodworking tools catalog, drop by one of Lee Valley stores or visit on-line.






Prop Protector, made by Yachting Services is a simple shaft driven rope and weed cutter which is easy to install and maintain. It is a circular, razor sharp knife fixed to the propeller shaft. It revolves with the shaft and instantly cuts any rope or weed picked up by the propeller. 

Thanks Eric Spencer for providing one Prop Protector for SeaRover Julius.






Often people sleep aboard on mattresses of very low quality, and when the water sport athletes come home after a weekend sailing or a hard earned sailing holiday, many say, lovely to be back in my own bed. Of course exceptions do occur - customers of Neptune will not say these words! Many customers of Neptune find the mattresses support their best investment aboard the vessel. 







Ragz Incredibly Soft Pullovers are a Warmtech product produced from an all natural chamois material and were originally designed in 1985 for Swimmers and Scuba Divers. When coming out of the water, this functional product provides instant warmth, dryness, comfort, and excellent wind and U.V protection. Before or after any water activity, this product eliminates any shivering from any cold or wet environments for all adults and kids and is loved and cherished by people around the world! 







In Klacko Spars we use only Miller welding equipment. Taking innovatively sound steps since 1929, Miller Electric has grown from a one-man operation selling products in Northeast Wisconsin, to what is today the world's largest manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment. As well, Miller has designed welding helmets, gloves, jackets, and other safety apparel for a variety of applications. These products feature quality materials and construction with a focus on fit, comfort, and most importantly, protection.






Liftow Limited is committed to assisting our clients in finding the safest, most productive, and cost-efficient solution for their material handling needs and sponsors one 7 ton lift-truck to use in SailTech Design boatyard.






Norway's lightweight LPG cylinder from Ragasco, allows you to see the propane level at all times. The products unique construction offers advantages for both customers and gas company employees who will find lifting and stacking them much easier. Theres no risk of explosion and no corrosion over time regardless of climate. Ragasco LPG cylinders have been approved by the US Department of Transportation and Transport Canada.






ICA is an Italian manufacturer at the forefront of industrial wood coatings with a wide range of specialized products for the marine industry - both for interior & exterior application. ICA have developed ecologically sound water based coatings that can withstand the rigours (and pleasures) of a life at sea. 
A big thank you to an ocean-crossing sailor and the President of ICA North America, Mark Levesley, for providing coatings for SeaRover.






CRS supplied scissor lift for welding tasks around the hull of SeaRover.

CRS Contractors Rental Supply is a privately owned Canadian company. We have grown rapidly from four to nineteen locations in Ontario, since our opening in the year 2000. We are in the business of providing building contractors, and related trades with quality equipment for rental, sale or service.




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