Born into a sailing family in Toronto, Colin Andrews has been on the water since infancy where he spent his days cruising and racing Lake Ontario. He has been a well known and respected figure in both recreational and business aspects of boating for many years.
In his youth, Andrews attended National Yacht Club Sailing School where he won several racing trophies. From about age 16, summers were frequently occupied either building Contessa 26s and 32s or selling marine equipment at the J.J. Taylor & Sons Boat Builders, beside National Yacht Club.
After a summer with Toronto sailing pals in Europe, Andrews attended University of Toronto, graduating with a BA. Further studies at U of T focused on small business finance and law.
His career kicked off in marine distribution as a supervisor with iconic Tom Taylor Co. A couple of years later, Andrews became sales / marketing manager at North Sails in Toronto, and a few years later Andrews initiated the transition from North Sails to Ulmer Sailmakers, a move which saw the company rapidly rise to 2nd largest sailmaker in Canada, and one of the top 5 lofts in the North American Ulmer / Ulmer Kolius group. Andrews was also critical in growth and nurturing the large client base in the Caribbean and the Canadian boat builder OEM sail market. Colin developed contacts in the retail and business sectors as well as knowledge and practices which continue to have great value today. Part-time adult sailing instruction kept coaching skills honed.
After nine years in the marine business it was time to see what working life was like in the rest of the world. In a 17 year span Andrews met with both significant success and lesser success in manufacturing, agency and distribution, training and development and R&D commercialization.
First up was a complete turnaround of a small local manufacturing company. Solving absenteeism throughout the company’s ranks, re-vitalizing a stagnant product line, redefining and refreshing the distribution channels, and educating the company in major Canadian and US government contracts were the keys to the company’s post-turnaround success.
Next was formation of an agency / import company in the same industry, with a partner well established in the retail sector. Two years later the partner was bought out and the product range refined. When recession impacted on the business, Andrews looked toward personal and professional development training to develop an edge in the tougher economic conditions. That experience resulted in another career change into that sector in which the client base was the executive and owner level of medium and large business. Working with these leaders added skills and wisdom for all involved.
Andrews was then recruited as VP of a R&D firm in development of a technology for applications ranging from destruction of chemical weapons to energy from waste. Writing technical articles, coordinating technical trials, managing logistics of importing the chemical equipment from Europe and exporting to US military installations, planning demonstrations and liaising with approvals branches of provincial and federal ministries were among the initiatives and responsibilities of this position with facilities and staff in Canada, USA and Hungary. Ultimately, the business did not raise sufficient funds to survive the rigorous approvals and demonstrations marathon. Once again, though, the experiences and expertise gained have proven valuable.
Re-entry to the marine business in 2003 was a marketing drive for a new product and a strong sales program to support the rollout. Mission accomplished, Andrews went to Anchor Yacht Sales in 2004 and remained in a sales role for the next 8 years. During that period Colin attained Beneteau Professional Certification each year and won Beneteau Top Gun awards twice, enjoying the winners’ trip to France.
Off duty, Andrews is to be found racing with friends, on club cruises with spouse Barb on their boat, Jester, or enjoying a winter vacation in one of their favourite destinations including Cuba, BVI’s, the southern Caribbean and Panama.
Andrews lives and breathes boating, is always on the water and is immersed in the boat-loving community of Lake Ontario. His participation in the community includes:
- Member at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club, Toronto since 1997
- Club Cruises
- Club and regional level racing
- Certified in race judging and race management
- Sailing Committee member and regatta organization committee member
Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or talk about all things boats, Colin Andrews, has you taken care of.
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C$55,000 NEGOTIABLE - BRING OFFERS
S-135CA Classe Mini 6.50 , 2006
0 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 21 Ft.Details
C-101HC -- Beneteau 38 - Gone Sailing Adventures -- Fractional Yachting, 2014
3 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 38 Ft.Details
C-100HC -- Beneteau 423 - Gone Sailing Adventures -- Fractional Yachting , 2006
2 Cabin(s) | 2 Head(s) | 42 Ft.Details
C$135,000. Aggressively Priced
S-132OYS Archambault 31 - Anticipation , 2010
2 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 31 Ft.Details
S-130CA Cal Yachts -Cal 31 - Jolly Rog ** SALE PENDING **, 1981
1 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 31 Ft.Details
S-116CA Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39 Regate - Force Majeure **SALE PENDING**, 1984
3 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 39 Ft.Details
S-126CA Beneteau First 36.7 - Juliet, 2002
3 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 36 Ft.Details
S-122SY J Boats J111 Blast *** SALE PENDING ***, 2011
0 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 36 Ft.Details
Asking price $28,900.
Zephyr One - Alberg 37 Mk II ** SOLD **, 1973
1 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 37 Ft.Details
Reduced! C$39,900 Save with low Canadian $
S-118CA Ericson 39 - Phantom II, 1971
1 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 39 Ft.Details
NEW PRICE CAD $29,750
S-114CA Mirage Yachts - Mirage 33 - Magic Flute, 1982
1 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 33 Ft.Details
C$28,900 Very Solid Value
S-104CA Mirage Yachts - Mirage 33 - Bellum, 1983
1 Cabin(s) | 1 Head(s) | 33 Ft.Details