Spring Boating Tips

Spring Boating Tips

The ice is almost gone. The days are getting longer ~ if not much warmer. It’s time to get out on the water – or at the very least, prepare to get out on the water. Please do remember that even though the days may be warm the water is still very cold. Minor boating … Continue reading

Go Green: Use alternative natural cleaning products

Go Green: Use alternative natural cleaning products

A few more weeks and most of us boaters will be facing the pre-winter storage chore of cleaning our boat. This time try using the following alternative household products for some of those pesky chores. PRODUCT ALTERNATIVE Bleach & Borax Hydrogen peroxide Detergent & Soap Elbow grease Scouring Powders Baking soda. Mix vinegar and salt … Continue reading

Winterizing Check List

Winterizing Check List

If a boat is stored under cover for the winter, it will remain cleaner and be less exposed to the weather. It should not be sealed up tight but should be well ventilated to prevent mildew and rot. Small boats that are stored outside should be turned upside down so they do not fill with snow or rain and should be raised … Continue reading

Why should I take a boating course?

Why should I take a boating course?

A question that I get asked a lot is “why should I take a safe boating course?” Let me start by asking you the following question: Would you start driving a car before taking a course and/or driving lessons? The answer is probably no and for good reason. When it comes to operating a boat, … Continue reading

Near Shore Speed Limits

Near Shore Speed Limits

It is Your Legal Responsibility to Operate Your Boat at a Safe Speed and Be Aware of Your Wake Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide offers the following statements regarding the operation of boats at a safe speed and a boat operator’s responsibility for any damages caused by a vessels wake: Be Aware and Polite Never … Continue reading

Care and Maintenance of Inflatable PFDs

Care and Maintenance of Inflatable PFDs

I often get asked if regular care and maintenance is necessary for inflatable PFDs. Here is a rather lengthy answer to the question and some recommendations. Inflatable (PFDs) are preferred by many boaters because they are very comfortable to wear and this often outweighs their higher cost. They can save a life and in Canada, … Continue reading

Tips for Buying a Boat Online

Tips for Buying a Boat Online

Much has been written about inspecting a used boat and making the purchase, and for good reason. If you haven’t brushed up on those skills lately, a simple Google search yielded no fewer than 29 million results. One of the most important hits is from Transport Canada. Despite all the resources on making a wise … Continue reading

Selecting and setting an anchor

Selecting and setting an anchor

Most anchors hold well in mud and sand bottoms, but may not perform as well in rocky or weedy bottoms. This must be considered when selecting a boat’s anchor. The figure above shows five types of commonly used anchors. The CQR (or Plough) anchors are good in most types of bottom, while the Danforth is good in … Continue reading