Boat Ramp Etiquette
When waiting for the use of a ramp and the lineup can be over an hour long it is very important to be efficient. When boaters have had a late night or trying to get an early start they can often be brutal with their suggestions if you hold them up. The exercise of proper ramp etiquette is still important.
Who has Right of Way when Boating?
Who has the “Right of Way” in various situations is set out by regulated Marine Rules of the Road.
VHF Radio vs Cell Phone
Quite often we get asked about the value of VHF marine band radios as means of communication vs a cell phone.
The answer to that is quite simple.
Top 4 Mistakes Boaters Make When Using VHF Radios
Get the most out of your VHF radio and ensure you’re heard every time.
Your VHF/DSC Radio - a powerhouse
Your radio ranks perhaps only second to your and your passengers’ life jackets. Here’s how to use it safely, expediently and knowledgeably.
Stay Extra Alert with Automatic Identification System (AIS) Tech
Knowing other boats’ vital navigation information provides safer experiences on busy waterways.
Life Jackets, Vests and PFDs: How to Choose
Finding the right personal flotation device (PFD) can seem like a daunting task and extends beyond finding one that fits and floats. After all, not all vests work for all people, and no one vest works well for all activities.
Near Shore Speed Limits
It is Your Legal Responsibility to Operate Your Boat at a Safe Speed and Be Aware of Your Wake.
Easing Anchoring Anxiety
Each anchorage has unique characteristics. With experience, as you enter the anchorage, you learn to read not only the physical layout but also the placement of existing boats at anchor and cottages to best select your spot for the night.
Proper Anchoring Practices Can’t Be Stressed Enough
The anchor, and the line or chain attached to it (the “rode”), are very important pieces of equipment. An anchor can make the difference between safety and disaster.
Tips for Towing and Trailering a Boat
Those of us with smaller boats spend almost as much time trailering as we do on the water or at a show. We prepare the boat but may not spend the time ensuring that our trailer is prepared and properly hooked to our vehicle.
Everyday good manners are only common courtesy, customs are derived from traditions.
Navigation Lights Are A Requirement, Not An Option
If a boat is operated between sunset and sunrise or in restricted visibility – in fog, for example – it must display navigation lights.
First Aid On The Water: Expect The Unexpected
Transport Canada mandates the required safety equipment for boating, including signalling devices such as flares and whistles, but do you know what to do while waiting for help in the event of an emergency?
Tips for Buying a Boat Online
Have you ever wondered how to find great deals or rare items? Here is a different take on searching the classifieds.
Spring Boating Tips
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.