With all the excitement of warmer days, more sun, and long boat rides it is easy to forget about all of the legal requirements you need to have in your boat at all times. But don’t worry, I’m here to give you a quick reminder of all of those goodies to keep you, your family, and your friends safe this boating season.
A general rule is to always look over your boat, make sure there’s no cracks or holes in the hull, and that all of the lights are working, etc. In addition to those few outside safety tips there are some items required* to keep inside of the boat as well.
The items are:
- Life jackets or flotation devices (one for each passenger)
- A buoyant heaving line (15 metre minimum)
- Anchor (15 metre of rope, cable or chain)
- Sound signalling device (pealess whistle, airhorn, etc.)
- Fire extinguisher
- Waterproof flashlight (batteries)
*requirements are provided by the Transport Canada website.
For more information go to:
It’s that time of year again. After a summer that never seemed to happen this year, it’s time to start thinking about storage options for your boat during the blustery months of winter. Generally, there are three options available, and each option certainly comes with its benefits.
Heated Indoor Storage:
The name says it all. Your boat is kept indoors in a climate controlled environment – usually uncovered to allow for good air circulation. This helps to alleviate massive temperature fluctuations, which is certainly beneficial to the integrity of your hull life, but is it worth it? If you’re willing to pay the higher rate, and you feel it’s best for your boat, then absolutely! One thing to remember, however, a heated facility is not reason to avoid winterizing your engine. Although the temperature stays above freezing, and therefore the risk of a cracked block isn’t cause for concern, leaving water in your engine & block for the duration of the storage term, just sitting there, can do a lot of damage from the inside by causing rust and corrosion. Will your boat still start in the spring – sure will! But be prepared to deal with a lot of brown thick chunky liquid running through your engine, and ask yourself – is this a good thing?!
Unheated Indoor Storage:
If you’re a boater who likes to keep his/her boat indoors, the unheated option is certainly the popular choice. Staying free & clear of the blustery wind & snow is ideal, and despite the temperature fluctuations, protection from the elements with the ability to remain uncovered, certainly aids in keeping your boat looking great! Provided your engine (and any water systems on board) have been properly winterized, the cold temperatures are no problem.
Outdoor Shrink Wrapped:
By far, the most affordable option…BUT, if it’s not done right, there is no doubt a huge risk of mold/mildew growing in your boat, and getting very comfortable! The boat must be dry prior to wrapping in order to avoid it becoming a greenhouse. In a perfect world, having your boat sit uncovered in the nice warm sun for a few dry days in a row is ideal, but we all know that Mother Nature usually has her own agenda, especially in the fall. Things to consider if you choose to wrap your boat:
- The ability to dry your boat thoroughly – prior to wrapping, we bring all boats inside and until they’re dry, we don’t wrap ’em!
- Mold/Mildew treatment options – once the boats are dry, we treat them with mold/mildew protection so that even if the tiniest bit of moisture remains in a dark corner, nothing will grow.
- Colour of the wrap – white wrap (instead of blue wrap) doesn’t pull the heat in from the sun, minimizing the contained heat under the wrap, and ultimately minimizing a good growing environment.
- Venting – the key to a healthy stored boat is air flow; providing lots of vents to the wrap keeps the air moving inside.
With these preventative steps in place, wrapping your boat for the winter and storing outdoors is certainly a reliable and cost effective alternative to indoor storage, leaving more money in your pocket to enjoy your boat out on the water – where it belongs!!
Since we opened our doors in 2013, we have been hosting a customer appreciation barbecue on the Saturday of the May long weekend to say thanks to our wonderful customers – old & new! This year is no exception. On Saturday, May 20th, please join us for our 4th annual barbecue…as always, we’ll have door prizes (our grand prize, once again, is indoor unheated boat storage for the upcoming winter season), giveaways (thanks to our amazing suppliers), and this year we’re also marking this day as a ONE DAY SALE on pre-booked winter boat storage! Pre-book your winter boat storage with us for the 2017/2018 season, while you’re here enjoying a burger and winning prizes of course, and receive 10% OFF the storage rate! Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your winter boat storage is booked & taken care of, and saving a little bit of money always helps! It’s our way of saying thanks 🙂 ONE DAY ONLY – SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 – We hope to see you then!
It’s that time of year again…boating season is upon us!
Although it’s understandable to be excited about getting back out on the water after a long winter, there is always a start up check list that should be followed in order to avoid any unforeseen problems that can possibly cause the boat to be in for service for most of the already too short season!
Discover Boating Canada has put together a very thorough list of things to inspect and/or service prior to that first ride of the season in the link below:
It’s that time of year again…winter boat storage is in full swing! Once the rush of getting your boat winterized, cleaned, shrink-wrapped – whatever steps you choose to take before storing – are over, we are still available and on site throughout the winter months!
Our winter hours are as follows:
November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016
Monday to Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm
December 1, 2016 – April 1, 2017
Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday by appointment
Sunday and Monday Closed
Just a friendly reminder, folks!! Original article posted http://www.boatus.com/boattech/articles/oil-changing.asp
“As with your car, the more frequently you change your oil the better. Oil is your engine’s life blood, and neglecting it can cause irreversible damage. This is particularly true when you’re laying up for the winter. Residual acids and moisture left in the crankcase over the winter can pit bearings and other vital engine parts. For this reason we recommend that you change your oil immediately before laying up for the winter, or whenever your boat is likely to be idle for a prolonged period of time.
Most engine manufacturers recommend that you change your oil every 50-100 hours (check your owner’s manual for your engine’s exact interval requirements). This applies to both gasoline and diesel engines. If your engine is brand new, we recommend that you change the oil once every 20 hours for the first 100 hours of operation. As your motor gets older, it requires less frequent changes as the internal parts bed themselves. For your engine’s exact requirements, consult your owner’s manual.
You probably already know that if you use your boat a lot, regular oil changing is a must. Did you know that if you use your boat infrequently, oil changing is even more important? This is because oil can change its makeup over time, becoming acidic and destructive to internal engine parts. Either way, oil changing is important, and your engine will always run better with fresh oil in it.
Oil changing is a simple operation, but there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to get the best results
- Before changing, run your engine for a few minutes. This will lower the oil’s viscosity and suspend the contaminants.
- Shut off your engine and change the oil and filter.
- Prepare in advance to collect oil from sump and filter without spilling it, and for proper disposal.
- A good tip is to rub some oil on the filter’s gasket, as this helps it seat better.
- Restart your engine and allow it to run for about a minute to allow the oil to circulate.
- Check for leaks while it’s running.
Your engine’s livelihood is not to be taken lightly. Simply changing your oil regularly will pay dividends in the long run. It will run smoother, have a longer working life, and be more reliable.”
Once again, our customer appreciation barbecue was a huge success! Thank you to all who came out to enjoy a burger, some ice cream, and maybe even win a prize! Our prize table wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support from our suppliers! A big thank you to Parry Automotive, Interstate Batteries, Hutchings Marine Products, Land n’ Sea, and Kwik Tek…without your generous donations, we wouldn’t have been able to provide such amazing prizes and giveaways to our customers! It was truly an excellent kick off to what’s sure to be an amazing season of boating fun in the sun!
Yes…it’s that time of year again 🙁
The cold weather is creeping in, and that means another boating season is coming to an end.
Although we do plan to stay open year round, our hours are going to change slightly. Starting November 1, 2015 our new hours will be:
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 12 Noon
As we move into December, we will be available on Saturday by appointment only.
For those who have recently purchased a boat, new or used, here is some helpful information from the Transport Canada website regarding the licensing procedure:
What is a Pleasure Craft Licence?
A pleasure craft licence is a document with a unique licence number for a pleasure craft. The number allows Search and Rescue personnel to access important information in an emergency.
The law requires all pleasure craft powered by 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more engine, to have a pleasure craft licence, unless they have a vessel registration. There is a $250 fine if you are found operating a vessel without a licence. You must carry a copy of your Pleasure Craft Licence on board at all times and display the pleasure craft licence number on the bow of your boat above the waterline on both sides in block characters that:
- are at least 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) high; and
- in a colour that contrasts with the colour of the bow.
Cost: Pleasure craft licences are free and are valid for 10 years.
Clients have two submission options to choose from when requesting a new pleasure craft licence or the transfer of a Canadian-issued pleasure craft licence.
Electronically: Transport Canada, the Office of Boating Safety is pleased to offer the online Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System (PCELS) as the preferred and quickest method in applying for a pleasure craft licence or to request a transfer, update or duplicate of an existing pleasure craft licence.
For more information on the Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System (PCELS), see our Q&A section.
By completing the application request online, and uploading the required supporting documentation, you will receive an acknowledgment number (identical to the permanent pleasure craft licence number issued to you upon verification of your documents) which is valid for 90 days and is to be marked on the side of your pleasure craft, in order for you to use your craft immediately.
Upon verification of the application and supporting documentation, the permanent pleasure craft licence will be sent to you, by the delivery method you have selected on the form (e-mail or post).
This new online submission method will eliminate the present mailing time and result in the pleasure craft owner being able to mark their boats with the Pleasure Craft Licence number sooner.
The Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System (PCELS) can be found at the following link:
Post: If you prefer, you may still submit your request by post. You will be requested to indicate your preferred delivery method (post or e-mail).
Changes to the Pleasure Craft Licensing system:
Changes to the Small Vessel Regulations have changed the Pleasure Craft Licensing Process.
- Owners of licensed pleasure craft have up to 90 days from the date of purchase to transfer a pleasure craft licence, during which time they may continue to operate the pleasure craft if documents are carried on board confirming the name and address of the new owner and the date of the transfer of ownership.
- Pleasure craft licences are valid for 10 years. If you change your name, address, or particulars of the pleasure craft during that period, you must update your licence. You can submit your updates on-line through the “Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System” or by applying to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre.
Our end of season sale is still ongoing – up to 30% off on towables, apparel, waterskis, wakeboards…Airhead, Connelly, CWB, Team LTD, Ripzone, PowderRoom.
Come in and take advantage of these great deals!!