1. RULES & REGULATIONS
- Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC)
- (mandatory education, operator licence) began in April 1999.
A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is now required for operating
any powered boat. Foreign visitors and renters follow special rules.
Get your training and operator card from BoaterExam.com - all online.
- Boat Licences, Registration, and Markings
- For boats, before you wet Her bottom. Licensing is the norm -- you get
new federal licence numbers from the province, such as ON123456 in Ontario.
- Minimum equipment required
- For your boat in Canada depends on Her length.
- Boating Laws
- Including the Contraventions Act with
on-the-water tickets for a number of infractions.
- Government Index
- Find details about government regulations affecting boating.
Includes U.S. and provincial governments.
- Rules of the Road
- What you need to know to avoid a collision with all the boats out there!
Repeat after me: "There is no right of way"!
- Entering the U.S.A. by Boat
- Crossing the border, Customs decals, I-68 forms, video terminals, NEXUS,
cruising permits, CANPASS. Security procedures change regularly!
- Entering Canada by Boat
- Foreign boaters need information on immigration, customs, tax rebates,
marine radio, environmental laws, boat and operator licensing requirements,
and which ports to report to.
- Buying a boat
- It's not easy but so much fun! To avoid all the mistakes most
boat buyers make, read
Buy a Boat with Confidence" written by boater
Doug Dawson before you shop. Don't buy a lemon!
- Why you should buy a boat in Canada
- Especially for boaters who think deals are better in the U.S.A.
- Buying a Boat in the USA (Importing a boat and trailer)
- Our collection of boaters' experiences will help you do it right.
- Survey a Boat (Yourself)
- A checklist to keep your head working when you've lost your
heart to a boat! THEN hire a surveyor before you make an offer.
- "The Name Game"
- Favorite Boat Names
Removing an old vinyl decal
StreetGlo boat name decals and
name suggestion tool
- VHF marine radio
- In Canada boaters need licences to use a VHF radio: an optional
licence for the radio and a mandatory licence for the operator. Print out
the "short" VHF channel list and emergency "Mayday" sheet for your crew.
- Alcohol & Boats
- Governed by federal and provincial laws. A discussion from the
Canadian boating group about drinking and boating is included.
2. NAVIGATION & SAFETY
- Small boat navigation
- Using a compass for chart plotting to electronic navigation using echarts.
WAAS navigation is the newest and most accurate electronic system. Older systems in common use are:
Loran-C (archive) was retired in 2010.
- Cruise Checklist
- For those important checks before you head out.
Handy enough to print out.
- Fuelling gasoline
- Safety at the gas dock (or "How I hate flying through the air!") and
Fire extinguishers includes a story about
a real-life galley fire.
- How to Save Fuel in your Boat
- Float Plan
- For you to fill out and give to a friend or the Coast Guard
-- just in case.
- Marine Weather
- Forecasts to avoid bad experiences!
- MAFOR Code, Beaufort Scale
- Distress signals
- To use when you are in trouble -- from flares to Mayday.
Waving your arms and screaming works too!
- Marina security
- On everyone's minds these days. Learn how to protect your pride and joy.
- It can kill you. Here are the symptoms and treatment as well as how to
- CPR and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Refresher for those who have taken a course.
- How to recognize and prevent it.
- Carbon Monoxide poisoning
- Can be caused by any fuel burning engine, generator, or cabin appliance.
Prevent this silent killer with a few precautions.
- How-to & Help
- Helpful information, winterizing, batteries and more.
- Top Insurance claims
- The most common accidents that can happen on the water.
- Pat's Converter
- Unit converter for distance, speed, weight, volume, temperature,
pressure, area, dollars. It now includes the "gas price converter" between U.S.
dollars per gallon and Canadian dollars per litre - we pay more!
Boaters should have a copy on the laptop to use offline!
(Now in the PDQ Library)
- Boating Statistics
- This is our collection of statistics about boating accidents,
drownings, and the boat industry.
3. CRUISING CANADA
- The Rideau Waterway
- UNESCO World Heritage Site from Ottawa, Ontario (Canada's capital)
to Kingston on Lake Ontario - the best cruising, fishing,
history and scenery. Read Pat's "Rideau Canal Cruising Guide". Don't miss our
- The Trent-Severn Waterway
- 386 km. of canals, rivers, and 45 locks from Trenton on Lake
Ontario to Lake Huron - another gem for power cruising and touring.
- Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough
- The Great Lakes
- Hundreds of great boating areas. Includes
St. Lawrence Islands National Park information
- also known as the Thousand Islands [sigh].
Don't miss my Photo Album.
- St. Lawrence to Lake Champlain
- Kayak cruise from Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Richelieu
River, to Lake Champlain
- Small Circle Cruise Planning
- Cruise canals, lakes & rivers of New York, Ontario, Quebec, Vermont
Small Circle Cruise Diary
- Canadian Yacht Clubs & Boating Associations
- Useful reference for boating groups across Canada.
- Knots, flags, and other stuff that doesn't fit elsewhere.
- Cruising South
- Cruising south to the ICW, Florida and Bahamas.
Even how to make a rum pot.
For you daring voyagers, read about
Jack Nye's 18th Atlantic Voyage - at 86!
- Cruising with Pets
- Should you do it? How to survive it!
- Basic Boating hints
- Batteries and
How-to for Boating.
- Those wonderful birds whose mournful
call is heard across Canada's fresh water lakes in the summer.
- Fishing in Ontario
- Provinces regulate fishing, so this is general.
- Aquatic Environment, Water Quality
- Invasive species, virus and chemicals in fish, holding tanks,
Clean Marine, sewage into snow, solar boats
Cleaning a boat,
Great Lakes toxins,
Drinking water, parasites
- Zebra mussels & Invasive Species
- Invasion of the Great Lakes by Invasive Species. I'm going
to have a Zebra mussel appetizer - with garlic!
- Protecting your crew from mosquitoes
Diseases they spread - including West Nile Virus
- Taxes and fees
- Boaters pay many fees (Hey, we aren't all rich so lay off!)
HST adds extra costs to boating
- Canadian Boating Index
- Links to other boating information
4. FUN STUFF!
- Boat Shows & Events
- Boat shows, poker runs, tall ships
- Poetry for Sailors
- Includes the The Irish Blessing.
- Includes all my favorites
- Boating and Sex
- Article republished with permission.
- Sex lives of Canadian boaters
- Survey of boater "habits" from 2008
- Boating Humour collection:
Celsius & Maple Leafs
: Pirate Joke
: Sailing Story
: Sailor Math
: Boat Shoes
- The Perfect Storm: The Condensed Script
- For those who haven't time to see the movie!
- How to Identify a Canadian Boater!
- Just a little northern humour.
- The "Laws" of Boating
- Laugh, so you don't cry!
- Canadian Boating Quiz
- Sail your brain! Can you identify all
Canada'a provinces and territories?
- Online Boating Games
- Links to other sites for kids (large and small) on a rainy day
- Canadian Boating Scavenger Hunt
- A fun list for your boating social for the kids to have fun (or adults?)
- Apps for Sailors
- Software for Android and iPad/iPhone/iTouch -
navigation, information resources, weather, charts, tides
- Media stuff
- Animated photos, calendar, music, loon calls ...
- Boating photography
- How to make those memorable photos while bouncing around.
- Boating newsgroups
- Post in can.rec.boating
to ask boat questions or chat about boating anywhere in Canada!
- Canadian Boating News Blog
- Read important Canadian boating news. Subscribe to our feed or read the archives. Follow us on @BoatinginCanada on Twitter for other news.
- Collected Flotsam
- Knots, Bowline video, flags, music, geography, ...
- Time and Clocks
- Current Moon
Phase and information about the Sun and Sky.
- Join the SETI Project
- Analyze radio telescope data to
find extraterrestrial life!