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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
- 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.
- 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.
There is a "short" VHF channel list
and an 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 prevent it.
- CPR and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Refresher for those who have taken a course.
- How to prevent and treat "mal de mer".
- Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)
- How to recognize, deal with, and prevent dangerous
electric power leaks from docks and boats.
- Carbon Monoxide poisoning
- Prevent this silent killer. The odorless gas from any
fuel-burning engine, generator, heater or stove can kill.
- Protecting your crew from mosquitoe bites and illnesses.
West Nile Virus
- Lyme disease
- Fastest growing epidemic in North America transmitted by ticks
- Top Insurance claims
- The most common accidents that can happen on the water.
- Pat's Units
Converter (PDQ Library)
- Converts distance, speed, weight, volume, temperature,
pressure, area, dollars. The "gas price converter" converts
between U.S. dollars per gallon and Canadian dollars per litre -
Canadians always pay more! Save the web page to use offline!
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 videos.
- The Trent-Severn Waterway
- 386 km. of canals, rivers, and 45 locks from Trenton on Lake
Ontario to Lake Huron - prefect for power cruising and touring.
- Canadian Canoe Museum, and
- The Great Lakes
- Great boating in the largest area of freshwater on earth.
- Thousand Islands National Park,
also known as the 1000 Islands [sigh].
- Pat's Island Photos.
- St. Lawrence to Lake Champlain
- Paddling voyage from Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Richelieu
River, to Lake Champlain
- Small Circle Cruise Planning
- Cruise canals, lakes & rivers of New York, Ontario, Quebec,
Small Circle Cruise Diary
- Cruising British Columbia
- B.C.'s protected waters offer
breathtaking scenery, solitude, marine life, mountains,
- Canadian Yacht Clubs & Boating Associations
- Useful reference for boating groups across Canada.
- Buying a boat
- It's fun but it's not easy! 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
- Things to consider if you think boat deals are better
in the U.S.A.
- Buying a Boat in the USA (Importing a boat
- Our collection of boaters' experiences will help you do it
- Survey a Boat (Yourself)
- A checklist to help you look at boats and keep your head
when you've lost your heart!
Then hire a marine surveyor before you make any offers.
- "The Name Game"
- Favorite Boat Names
Removing a vinyl decal
- Cruising South
- Cruising south to the ICW, Florida and Bahamas.
Even how to make a rum pot and
cruise planning with Google Earth.
- Cruising with Pets
- Should you do it? How to survive it!
- How to do things around the boat
- Helpful information, winterizing, batteries and more.
- Basic Boating hints
- Batteries and
How-to for Boating.
- Knots, flags, and other collected information.
- 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,
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!
- Taxes and fees
- Boaters pay many fees (Hey, we aren't all rich so lay off!)
HST adds extra costs to boating
- Boating Statistics
- This is our collection of statistics about boating accidents,
drownings, and the boat industry.
4. FUN STUFF!
- Boat Shows & Events
- Boat shows, poker runs, tall ships
- Poetry for Sailors
- Includes the The Irish Blessing.
- Boating and Sex
- Article republished with permission.
- Sex lives of Canadian boaters
- Survey of boater "habits" from 2008
- Boating cartoons favorites
- Includes all my favorites
- 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 game for your boating social for the kids (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.
- Canadian Boating News Blog
- Important Canadian boating news.
Subscribe to our feed or read the
- Social Media & Forums
- Boating in Canada is on
Google Plus (G+) and
Twitter @BoatingInCanada for current information.
- Collected Flotsam
- Knots, Bowline video, flags, music, geography, ...
- Time and Clocks
- Current Moon Phase
- Join the SETI Project
- Analyze radio telescope data to
find extraterrestrial life!
- Learning Boat Handling and Docking
Dawson's e-Lessons will help you dock, tie up, ramp, anchor, splice lines and tie knots. You and your crew will learn the practical side of boating in a condensed lesson that will teach you exactly what you need to know to handle your boat. Browse, order and download these terrific booklets from Boating with Dawsons, a long-time affiliate of Boating in Canada!
Here is a list of some
|Dock a Boat like a Pro
Docking a sterndrive
Docking Twin Sterndrives
Docking Twin Sterndrives Advanced
Docking a Single Inboard
Docking Twin Outboard
Docking Twin Inboard
|Docking your boat|
Docking Single Outboard
Docking your Sailboat
Houseboat Docking Single O/B or I/O
Docking While Cruising