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Boaters’ Voices Matter

In October of last year, Transport Canada (TC) began a public solicitation process seeking input from recreational boaters into updating the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (VORR) under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. TC stated that “we recognize that we need to modernize the process for requesting and implementing restrictions under the VORR. We need to simplify the process for proposing a restriction and shorten the time it takes to implement it. Transport Canada wants to ...

Too Close for Comfort?

It would be the understatement of the year to say this year’s recreational boating season has been one of the most memorable in decades — and not for all the right reasons. Boaters in Atlantic Canada have pretty much seen it all this year. From gale-force winds, to torrential rainstorms, to terrifying wildfires — for many it might be a season to forget as boaters start to think about securing and winterizing their crafts for another year. And of course, a sailing season would not be ...

Enough is Enough

The May 24th weekend is now behind us, which means most Atlantic Canadian recreational boaters have already either been on the water or are preparing for their first cruise or sail of the year. After months of winter doldrums, this is literally the most exciting time of the year. But enthusiasm should never overshadow safety. Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program recently released a very eye-opening report entitled Recreational Boating-Related Fatalities in Canada, ...

A Nautical High Five to Five Years

A quick internet search quickly tells you that a traditional gift for a fifth wedding anniversary is wood. Apparently, a gift of wood reflects the strength and durability of a relationship, as well as the strong eternal roots being putting down. Hopefully, over the last five years, the Atlantic Boating Magazine has been putting down some strong roots in the Atlantic Canadian pleasure boating community. Yes, it is hard to believe, but five years has passed since the TriNav Group of ...

Safety on the Water is Worth Repeating

Each May, Atlantic Boating’s sister magazine, The Navigator, dedicates an entire issue to the critical topic of marine safety. It may sound a tad redundant to repeat the same message every 12 months, but subjects such as wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) and proper vessel stability literally could mean the difference between life and death for fish harvesters and can never be overstated. Now, with COVID-19 public health restrictions finally being lifted across Atlantic Canada, ...

Batten Down the Hatches

You don’t have to be a master mariner to realize that weather patterns are changing — and unfortunately, not for the better. Climate change, yes Mr. Trump it is a real thing, has been turning Atlantic Canadian weather patterns on its head for the last decade or so. Storms are more frequent and becoming more intense. And for many Atlantic Canadian boaters, hurricane season is now part of their marine vocabulary. The Dartmouth-based Canadian Hurricane Centre is predicting that you ...