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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 ...

Opposition to Luxury Tax

On September 1, the federal government’s controversial luxury tax on high-priced cars, planes and boats came into effect. For now, the power brokers in Ottawa seem determined to persevere with this new tax, despite an outcry from Canadian vehicle and pleasure boat suppliers, as well as warnings from critics that the measure will hurt the economy and turn out to be more trouble than it's worth. The so-called luxury tax applies to cars and personal aircraft with sale prices of over ...

Taking the Grief Out of Gassing Up

Former, 1970s-era Toronto Blue Jays ballplayer Sam Ewing once said, “inflation is when you pay 15 dollars for the 10-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided for the most part, the attention of most has turned to the rising cost of everything — notably fuel. Many boatowners are cringing as they compare the price of refueling their tanks this year versus past seasons. In many cases throughout Atlantic Canada, the ...

Boating Safety is Not Rocket Science

The 19th century writer and public speaker George William Curtis once said, “It is not the ship, so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” And Atlantic Canada’s recreational boating community has undoubtedly some of the most skilled sailors you will find anywhere in the world. However, despite the skill and state-of-the-art equipment possessed by most recreational boaters in our region, tragically, people are still drowning. In fact, drowning deaths were ...

Hurricane Preparedness: No Such Thing as Too Much Planning

Recreational boaters in Eastern Canada will remember names like Luis, Bertha, Hortense, Gustav, Juan, Ophelia, Noel, Kyle, Earl, Igor, Leslie, Arthur, Matthew, Dorian and Teddy. These, of course, are not names of your recent dinner party guests, but some of the hurricanes and post-tropical storms that have made landfall in our little corner of the Atlantic Ocean. Even as this commentary is being penned, recreational boaters in eastern Newfoundland are anxiously watching the track 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, ...

Boaters Must Help Guide Regulatory Change

Over the winter, Transport Canada’s (TC) Office of Boating Safety (OBS) was seeking stakeholder input from anyone with a particular interest in pleasure craft. The consultation involved proposed changes and revisions to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program and the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program. This was definitely a move in the right direction as recreational boaters should be aware of any pending policy changes and take an active role in forming and guiding regulatory ...