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Your Most Important Piece of Equipment

The winter season is an ideal time for Atlantic Canadian recreational boaters to check and review their vessel’s equipment. While most boatowners will take this downtime to inspect hulls, sails and engines, the most important pieces of equipment that should be carefully checked are sometimes taken for granted — lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs). You are required by law to have a lifejacket or PFD on board for each person on a watercraft. This even includes human-powe...

Vessel Tariff Could Prove Costly for Industry

Canada’s $10-billion recreational boating industry is caught in the middle of a trade war with its powerful neighbour to the south. As trade talks between Canada and the United States continued on a downward spiral this past spring, U.S. President Donald Trump lived up to an earlier threat and slapped a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum from Canada. While it is more than reasonable for Canada to retaliate to these tariffs, what is questionable and seemin...