With summer now in full swing, we’re stoked to get on our PWC’s (… that’s a ‘personal watercraft’, more commonly known as a Jet Ski or Sea-Doo, etc) to rip around the lake and make a wake! Did you know you can easily tow a one-person inflatable tube behind a 3-person PWC? Yeah, it’s equally as amazing as being towed behind a boat! How does that work? Well, you have one driver, one spotter (facing backwards, like the image above) and one person riding the tube.
However, you should always keep in mind that PWC’s are super maneuverable, fast-moving and they can lose balance and tip over – meaning that you could get yourself into a tricky situation. That being said, check out these 6 safety tips you should always remember when operating a PWC this summer. Knowing your stuff is the best way to be safe on the water and have tons of fun!
– Don’t follow too closely behind other PWC’s – quick, sudden maneuvers can result in accidents. ‘Bumper-boats’ is no joke on the lake!
– Always be on the lookout for action and other boating traffic around you – i.e. kayaks, swimmers, PWC’s, boats, etc.
– Remember, PWC operation follows the SAME responsibilities as operating a motorized boat.
– Never operate a PWC at night (after dark) or in the morning (before the sun comes up).
– Use an ignition cutoff switch or lanyard, and attach it to your lifejacket. A quick pull on these lanyards (say, if you fall off) will immediately stop the engine, preventing accidental runaway.
– Know how to get back on a PWC (in case you happen to fall off in deep water). It happens sometimes and re-boarding requires some effort. Watch and learn:
PWC Age / Horsepower Restrictions
To legally operate a PWC in Canada you must be 16 years of age or older, and have your Canadian boating license (also called a Pleasure Craft Operator Card).
Just remembering those 6 simple tips can mean a summer full of waves, tubing and good times. Have a great Sea-Doo, Jet Ski and/or boating photo? Tweet us at @BOATsmart with the picture and we’ll retweet it to our followers!
Whether you’re taking the family on a trip to the cottage, taking a cross-country road trip or off-roadin’ with your pals, Nissan provides all the tools needed to ignite the outdoor enthusiast in all of us and enable us to get outdoors and explore! BOATsmart! is a fan and advocate of Nissan as a company, but especially their truck line because we know first-hand how reliable they are. Here at BOATsmart! we use Nissan trucks every time we plan an outdoor trip as they are the optimal, high-performance vehicle that can do just about anything we need.
With 390 horse power and 394 lb-ft of torque, the TITANprovides the power to carry massive payloads. With a full-length, fully-boxed frame, powerful Endurance V8, new 7-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode, and adjustable Brake Controller, TITAN helps you tow any and all water toys to the cottage making you feel capable and confident. While you’re at the cottage, check out these 10 awesome cottage hacks to help you spend less time worrying about the small stuff and more time making memories with friends and family. Thinking about taking a cross-country trip to check out the awesome lakes to boat around on? This is the vehicle you’re going to want to use! It can comfortably tow a trailer behind it in any condition and terrain.
The TITAN XD has a larger frame and is extensively reinforced for added strength and stiffness, which helps resist vertical and lateral bending and increases torsional rigidity in comparison to its counterpart the TITAN. It features a 555-lb-ft of torque, heavy-duty brakes, a larger high-strength steel fully boxed full-length ladder frame and a sliding bed extender giving you maximum versatility with minimum effort. This truck will conquer whatever outdoor adventure you throw at it. It’s no wonder Bryan Baeumler says that “The Nissan TITAN XD is already an integral part of [his] construction business. Without a doubt this truck is the most important and versatile tool on and off the jobsite.”
With an integrated gooseneck hitch this has some serious towing capability and is the perfect vehicle to tow your boat or PWC to the cottage for a weekend of fun. We know it can often be tough to launch your boat, especially if it’s the beginning of the season. For a little refresher, check out our blog on how to launch a boat: 10 steps to get out on the water. Bringing someone to the cottage who has never driven a PWC before? We can help with that! Here’s some fun and easy directions on how to drive a Jet Ski! See? We got you!
The Nissan Frontier is next on our list and it’s built for rock-solid performance; where durability meets style, with the tailgate-mounted spoiler which helps reduce drag, this truck is known for its rugged exterior making it the perfect choice to take off-roading. But that’s not the only reason we love this truck, the performance towing capability is high with a capacity of up to 6,710 lbs, up to 261 horse power and 281 lb-ft torque and it’s V6 engine, you never have to worry about what you’re pulling behind this bad boy.
This truck is the perfect choice for a camping trip with the whole family as it offers Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC). This feature – sometimes called stability control – continuously monitors your steering and braking actions, senses any oversteer or understeer, and helps compensate by reducing engine speed and/or applying brake pressure to specific wheels. The safety of your family is in good hands in this vehicle.
There you have it, the low-down on our vehicles of choice for outdoor adventures. Here at BOATsmart! we take our outdoor adventures seriously – especially when it comes to water sports and activities. There is no doubt that when we’re planning a day out on the water, Nissan is our number one choice of vehicle for any and all situations. From the safety features to the towing capabilities, Nissan has always been the best option for getting outside and exploring the wild. Get your boating license today and receive…
Looking to escape the city but not necessarily looking for your ordinary campground? If you were planning on heading to the Atlantic coast and eager to explore Virginia Beach, we’ve located some of the coolest places to stay for your weekend getaway. There are tons of great Airbnb’s ranging in all prices, that are right on the famous boardwalk, or just three blocks away from the beach. Whether it be a family fun vacation, quick trip with your best friends or a weekend getaway with a loved on, Virginia Beaches oceanfront has something for everyone.
This two-story house located in a family neighbourhood is only four minutes away from the beach, VA Beach Convention Center and public transportation. It includes over 30 amenities like a sunroom in the rear that leads to the deck and treed backyard.
This bungalow-style cottage includes a backyard pool house with access to the pool and outdoor shower. It’s only 3 1/2 blocks from the ocean and award-winning boardwalk. It includes all your beach essentials like: Beach towels, umbrella, beach blanket, snorkelling gear, etc so you don’t need to pack it yourself for one less thing to worry about!
oceanfront vacation rental studio allows you and three guests to comfortably stay in a newly renovated condo right on the beach! It’s prime location allows all of the area’s greatest attractions to be right at your fingertips.
This beautiful 3000 sq ft house with a private back yard near the highly desirable Croatan Beach, is ideal for a big group. It is super spacious and allows for up to 14 guests to stay. The backyard has a cozy deck with twinkling lights and tons of space to make your evening memorable!
This location is ideal for families since the attractions are nearby such as the: boardwalk, restaurants/bars, roller coasters and rides, mini golf, arcades, the ocean front and beaches. Not up for the beach trek? Worry not – you also have access to a pool and hot tub in the condo.
An original 1935 Virginia Beach home restored into an Airbnb beach house with all the modern amenities. It’s located only 3 minutes from the beach and includes a barbecue, sun porch, outdoor yard and Cabana Shower with changing rooms; everything you need to relax and live the luxurious beach life.
This five star rated Airbnb is perfect for a couple’s getaway weekend! It’s known for having the most amenities of any resort on the beach. Enjoy a game of rooftop tennis or shuffleboard, soak up the sun at the beautiful rooftop pool, and more!
This cozy backyard studio apartment over a detached garage with a private entrance is a great spot for two adults, but has an extra pull out couch for a third person. It even includes two bikes and two beach chairs so you can explore Virginia Beach like a local!
This newly renovated 1940’s beach townhouse is only two blocks away from the beach and comfortably sleeps 6! This quaint little townhouse is perfectly located right by the boardwalk and other attractions such as restaurants and bars, coffee shops as well as a grocery store.
People have said that this Airbnb is so close to the ocean you can taste the salt in the air when you walk outside. It’s located on the North end of the boardwalk which is a touch more quiet than the other side, but still in walking distance to all the boardwalk nightlife and attractions. You’ll additionally have access to a community pool and a designated parking lot right across the street.
Virginia Beach offers some amazing attractions such as the beautiful Boardwalk that stretches three miles, restaurants and bars. Whether you’re looking for some peace and quiet, a romantic getaway with your special someone or just a weekend to explore a part of Virginia you’ve never been to before, there is definitely an Airbnb listed for you! Be sure to check out the reviews left by previous users and get in contact with the host to see if one of these spots is right for you.
Canada Day is a day to celebrate the history of when the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Not only is it a day to celebrate the rich history of the land and stunning scenery, it’s also a day to celebrate the numerous different cultures enriching this beautiful Country and the progressiveness of our society. We are champions of inclusion and have been deemed some of the nicest people ever, #winning! Let’s rock the socks off this Canada Day in true Canadian style by hosting a dock party at the cottage! Get your dock-a-rockin’ with these awesome party tricks to celebrate Canada Day proudly!
Music could actually qualify as the most important element to not just a Canada Day dock party, but any party for that matter. Make sure you have an awesome playlist (preferably an all-Canadian one) for your guests to rock-out to as they enjoy the scenic beauty that the lake has to offer in their red and white attire.
The right lighting will set the ambience for this epic Canada Day dock party and create an atmosphere that’s just right. Grab some lanterns, candles and candle holders, twinkle lights if you have somewhere to string them and create a beautiful, cozy feeling for your guests.
Keep mosquitos away
Mosquitos can be pretty pesky this time of year. Here are some DIY natural repellents that will not only keep those annoying little blood-suckers away but will add a nice scent to your shindig.
1. Cut lemons in half and add them to a jar with a handful of cloves. This will repel the mosquitos while giving off a nice sent.
2. Face a fan towards your dock area to keep mosquitos at bay. They aren’t strong fliers so the air flow from the fan will be enough to keep them away.
3. DIY your own citronella candles to distribute across your property. Citronella is a natural, non-toxic alternative to other chemical repellents and is derived from leaves and stems of various lemongrass species.
Canada’s national cocktail! How could you ever throw a dock party in the bush without a caesar station set up to make and enjoy these deliciously salty beverages? It would be an injustice to yourself, your guests and Canada if you didn’t. I mean, there’s a National Caesar Day for crying out loud! Check out this cool site for a spicy variety of recipes to try out.
Okay, the main event that everyone has been anticipating – the food. Barbequing is obviously the traditional Canadian way to go. So, spark up the grill and get cookin’; that Peameal bacon isn’t going to cook itself, eh? There are plenty of great recipes you can find online to get those creative BBQing ideas flowing such as this one from Country Living. It supplies you with 60 different delicious recipes to choose from such as honey siracha grilled chicken thighs and grilled pork tenderloin with peach barbecue sauce. You’ll be captain of the Canadian grill and will most likely hear the words “thank you” more times than you can count.
Sparklers & Fireworks
These will help keep the party lit! Sparklers are awesome for all those Canadian gals who need to Instagram everything (or else it didn’t happen, duh!) and for any kids who may be in attendance of this awesome dock party. If you’re planning on setting off those classic fireworks to light up the sky, you’ll want to ensure that you and all your guests are a safe distance away at the time of take-off. Fireworks are a perfect way to make a bang at this Canada Day party.
Talk to your neighbours
If you’re throwing an epic Canada Day dock party, you might want to do the Canadian thing by letting your neighbours know, seeing as this is going to be the BEST. PARTY. EVER!! Let them know you’ll be rockin’ the dock all night and there might be some sing-alongs that could get out of hand, especially when Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69 comes on. Who knows, maybe they’re even cool enough to get the invite!
There are so many reasons we celebrate this beautiful country of ours, from the people to the landscape, we are so very lucky to call it home. Celebrate this year by throwing the best Canada Day dock party and show your patriotism in true Canadian style.