Summer has sadly come to an end and as winter slowly encroaches on our wistful and elusive memories of boating, sun and swimming, it’s time to think about wrapping up the cottage. There are the obvious steps to take such as storing your outdoor furniture, canoes/kayaks and barbeque, taking in your dock, cleaning out your fridge, making sure all your windows are closed and locked and covering your wood pile. We’ve created a list of things below to ensure you don’t miss anything when it comes to wrapping up the cottage season.

Winterizing your Plumbing

Winterizing plumbing pipes in your cottage is something that can be time-consuming but will save your plumbing from freezing temperatures that can cause leaks and breaks. As water freezes and becomes ice, it expands producing pressure in the pipes. If you’re planning to be away from your cottage for an extended period of time, winterizing your plumbing is highly recommended.

First you will want to shut off the main water valve, turn off the water pump as well as the water heater. Next, you will want to open all drain valves and all taps, and using an air compressor, blow out any excess water that may still be in the pipes. Allow this water to drain out of the hot water and holding tank. As an additional measure, you can add antifreeze to the jet pump case. Flush toilets and remove water from the tanks and toilet bowls. Add antifreeze if there happens to be excess water to prevent the water from freezing and cracking the toilet.

Keep the Sump Pump going

Your sump pump should stay on as it will remove any accumulated water in the basement of your cottage. However, you will want to take precautionary measures such as having a battery backup or wireless alarm. Another option is having a generator backup for your sump pump in case there is ever a power outage. You will need to hire a licensed electrical contractor for this to hook the generator up to the electrical panel.

Roof Maintenance

Inspect your roof for damaged shingles and replace them if necessary. Clean out the gutters as they can cause water to back up under the shingles causing damage to the roof structure below. Trim overhanging branches that could potentially dump extra snow on the roof and wait until all leaves have fell (if possible) before cleaning the gutters.

Leaving the Cottage

Before leaving cottage, ensure all appliances are disconnected. Shut off all breakers at the electrical panel and review your checklist to make sure everything has been completed. Take photos of everything in case there is unrepairable weather damage and you must submit insurance claims. Complete a final inspection of the property, lock up your cottage and enjoy your ride home!


Winterizing your cottage can be a big job, we get it. However, by planning ahead and bringing a checklist you’re already well on your way. Another pro tip when wrapping up your cottage is to use the correct vehicle. Here at BOATsmart! our trusted vehicle of choice has and always will be Nissan. The trucks have amazing towing capabilities, safety features and a wide range of to choose from. They are the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure and trusted for all family trips! As a BOATsmart! cardholder, you receive dealer invoice pricing on Nissan vehicles plus any current dealer offers.

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October 17, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

Every parents’ first concern is the safety of their child. Parents must safeguard against so many things, from food, to household items, to equipment. As they grow older, the worry remains, while the products and situations become more difficult to navigate.  Situations such as taking the proper precautions and courses before boating for the first time which could mean the difference between life and death. Samantha Casey and Brennon Johnson are two examples of how a boating course could have potentially changed their lives. As of January 1, 2018, the mandatory boating safety education law is in effect and will be phased in over eight years. If you operate any type of motorized vessel on California waterways (including powered sailboats/paddle craft), you will be required to pass an approved boating safety exam and carry a lifetime California Boater Card.

Samantha Casey was only 13 years old when a fatal PWC crash changed her life forever. The crash almost took her life and was caused by a lack of boating safety instructions. Because Samantha was only 13-years old, she did not yet have her driver’s license and therefore was not aware of things such as blind spots. As she rode around the lake with her sister’s boyfriend, she made a sharp right turn without looking behind her. Had Samantha taken a boating course, “[she] would have seen the nose of [the] other jet ski and could have potentially prevented the collision.” Samantha Casey. The collision was such a high and forceful impact that the other jet ski went right through her leg, breaking her tibia and fibula, destroying most of her tendons and movement in her toes and ankle as well as breaking through the fibreglass on the jet ski she was on. Samantha regained her strength to walk again but will carry scars from that day in her mind for the rest of her life.

Brennon Johnson was 14-years-old when his kayak capsized one afternoon in August. Brennon drowned in his lifejacket, upside down in his seat. There is no telling why Brennon’s kayak rolled or why he was unable to get back up, but certainly an online course would have taught Brennon how to use a paddle for a brace to better keep his kayak upright. His parents “… made him take [a] hunting class. But for his kayak, [they] never made him take a class.” This activity, along with canoeing, is often overlooked when it comes to safety courses, perhaps because it’s seen as a relaxing, recreational activity. However, there are many steps and safety tips to remember before embarking on a canoe or kayak trip. After all, “The power of water is immense, and it can either cause tragedy or it can be really big fun and the difference is learning what to do and how to handle it.” Nora Whitmore, a Whitewater kayaker and instructor.

California has one of the highest recorded number of boating accidents, fatal accidents and deaths than any other state in the US. In 2017, the US Coast Guard released boating accident statistics which stated that “…81% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. Only 14% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.” This statistic supports the fact that by taking a boating safety course, you can decrease the chances of boating accidents that might potentially cause a near-fatal accident or death. As a parent, your child’s safety is always the top priority. Before they get on the water, it’s up to you to make sure they are equipped with the right knowledge and tools. for as little as $20, your child can complete an online boating safety course approved by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW). Some providers such as this one even include a free paddling safety course.

Fall may be in the air but boating and fishing season are far from over! Fall provides plenty of opportunity for a variety of gamefish such as, sunfish, crappies catfish, walleyes, and bass. Due to the cooling water temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it will have the fish moving from their summer locations to where they will set up shop for the winter. Jerkbaits will be the lures to utilize in this crispy season so, here are some of our favourite Rapala lures to use along with some awesome fall fishing tips that will help you reap the autumn harvest!


Many anglers will tell you that “covering water” is the best option for fall fishing and the best lure to use for this tactic would be the X-rap for long-casting jerkbait. The struggling baitfish action of this lure will have fish seeking it out. In early autumn you may want to use this lure to fish fast and erratically as opposed to later in the fall where you will want to slow things way down as you reel in.

Cooling shallow water temperatures will cause baitfish and predators to leave the shorelines and head to deeper water. On lakes and rivers that are full of weeds, you will find bass and walleye near bays, tributaries and flats. By retrieving a jerkbait over top of the weeds or simply on the outside edge, you will be sure to catch both smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as walleye.


This lure has a tail design that creates a fast-ripping swimbait action. It has a strike-triggering power that has a hard-stopping, forward motion that stops extremely fast with just a subtle shimmy before coming to a rest. It then slightly lifts its head with a super low-rise that predators won’t be able to resist.

Bass and walleye have been known to hang out in deep portions of a point in early morning. As the sun and temperature rises, they may move a little further up on the point. Deep-diving jerkbait is the bait to use in this case. In the mornings, you will want to work the bait along the ledges and make some casts away from the point into open water for the chance to hit a suspending fish. Later in the afternoon, sun-hit rocks are the target you will want to aim for.

Husky Jerk

This lure is perfectly balanced and can be cast or trolled at any speed. The rattle chamber transmits sound waves that amplify through the water. They can suspend on pause which is an important feature when experimenting with different pause lengths. In early fall, quicker pause lengths are more ideal while later in the fall season you may want to consider have a 10 second pause before retrieving.

A tip that can help land that trophy fish is the tactic of “strolling”. Leave the bait behind the boat and let out another half or full cast of line. Slowly troll your jerkbait using the wind and the boat motor as you quickly pull the rod forward then slide it back to imitate a dance-like movement for the jerkbait. Weighting the jerkbait in the late fall will increase its running depth as the fish will be deeper at this time of year.

Ensure you don’t leave the dock without a variety of jerkbait, depending on the time of the season. By putting these tips and lures into practice, it can help you have the best fall fishing adventure yet!

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September 13, 2018

#Categories: Tips & Tricks, Tips & Tricks - USA

There may be a slight chill in the air and pumpkin spice everything has probably taken over most of your life, but that doesn’t mean that summer is over! Our BOATsmart! crew know that feeling of not wanting summer to end; the long warm nights chilling by the fire after spending all day on the boat, soaking up the sun and making memories – we get it, it’s hard to say goodbye. That’s why we’ve come up with some delicious hearty summer recipes to stretch your summer.

Smoky vegetable Bruschetta with chilli

Here’s a recipe that will warm your bellies from the barbeque to your plates. It’s dairy-free and vegan, takes about 45 minutes to cook and is considered a super easy dish. Spark up that barbeque and char the eggplant and zucchini as well as the ciabatta to get that smoky taste that makes you think of the smell of the campfire while you sing some Van Morrison with the acoustic guitar.

Epic Summer Salad

There is no cooking required for this summer salad, which is probably what makes it so epic. It’s perfect for BBQ’s and buffets, with lamb, steak or chicken kababs! The dressing is super easy, made with fresh herbs that can be blended in a food processor the day-of or up to 24 hours before serving. This salad is so fresh and packed with flavor, you’ll forget fall is around the corner.

Swedish meatballs with beetroot & apple salad

This easy recipe takes only 40 minutes in total to prepare and cook, but no one would ever be able to guess! It’s packed with a medley of flavors and the lean pork meatballs are extra juicy and served with a delicious creamy, herby sauce that will leave your guests wanting more! This is a completely gluten-free meal and totally healthy that won’t leave you feeling hungry. It’s the perfect way to stretch your summer one tasty bite at a time.

Chicken Provençal with olives & artichokes

Although this sounds like it’s on the more difficult side, this is actually qualified as an easy recipe. With a prep time of 15 minutes and cook time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, this hearty chicken casserole will evoke summer in France with the simplistic herbs and vegetables that make it fresh to taste. Serve this stew-like meal right from the dish for a family dinner that will excite your taste buds and have you dreaming of summer nights in Provence.

Aubergine lasagne

This vegetarian dish has the same flavor palette as Greek moussaka with pasta rather than potatoes. There are some intense flavours in this dish and is qualified as a medium-level of difficulty to make. It cooks in 1 hour and 35 minutes and will comfortably serve six people. Serve this warm dish golden and bubbly with a hint of fresh thyme and chilli on the top for a mouth-watering experience.

So, there you have it – some delicious recipes that will help you stretch your summer by keeping the barbeque grillin’ and fresh vegetables as your main ingredient. We know all-to-well what it feels like to have boating season coming to a close, but hopefully with these recipes they can help you keep the dinner parties and laughs rolling for a few more weeks.

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September 11, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

It’s that time of year again, Summer Dog Days! This year we’ll be crowning the 2018 K-9 Captain and we’re pretty excited about it! We’ve partnered up with Save Our Scruff this year to shed light on the importance of rescuing dogs from unfortunate situations, providing them with the necessary care and finding them permanent homes.

Save Our Scruff is a non-profit organization located in Toronto, dedicated to rescuing dogs and finding them safe and suitable, permanent homes by way of adoption. The organization advocates for dogs without homes and educates people on the importance of adoption, spay and neutering. They work with committed volunteers, foster homes, veterinarians and trainers to rescue the dogs and then carefully find them forever homes.

Save Our Scruff differentiates itself from other rescues as they do not discriminate against dogs based on their sizes. They take all dogs in need regardless of the type of medical care or rehabilitation they may need. When it comes to finding a home for these little guys, SOS understands that every home and lifestyle is different, and they work hard to find a perfect fit for every dog.

The overall mission of SOS is to prevent overpopulation while working towards stopping the cycle of abandonment/neglect. They want to provide care and rehabilitation for stray and abandoned dogs so that every dog has the opportunity for a second chance. By providing protection, care education and advocacy to the welfare of dogs, they continue to be a leader in their field.

The founder Laura Bye began the organization after being a dog foster parent for another organization which exposed her to the harsh realities facing dogs worldwide. Many street dogs are neglected, abused and dying on the streets every day. She understands that adoption doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem, so the organization has begun to conduct spay and neuter clinics in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and hopefully, soon-to-be Peru.

If you would like to get involved with this awesome organization, you can donate your time as a volunteer by fostering these dogs until they’re adopted by their forever homes, become part of the transport team by driving the dogos where they need to be, delivering supplies and medication, and doing airport pick-ups and drop-offs among other things. You can also be a casual volunteer by helping out with events and fundraisers, walking dogs, taking photos, selling merchandise etc. There are multiple options when it comes to volunteering for SOS depending on what you would like to do or if you have any special qualifications.

If you are interested in volunteering or helping out financially or would like a better understanding of this organization, you can visit the site: Every dog deserves a second chance and every boat needs a dog… We’re pretty sure that’s a thing.

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August 21, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

We have the scoop on the latest and greatest boating accessories from MISSION boat gear! As a team of boating enthusiasts who love being on the water themselves, they understand it’s all about having fun with family and friends out on the water. They want to heighten these experiences with their products to generate smiles and create memories for years to come.

DELTA Wake Shaper

This piece of equipment was created in 2016 and totally changed the game of wake surfing. This new innovation creates a beautiful wave, that distributes the flow of water, opposite of the surfer, allowing you to surf behind your v-drive or direct-drive inboard boat. It’s a removable surf solution that attaches to the side of your boat cleanly with suction. You can thank the people who dedicated over a thousand hours to investing in the prototype that would make the most perfect wake. Every single aspect of DELTA was designed with the wakesurfer in mind and promises to deliver the best-in-class wave performance. The reason for this is due to the geometry of the device; the contoured front panel with engineered side vents generates the perfect amount of turbulence to give you the best wave performance for your boat. If the panels were larger and flat, it would put more stress on the boat and would increase steering problems, fuel consumption and splashing. The reversible orientation design is optimal for direct-drives or complex hulls that require DELTA to be attached higher while the normal orientation is typically used for decently weighted v-drives.

REEF Inflatable Mats

This mat will provide you, your friends and family with endless amounts of fun this summer! Enjoy limitless options as you sit on top of the water on this stable and rigid mat. It’s made with extra durable material that’s used in naval applications with premium drop-stitch construction and double reinforced seams. It’s 4-inches thick, giving the mat maximum stability to perform your favourite acrobatics, golf, cannonballing and much more. It comes in three different sizes for your preference and stows in a small bag. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to walk on water, now’s your opportunity!

TUKO Towels

These are the absolute best towels to take with you to the cottage or on a camping trip. The microfibres absorb way more water than cotton towels, they stow small and have an integrated strap which serves as a way to hang the towel to dry. They also come with a water-resistant carrying case to ensure that after a day of wakesurfing, you won’t need to air dry.

SENTRY fenders

These are an innovative boat bumper solution that quickly attaches to boat cleats and docks. What’s different about these fenders is the protection they offer both above and below the rub rail. These fenders have been adapted to meet the needs of boaters today. They are easy to use on smaller boats, boats that don’t have flat sides, handrails and/or high-waisted rub rails. They have a hanging point that’s lower than traditional fenders which aligns with the contour of your boat and keeps it from getting caught on top of the dock. They keep your boat safe with an innovative hanging system (a strap, rather than a rope) and an easy, adjustable locking mechanism that allows you to place it on a boat or dock offering optimal protection.

Board SOX

You can keep your board looking snug as a bug in a rug with these low profile, stylish board SOX. You can choose from the point or snub nose styles. The snub nose fits wakesurf and wakeboards up to 57”, the large point nose fits boards up to 64” and small point nose fits boards up to 55”. These SOX are light-weight, quick-drying and perfect for storing your boards on the boat or at home.

MISSION boat gear is a leading company in the boating accessory industry. They continue to innovate and bring new, exciting products to the water for us to enjoy and create life-long memories. Use one of these accessories next time you’re out on the boat, and you won’t be disappointed! Happy boating!

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August 8, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Water Sports

Georgia is home to some pretty epic bodies of water. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as the scenic backdrop for many of the lakes, it’s obvious why Georgia has many popular areas for boating. We’ve made a list of some of the best lakes in Georgia that you’re not going to want to miss next time you’re visiting or if you live here and simply want to visit your beautiful state.

Lake Lanier

Known as Georgia’s “Great Lake,” Lanier has something for everyone; sections for fast boats, watersports, quiet spots for fishing, and local spots with parks, theaters and museums. With so much variety, it’s no wonder this is one of the South’s greatest boating destinations. It’s located in North Georgia, just 60 miles from the state capitol of Atlanta with nearly 700 miles of shoreline spread over 38,000 acres and has several million visitors annually. Staying overnight? There are over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds that line the shores of Lake Lanier including a state park, Don Carter State Park.

Lake Sinclair

This lake is located just outside Milledgeville which offers a quiet place to boat, fish and relax. This is a Georgia Power reservoir located near Lake Oconee, has more than 15,330 acres od water and 400 miles of scenic shoreline. The Georgia Power lake website is a resource that you can utilize for recommendations of lake access and amenities. Rocky Creek Park is a great place to launch your boat for a relaxing day on the water fishing and boating. It’s located on the southeast side of the lake in Baldwin County near Sinclair Dam. It provides many amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, swimming beach and playground.

Lake Oconee

Located in central Georgia, this is a destination lake for both casual and luxury outdoor fun. It runs through Georgia’s Morgan, Greene and Putnam counties and is separated from its sister lake, Sinclair by the Wallace Dam. There is 19,971 acres of water to explore on this lake with 374 miles of shoreline.

Lake Chatuge

Also known as Chatuge Lake and Chatuga Reservoir, this lake is located in Hiawassee and covers 7,050 acres along the northern Georgia and western North Carolina boarders. This lake has it all, from camping in it’s beautiful forests, fishing, trying out some water activities to boating, there is no shortage of fun to be had on these waters. There are plenty of public ramps for boat access while Boundary Waters Resort and Marina offers boat rentals and sales, cabin rentals and a full marina.

Lake Blue Ridge

This is a reservoir in Fannin County in northern Georgia. It encompasses 3,300 acres of crystal blue waters with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. The Chattahoochee National Forest encompasses a majority of the shorelines with the remaining being held by private land. There are several accessible public boat ramps and numerous National Forest campsites if you feel like staying the night. This is the perfect lake to go boating, jet skiing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. It’s in habited by plenty of walleye, small mouth bass, white-pass, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish and flathead catfish. Throw in a line and test your luck! This is a lake you’re not going to want to miss next time you’re visiting Georgia!

Lake Allatoona

One of the most popular lakes in all of the United States due to the size of the lake that you can enjoy.  It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940’s and they still maintain it today. The water flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains and covers more than 12,000 acres with 270 miles of shoreline making it a boater’s dream! With plenty of marinas along the shore of the lake that offer boat services, sales, rentals as well as restaurants if you feel like stretching your legs for lunch.

These popular lakes in Georgia are the perfect spot to launch your boat and take your family on a scenic outing on the water. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as your view, you’ll be floating on wave nine as you make memories and share laughs in this unforgettable state.

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July 23, 2018

#Categories: FAQ Georgia, Lifestyle - USA

This month marks BOATsmart!’s 15-year anniversary and we could not be more excited to celebrate this milestone with some company history of where it all began and share the news of where it’s going. We took this opportunity to interview Cameron Taylor, the founder and CEO of OUTDOORsmart!, the parent company of BOATsmart!, HUNTINGsmart!, SLEDsmart!, ATVsmart! And PADDLERsmart!, for a little trip down memory lane and to give our customers a more authentic look into the mind of our fearless leader.

From the time Cameron Taylor was 12, he already had a taste of what entrepreneurship looked like when he began to cut lawns. He has always had a passion for innovation which is the driving force behind many of the accomplishments he has had throughout the years. “I’ve always thrived on challenging and succeeding without a safety net, knowing it was up to me to succeed, and learning how to take advantage of opportunity. Inspiring others to share in your vision is ultimately rewarding.” – Cameron Taylor, OUTDOORsmart!. From this drive and innovative thinking came the idea of BOATsmart! which evolved and grew into the company it is today.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do as a business leader?

“Learning to say no. When you’re growing your business, you naturally want to take advantage of every opportunity you can in order to drive growth, sales and valuation. But laser focus delivers more to the bottom line than trying to capture every dollar. If you can’t define the consumer problem and your offering in two sentences, you’ve got a problem. It’s taken me a while to learn this, but saying no is more powerful than saying yes.”

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your business?

“Not everyone on your team is wired the same. As an entrepreneur in a lean start-up, you’re doing everything. Embrace and savour that. However, once your business and your team starts to grow, you’ll need to recognize that not everyone you bring onboard will be built like you. That’s a good thing. You don’t need more of you; you need more of not you. Truly tap into what drives different people on your team, learn from them and build intrapreneurs that know how to make awesome decisions without needing to have their hands held.”

Some key dates that we are really proud of:

June 1, 2011: BOATsmart! recognized as Canada’s 32nd  Fastest Growing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 200

September 2011: BOATsmart! Peterborough Employer of The Year – Final Nominee

June 2012: BOATsmart! recognized as Canada’s 69th Fastest Growing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 200

June 1, 2013: OUTDOORsmart! recognized as Canada’s 113th Fastest Growing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 500

June 1, 2014: OUTDOORsmart! recognized as Canada’s 274th Fastest Gorwing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 500

October 22, 2014: OUTDOORsmart! wins Peterborough Employer Of The Year

Where we’re going from here

We have an exciting new chapter ahead as we embark on a new adventure with our company and brand. We’ve re-branded with the name Campfire Collective. Campfire is a collective of Brands, Educators, Publishers, Ambassadors and Public Agencies with a mission to inspire and empower outdoor pursuits. We do this by providing online outdoor education courses and through content that informs our Collective of users about spending time in the wild.

At Campfire, we have an affinity for the outdoors and believe that people are better people when they have more ‘wild in their lives’. We want to be a brand that truly connects with people and help them ‘go boldly to their wild’ while having the best experience possible. We are also very passionate about conservation and sustainability efforts and believe there needs to be more of an effort to shed light on these important issues.

As an innovative, agile company that puts people first, we are constantly looking for ways to improve ourselves; continuous improvement is at the centre of everything we do. We are passionate about what we do, and when you do the things that you love, amazing things happen; that’s what sparked Campfire Collective. So, here’s to BOATsmart!’s 15 years as North America’s leading boat licensing and PCOC company and the many years ahead of ingenuity, growth and inspiration as we set sail for our new venture!

Posted By
July 20, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA


While recently boating throughout the many lakes and wonderful lock system of the Kawarthas, I was reminded of how critical it is to not just know how to appropriately operate your boat and its safety gear, but also how to navigate your boat appropriately through a lock system. (For those that may not be familiar, a lock is a device used for raising and lowering boats between bodies of water with different water levels).


Upon entering Lock 34 at Fenelon Falls, coming from Sturgeon Lake into Cameron Lake, everything appeared normal. There were six boats which had entered into the lock, including our own, with three on each side. The Fenelon Falls lock is one of the deepest locks, with approximately 24 feet between the lower level water of Sturgeon and the upper level water of Cameron Lake. Needless to say, at that depth, the Lock staff are not able to physically assist if something goes wrong – making it especially critical that boaters entering into this particular lock understand the right steps to take.

As the doors closed behind us and the water level started to rise, sun beating down and everyone chatting away, it suddenly became apparent that one of our fellow boaters was in serious trouble…

Cries of alarm abruptly cut threw the chatter, and everyone turned to see a boat at a 45 degree angle, quickly taking on water, with its four occupants desperately trying to right their boat, no life jackets to be seen. Within seconds, it became apparent that the boat was going under and so everyone yelled at the occupants to jump, while throwing them life jackets. One of the occupants nearly got trapped under the boat as it flipped over and completely went under.

Luckily, all four occupants knew how to swim and were able to get on board the boat next to them – or else this story may have had a much different ending.

This entire event happened within less than a minute. Lives risked and a boat destroyed all due to one simple misstep – the boaters tied their lines to the drop cables (essentially ‘locking’ their boat in place at that level of water), instead of wrapping the lines loosely around to allow the boat to move up or down freely. This meant that as the water level in the lock rose, the tied line stayed in place and started to pull their boat down, until it eventually went under.

This was not the best day for these folks for sure – but two important lessons can be learned from their unfortunate experience:

1. Always wear a life jacket or have one readily accessible when entering a lock.



If you run into a situation where your boat starts taking on water, there will be no time to find and put on your life jacket, so it’s important you and each passenger either has one on already or has one close-at-hand (i.e., not locked up somewhere in your boat).

2. Never tie your vessel lines to the drop cables.

Use the vertical drop cables on the walls to wrap your mooring lines LOOSELY around the cables to secure your bow and stern. Do not leave your mooring lines unattended at any point – make sure someone is manning them at both the bow and stern of the boat at all times.


Remember: when in the locks, keep it unlocked (both life jackets and lines).


Check out some more tips from Boatsmart on how to correctly navigate a lock and keep yourself and your passengers safe!

Posted By
July 12, 2018

#Categories: FAQ Canada