Whether you’re strolling by the harbour front and want to stop off for a bite to eat with a view or need a place to dock your boat to stretch your legs, these top marinas in New York have just about everything you would ever need for a fun day on or off the water! We want to take the hassle out of your next boating trip in New York, so we’ve compiled a list for you to reference of all the best marinas in New York. Get out on the water faster and easier!

 

Liberty Landing Marina

This is a 520-slip marina located on the Hudson River across from the lower tip of Manhattan. To name a few services that are available at this beautiful marina, there is a 24-hour fueling facility, full-service maintenance and marina store and two on-site restaurants which offer rich views of New York city and menus that are predominantly seafood. Maritime Parc restaurant is beautifully designed for ultimate panoramic views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Libertyhttps://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. This is a top-notch marina that you will definitely want to stop in at during your next New York boating trip.

 

North Cove Marina

This marina is part of the IGY network which has properties throughout the world. They pride themselves on providing top nautical tourism for people by hosting events and catering their marinas to a variety of vessel types including sportfishers, cruisers, sailing and motor yachts. The company also participates in 10 of the world’s largest sport fishing tournaments making specific marina locations highly sought-after angler destinations.

 

Liberty Harbor Marina

These are on the waters of Morris Canal where they offer dockage with a convenient payment plan from a day to a year. They are equipped with their own fuel dock with gas, diesel, motor oils, ice and pump-out. They offer a “permit-only” parking lot, locked and gated dock house hot showers and laundry facilities.

 

Minneford Marina

This Marina is located in the Bronx minutes from Westchester county with the marina complex including 500 docking spaces. It has a full-service shop with a full-time staff of mechanics and craftsmen and is an authorized dealer for a variety of major manufacturers and has a large inventory of parts. It also offers full winter storage programs with all related services.

 

Nichols Great Kills Park Marina

This marina is located on Staten Island and has 3.75 square miles with a mean low water depth of 15 ft. There is an immaculate beach neighbouring the marina that provides a snack bar in the beach pavilion and a playground for children in the summer months. This marina is nearly land-locked making it very well protected from storms and is easily accessible from the main channel.

 

Mansion Marina

Located on Staten Island, this marina was founded in 1957 but has recently undergone some major renovations. It has new docks with high water pilings, a new gas dock, handicap accessibility and new electric to accommodate larger vessels. They are a full-service marina with 24-hour emergency repairs, cleaning services and storage options.

 

One 15 Brooklyn Marina

Located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, across the East River from Wall Street and South Street Seaport, this marina is in the optimal spot to access Manhattan as well as enjoy all the attractions that Brooklyn has to offer. They offer over 100 slips for vessels ranging in a variety of different sizes and lengths, vessel maintenance assistance, sanitary pump-out facilities and 24-hour security and gated access. This marina is part of a great initiative called the ‘Community Dock’ program, where the Marina contributes two percent of the Marina Services revenues to support free and low-cost community boating.

 

Brewer Yacht Yards & Marinas

For the bigger vessels out there, Brewer Capri Marina is for you! Situated in New York’s Long Island Sound, it offers quality amenities such as a swimming pool, waterfront restaurant, a weekend courtesy car and golf cart service and holds nearly 330 seasonal slips. There is transient space available for yachts up to 150’, well-maintained floating docks and offers complete renovations or modifications during the boats down time with the marinas skilled service staff.

 

Mahopac Marine

This is a full-service marina that has been family owned since 1969. It is located on Lake Mahopac in Putnam County.  As a smaller marina they offer boat slips, gas pumping and a full retail store with storage in their newly built maintenance shop. This marina prides itself on impeccable customer service as it continues to honour the family name.

Hopefully these top choices for marinas will help make your next boating trip in New York a breeze. There are plenty of awesome ones to choose from, so you can’t go wrong. It really just depends on your route for the day. We know how hectic it can be to check off everything on your to-do list to get out on the water, but with this list of marinas, it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

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June 21, 2018


#Categories: Uncategorized

According to a study conducted by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Fisheries, New York has been regarded as an abundant bass-fishing state as the bass population has increased in most waters of the state.  The bass season in New York runs from the third Saturday in June through to the end of November. Before embarking on your fishing trip, there are a few things to consider to ensure a fun and safe day on the water. Checking weather and water conditions is an important first step before heading out on the boat. By checking the local weather forecast or the National Weather Service, you can collect the relevant information needed before heading out on the water to avoid potential hazards that may put yourself and others on board at risk.  You will need to bring a chart for your routes which is an essential tool for marine navigation.

 

Lake Erie

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the best smallmouth bass fishing in New York State and arguably the entirety of the United States can be found in Lake Erie. Lake Erie is ranked by Bassmaster Magazine as first in the Northeast, claiming that the “odds for catching a 20-plus-pound limit of five smallmouth bass may be better here than anywhere. And, you can do this in any season.” – Bassmaster Magazine. Smallmouth bass are widely distributed within the lake and are typically between two and four pounds. The usual hotspots for bass are along rocky structures and drop-offs in 15-35 feet of water.

 

Black Lake

Black Lake can often be overlooked amid the many choices of fishing holes, but this largemouth and smallmouth spot should be on your list. It is quite shallow with the maximum depth hitting only 40 feet, so navigation should be handled cautiously. National publications have rated Black Lake among the top-ten bass waters in the country and hosts many fishing events throughout the year. Often, largemouth will be found in shallower, warmer bays while smallmouth can be found swimming in the drop-offs. Check out the mouth of the Indian River, around the shoreline of Big Bay, Bullhead and Conger Islands.

 

Oneida Lake

This lake’s bottom is the perfect environment for largemouth and smallmouth bass as it consists of reefs and rocky bars. With the introduction of zebra mussels, they have impacted the water clarity which allows the sun to penetrate, creating more vegetation for the bass to thrive off of. This lake is situated in the center of New York State, northeast of Syracuse and the Great Lakes. While you’re looking for that honey hole, don’t forget to look around and take in the beautiful scenery that this lake offers. It was created over 12,000 years ago after the Ice Age ended and was originally a vast inland sea called Lake Iroquois which covered much of Central New York.

 

St. Lawrence River

A variety of different fish species can be found here including small and largemouth bass during your next fishing venture. This river ranks as the largest east-west river in North America as it flows across the top of St. Lawrence County, the river forms the border between New York State and the Province of Ontario. A Canadian license is required in Ontario waters so be sure to bring along your river charts which will come in handy. Bronzebacks are the river’s “summer fish” which you can find along mainland points, island shorelines, rocky areas and large flats. In early season spinners, surface bait and tipped jigs work well and as you move to the later season and deeper water, live bait such as minnows or crawfish work far better. As for largemouth bass, the water temperature isn’t as suited for this species and as a result, the early mornings are the best time to find them in the backwaters of most large bays. Autumn is classified as the most abundant time of year for largemouths.

 

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to bass fishing in New York city; there really is no shortage of fishing spots, it’s just important to note the season that’s best for each specie as well as the ideal spots they hang out in. It’s also a smart idea to consider the safety tips before leaving to ensure you feel confident when heading out on the water. Hopefully you have some luck in these fishing spots in New York and have an epic fishing story to bring back home!

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June 19, 2018


#Categories: FAQ New York, Tips & Tricks

New York is a city surrounded by various bodies of water making it a perfect city to spend the day out on the water. Made up by five boroughs, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, this lively city sits right where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean making boating an epic and visually stunning experience. Boat your way into a  New York state of mind when you step off the dock and onto the water for a day of sun and adventure as you cruise around the Big Apple.

 

Freeport

The inlets and islands of Freeport are perfect for a day of fishing and boating while you take in the beautiful coastline. Freeport is situated in Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island. Zach’s Bay is southeast of Freeport off the Jones Beach Theatre and is a great place to anchor for families to raft-up and enjoy a concert playing at the theatre or enjoy a day on the beach without the overcrowded feeling.

 

The Hudson River

The Hudson River offers beautiful scenery along the 300 miles that it stretches. Boaters can escape to the north toward Peekskill where the river offers copious amounts of wildlife. There is abundant largemouth and smallmouth bass around the tributary mouths and in-river structures during the summer and fall. In the spring striped bass can be caught below the Troy Dam to New York City. There are small towns along the river that you can visit, learn the history, stretch your legs and enjoy dinner along the water’s edge. Check out one of the only Dock & Dine spots in New York city at La Marina in Washington Heights for a really fun experience!

 

Finger Lakes

This is a region of New York State, known for its lush vineyards and named for its series of eleven long, thin lakes extended like fingers. This is one of New York State’s most popular regions for recreational boating with numerous private boat launches to enjoy a scenic route. Take a day trip and explore the Finger Lakes Central Region (the centrally located area found between the two largest lakes; Seneca Lake to the West and Cayuga Lake to the East). These lakes were formed by glaciers and contain over 6.6 trillion gallons of fresh water making it an ideal destination to enjoy a day on the water.

Thousand Islands

If you love fishing, this is the place for you as it has ample fish and fishing holes. With more than 100 boat launches available in the region, this is an easy accessible waterway with much to offer. With it’s crystal clear waters, historic castles and lighthouses, it is arguably one of the best places for pleasure boating in New York State.

New York Harbor

Boating by the Manhattan skyline is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. There are many attractions such as Governors Island which is a 172-acre island containing Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and Dock 102. Don’t forget to stop by Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty  as well as Ellis Island  which is a historical site that opened in 1892 as an immigration station for more than 60 years.

Lake George

This was called “the most beautiful water I ever saw” by Thomas Jefferson and this statement still holds true today. It was once an important fur-trading route and held an important role in the American Revolution with traces of the past laying at the bottom of the lake in the form of shipwrecks. Although a lake that once held a violent past,  today, the coastal shores are full of beautiful wilderness, marinas, restaurants and the Adironack Mountains which add to the astounding atmosphere.

Cold Spring Harbor

This is the perfect place to drop an anchor, enjoy a picnic on the boat and go swimming for the day or head out for a day of water skiing and wake-boarding. This is truly some of Long Islands best boating with a coastline full of beaches, parks and historic mansions. For larger vessels who want to anchor for the day, Eaton’s Neck Basin is the perfect place and it’s only a few miles east near Huntington Bay.

 

Whether you’re going for an all-day boating adventure to take in the picturesque scenery along the coast, throwing down an anchor to take a dip in the water or stopping along the water’s edge to indulge in a scenic meal, New York offers a vast array of options for any type of excursion. The waterways of New York will never disappoint an enthusiastic boater as there is truly something for everyone. Sail through these waters in New York and make memories you will never forget.

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June 18, 2018


#Categories: FAQ New York, Lifestyle

Get grilling this Father’s Day for a dinner dad won’t soon forget! We know how hard it is to thank dad for all those years we borrowed his car and didn’t fill it up with gas after or how his incessant years of advice actually paid off and became useful as adults (although we would never actually tell him that, obviously). As a way to show dad our appreciation, we’ve come up with a list of unreal BBQ recipes that will have you looking like the lord of the grill flame and dad a happy camper. These recipes are best enjoyed relaxing at the cottage after a long day out on the water, applying aloe to your sunburn and planning tomorrows activities. This Father’s Day, BBQ your way to dad’s heart with these easy yet mouth-watering recipes.

Double Cheese Burger

The old classic burger will never not be good. We’re just going to quickly ramp this recipe up by doubling the meat to pack that extra punch! Keep things “lit” with the Texas spicy BBQ sauce which this recipe calls for and keep in mind the burgers must stay on the grill a little bit longer than usual due to the sheer volume of beef. There is no way dad won’t appreciate this juicy burger when you top it off with bacon and serve it with a side of dill pickle.

Pizza on Brown Wooden Board

Pizza on the Grill

The BBQ is a great way to add a smoky flavor to your pizza and a smart way to keep the hot temperature of the unforgiving summer outside. If you’ve properly heated the grill, there’s no reason why the dough would fall through and according to this recipe the trick is to grill the dough on one side, remove from the grill, flip it, add your toppings and continue grilling. That way, the dough is cooked equally on both sides and your pizza is at the optimal charcoaled perfection.

Beer-braised Beef Ribs

Everyone knows dad loves ribs; they’re meaty, juicy and tender little pieces of goodness that can have a variety of flavors. This recipe has only three ingredients making it an easy one to whip up however, you will need to take into account the prep time before actually slappin’ them on the grill. First things first, you’re going to need to slice the ribs into 1-rib portions and bake them in the oven under tinfoil and beer for 2 hours or until they are tender. This is the most important step as this will allow the sauce to absorb into the meat and will help accomplish that melt-in-your-mouth texture.

 

Tangy Beer-Can Chicken

Sticking to the theme of beer and meat, this beer-can chicken recipe is one for the cottage books. The best part about this recipe is that you’re “required” to drink half the can before inserting it into the tail end of the chicken. The beer will act as a moisture conductor as it steams the chicken from the inside and adds flavor to the dish. Once the chicken is cooked, take it off the grill and dust it with the honey mustard dressing for a tangy taste. Serve up with a side of craft beer and enjoy!

Freshly grilled corn on the cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

These have to be the easiest yet most delicious sides to accompany your grilled Father’s Day meals. The sweet corn becomes more intensified while the grill adds the charred flavor and holds in the moisture. Once you take them off the grill, feel free to add some toppings such as sour cream and feta cheese with chili flakes and lime or herbed butter and paprika!

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

These are easy to make and serve as a perfect appetizer with a big, dynamic flavor. The muted spiciness from the jalapenos mixed with the creamy flavor of the cheese and saltiness from the bacon makes a bold impact to start off the grilling festivities.

BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Is there anything that says summer at the cottage more than grilled shrimp? This recipe is quite simple with minimal prep time as well as cook time. With summer just days away, this recipe is a great way to kick it off! The Cajun spice adds a nice little kick to these crustaceans while the charcoal from the grill invites a smoky flavor to linger making this dish an irresistible Father’s Day choice.

Let dad put his feet up in the hammock this Father’s Day while you take over the BBQ and grill like a pro. The grill will enhance the flavors of whatever you’re cooking, so don’t be afraid to allow the food to be a little charred. It’s hard to show dad how much you appreciate everything he’s done for you but a perfect way to start is by cooking your way to his heart.

Posted By
June 14, 2018


#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

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Les règles, les risques et les pénalités lors d’un « Booze Cruise! »

Nous recevons beaucoup d’appels téléphoniques. Plusieurs Canadiens appellent BOATsmart! pour trouver des réponses pour toutes sortes de questions sur la navigation de plaisance et sur les lois canadiennes sur la navigation. Ont ce fait demandé tout ce qui suit: «Comment puis-je atterrir un bateau?», «Comment puis-je obtenir un permis de canotage canadien?» et même «Voulez-vous vous marier avec moi?» (Oui, nos membres de service à la clientèle sont très bons à leurs emplois!).

Enfin, nous entendons beaucoup de Canadiens qui se demandent quelles sont les lois sur la navigation de plaisance dans leur province ou leur territoire s’ils veulent boire. Alors, nettoyons le brouillard et faisons le bon chemin pour rester en sécurité (et légale) en bateau cet été!

 

Prendre une «Croisière à l’alcool»? – Vous pourriez perdre votre permis!

Au Canada, l’exploitation d’un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou de drogues constitue une infraction au Code criminel du Canada. Vous êtes considéré comme «perturbé» ou «sous l’influence» si vous êtes testé (avec un alcootest ou un test sanguin) et les résultats déterminent que votre taux de concentration d’alcool dans le sang (BAC) dépasse 80 mg. Bien sûr, le niveau de tolérance des personnes à l’alcool peut varier, mais ce nombre NE CHANGE PAS. 80mg = bateaux enfouis. Et pour une bonne raison – 65% des accidents liés au nautisme au Canada impliquent la consommation d’alcool comme facteur.

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Quelles sont les pénalités pour boire et naviguer au Canada?

Si vous êtes reconnu coupable d’avoir opéré un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou de drogues, les pénalités minimales au Canada sont les suivantes:

* 1ère infraction: une amende minimale de 600 $.

* 2ème infraction: une amende minimale de 600 $ et au moins 14 jours de prison.

* 3ème ou infraction subséquente: une amende minimale de 600 $ et au moins 90 jours de prison

Les amendes et pénalités MAXIMALES varie selon la province.

Quand puis-je consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau au Canada?

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau au Canada tant que le bateau est équipé:

* Installations de cuisson permanentes,

* Possibilités de couchage permanent,

* Une toilette permanente; et,

Le bateau doit être ancré ou sécurisé à côté d’un quai.

La plupart des yachts et des bateaux à moteur répondent à ces exigences, mais tous les types de bateaux ne le feront pas. En tant qu’opérateur de bateau, il est VOTRE responsabilité de vous assurer que votre bateau satisfait à ces exigences avant que les passagers ne bois de la bière ou de la liqueur. Il est également  votre responsabilité de rester sobre pour vous assurer que tout le monde arrive à la maison en toute sécurité.

Rappelez-vous, la navigation de plaisance sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues est TOUJOURS illégale, cependant, les règles pour lesquelles l’alcool peut être consommé légalement et transporté sur un bateau varient d’une province à l’autre.

Alors, quelles sont les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool dans ma province?

Alberta:

En Alberta, les amendes et les pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou de drogues correspondent aux amendes et aux pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

L’alcool peut être consommé à bord d’un bateau en Alberta tant seulement si le bateau est équipé d’une toilette permanente, l’installation de cuisine, l’installation de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC de l’Alberta pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool en Alberta.

Colombie britannique:

En Colombie-Britannique, les amendes et les pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou de drogues correspondent aux amendes et aux pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

L’alcool peut être consommé légalement à bord d’un bateau en Colombie-Britannique tant que le bateau est autorisé à se consommer de l’alcool, ou le bateau à des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Contactez les B.C., la GRC pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool en Colombie-Britannique.

Saskatchewan:

En Saskatchewan, les amendes et les pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues correspondent aux amendes et aux pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

L’alcool peut être consommé à bord d’un bateau en Saskatchewan tant que le bateau a des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré à terre.

Contactez la GRC de la Saskatchewan pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool en Saskatchewan.

Manitoba:

Au Manitoba, les amendes et les pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues correspondent aux amendes et aux pénalités pour l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Au Manitoba, il est illégal de transporter de l’alcool ouvert sur les bateaux. Les passagers de bateaux ne peuvent consommer d’alcool qu’à bord d’un bateau au Manitoba tant que le bateau a des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré au rivage.

Communiquez avec la GRC du Manitoba pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool au Manitoba.

Ontario:

En Ontario, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Comprenez qu’un navetteur de l’Ontario reconnu coupable d’avoir opéré un bateau alors qu’il était sous l’influence de l’alcool de drogue peut avoir son permis de conduire suspendu pour un minimum de 1 an. Le programme de verrouillage de l’allumage de l’Ontario s’appliquera également aux personnes reconnues coupables de conduire sous l’influence.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau en Ontario tant que le bateau dispose d’une toilette permanente, l’installation de cuisine, l’installation de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la Police provinciale de l’Ontario (OPP) pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool en Ontario.

Québec:

Au Québec, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété. Cependant, les plaisanciers au Québec sont autorisés à transporter de l’alcool sur les bateaux pendant le démarrage du bateau. Même l’opérateur du bateau peut le faire, à condition que leur niveau BAC ne dépasse pas la limite légale de 80 mg.

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les lois québécoises en matière de navigation nautique, communiquez avec la Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

Nouveau-Brunswick

Au Nouveau-Brunswick, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau tout en étant endommagé par l’alcool ou les drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à la conduite d’un véhicule à moteur sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a pas de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau au Nouveau-Brunswick tant que le bateau est équipé d’installations permanentes de sommeil, de cuisine et de toilettes et le bateau est ancré ou amarré.

Contactez la GRC du Nouveau-Brunswick pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador:

À Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau tout en étant endommagé par l’alcool ou les drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à la conduite d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a pas de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador tant que le bateau a des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec de l’alcool à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador.

Nouvelle-Écosse:

En Nouvelle-Écosse, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau en Nouvelle-Écosse tant que le bateau dispose d’une toilette permanente, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool en Nouvelle-Écosse.

L’Î.-P.-É

À l’Î.-P.-É., Les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard tant que le bateau a des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool à l’Î.-P.-É.

Territoires du nord-ouest:

Dans les TN-O., Les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau dans les TN-O. Tant que le bateau possède des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC des Territoires du Nord-Ouest pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest.

Yukon:

Au Yukon, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau au Yukon tant que le bateau dispose d’une toilette permanente, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC du Yukon pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool au Yukon.

Nunavut:

Au Nunavut, les amendes et les pénalités pour conduire un bateau sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues sont les mêmes que celles applicables à l’exploitation d’un véhicule automobile sous l’influence de l’alcool ou des drogues. Il n’y a PAS de différence entre la conduite en état d’ébriété et la navigation en état d’ébriété.

Les passagers de bateaux peuvent consommer de l’alcool à bord d’un bateau au Nunavut tant que le bateau possède des toilettes permanentes, des installations de cuisine, des installations de couchage et il est ancré ou amarré.

Communiquez avec la GRC du Nunavut pour plus d’informations sur les lois sur la navigation de plaisance avec l’alcool au Nunavut.

Rappelez-vous que ces lois sur la navigation de plaisance peuvent changer avec le temps, donc vous devriez consulter votre police provinciale (OPP pour Ontario, SQ pour le Québec et la GRC pour toutes les autres provinces et territoires) pour les restrictions de transport et de consommation d’alcool qui s’appliqueront à votre type de bateau, dans votre province.

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Risques de «croisière de boissons alcoolisées»

La plupart des plaisanciers ne pensent pas aux amendes nautiques et aux pénalités jusqu’à ce qu’ils soient sur le lac, dans le «moment de pénalité» qui reçoit un billet d’un agent de police maritime. Ne laissez pas cela vous arriver. Donnez la priorité à la sécurité nautique, assurez-vous d’avoir votre permis canadien, tous vos équipements de sécurité de bateau requis à bord et connaître les risques pour les bateaux enfouis. Pensez-y de cette façon: vous faites du bateau avec les gens que vous aimez, n’est-ce pas? Ne risquez jamais la sécurité de vos proches. Boire et conduire est aussi dangereux sur l’eau que sur une route.

Opérateurs – Restez sobre sur les bateaux! Profitez d’une boisson froide une fois sur le rivage. Ou une fois que vous avez satisfait à toutes les exigences légales pour consommer de l’alcool sur votre bateau. Récompensez-vous avec une bière froide après que vous avez la sécurité et la sécurité de tous à la maison.

Bon trajets!

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June 14, 2018


#Categories: Boating License, FAQ Canada

With Father’s Day nearly here, it’s tough to choose that perfect gift for dad to show him how much he really means to you. After all, he’s been your number one supporter from the beginning, giving you advice and always sharing his not-so-funny dad jokes when you need to smile. Dads look forward to the day that they can pass on their traditions to their kids and share common interests for the ultimate goal of spending quality time together. Maybe he took you to his favourite fishing spot and showed you how to put a worm on a hook and helped you reel in that whopper you’d been excitedly talking about all day. This Father’s Day, we have some awesome gifts for you to choose from to save time and to show dad how great you think he is!

Boating License

Dad’s already our captain, why not get him a boating license and make it official on the water! Get it now and he’ll receive two extra cards to keep in his tackle box, car or wallet. Boating allows you to feel free and relaxed out on the water and the BOATsmart! course will help dad boat with confidence this Father’s Day.

Engraved Compass

Swim into dad’s good books this Father’s Day with an engraved compass. This thoughtful, personalized gift is made out of brass metal and measures about 2.5” in diameter. Each compass is hand crafted in a vintage style with minor dents and scratches to add to the charm and character. There are 50-60 characters that can fit per side to personalize your message. This makes a unique yet practical nautical gift for dad that will surely become a keepsake.

Anchor Cuff Links

What do you get the dad who already has everything? Anchor cuff links, of course! These handsome accessories are a perfect way to make a detailed fashion statement for any occasion. Let dad show his boat enthusiasm with these nautical accessories in a sophisticated way this Father’s Day!

Driftwood Charging Dock

This handcrafted driftwood dock for iPhones or iPods is the perfect gift, tying the modern-day electronics to the timeless minimalism of nature. This is a practical gift that looks like art, handmade in Maine by Lee Goodwin and his team who gather and then handcraft them to fit the contours and cord of your device.

Seafood Cookbook

This cookbook is perfect for the dad who loves to cook seafood! It offers more than 150 mouth-watering recipes including entrees, salads, appetizers, soups, sides and more. Every single recipe features seafood that hasn’t been overfished or caught in an environmentally destructive way, making Barton Seaver (the author) one of the most important voices of the sustainability movement. You will learn how to buy and choose the freshest ingredients as well as how to prep and cook seafood. Let dad discover how to make Poached Salmon with Pickled Chilies and Mint or Smoked Lobster and Fennel-Carrot Salad and he’ll become captain of the kitchen in no time.

Nautical Sweater

This striped sweater has a classic look to it that will never go out of style. For those summer days out on the boat that turn to a chilly dusk, dad can throw on this cotton-cashmere sweater and continue on his boating route with his crew in tow.

Sperry Boat Shoes

Dad could always use a new pair of boat shoes so why not treat him to these authentic originals! These have been a long-time favorite to many-a-boater, sailor and yachter for good reason, too! These fine shoes are crafted with genuine all leather upper which allows for years of wear, non-marking rubber outsoles with wet traction as well as genuine hand-sewn Tru-Moc construction for durable comfort. Dad’s feet will be thanking you for this awesome gift!

Subscriptions

A fishing or boating subscription is a perfect gift to help dad stay in the know and keep up-to-date on the newest industry news. Help him stay informed with subscriptions to magazines such as Boating Magazine, Boating World or Real Fishing Magazine or set him up with Lucky Tackle Box which sends a box of the newest fishing gear each month.

Dads can often be difficult to buy for as they are the ones that we will always look up to as our teachers, comedians, confidants and protectors. We have so much to thank dads for that it’s hard to show just how much we appreciate their life lessons (mostly at the wrong time but still, it’s the thought that counts) or their silly dad jokes that are not funny at all but that somehow makes them hilarious.  But what dads appreciate the most is quality time spent with you! Hopefully these top Father’s Day gift ideas will help you create more time for dad this year while showing him how much he means to you with these thoughtful gifts.

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June 13, 2018


#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

We’re feeling the Royal Wedding buzz in the air just like the other 3 billion people who are expected to be tuning in to the big event this weekend. So, in honour of this monumental event, we’d like to share some delicious, easy recipes that will have you eating like royalty on your boat this Victoria Day Weekend.

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese
These decadent appetizers are easy to make and transport in your cooler for a fun day of boating in the sun or a nautical picnic on the dock. The saltiness of the thin prosciutto mixed with the sweetness of the pear and bitterness of the blue cheese is a flavor explosion even the Queen would enjoy.

Avocado Ceviche
Nothing says summer like fresh ceviche and nothing tastes like rich creaminess like avocados. The citrus from the lime or lemon juice is what “cooks” the meat, making it a fresh and tasty meal. Not only is it healthy, we’ve created this recipe to be really easy to make. This delicate meal can be eaten as an appetizer or main dish and is fit for any king or queen of the water.

Ingredients
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2-pound fresh white fish, filleted
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
cilantro, chopped, to taste
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 chopped avocado (keep in a separate bag)

Directions
The key ingredient here is freshness. While this method of “cooking” fish is delicious, it doesn’t kill all potential parasites. For this reason, you should only use freshly caught fish from clean waters.

Chop the fish into 1/4-inch cubes, submerge fish in lime or lemon juice with the other all other ingredients except for the avocado, let cool in the fridge (or cooler) for 30 minutes. Allow the fish to marinate until it becomes opaque, take the bag out and add the avocado. Add salt and pepper to taste, toss into a container and serve with corn chips.

Roast Beef Sandwiches
Nothing beats a good ol’ fashioned roast beef sandwich. Roast beef is a national dish of England and was traditionally made for Sunday dinner served with a side of Yorkshire pudding. For this sandwich you’ll need roast beef left over from family dinner or purchased from the deli, two pieces of bread, horseradish or horseradish sauce, pickle slices and one small onion, sliced. Assemble all ingredients onto the bread and enjoy! This will be a sandwich the Royal Family could enjoy any day of the week!

Deviled Eggs
Need a side dish to accompany your roast beef sandwich? We have just the thing! Deviled eggs of course. This rich side dish is packed with flavour and brings a hearty punch to any boating trip. This dish is typically found at picnics and parties with women who wear gloves and oversized hats and sip their tea with raised pinkies. Well, that might be a bit of a stretch but basically what we’re saying is that these dressed eggs will have your taste buds you will be sending your taste buds cruising with these guys.

Fruit Salad
This is a fresh and light option for those hot days out on the boat to help re-hydrate you and add a little bit of sweetness to your day. Cut up some fresh fruit such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas and don’t forget watermelons! They are one of the best summer fruit to indulge in and will keep you hydrated and satisfied during your sunny picnic.

Mason Jar Pasta Salad
Okay, it might be a bit of a stretch to think that the Royal Family would eat salad out of a Mason jar but this is a super easy, no-mess option.  With these options for cold pasta salads, it’s a perfect meal to keep you fueled for the rest of the day on the water.

You don’t have to be heirs to the throne to eat like princes or princesses; you just need a little bit of time, some great recipes, open water, a boat and your boating license. Ensure you know the rules of drinking and boating before taking to the water this long weekend and make the best of your unofficial kick-off to summer in royal style.

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May 18, 2018


#Categories: Boating License, Lifestyle

With the long weekend quickly approaching, we’ve compiled a list of eternally relevant campfire songs for you. The campfire is a place we gather around at the end of a long day; the lingering scent of sunscreen on our skin and lake water in our hair, to share boating stories and sticky smores. It’s a place where the strum of an acoustic guitar can melt all your troubles away while you sing at the top of your lungs, feeling a sense of comradery with your fellow cottagers.

1. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

Good times really never seemed so good when you’re belting this song out with friends and family beside the warmth of a bonfire. This Neil Diamond classic has kept us feeling warm and fuzzy since 1969 and will continue to pop up in our campfire favourites for years to come.

2. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

This campfire song choice might have you reminiscing on your youthful years; graduating from school and promising all your besties that you’ll stay in touch. This song has stayed relevant, unlike your high school BFF’s, with its sentimental lyrics that tap into your adolescent emotions.

3. Barenaked Ladies – If I Had A Million Dollars 

This is a fun sing-along that’s completely relatable on every level. It’s an interactive tune that will be sure to have your campfire audience chiming in on the inter-song chatter and have you day dreaming about how much Kraft dinner you would consume if you had a million dollars.

4. Oasis – Wonderwall

Covered by numerous different artists over the years including Jay Z, Cat Power and Ryan Adams, it continues to live up to its reputation as a song that is hard to keep from singing along to. This can be attributed to its simplicity and lack of pretension, making it a great one to strum by the campfire in the company of friends and family.

5. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

There aren’t too many songs out there that are as much of a crowd pleaser as Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. The words are reminiscent of young summer love while the chorus will have you singing your heart out with its catchy phrase.

6. Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

This dynamic song, performed by one of the most iconic rock and rollers of our time, will be a massive hit at your next campfire concert. Every guitar player at one point or another has wanted to learn this classic song including John Mayer who gives the love song a gentler vibe. Either rendition you choose to play, you’ll have the girls swooning with this cottage hit.

7. Creedance Clearwater Revival – Down on The Corner

CCR evokes wistful thoughts of a young America and burning social issues of that time. This campfire tune is perfect to play ‘early in the evenin’ just about supper time’ while roasting some hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire and discussing the hot topics of the day.

8. The Steve Miller Band – The Joker

The Joker has been a fun sing-along song since 1973 with its poetic lyrics and upbeat tune keeping it relevant today. This song is best listened to around the campfire while debating the life-long meaning of “the pompatus of love”.

9. Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel

Although a newer song, this blue grass tune has quickly made its way into the campfire rotation. This is a uniting song as it connects and speaks to many different people in all walks of life. It was recorded by Darius Rucker as a country song in 2013 so, depending on your style either rendition could work.

10. Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried

This country campfire song embodies the feeling of summer time and shares a heart-warming message, recognizing the importance of the little things in life. This song will transport you to the South, with typical southern characteristics that make up the lyrics.

So, there you have it, 10 of the best campfire songs (in our opinion) that will have your guests jamming all night long; creating new memories and reminiscing on old stories around the campfire this Long Weekend.

Posted By
May 18, 2018


#Categories: Lifestyle

beach, candle, candlelight

We know that cottage upkeep can be a big job. From water system repair work to fixing up loose shingles; there’s always something to do before relaxing and enjoying your oasis. This Summer, make life a little easier with these smart hacks to ensure you can spend more time creating memories and traditions at the cottage.

1. Natural Mosquito repellents

Mosquitos have been annoying us for years and don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. These frustrating insects can often put a damper on our ability to tap into the true Zen of the outdoors. Here are a few hacks to keep those pesky bugs away:

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 for you and your guests.

2. Face a fan towards your patio or lounge 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 such as DEET and is derived from leaves and stems of various lemongrass species.

2. Quickly chill beer

An easy trick to cool your beer on those hot summer days is to place the cans or bottles in a cooler, bucket or large bowl and cover with ice and water until the beer is completely submerged. Add more ice on top to ensure total coverage and then sprinkle a thin layer of salt on top. Wait about five minutes, pick up a beer and enjoy your refreshing, cool beverage.

3. Make a water-jug lamp

For those unreal, memorable days that carry on into the hours of the night; singing around a campfire, sharing fishing stories and smores, there’s a way to shed some extra light on the party. Grab a headlamp or flashlight and press it against a gallon bottle full of water. This will add some illumination and help keep the good times rolling.

4. Homemade fire starters

There’s a new use for all that dryer lint… who would have thought? Fill a cardboard egg carton with the lint, melt some old candles, pour the wax over the lint and then let it dry. Once the wax has dried, cut the individual carton cups to use for your next bonfire.

5. Use frozen grapes to keep wine cool

This is a great hack for wine-lovers everywhere. Instead of adding ice cubes to your wine which will water it down, freeze grapes ahead of time as a replacement. These will keep your wine nice and cool on those hot cottage days spent lazing on the dock and will look really nice as well!

6. Beach towel pockets

This hack will take the stress out of carrying everything you need for a day in the sun, without trying to perform a juggling act that you’ve never rehearsed before. Find a large towel and fold it over about six inches. Using a sewing machine, make six pockets for all your beach or dock necessities to be neatly stored in. Now you can start catching those rays hassle-free!

7. Aloe vera ice cubes

It’s often inevitable that at some point throughout the summer we’re too preoccupied to reapply that third coat of sunscreen and at the end of the day we’re feeling a little crispy. Be prepared for that burn by freezing aloe vera lotion in an ice tray and popping them out when needed to soothe your skin.

8. Smartphone sand protector

If you prefer spending your days on the beach; this cottage hack is for you! There’s nothing more frustrating than sand infiltrating every crevasse of your phone after a sunny day at the beach. Next time you’re headed to the beach, bring a plastic Ziploc bag with you. As long as the bag doesn’t have any holes, your phone should be safe from drops of water and sand.

9. DIY outdoor speaker

Speakers are an essential part to any cottage outing, but quality speakers can typically cost you a pretty penny. Create your very own “bucket speaker” using orange utility buckets, a 5-inch woofer, a 2.5-inch tweeter cut-out, and plywood to keep the party rocking all summer long.

10. Muffin tin egg breakfast

This is a quick and easy breakfast you can whip up for the whole family, so you can spend as much time outside as possible. Place English muffins, eggs and precooked bacon into greased sections of an oversized muffin tin and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.

The cottage is a place to escape to and enjoy with the whole family, but that can often be hard to do when there is so much upkeep. Hopefully, with these cool and easy cottage hacks, you can cut some corners and get back to soaking up the sun and singing your favorite tunes around the campfire.

Posted By
May 14, 2018


#Categories: Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks