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The search is over: we’ve made the ultimate gift guide for your boater dad, outdoorsy cousin, and cottage-loving in-laws. Are they tech-savvy, accident-prone, or just a friendly fisherman? We’ve got something for them all. Whether they’ve been nice or “knotty,” every boater deserves one of these top ten nautical holiday presents.

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You’ve heard of the most common nautical knots – the bowline, the round-turn and two half-hitches, the sheet bend – and you may even know how to tie them. But do you remember which knot to use in every situation? Whether you’re a new boater or simply in need a quick refresher, these knots can prevent expensive damage to your craft and even save lives.

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New or used? How much horsepower? While on the lookout for your first boat, you’re bound to have questions. We can’t answer them all in one post, but this is a good place to start: here are some key things to watch out for as a first-time buyer.

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In order to legally drive a car in Canada, you must fully understand and respond to a variety of road signage; the same applies to driving a boat in Canadian waters. There are many restriction and advisory indicators that will inform boat operators about the speed they are allowed go, the hazards in the area as well as other activities taking place in the water that require the operator to avoid or take extra caution. Restriction signs are framed in orange, with the symbol on the sign indicating the type of restriction that applies. Some details to note include: Continue reading…

boatsmart fishing in fall canada

There are many reasons to get out on the boat this season – and fishing is on the top of this list in Fall! The months from September right through to late November are perfect for catching a plethora of species in stunning surroundings so let us walk you through what to expect, and how to maximize your haul! Continue reading…

Swimming and sunbathing have lost their luster by September, so we’re swapping these summer rituals for boating and fishing in fall! While many cottagers think the season has passed, there’s no end to the reasons we love to stretch the season and get on the water… Continue reading…