August 8, 2017

The Ultimate Cottage Gear Guide 2017

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There is nothing worse than a weekend of wasted opportunity and with so many great things to do outdoors in Canada, failing to take advantage of them feels like doing the weekend gods an injustice. So if your usual plans are getting stale, why not plan an epic, unforgettable boating trip? Get up to the cottage or campsite, and give your crew something to talk about come home time! With thousands of lakes and waterways to choose from across Canada, there’s no shortage of scenic locations to choose from. We talk to a lot of boaters and they tell us all about their killer weekends on the water, so we have the inside scoop on the latest gear and gadgets to make your boating adventures something special. So before you set off on your next adventure, read our Ultimate Cottage Gear Guide to get the most out of the trip. Remember to get your crew BOATsmart! certified too, so you can all truly experience the thrill of getting out on the water. Captain gets first dibs on dinner!

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GoPro Session 5

When you do something like getting up on water-skis for the first time in front of all your friends, you need a great photo or video to show off. Pics or it didn’t happen, am I right? Nothing beats the durability and performance of the GoPro for snapping incredible POV shots of your set. Not only is the camera waterproof, it comes with a floaty to keep it from sinking to the bottom of the lake. Make sure you snap lots of pictures so you can share the story of your unforgettable Canadian getaway.

Floating Water Mat

See how many crew members you can squeeze onto one of these mats, or take part in a competitive game of bowling (all you need are empty plastic bottles and a tennis ball!). Take an afternoon off to lounge around in the sun and tan, or get the squad together to make the most of a lazy day and watch the sunset over the water. That GoPro we mentioned is seeming pretty useful now too, right?!

Mustang Survival MIT 100 Inflatable PFD

Make sure you and your crew are outfitted with the best (and most stylish) lifejackets and PFDs for your weekend on the water. This device is lightweight, but packs a punch when you need it to – it provides up to 50% more inflation than your average lifejacket. Its thin design doesn’t cover you up too much either, making it perfect for showing off your new bathing suit and avoiding those nasty tan lines!

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SoundLink Colour Bluetooth Speaker II from Bose

Keep the tunes bumping both on the water and back on land. This Bluetooth speaker is water resistant so you don’t have to worry about dropping it or splashing it while you’re out on the boat. It’s portable, lightweight, and durable enough to stand up to the elements on the water and on the beach. Time to take your best cottage weekend playlist to-go! Set up a collaborative playlist with your crew on Spotify and let the good times – and tunes – roll.

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Hyperlite Shim 4’ 7” Wakesurfer

Beginners will love this wakesurfer for its ability to maintain speed and its maneuverability. This board’s shape combines the skim and traditional surf styles which is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Not to mention the board’s stunning design that is sure to make your Instagram snapshots even more eye-catching.

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Pelican Fishing Kayak

Adventures and adrenaline-fueled watersports are undoubtedly fun, but after a hard week it’s also a good idea to take an afternoon off and experience the joys of fishing with your crew. This fishing kayak allows paddlers to mount up to two rods and even includes a padded backrest – perfect for those days when you just want to lie back and let the fish come to you. Impress your fam with freshly caught dinner and you’re sure to be the hero of the trip.

O’Brien Screamer Tube

If you haven’t plucked up the courage to stand up on the water, don’t worry. Everyone can enjoy racing through the water on a tube. Find out why this tube is called the Screamer – hold on tight!

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Kids Radar Waterskis: Firebolt Trainers

Take the littlest crew members out for a spin! Let your kids test out their skills on two planks if they’re not as comfortable on a board. These beginner skis feature a detachable stabilizer that is great for getting the kids used to the feeling of riding the water.

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Tikhine Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboards give you and the squad a great way to get around and can burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour. If you’re feeling flexy, try out a few yoga poses – it’s a LOT harder than it looks. These SUP boards from Tikhine are both sturdy and lightweight. They’re also beautifully designed giving your crew art they can ride!

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Mission Delta Wakesurf Panel

Make waves with Delta! Nothing dampens your mood more than waves that just won’t cooperate with you. Luckily, Delta’s Wakesurf Panel allows you to create the exact wave you want with ease. The only way you’re going to get that great shot of the new trick you learned is if you catch the perfect wave.

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Pleasure Craft Operator Card from BOATsmart!

We know that sometimes the best trips are spontaneous. That’s why we offer an online course that lets you get certified  from anywhere – at home the night before you leave, or even dockside at the cottage on your phone. We provide a temporary boating license card that allows you to drive a boat immediately – just print it out and take it on board.

No matter what you plan to do, a day or two spent by the water will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Whether you’re trying out new activities and escaping your comfort zone or simply taking time out to chill out, make sure you have a licensed boater for the weekend – or get your whole crew certified today. What are you waiting for?! Start up the playlist and hit the road!

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