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.

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)

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

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The first time I went boating it was a small group of family friends in Muskoka, Ontario and we were having the perfect getaway weekend. We enjoyed sun-drenched weather all week and the views of the water from the boat made for the ultimate Instagram shots! Deciding to take a leap into the lake from the boat to cool off, we double checked our life-jackets were secure and hopped into the water… Continue reading…

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If you’re a beginner boater, the world of boating may seem to be confusing and complex. We’ve put together a guide of 8 commonly used boating terms that all beginners should know. Knowing these there’s no way other boaters will see you as an amateur. Continue reading…

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, time is ticking for those last-minute gifts. No need to jump off the deep end though because we’ve come up with some epic Mother’s Day ideas just for you (and your mom). The best part is, they’re all about the experience, since after all, you can’t put a price on memories.

Gift her a boating license
There’s a new wave of boaters ready to set sail – women! It’s time women took the captain’s seat and started making their own boating memories. By giving the gift of a boating license, mom can feel cool and comfortable on the water in any scenario. The BOATsmart! course is full of safety instructions and educational modules to help mom boat with confidence. Boating is a relaxing experience; a place to let the problems of the day trickle into the wake behind you. It’s a place for mom to share stories and make family memories with her crew. We all know mom’s already the intrepid captain, this license just makes it official on the water.

Take a coastal drive
Driving down the coast is a mesmerizing experience. The smell of fresh air, the flecks of sunlight that dance along the top of the water and the lingering anticipation of catching a glimpse of rare wildlife are all elements that make this outing an ideal trip with mom for Mother’s Day. Good conversation and junk food are key to this mini road-trip making it one she’ll never forget. Each road lends an opportunity to take in new scenery and create your own adventure, so be sure to charge your camera and make room on your phone to capture whatever may be in store. There are typically look-out points along any coastal route, so if you happen to spot one, take full advantage of that photo-opp. Stop off at a local seafood restaurant that will be serving up the fresh catch of the day and bask in the patio sun while enjoying a frothy beverage before heading back.

Try water Yoga
New yoga trends that involve water have been popping up recently. One of those popular trends is yoga on stand-up paddle boards. This new practice will get you feeling more connected to the outdoors and help make your movements more meticulous and calculated from fear of falling over and embarrassing yourself in front of the entire class. There are also places that offer aqua yoga where you perform your practice submerged in water. It’s easier on joints but much more challenging when it comes to balance and movement.  You’ll leave feeling more calm and relaxed than ever. This new take on a traditional practice is a perfect way to create and share new experiences with your mom for Mother’s Day and who knows, you might even get hooked!

Go fishing together
Give mom the gift of bragging rights at the next family gathering by taking her fishing. Don’t have a boat? Get creative with it and find a cool rock or dock to fish off of; it’s all part of the experience. Fishing has been a long-standing tradition in many families, and although sometimes masked behind the technical jargon and the right to gloat from the triumphant catch-of-the-day, what it really comes down to is the quality time spent with loved ones.  Whether it be at the end of a dock or on the water, making unforgettable memories with your mom and connecting to the outdoors is something you can’t put a price on.

Go on a canoe ride
Take in the serenity and magnificence of the outdoors while paddling your way into mom’s good books. A canoe ride is one of the most peaceful activities you can do on water; with the methodical stroke of the paddle and the connection you feel to the river, lake or sea. You don’t need to go too far to find a spot to launch your canoe for an afternoon paddle as many local resorts offer water sports and will allow you to use their facilities. You can rent a canoe and flow down a lazy river or day-trip-it on a winding creek. Up your game by finding a spot where the sun hits just right and enjoy a lunch by the shore. You might just become moms new favourite – you’re welcome.

With the busy lives we lead from day-to-day, it’s now more important than ever to get outdoors and connect with nature. The mental and physical benefits of being outdoors can create massive positive effects on your overall well-being. It helps you to disconnect from your hectic life and become refreshed and rejuvenated – it’s like our reset button! This Mother’s Day, you can help mom enjoy these natural stress-relievers and give her an unforgettable, unique gift that you can appreciate together.

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May 10, 2018

#Categories: Boating License, Lifestyle

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When in Washington State, expect to be surrounded by stunning natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. Here, there really is something for everybody, so we’ve picked our top hot spots for every kind of boater…

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