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Toronto International Boat Show

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, my wife Jane and I, attended the 2014 Toronto International Boat Show. It was a wonderful day looking at all the new models and meeting fellow boaters that we dont see throughout the winter. The show was well attended and the weather, unlike previous years, was more cooperative i.e. milder.

Merry Christmas

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Stop the Drop

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 


 

Last Monday, we appealed to all of our members to get their family and friends - who hadn't gotten around to it - to register at www.stopthedrop.ca. We were concerned that we might not reach our 20,000 member target by Labour Day.

 

We've been blown away by the frenzy of activity our members exhibited this past week. And it is paying off. Over and above our regular canvassing activities, member referrals alone produced over 2,500 new registrations since last Monday. Now we're over 18,000 and closing in on 20,000. And you're playing an important part in this effort.

 

It goes without saying that now is the time to keep the pressure on. Despite all of our best efforts, we continue to meet lots of people in communities all around the Bay that still intend to register - but haven't taken the time to do it yet. We'll be out and about all over the place between now and September 2, but reaching that 20,000 member target will depend as much on every member like you pitching in. Keep encouraging everyone you know to take the time to register today at www.stopthedrop.ca.

 

Thanks for caring. We're almost there!

 

Colin Dobell

 

Founder & Executive Director

 

Copyright © 2013 Stop the Drop, All rights reserved.

You have registered with stopthedrop.ca either on-line or at an event and given you're email address. If you wish to select a different method of communication you can go into your profile and select either Facebook or Twitter as alternatives

 

Our mailing address is:

Stop the Drop

35 Kingswood Drive

King City, ON L7B 1K8

Canada

1985 Toba Command Bridge for Sale $9,995.00

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

One Owner 260 HP Volvo Penta; sleeps 4; bennet trim tabs; windlass, self launching anchor and 110 ft rope; Standard Horizon chart plotter and DSC VHF Radio; 4 burner propane stove w/oven; BBQ; washdown pump; 30 gal holding tank; 20 gal freshwater tank; bimini top & boot; bridge cover; windshield cover; AC fridge; new blinds 2012; new aft deck carpet 2012; swim ladder 3 rungs; upper & lower helm stns; 2 compasses; safety pkge; boat hook; swim platform hardware for dinghy; electric dinghy winch; hydraulic steering; 2 compasses; 6 fenders; house battery and starting battery new 2013


Ideal family cruiser or easily converted to charter fishing boat

Boat is in Midland......As Is.......By appointment

[email protected]


Franz Streiter has his photo selected for Richardson Charts

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

One of our LGB members and a prolific photographer who has posted hundreds of great pictures on our website had one of his photos of the Benjamin Islands chosen as a cover for Richardsons Boating Chart Book & Cruising Guide 2013 of Georgian Bay. Congrat ulations Franz and well done!


OPP and Search and Rescue Honey Harbour

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

JRCC AND OPP SEARCHING HONEY HARBOUR AREA AFTER SUNKEN VESSEL LOCATED

 

(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, On)- Members of Marine Unit attached the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police along with members of the Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Military are currently searching the Honey Harbour area under the direction of Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Trenton.

 

An investigation was commenced to ascertain if there were any persons on board a partially submerged vessel after an OPP Marine officer located it adrift just off the south tip of Robert’s Island near Turning Rock on July 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM.

 

The found vessel is described as being an 18-20’ white fiberglass hulled vessel with red trim bearing registration number 50E97994. Anyone with information as to the owner of the vessel or any observations of this vessel recently is asked to contact to the OPP at 705-526-3761 or 1-888-310-1122. See attached submitted photographs from JRCC

 

Assisting the OPP Marine Units in the search of the water and nearby shorelines of Robert and Quarry Islands are the Canadian Coast Guard 47’ “Cape Providence” of Meaford, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel “Thunder Spirit” of Penetanguishene, Canadian Coast Guard “1000” of Brebeuf Island, Canadian Forces Griffon Helicopter of Trenton.

 

This investigation and search is ongoing and does not pose any disruption or hazard to marine navigation in the Turning Rock area of the channel.

 

 

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FROM/DE: SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY DETACHMENT DATE: July 8, 2013

 

 

Contact: Provincial Constable David Hobson – Southern Georgian Bay OPP

Phone: Office- (705) 526-3761 Cell- (705) 733-5440

E-Mail: [email protected]

E-Information: http://kimtag.com/DavidHobson/qr

Web: www.opp.ca

Provincial OPP Communications Dispatch: 1-888-310-1122

 

Flooring For Boats

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Want to make your boat look better? Try putting new flooring in. Steve from Suptex.ca is now installing this flooring in boats, dinghes, and swim platforms and it is fantastic. And about half the price marinas charge. 16 different colours to choose from


Video Replay of TVO Program on Low Water Levels in Great Lakes

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you missed the program last night on TVO here is a link to replay.

 

http://ww3.tvo.org/video/189542/trouble-great-lakes

 

For more details on this critical topic please visit http/restoreourwater.com/

TVO Program on Low Water Level Great Lakes

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The topic on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Pakin this THURSDAY Mar 21, 2013 will be Great Lakes water levels with a panel discussion that includes Paul Cowley (President of FoTTSA), an environmental lawyer, Mary Muter (Chair of the Sierra Club Great Lakes Section) and Gail Krantzberg, a NOAA climatologist. It will be filmed late Thursday afternoon and airs at 8pm and 11pm on the same day. You can also watch it on the internet.

For more details on this critical topic please visit http://restoreourwater.com/

 

Low Water Levels in Georgian Bay a Growing Concern

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday March 14, 2013 I attended a public meeting in the Midland Recreation Centre hosted by Mayor Gord Mckay. Also in attendance were a number of other Georgian Bay Mayors as well as the Federal MP Gord Stanton and Provincial MPP Garfield Dunlop.

 

There were about 100 people there.

 

The mayors are keenly aware of the urgency of this matter and are pressing for immediate action by the feds and province. Their focus is on the economic negative impact on their communities. They want funding to subsidize the cost of dredging etc.

 

They are not too happyt with the approach taken by the IJC (International Joint Commission) Canadian and US reps regarding the water levels in the Great Lakes.

 

There appears to be pointedly differentapproaches being taken depending on what stakeholder group youre talking to.

 

Watrer levels are so low now that the entrance to Georgian Bay from the Trent system onlky has 5 feet of draft under the 400 Hwy Bridge. There was reference to the possibility of some boats not having enough water to get through.

 

When I asked Ken MacDonald, Regional Manager for Parkbridge Marinas, what his message to boaters would be, he said they would remain open for business but boaters shoukld continue to be cautious on Georgian Bay and refer to charts and chart plotters.

 

Heres a link to a recent article in the Midland paper

 

Click Here

 

Please use our blog to report your concerns

 

 

International Womens Day

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Lets Go Boating wishes all ladies Happy Women's Day

Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio station's closure raises concerns

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 7, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio station's closure raises concerns

 

3/2 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – A federal plan to close Thunder Bay's Coast Guard radio station and monitor Lake Superior waters out of Sarnia is raising concerns among mariners and volunteer rescuers.

 

The Thunder Bay Coast Guard marine communications and traffic centre, which keeps a listening watch over the Canadian waters of Lake Superior, is one of 10 centres across the country slated to be closed in what Fisheries and Oceans Canada says is a move to adopt new technology. The cuts will reduce the number of stations nationwide from 22 down to 12 and the union representing radio operators in Thunder Bay says staffing is not expected to increase in Sarnia to handle the extra load.

 

Seann O'Donoughue, a freighter captain and outgoing president of the International Shipmasters Association, said the group is concerned by the Thunder Bay station's closure, despite technological improvements touted by the government.

 

Busy summer boating weekends are of particular concern to O'Donoughue, who worries the airwaves will be “clogged up,” with emergency traffic from both recreational and commercial traffic.

 

“We can't stop the closing of the Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio station – but I did want it known that the Shipmasters are concerned about cutting back staffing,” said O'Donoughue, captain of the Algoma Spirit, a 222-metre bulk carrier.

 

Dennis O'Reilly, who leads a team of 10 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers through Sault Search and Rescue, said he also has concerns about the move to Sarnia. He said he doesn't know yet how the move will play out, but he said there is potential for issues if staffing isn't increased in Sarnia. He said the prospect of losing local knowledge is also of concern.

 

“We have a history with the Coast Guard out of Thunder Bay,” said O'Reilly, whose team covers the Canadian coastline from Marathon to Iron Bridge.

 

Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes said the government isn't out to reduce safety. He said the technology driving the consolidation is expected to allow “the same level of service,” but he said it is “premature,” to say that staffing levels won't also be increased in Sarnia. He said that hasn't been determined yet.

 

“Ultimately, if they do find it's not manageable, well of course it's going to be resourced accordingly,” said Hayes. “We all care about the health and safety of our mariners and that's what this is all about.”

 

The union that represents radio workers in Thunder Bay doesn't buy the claim that new monitoring stations will reduce the workload on radio operators, whose job it is to listen to VHF radio channel 16 for distress calls, among other things.

 

Marcie Lavoie, shop steward for CAW Local 2182, said she has yet to hear about any staffing increase planned for Sarnia. She said some people have filled open positions there, but no transfers have been offered.

 

“It's our job to be able to kind of filter out all of the things that don't require our attention and listen for that faint call that does require our attention,” said Lavoie, who also works at the station. “In the noisy summertime environment it's sometimes very challenging to pick up that call.”

 

Right now, the Thunder Bay station is equipped with three radio consoles and Sarnia with two, said Lavoie. To go down to two people with an increased area is “a very dangerous proposition,” she said.

 

Lavoie says the Sarnia station will monitor traffic over a “massive area,” including Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, the North Channel, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and half of Lake Erie once Thunder Bay closes.

 

Lavoie said that's too much. Last year, she and her husband toured the affected areas drumming up support for a petition to save the Thunder Bay station and hope the boating community will speak out before the station closes at the end of March 2014.

 

Sault Star

OPP Student Placement Marine Unit

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 5, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

FROM/DE: SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY DETACHMENT DATE: March 4, 2013

 

OPP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MARINE STUDENT POSITION

 

(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment is currently seeking applications for a Marine Assistant position for 2013.

 

The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity to gain exposure and experience within the field of Law Enforcement through hands-on experience. The student will learn marine safety and related legislation, boat maintenance, prepare reports and interact with the public as a representative of the OPP. Marine Students work alongside a qualified OPP marine operator, on a police vessel, conducting marine checks on recreational boaters for safety equipment usage, safe vessel operations and enforcement of statute law which includes the Canada Shipping Act 2001, Criminal Code and the Liquor Licence Act.

The OPP requires the following for consideration for this student Must be 18 years of age.

• Possess a Pleasure Craft Operators Card.

• Have a minimum Ontario G2 Driver’s Licence.

• CPR & First Aid qualifications.

• Strong swimming abilities, good communication skills, professional appearance as well as previous boating experience are all assets.

The “Marine Assistant” position is available for application: March 8 - 22, 2013

• Only electronic applications will be considered and can be located at http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/SEP.asp, or the Career pages of www.opp.ca.

• It is recommended that students retain a copy for proof of their application.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone that is looking at a career in Law Enforcement. It provides the student with the opportunity to gain exposure and experience while allowing them to learn and assist with all aspects of Marine Safety”, comments Sergeant Dave Harker of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Marine Unit

 

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Contact: Provincial Constable David Hobson – Southern Georgian Bay OPP

Phone: Office- (705) 526-3761 Cell- (705) 733-5440

E-Mail: [email protected]

Web: www.opp.ca

Provincial OPP Communications Dispatch: 1-888-310-1122

 

 

Boater Assist

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 4, 2013 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a good option to consider for boaters

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Happy Valentines Day 2013

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (1)

From all of us at Lets Go Boating....Happy Valentines Day.

Why not get your friends to register!!! Its FREE

www.letsgoboat.com

Propane Powered Outboards

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Parks Canada Seasonal Pass Increse

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Per article today in Midland Free Press.

Seasonal permits $ 20.00 per foot versus $ 9.80 in 2012.

Over night $1.25 per foot.

Reason given to match Marina rates.

Question with the lowest water level since 1918 when records were kept

how many docks will be available.

At least 25% at Cedar Springs will be to shallow if you can even get near.

Other dockage location probably fair no better.

Will not buy permit until I know availability.

Brian

Boating in the Bahamas

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Yesterday I rented a 17 ft boat in Georgetown Bahamas and went snorkelling. Beautiful fish and beaches. Lot of Canadians anchored off Stocking Island. Great hamburger at Chat n Chill. Bit nerve wracking boating here though. Water is so clear looks like you might hit bottom.

Countdown to Spring Launch 2013

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you getting the boating itch again? Check out the countdown clock on our website.

While your'e there, check out the hundreds of stunning photos posted last Fall by Skipper Franz Streiter of Polar Bear!

And have a look at the Lets Go Boating Gift Shop for all kinds of boating apparel and gifts for those you love.

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