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Campaign for VHF Repater Tower

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have received several e-mails advising me of the response to letters to Mr. Bruce Stanton, MP for Simcoe North. They are all the same but as has been pointed out by one person, they tell us nothing we don't already know. Unfortunately, there is no assurance by Mr. Stanton that he would support any funding requests for this project as was requested of him.

Sadly, this is a Life Safety issue that is effectively being ignored because of no funding by our government representatives AT OUR...

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Boating Survival Tip

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 27, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Carver 390- For Sale

Posted by D&G on September 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM

39' Carver 390 CMY Year: 1994

Current Price: Can$  99,900

Located in ON, Canada

Hull Material: Fiberglass Engine/Fuel

Type: Twin Ga...

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Tip for Changing Font Size on your Browser

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you like me and sometimes find the font size on some sites (including Lets Go Boating) is way too small. You can fix that problem very easily.

If you are using any of the Browsers listed below and you have a mouse with a wheel on it, just hold the CTRL button on your keyboard while turning the mouse wheel.......one way to get bigger fonts and the other way for smaller.

You can also use CTRL +  to increase size and CTRL - to dec...

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Winterizing Boat Engine

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 21, 2011 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The saddest stories of do-it-yourself boaters who winterize their engines usually begin with, “Man, I can’t believe I forgot to …” To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, the first thing on your mental checklist should be: Start a checklist. And the first entry should be a list of materials needed, so you can finish without making three trips to the store for supplies.

 Get your stuff together. Be sure to include fogg...

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Boating: Getting out on the water in fall has its advantages

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A lot of people consider Labor Day weekend to be the official end to the boating season, but it doesn't have to be.

Some of the area's sailors actually prefer autumn, and for good reason. The air is crisp and clear, making fog the exception rather than the rule.

The breeze tends to be more dependable, especially for those who are seeking a spirited jaunt across the lake or bay.

With most o...

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Invoilve the Kids

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 14, 2011 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are some ideas to help get your children, grandkids, nieces and nephews involved in your boating lifestyle. Obviously the responsibilities will need to be age-appropriate. And be prepared to add new tasks when they’ve honed their skills at the first assignments. You don’t have to tell them that they’re learning responsibility and teamwork, but rest assured they will be getting some great “teachable moments.”

Get the...

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Staying Safe on the Water

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 13, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Nobody knows when severe weather is going to occur, no matter if it is high winds and rain or something more severe such as lightning or tornadoes. Being prepared for these events can help you have peace of mind not only for you but your family’s safety as well. Having a boat does require some care, and knowing what to do in the event that bad weather occurs is a must. Each boat and situation may be different, but there are some basic guidelines that can be used by all bo...

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Fall Events Day at Bayport

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 9, 2011 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Posted by Gary Pickering on September 7, 2011 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Replacement Boating License

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

BOATsmart! Canada encourages all boaters to order multiple replacement cards. Keep one in your wallet, one on each of your boats and one for back-up. Keep in mind: You MUST carry an original Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board at all times or you risk a $250.00 fine. Unfortunately photocopies of your Operator Card are not considered to be legal proof of competency. Click on Picture below

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Boat Sinks in 60 Seconds...see video

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On August 14, 2005 at 1:00 pm in the afternoon in 2-3 foot seas off Sakonnet Point in Rhode Island, while fishing for tuna in my boat, I turned to see a monster wave that had appeared out of no where.  The boat filled with water when the wave broke over the stern and in about 60 seconds, my companion Jacob Kasper and myself were in the water.  No distress call, and suddenly our safety gear, all of it was now under water. 

What yo...

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Basic Boating Etiquette

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Parry Sound Tugfest

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If anyone has photos of the Tugfest, please post them. Thanks

Importing a boat to Canada

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Importing A Boat To Canada Every country has import laws. Laws which define what can be imported and how it should be imported. Once you follow the proscribed steps you will have success. This is certainly true of importing a boat into Canada. The steps are very basic and the instructions clear. Thousands of people do it every day. They just read the relevant section of the Canadian code, gather the necessary certification and proofs of ownership. Present them to the border...

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Tugfest in Parry Sound

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 20, 2011 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Boating Pets

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 16, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Ahoy pet travelers! With summer in full swing and Labor Day around the corner, what better way to enjoy this hot weather than with a boat trip? Whether you’re cruising on a ship, yacht, or kayak don’t forget your dog would love to join you if it’s permitted. So grab your pet, your water gear and follow these tips for some pet friendly summer bo...

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How to Take on A Head Sea

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 15, 2011 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Running in head seas often verges on a fight scene from the old Batman TV series: Bang! Slam! Bam! Ease the teeth rattling, and lessen the joint jostling, by trying these tips the next time you’re headed directly into the waves.

Slow Down

Pounding occurs because the boat stops short. In design-speak, you are experiencing rapid decelerations. The faster you come down off the previous wave, the faster your boat ...

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Boating with Friends and Family

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Tips For On Board Guests

Whenever you invite friends and family to come boating for the day, a weekend or an extended cruise, you should explain to them in advance what is expected of them, especially if they are not experienced boaters.

If they are expected to perform duties onboard make sure they know this (and how to do it) before you give the order to swab the deck or handle lines.Make sure each guest has a good pair o...

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