The rise of pontoon boats
Last summer, Ken and Angela Westheuser added a Harris FloteBote Sunliner 220 pontoon boat to the small fleet at their cottage on Salerno Lake in central Ontario. They’ll make a pot of coffee in the morning, go into a bay and...
Why boaters aren’t wearing PFDs
In December 2010, the Canadian Red Cross Society and Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety released a paper chronicling 16 years of recreational boating fatalities in this country. Boating Immersion and Trauma Deaths...
5 ways to be a greener boater
Unless you’re relying exclusively on oars, paddles, and sails get around on the water, your boating habits can be a significant factor in the life and death of cottage-country ecosystems. From its impact on water and air...
Green boating checklist
Consider buying a low-emission engine
Match the engine power to the boat size
Keep it tuned up, all summer long
Save fuel by using your trim tabs
Respect no-wake zones in your area
“The best analogy I can offer,” John Hayes tells me, “is that it’s like canoeing without a paddle.”
He says this as we cast off from the dock near Lock 36 on the Rideau system on Newboro Lake. Greenhorn I, his...
How to organize a cottage sailboat race
1. A race course
The shorter the better, so you can run more races in a given amount of time. And short, quick races keep the fleet packed together, making it more interesting. The simplest courseto create is a...