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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...

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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...

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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...

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Green boating checklist

Engines Consider buying a low-emission engine Match the engine power to the boat size Keep it tuned up, all summer long Operating Save fuel by using your trim tabs Respect no-wake zones in your area Avoid...

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Electric boating

“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...

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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...

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