It’s back! Boating Ontario’s Boater Assist—launched as a pilot program in July 2011—is again available in 2013. Run out of gas? Having engine or battery failure? Need a tow? If you’re a Boater Assist member, simply dial the program’s toll-free call centre, and help will be dispatched from the nearest service centre. “We’re similar to CAA,” says Boating Ontario’s Cyndi Hodgson, “but on the water.”
Boating all summer:
Boater Assist is available from mid-May to late October, seven days a week, during daylight hours.
Cottagers in much of Ontario: Service has grown from the four pilot regions in 2011, and is “constantly expanding,” says Hodgson.
Responsible boaters: Members are allowed a limited number of service calls, so it’s no excuse to ditch regular boat maintenance. Boater Assist is not your mother!
Scoring deals and discounts: Members get lower rates on comprehensive boat insurance, plus savings on other products and services.
Not great for
Landlocked lakes in remote locations:
Boater Assist can only assist you by boat.
Cottagers who can’t communicate: With no cellphone (or no service), you’ll need a shortwave or VHF radio to call the Coast Guard, who can patch you through to Boater Assist.
A life-threatening emergency: If the boat is on fire, yeesh, call 911.
Package and price info
Single boat and any operator with a valid pleasure craft operators card: $75
for 12 months, with two service
calls or tows per year.
Family membership: Two boats and any operator with a valid pleasure craft operators card: $125 for 12 months, with three service calls or tows per year.
To become a member, register at boaterassist.com.