Boating

Single Vessel Label Program discontinued.

The requirement to obtain a capacity plate for a home-built or similar watercraft in Canada has been discontinued. For more information, see the Coast Guard notice:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/BoatingSafety/news/discont-single-vessel-label-prgm.htm


 

Navigation Buoys

In 2005, the Association was informed that the yellow balls we had been placing as buoys to mark navigation hazards were not legal. Subsequently, the membership decided at the July 2 2005 meeting that the LWRA would no longer place them to avoid liablility. Since then, anonymous private individuals have taken it upon themselves to place markers at the hazards.

Bruce and Bill assisted with representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in surveying the sites. The DFO advised us as to the locations and types of bouys that could be placed legally.

Pleasure Craft Operator Card Course

FOCA (the Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations) sent us the following announcement:

OPP Marine Patrols on Waseosa

The police rarely visit our lakes, but this does not mean we are somehow exempt from the regulations. And 'rarely' does not mean 'never': the OPP launched a small boat on Waseosa last Sunday and stopped several boats (including at least one canoe) to conduct safety checks before the rain started.

Boating Safety and the Criminal Code

Criminal Code of Canada (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

439. (1) Every one who makes fast a vessel or boat to a signal, buoy or other sea-mark that is used for purposes of navigation is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) Every one who wilfully alters, removes or conceals a signal, buoy or other sea-mark that is used for purposes of navigation is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.

250. (1) Every one who operates a vessel while towing a person on any water skis, surf-board, water sled or other object, when there is not on board such vessel another responsible person keeping watch on the person being towed, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) Every one who operates a vessel while towing a person on any water skis, surf-board, water sled or other object during the period from one hour after sunset to sunrise is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

787. (1) Unless otherwise provided by law, everyone who is convicted of an offence punishable on summary conviction is liable to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both.

(Also, a criminal conviction may prevent you from crossing the border in the future)

Public Boat Launch

Apparently some people believe there is a public boat launch in Camp Huronda and "Cottage Dreams", a cottage rental agency has been telling renters they can use Huronda's boat launch.

Thank You for Rescuing My Boat!

"Can you please thank, publicly on the website, the kind person(s) who tied my boat up to the dock this week.  I was away for a week and returned to the new lake level.  I would like to thank the person very much."

Glenn Miller

Pleasure Craft Operating Card ("Boat license") course for kids

UPDATE: TWO SEPARATE COURSES, ON WED AUG 12 AND SUNDAY AUG 16