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Boat Maintenance Guide: How to Care for Your Pleasure Craft

September 29, 2021

Maintenance is an important part of owning a boat. Even though boats today are designed to be as low-maintenance as possible, there are still several things you need to do to keep your craft in good condition and prevent incidents on the water. Not sure where to start? Read on for Drive a Boat Canada’s Read more ›

How to Properly Launch a Boat

August 31, 2021

A boat launch can be a daunting experience for someone who has never done it before. At a public launch, you might feel rushed to launch your boat as quickly as possible in order to avoid embarrassment. Whether you’re launching a boat alone or with friends, at a public or private launch area, we walk Read more ›

What Safety Equipment is Required on a Boat?

The safety equipment required on a boat is one of the most fundamental things you need to know when it comes to boating safety. The Canadian Small Vessel Regulations mandate a minimum level of equipment on board any vessel, whether it is a paddleboat or a large power boat, subject to hefty fines for each Read more ›

Wake and Wash: Definition and Best Safety Practices When Boating

August 10, 2021

In this article, we go over the definition of wake and wash when boating and the safety practices boat operators must follow to avoid damage or injuries caused by their wake and wash. Wake and wash definition The wake in wake and wash refers to waves caused by the boat displacing water by moving through Read more ›

What are the Different Parts of a Boat?

Whether you are looking to buy your first boat or studying before taking your online boating license in Canada, learning about boat anatomy is fundamental to understanding basic boating terminology and being able to quickly identify the common parts of a boat. Parts of a boat from the front Here is a visualization of the Read more ›

How to Avoid Boat Collisions

July 6, 2021

Boat collisions and accidents can cause major damages to your vessel and lead to serious injuries or death. Collisions occur when a boat or personal watercraft collides with another vessel or objects like docks, rocks and logs. It is the responsibility of all pleasure craft operators to avoid collisions or they could face severe penalties Read more ›

The most important things to remember when fueling a boat

It is imperative that boat fueling procedures are followed correctly in order to prevent fires, injuries and gasoline spills. In this handy guide, we go over all the safety measures you should take when fueling a boat to avoid any problems. Safety precautions to take when fueling a boat Not only can the vapours from Read more ›

When Should You Use Navigation Lights on a Boat?

June 1, 2021

Boats, like cars, have a number of rules and regulations that must be observed when it comes to navigation lights, which are one of the most critical safety measures that need to be applied when operating a pleasure craft. Navigation lights must be displayed on a boat if you are operating your boat at night Read more ›

What is a Personal Watercraft (PWC)?

A personal watercraft (or PWC) is a small recreational watercraft in which the operator is sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel rather than being completely inside of it (as is the case with a standard boat). PWCs use inboard jet drives (engines that sit inside the watercraft and receive power from a jet pump) Read more ›

How to a Drive a Boat: Complete Beginner’s Guide

May 3, 2021

Boating is a fun, entertaining and stress-relieving experience that millions of Canadians appreciate throughout the year. It offers hours of enjoyment away from home, whether you are fishing, water skiing or simply cruising around the lake. That said, boating, like any other aquatic pastime, has its own set of safeguards and standards. These rules and Read more ›