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Manual Propelling Device Check & Requirements

March 29, 2023

As per the Small Vessel Regulations, certain pleasure crafts are required to carry on board a manual propelling device. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of manual propelling devices for boating and discuss how to check them before each trip to ensure that you’re prepared for any situation that may arise on the water.

What is a manual propelling device?

It is essentially a paddle, oar, anchor, or other similar devices that can be used to propel the boat manually in the event of an engine failure or other emergency situation.

Why does my boat need a manual propelling device?

In addition to being required by law, carrying a manual propelling device is just good practice. Boats can experience engine failure or other issues at any time, and having a way to manually propel the boat can give you peace of mind and ensure your safety while out on the water.

Even if you know how your inboard engine works, you could end up having a breakdown. Just one of many elements of boating safety equipment that you should have onboard at all times.

Which boats need a manual propelling device?

A manual propelling device is a piece of equipment that is required to be on board any pleasure craft that is less than 9m in length. Included in the list of manual propelling devices is an anchor with a minimum of 15m of rope, cable, or chain.

Manual propelling device check

Before each trip, boaters should make it a routine to check the manual propelling device, making sure it is easily accessible in case of an emergency. Boaters should inspect the manual propelling device for any signs of damage or wear and tear.

They should also ensure that the manual propelling device is in good working condition by testing it out in a controlled environment.

Which boats need an anchor?

In general, all boats should carry an anchor on board, regardless of the size or type of boat anchor. An anchor is an essential piece of safety equipment that can not only help a boat stay in place but also be used as a manual propelling device. It is also good to have an anchor in case you run aground. Like with everything else, you will need to learn how to anchor your boat.

Learn about safe boating with Drive A Boat Canada

In conclusion, manual propelling devices are an essential safety feature that all boaters should have on board before embarking on any trip. These devices can be used in the event of an emergency or mechanical failure to maneuver the boat and get to safety. For more on boating safety, take your online boating exam or contact us.