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8 Tips For Winterizing Your Boat

If you are trying to squeak in a few more days on the water, you probably haven’t given much thought to winterizing your boat. Trust us – winter is coming. Discover Boating Canada has a comprehensive list on How to Winterize Your Boat. We summarized the points here – to make it easier for you. Our only advice about winterizing: the time and effort you invest in winterizing will not only save you time but dollars come spring. 1) Policies & Manuals: This is a good time to review your boat insurance policy to see if there are specific requirements for winterizing. And don’t ignore your owner’s manual for winterizing steps that maybe particular to your boat. 2) Bilges: Make sure they

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LED Lights could be causing VHF Radio or AIS problems

With their low battery draw, cooler operation and sturdy construction, LED lights have become very popular with recreational boaters. However, these same lights may also be causing poor VHF radio and Automatic Identification System (AIS) reception, according to a Marine Safety Alert  recently issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The informational alert outlined reports received from boaters concerning radio frequency interference caused by LED lamps that “were found to create potential safety hazards.” In some cases, the U.S. Coast Guard reports, the interference may cause problems if boaters need to call for help. The interference can affect VHF voice communications and subsequently AIS,  as well as Digital Selective Calling (DSC). In particular, masthead LED navigation lights on sailboats may cause problems

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Buying A Boat? You could win $10,000 from Discover Boating

Buying a boat this year? If so, you could win $10,000 towards the purchase of your boat courtesy of Discover Boating Canada. Download the Discover Boating Canada Safety app, to access and submit the contest entry form before September 30, 2018, and your name will be entered into a contest to win $10,000 towards a boat purchase you made between January 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018 and took delivery of before May 2019. Boat purchases include new and pre-owned vessels purchased from authorized vendors such as North South Yacht Sales. Already using the Boating Safety App? No worries, you are still eligible to enter the contest if you have purchased a boat this year. The Boating Safety App is

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