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- Does your boat meet all safety regulations?
- Is your boat seaworthy and capable of handling
the prevailing water conditions?
- Do you have an approved lifejacket for every
member of your party?
- Do you have safety flares and a waterproof
- Do you have two buoyant towlines?
- Do you have an anchor?
- Do you have a sound-emitting device, such
as a horn or whistle?
- Do you have paddles or oars?
- Do you have tools to perform minor mechanical
- Do you have a first aid kit?
- Do you have a fire extinguisher?
- Do you have sufficient fuel?
- Have you checked for fuel system leaks or
- Do you have water and nourishment?
- Do you have protection from the elements -
sun, wind or rain?
Common Boating Questions
by: News Canada
Which type of boat is right for me?
For most buyers, general purpose craft which serve as
fish, ski and picnic boats are ideal; for others needing
something specialized, a wide selection is offered in
How big a boat will I need?
Size is a function of who will be on board and where it
will be used. Options range from 12-ft. dinghies to power
and sail yachts. If it is a question of two to four-feet
in size, buy more if your budget allows. This will keep
you in the boat longer.
What about power needs?
What will it cost?
Most newcomers are surprised that, with financing, boats
can be paid for in monthly installments and often cost
less than they think. Pre-owned boats often cost one-half
of similar new models.
What is the best time of year to buy?
The best time of year to buy is when you are ready. Boat
shows provide great opportunities to find "show specials."
However, specials only work if you have done some homework
and identified the right type of boat for your needs.
There are good deals on boats throughout the year.
To get lots more information on boating, including a free
CD-ROM entitled "Discover Boating", visit www.discoverboating.ca.
- News Canada
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