Speed and Boat Wakes

You are responsible for your boat wakes! Click on the link below to see a short video with more information.

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Current Boating Regulations

IT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL BOAT OPERATORS TO HAVE A BOAT LICENSE.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /-->

This includes all ages and all motor sizes

LIFEJACKETS & PFD’S

· There must be one for everyone on board. They must be in good condition and quickly and easily accessible (the latter is a new change in the law).

· Regarding Inflatables – you must be wearing them for them to count as a lifejacket.

Not for children under 16 years of age.

Not for PWC’s or white water rafting

Be sure to check expiry date on the inflation cartridge.

FINES are $305.00 for the first missing lifejacket and $100.00 for each subsequent one.

LIQUOR AND BOATING

To transport liquor in a boat (yes, this includes beer), it must be sealed, as in never opened, or if not sealed it must be in a cabin, day net, cupboard or luggage. It must be inaccessible to the boat operator (ie, not at his feet)

There can be no liquor in mugs or glasses.

Drinking liquor on a boat is against the law except in the following circumstances:

. There are on the boat permanent sleeping quarters (this does not mean a sleeping bag and pillow to sleep on the floor)

. There is a permanent galley.

. There is a head with a tank and pump out system (not a 20 litre pail).

After meeting these criteria the boat must be moored to a dock, anchored or hard aground.

YOU NEED TO CONSIDER THE INTENTIONS OF THE BOAT OPERATOR, IF OPERATING THE BOAT THE BOAT OPERATOR SHOULD NOT BE DRINKING!

FINES ARE $215.00 for the Operator and $125.00 per passenger.

VERY IMPORTANT

The “Warn” range suspension will apply to your car drivers license i.e. 3/7/30 days if found to be operating a boat while drinking.

NOTE: If in default of lifebelt or liquor regulations you will be escorted to the nearest dock until you are compliant. The OPP attitude is “Too Bad” if you don’t know anyone or no one is there and your cottage/home is 10 km away.

THE MARINE PATROL WILL NOW ENFORCE

ZERO TOLERANCE REGARDING NOT ADHERING TO LIQUOR OR LIFEBELT REGULATIONS

DOCUMENTS THAT YOU NEED ON BOARD

o Vessel registration for all boats with motors over 9.9 hp (can be a photocopy)

o Rental agreement.

o Operator’s card (cannot be a photocopy). If you are from another country and the country has a boating license, that you have on you, they will accept it. Otherwise you need a photo ID. There is no grace period. FINE $305.00.

SPEED ZONES

· Within 30 meters of the shoreline, 10 km or less

· You can Waterski if perpendicular to the shoreline (no zig zagging across the river)

· Rivers or Canals less than 100 meters wide have no speed limit unless posted.

FINE IS $ 240.00 AND NOTE THAT IF YOU POST YOUR OWN SPEED SIGN IT IS NOT OFFICIAL

AND YOU CAN BE FINED $305.00

Rattler Lesson

Click on the report below to read about a local person who was seriously bitten by a rattlesnake this summer. Be Careful!

SRAPO Honours Long Time Volunteers

SRAPO wishes to thank long time volunteers Doug Hale (at left, shown with wife Jayne) and Pat Bedford (at right, shown with husband Bill). Doug and Pat were presented with certificates of appreciation for their many years of volunteer service to SRAPO.

Doug Hale has served as Treasurer of SRAPO for many years, as well as being active in our Water Testing program. He has hosted many Executive meetings and looked after Merchandise sales for SRAPO. Always a strong supporter of nature, the canoe trails in Lost Channel, Copp Bay and Pretty Channel have in the past been maintained by him through his knowledge of proper camping habits.

Pat Bedford was the President of SRAPO for six years and originated the Visitation program that takes place every other year. While President she actively involved herself with the Trent Severn Waterway , all three local Townships, and garbage disposal issues in the area. Recently she has been involved in the Severn Story Book.