Boating Safety Blog

Nautical Knots and Their Uses in Boating

February 20, 2022

It’s important to learn the basics of boating before setting out on the water. Knowing about the different types of nautical knots and how to use them will be helpful both during regular boating excursions and in the event of an emergency. While the law doesn’t require the use of sailing knots on a boat, Read more ›

The Main Parts of a Boat

February 9, 2022

Nautical terminology plays a significant role in understanding what’s going on aboard a boat. In this article, the experts at the National Boating Safety School present the main parts of a boat and associated boating vocabulary to help familiarize you with the way things are done at sea! The main sections of a boat Do Read more ›

How to Choose an Electric Boat Motor

January 12, 2022

Electric boat motors are becoming increasingly popular options for pleasure crafts due to their many advantages. However, there are many varieties within that category to choose from, so the selection process is far from simple! In this article, we present 4 tips to help you choose the best electric boat motor for your needs. The Read more ›

Port and Starboard: What They Mean and How to Remember

December 26, 2021

If you’re interested in boating, you’ve probably heard the terms port and starboard before. Wondering what these words mean? You’ve come to the right place. In this article, the boating safety experts at the NBSS break down the meaning and origins of the terms, explain why they are so important, and provide a few tricks Read more ›

Recognizing Marine Buoys and Markers in Canada

December 12, 2021

Buoys and markers are floating devices that are used to guide boats on the water and provide important navigational information. Also called floating aids to navigation, they come in many colours and patterns, each of which have their own meaning. Since buoys help ensure the safety of vessels at sea, in shipping lanes and near Read more ›

How to Clean a Boat Fuel Tank

October 26, 2021

If you own a motorboat, cleaning the fuel tank should be part of your regular maintenance routine. Cleaning the fuel tank is also recommended before putting your boat in storage for an extended period of time (e.g., over the winter). A fuel tank contaminated with dirt or debris can seriously damage your boat’s propulsion system. Read more ›

How to Anchor a Boat: Canadian Rules and Requirements

Anchoring a boat may seem like a fairly simple concept, but there are several factors that must be taken into account. Anchoring must be done safely so that the boat doesn’t drift or capsize. There are also regulations set forth by the Canadian government regarding acceptable anchorage locations and navigation lights. Read on for a Read more ›

How to Winterize Outboard and Inboard Boat Motors

October 12, 2021

The winterizing process involves several simple tasks that motorboat owners should carry out as the unforgiving weather of winter approaches. In this article, find out why it’s important to winterize a boat motor and how to go about it. There are two distinct types of boat motors, outboard and inboard, so we’ll cover the winterizing Read more ›

The Rules to Follow when Buying a Boat

It’s often said that buying your first boat is the best day of your life. Unfortunately, an impulsive purchase that is not made with care can quickly turn into a nightmare. In this article, find out which rules to follow when buying a boat to give yourself the best chance of making an informed, sensible Read more ›

How to Tow a Boat

August 26, 2021

How to Tow a Boat Is your boat your way of getting away from it all? With a boat trailer, you have even more freedom, because you can boat on any body of water that’s accessible by road. Before setting off on your adventure, take the time to learn how to use a boat trailer Read more ›


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