Spring Boating 2013
The ice is out and thoughts are moving toward spring launch…but are you ready? Here are some things to think about before you make your inaugural voyage.
First, how did your boat winter? Make sure everything is running top notch by having a qualified marine mechanic provide a thorough inspection. The weather may be warming but the water is still cold and the last thing you want is to be stuck out there. On the same note, check your safety equipment to ensure everything is functional and all required items are aboard. It’s also a good idea to review the rules of lake and don’t forget your operator’s card!
Something else to think about. At this time of year there’s a lot of debris floating around, particularly this spring following the flooding in cottage country. Long time residents of Muskoka say they’ve never witnessed anything like this year’s flow over Bracebridge Falls. Waters have destroyed boat houses, flooded homes and forced the closure of roads. Residents report witnessing full trees, roots and all, being carried over the falls. These large objects are now floating around the lakes waiting for the unsuspecting boater. Nothing says ‘happy boating’ like losing your drive to a piece of submerged plywood. While we all want to get out on the water, this may be one year where it’s prudent to be patient and wait a little longer. Let the waters settle and clear. Let someone else hit the plywood first. If you do choose to head out, exercise caution and slow down.
When you’re ready, get out there and have some fun. Boating is great way to spend a summer!