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Spring Boating in Ontario

April has arrived and the snow is finally starting to melt!  The ice may still be in the lakes but it’s time to start planning for the boating season.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready for spring launch.

1. With the late start this year, marinas are going to be VERY busy!  If the boat needs any work done, schedule it as soon as possible.  Remember that everyone wants their boats for the May 24th weekend so the earlier you can make your arrangements, the better.

2.  Every year the spring runoff deposits debris into the waterways.  This year may be worse than normal.  Trees have had a rough winter with the heavy snowfall and ice damage and branches are down everywhere.  Keep in mind more and larger debris than normal may be lurking in your lake.

3.  Winter hasn’t been kind to storage sheds either.  We’ve seen many come down, damaging boats and resulting in claims.  For those who haven’t been able to reach the boat to monitor snow load, check in as soon possible.  Remember that insurance companies will also be very busy this spring.  If you have a claim situation contact us as soon as possible.

4. The lake you know in July can be a different beast in the spring.  Water levels may be up, hiding rocks that otherwise would be noticeable.  Levels can also fluctuate as officials control spring run off.  Keep your wits about you and make sure you have your safety equipment updated and on board.

There’s nothing better than spring launch after a long, hard winter.  Let’s get ready!  Here’s looking to a fantastic boating season!

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