Boat Right, Be Polite
After the July 4 weekend, a number of Lake of Bays Association members emailed us expressing concern about boating behaviour on the lake. We figured it's a good time to remind everyone of the rules of boating-- Boat Right; and the etiquette of boating--Be Polite.
Residents along the Oxtongue and South Muskoka Rivers expressed particular concern. Remember these water bodies are particularly congested and require extra attention to your speed, wake and proximity to others and the shoreline. The Oxtongue River has a posted speed limit of 9 km/h.
It’s the law! Don’t forget these important rules…
- The speed limit is 10 km/h within 30 metres of shore.
- All boat operators must carry their original Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card on board.
- Operating a boat carelessly, without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others is an offense under the Small Vessel Regulations.
- Operating a boat while impaired is a criminal offense. Impaired boaters are subject to the same suspension penalties that apply to impaired automobile drivers. Alcohol and cannbis cannot be consumed by the operator or passengers while the vessel is underway. Alcohol and cannabis can be consumed on a boat anchored or secured to land or dock and being used as a residence, provided the boat is equipped with cooking, sleeping and sanitation devices.
- Please use common sense and be mindful of how your activity is impacting those around you.
Your boat is designed for joyriding, so go out and have fun. But be careful. Personal watercraft are involved in a disproportionate share of boating accidents.
- Operators must be over 15, and have an operator’s card on board.
- When towing, you must have an operator, a spotter and a seat available for each person being towed.
- Keep well away from small boats and people. Buzzing or circling around canoes and kayaks or swimmers poses a safety hazard.
- If you must do repetitive doughnuts, go to the middle of the lake.
- Avoid maneuvers close to other vessels, even if they’re friends or relatives.