Yacht Accident a Reminder to Boat Safe and Boat Smart

There was a report today that 3 children were killed in a boating accident off of New York’s Long Island. The 1984 Silverton of unspecified length was carrying 27 people at the time it capsized Wednesday night after watching the local fireworks (sound familiar?). Twenty-four passengers and crew were rescued by fellow boaters but the children, 8, 11 and 12 were apparently trapped below deck. There are reports the boat was swamped by another vessel which can only suggest the boat was unreasonably overloaded.

If you are reading this you already know better. But it’s still a good idea to point out potential safety risks to other boaters that got the ‘card’ but didn’t get the ‘education’. It may annoy them, but ‘better safe than sorry’.

It was fun watching local boaters, I estimate more than 200 boats, leave after the Canada Day fireworks in Parry Sound. They were smart enough to be careful because there certainly is the opportunity for an accident with that many boats heading down the South Channel.

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day (May 18)

(from the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron website – thanks to MKW for the suggestion)

May 11, 2012
In support of Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day (May 18) Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons (CPS) members and staff are encouraged to wear their lifejackets to work.

As the first long weekend of the summer approaches CPS would like to remind boaters to be safe on our waterways. Wearing your lifejacket is one of the easiest ways to ensure your safety on the water.

Across Canada, 89% of recreational boaters who drown each and every year were not wearing a lifejacket. Most of these drownings occur in small open power boats, accounting for 60% of these preventable deaths. A majority of these victims were males between the ages of 19 and 35, out for a day of fishing. An average of 140 unnecessary drownings occur every year.

Many boaters who drown believe they are good swimmers, so they feel that having a lifejacket on board and within easy reach is good enough. But what good is a lifejacket that is stored under a seat or under the bow going to be when the unexpected happens? Most drownings happen unexpectedly when small boats capsize or someone falls overboard. The lifejacket that you leave behind is not much use, especially in cold water.

When choosing a lifejacket follow these simple guidelines: Choose one that is suitable for the activity you are involved in and check the label to make sure that it is Canadian approved and is of the correct size. Finally, make sure it fits snugly.

If you don’t wear your lifejacket, it won’t work.

-Stats courtesy of the Canadian Safe Boating Council

Boat Check Volunteers – Are You Interested?

Parry Sound Power and Sail NEEDS YOU. (WORKED FOR UNCLE SAM).

As part of our commitment to safe boating, Power Squadron provides Courtesy Checks at docks and marinas across Canada.  Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron would like to start a program here. This involves auditing a boat and providing guidance on equipment and actions that would contribute to safer boating.

We need members like you, who can  take a short course (four hours) and then spend one day this spring at a marina checking boats.

You would not be a police officer – there is no law involved.  These checks are given in a helpful manner and are voluntary on the part of the boater.

It should be a fun way to spend a spring day, meet other boaters, and see a different part of our lake land.

Interested? Call John Mason at 705-342-1315 or email to