Boating

There are plenty of boxes to check before getting your vessel on the water for the first time of the new season. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: Preparing your watercraft for the new boating season

BOATING WITH BARB: Preparing your watercraft for the new boating season

  • Apr 28, 2021

 

A lot of smoke can be seen from a boat fire on the Crofton waterfront Thursday evening. (Facebook photo)

Man’s retirement plan vanishes in flames on the Crofton waterfront

Firefighters douse burning boat to prevent spread to nearby vessels as blaze delays Saltspring ferry

 

Failure to adhere to your vessel’s maximum load capacity, as per its compliance notice, could result in having your marine insurance policy declared void. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: Compliance notices for small vessels integral to insurance coverage

If your pleasure boat is more than 78 feet in length you…

  • Mar 31, 2021

 

The cabin interior of the Thomsons’ Hunter 31 sailboat (after five weeks living aboard). Photo by Barb Thomson

BOATING WITH BARB: Life on a boat is incomparable

Just imagine this: one day the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over. To…

  • Feb 24, 2021
The cabin interior of the Thomsons’ Hunter 31 sailboat (after five weeks living aboard). Photo by Barb Thomson
On average, the Comox Station receives 60 call outs per year. Photo by RCM-SAR member Chris Beech, Media.

BOATING WITH BARB: Victoria JRCC and RCM-SAR Station 60 Comox work together to save lives

Barb Thomson Special to The Record Just imagine you wander down to…

  • Jan 19, 2021
On average, the Comox Station receives 60 call outs per year. Photo by RCM-SAR member Chris Beech, Media.
Barb Thomson and her husband enjoy the southeast views from Sandy Island. Photo submitted

BOATING WITH BARB: One island, three names

BARB THOMSON Special to The Record Here’s a question: which nearby marine…

  • Nov 18, 2020
Barb Thomson and her husband enjoy the southeast views from Sandy Island. Photo submitted
Industry Canada requires anyone operating a marine VHF radio to have the Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine (ROC-M) or be subject to fines up to $5,000.

BOATING WITH BARB: ROC-M a requirement for anyone operating a marine VHF radio

Operating a VHF radio without a ROC-M could cost you $5,000.

  • Sep 23, 2020
Industry Canada requires anyone operating a marine VHF radio to have the Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine (ROC-M) or be subject to fines up to $5,000.
Due to the lack of any kind of stop signs or traffic lights, common sense is called upon when determining right of way in the water. Adobe Stock image

Boating With Barb: Nautical ‘rules of the road’

Imagine this scenario: you are paddling a bright yellow kayak across the…

  • Aug 26, 2020
Due to the lack of any kind of stop signs or traffic lights, common sense is called upon when determining right of way in the water. Adobe Stock image
Boating (Stu Salkled/Black Press Media)

Amid summer sun, officials remind public to take water safety seriously

RCMP, Search and Rescue and BC branch of Lifesaving Society offer recommendations to those water-bound

Boating (Stu Salkled/Black Press Media)
American pleasure crafts unwelcome in B.C. this year. (BP File Photo, Susan Quinn)

B.C. boaters on lookout for unwanted American travellers

Ad hoc group scanning boat data to catch boaters violating border rules during COVID-19

American pleasure crafts unwelcome in B.C. this year. (BP File Photo, Susan Quinn)
BOATING WITH BARB: Rules and regulations for stand up paddleboarders

BOATING WITH BARB: Rules and regulations for stand up paddleboarders

Barb Thomson Special to The Record Imagine this scenario: We were motoring…

  • Jun 24, 2020
BOATING WITH BARB: Rules and regulations for stand up paddleboarders
Rob Winder took a video of some unconventional boat travel as this boater appears to have taken to the water with his trailer still attached. (Rob Winder/Facebook)

VIDEO: Boat crosses lake in Okanagan with trailer still attached

Local resident films bizarre boat. Clip viewed over 6 million times.

Rob Winder took a video of some unconventional boat travel as this boater appears to have taken to the water with his trailer still attached. (Rob Winder/Facebook)
Experienced mariners know that over-land and over-ocean are two very different forecasts. Photo by Barbara Thomson

BOATING WITH BARB: Weather on the water

BOATING WITH BARB: Weather on the water

  • May 20, 2020
Experienced mariners know that over-land and over-ocean are two very different forecasts. Photo by Barbara Thomson
Rescue crews discovered an individual unresponsive on Norris Rock (red pin) following a boating accident Tuesday night off of Hornby Island. Google Maps

One person dead in boating accident off Hornby Island

Two people involved, one man recovered with hypothermia

Rescue crews discovered an individual unresponsive on Norris Rock (red pin) following a boating accident Tuesday night off of Hornby Island. Google Maps
Comox marina. Photo by Mike Chouinard

BOATING WITH BARB: How COVID-19 has affected pleasure boating

Many marinas are closed to transient boaters due to pandemic

  • May 4, 2020
Comox marina. Photo by Mike Chouinard
BOATING WITH BARB: Tides and Currents - the motion of the ocean

BOATING WITH BARB: Tides and Currents – the motion of the ocean

Barbara Thompson Special to The Record Just imagine this: I was lazing…

  • May 3, 2020
BOATING WITH BARB: Tides and Currents - the motion of the ocean
A humpback whale breaches off the south end of Cortes Island. Photo by Jos Krynen/Eagle Eye Adventures

Quadra & Cortes Islands

Breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and outdoor adventure await

  • Apr 24, 2020
A humpback whale breaches off the south end of Cortes Island. Photo by Jos Krynen/Eagle Eye Adventures