Before You Set Sail - Tips for Boating in BC

Before You Set Sail - Tips for Boating in BC

Raven Marine News

Home to some of the most amazing environments in the world, British Columbia is a boater’s paradise. With lush coastal forests that outline gorgeous Pacific waters, you’ll never run out of places to explore. To make sure you get the most out of your time on the water, we’ve put together a few tips:

1. Make Sure Your Yacht is in Top Shape

Cruising around the BC coastline is a great experience, made all the better knowing your yacht is in prime condition. Regular yacht care, handled by the professionals at Raven Marine, will keep your vessel running smoothly so that all you have to worry about is where you’re going to explore next. Our list of services includes everything from small repairs and touch ups to full overhauls and installations.

2. Know Your Safe Boating Procedures

We’ll bet that you, the safe and knowledgeable boater, already know these procedures by heart, but a refresher couldn’t hurt. While there are lots of resources out there for boaters, Transport Canada has published a Safe Boating Guide that covers everything you need to know to keep you safe.

3. Be Respectful

We’re not talking about being respectful to other boaters (you should do that too), but being respectful to the water, environments and wildlife of the British Columbia coast. Knowing how to be an environmentally-friendly boater is vital to keeping BC’s waters safe and healthy.

  • Look for the EcoLogo when buying products. Products with this distinction have been certified to meet high environmental standard throughout their lifecycle, from production to disposal.
  • Know who to call – even the smallest oil spills can be disastrous for BC’s marine ecosystems. Anywhere from BC to California, spills can be reported by phoning
    1-800-OILS-911 (1-800-6457-911).
  • Know where BC’s Marine Protected Areas are. These areas have special ecological or cultural significance in BC, and are under strict protection by the provincial and federal governments.

4. Discover your favourite locations 

In BC, you’ll never find yourself looking for somewhere to go. The Pacific Ocean is just the start, with so many rivers, lakes, gulfs and straits to explore, there’s always a new adventure waiting for you. The Boating BC Association has a list of popular boating destinations, but finding your own spots can be just as fun. Here’s a few of our favourites:

  • The Princess Louisa Inlet, accessible only by boat or plane. This slice of paradise, located on the Sunshine Coast, is a stunning 8km inlet surrounded by mile-high cliffs and gorgeous waterfalls.
  • Dent Island, located just north of Campbell River and Quadra Island. Home to world-class lodging, professional fishing guides, eagle & whale-watching and an all-around incredible environment, this out-of-the-way spot has a full marina with all the amenities.
  • Desolation Sound is a popular place that you’ll never experience the same way twice. Comprising the Quadra, Cortes and Sonora islands, the sound is a calm, warm destination with breathtaking sights, abundant wildlife and a number of ports and harbours for your yacht.

 5. Always be prepared

Nothing threatens your time on the water like unexpected mishaps. In those unexpected times when you need a repair big or small, know who to turn to. 

Contact us to get your boat in shape


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