Boat Right – Be Polite
Boat Right -Be Polite is the focus of a boater education program that the Horseshoe Lake Property Owner’s Association is adopting for the 2020 Boating season. This program was originally developed by the Lake of Bays Cottagers Association in partnership with the Federation of Cottager’s Association (FOCA).
Foundational to this program is the belief that everyone has the right to enjoy a safe, fun time on the water. This means that everyone also has a responsibility to respect and share waterways with wildlife, swimmers, divers, other boaters and watercraft ranging from sail boats to float planes.
“Boat Right” reflects the laws of recreational boating, which are spelled out in the Transport Canada – Safe Boating Guide (https://www2.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/tp-511e.pdf). We encourage you to keep a copy at the cottage and re-read it every year for a valuable refresher. Remember that the speed limit is 10 kilometres per hour within 30 metres of shore and be sure to obey signs where posted. Breaking the laws related to boating are criminal offences that carry fines and other potential consequences. For example:
“Be Polite” summarizes the best practices we should all be using on the lake while boating in a variety of ways.
We hope that you will review the information below and share it with others who may use your cottage or are accessing the lake by boat. Horseshoe Lake has several narrow and unique channels where respecting and paying particular attention to these regulations and guidelines is critical for the safety and enjoyment of everyone.
When Water-Skiing, Wake-Boarding or Tubing:
Your first consideration in any of these activities should be safety and if you are operating safely, you're much less likely to annoy your neighbours as well.
· Towboats must have an operator, a spotter and a seat for each person being towed.
· Do not tow before sunrise or one hour after sunset.
· Those towed must wear an approved personal flotation device.
· Know and obey the right-of-way rules.
· You can take off from shore at speed provided you drive straight out from shore.
metre limit or come in and out perpendicular to your dock.
When Using a Personal Watercraft:
If you are operating a personal watercraft, 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
When using a Noisy Boat:
Boats with through-hull exhaust and little or no muffling are also a source of annoyance to others on our lake. It is so bad that small vessel regulations have been passed to control them. In the Lake of Bays survey, 70 per cent of respondents said noisy boats disrupted their cottage enjoyment.
Decibel Coalition October 2022 NewsLetter Decibel Coalition Newsletter.pdf
If you want to report unsafe boating practices to the OPP,
call 1-888-310-1122 or dial 911 and make sure you have the facts available when you call.