Anything you can do, a Sailor can do Better


Just admit it, you’ll never be as cool as a sailor. Here are six everyday things that they’d kick your butt in.

1. Parallel Parking

I know…everyone says that they’re good at parallel parking, but who’s actually great at it. Imagine parallel parking a fire truck without rearview mirrors, on water, during a thunderstorm. That’s what sailors do on the regular, but it’s called docking.

2. Giving Directions

Being on the ocean, sailors know that vague directions isn’t just accidentally turning on the wrong street. It can lead to death or worse… Snake Island, Brazil.

3. Dressing Appropriately

Now, we all know how inaccurate the Weather app can be sometimes. Even the best reports are based off of some hocus pocus and the problem is that no one has built an app out of actual human, sailor bones. Sailor’s have special bones that tingle, crack, wobble, and creak. They can feel weather in their bones before the weather even know’s what’s happening. If you’re unsure what to wear for the day, just find a sailor and copy what they’re wearing.

4. Pulling an All-Nighter

Sailors are fuelled by something that is stronger than caffeine and that is the fear of the unknown. Much like the rest of us, sailors don’t always know what’s going to happen next when in the ocean. They have to be prepared for every kind of possibility and in order to do that, it requires being awake ALL THE TIME.

5. Letting Things Go

When something falls in the ocean, it’s gone forever. The only thing you can do is forget about it and accept the fact that it’s time to move on from it. It belongs to the ocean now.

6. Democracy

Jokes! Sailors don’t know what that is. The captain is always right. Even when she’s not.

Luckily, you can be as cool as a sailor too. Book your lessons now here!

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When considering chartering a yacht in Canada, we know you have many options. Some of these options look super exciting and at ridiculously great prices. Recent trends in the industry have opened the door for many unqualified individuals to purchase boats and offer charter services to the unsuspecting public. It’s easy to create a website and even easier to just list a boat on sites such as Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, Getmyboat, Boat Setter and many others.

Unfortunately, many of these operators are NOT licensed, insured or qualified to accept your trust on the water.

In order to be licensed and insured a number of items MUST be in place. Listed are just a few.

  • The operator must be licensed by Transport Canada with a commercial license known as either:
    – Limited Master under 60tonne.
    – Small Vessel Operators Permit (SVOP).
  • The name of the vessel must be visible on the stern (back) or the registration number beginning with the letter “C” must be visible on the side of the vessel near the front. Boats with a registration number beginning with “ON” are not licensed for passengers.
  • If the vessel is under 12m (40’) it should participate in the Transport Canada Small Vessel Compliance Program and display a “Blue Decal” and have corresponding certificate.
  • If the vessel is over 12m (40’) or carries more than 12 passengers, it MUST BE INSPECTED by Transport Canada and have an inspection certificate on board.
  • All vessels must have commercial liability insurance and coverage specifically for the number of passengers approved to be carried on board.
  • The vessel must comply with commercial safety requirements beyond recreational standards. Many of these illegal operators do not have the proper training, carry proper safety equipment, nor do their recreational boats meet the design/construction requirements of a commercial, passenger carrying vessel. These illegal operators try to stay under the radar of Police/OPP/RCMP/Transport Canada by:
  • hiding the name of their vessel by hanging items over the stern
  • not letting you know where they will have you board until just before the start of your charter.
  • pick you up at a public park (where docking is not permitted).
  • suggest to you that you are friends of the owner/operator out for a ride and not a paying customer.
  • allow you to drink alcohol while the boat is underway (illegal-same as a car) but tell you to hide your bottles etc.
  • insist on a cash transaction or part of it as a way of defrauding the internet listing company.
  • Make you sign a “Charter Agreement” just before you board without giving you details of the document beforehand.

    Over the last few years there have been a number of deaths and even more accidents resulting from these types of operators. Be safe and know who you are getting on a boat with. All licensed operators should willingly display their credentials, and most are members of the Passenger & Commercial Vessel Association (PCVA).

    Link to Global News Report on Charter Accidents

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Know before you Go!