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pring is here, the sun is shining and the daffodils are
rising - well not quite. Where I'm sitting we're just
getting over ten days of being stuck in the house
with 45 cm of snow in the driveway and the road outside
blocked as well.
This takes one's mind to days of real sunshine ahead and
the prospect of getting the boat back in the water if you're
in Ontario, or in BC, it's already in the water and awaiting
the spring service and bottom paint.
This leads me to thinking of checking the boat and making sure that my mandatory and safety equipment is in
good working condition and my signalling equipment up
to date. It needs to be in good working order, always easy
to reach (so that it can be used in an emergency) and well
maintained and replaced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations.
How do you know what safety equipment you should
be carrying? Well there are two ways. You can go to the
Transport Canada websites (listed below) and download
the Safe Boating Guide/ Guide de sécurité nautique, and
check out the section on Safety Equipment Requirements/
Exigences relatives a l'équipement de sécurité, that starts
on page 15 in both language copies. However a much better way is to call your local squadron (you know who and
how to get hold of them don't you?) and find out from their
Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check Program (RVCC)
team leader when they are holding their checks. Are you
feeling lucky? Maybe they will check your boat on an individual basis. Call them and give them some work to do! Remember the RVCC checks are free and if the boat passes
you get a sticker to display and if your boat doesn't meet
the requirements the volunteers do not issue any penalties
as this is a preventative and educational program. Preventative in that if you act on the advice given to you, you will
have the right lifesaving equipment should you and your
boat get into trouble. In addition, should the authorities
carry out a check on your safety equipment, the fines are
hefty. In BC any unpaid maritime fines find their way to
your automobile insurance. Educational in that the volunteers carrying out the check can advise you of where to find
needed equipment and advise you of upcoming courses in
their Squadron and District. The National RVCC Team

is led by Sarah-Jane Raine and regional contacts are at the
end of this article.
What to do with my outdated flares and what are the
requirements?
Well from TP511e/f I know two things. For safety signalling because my boat is more than 9 metres I am required to carry one watertight flashlight and 12 flares of
type A, B, C or D, and not more than six of them are to be
of the D type. The minor technicality is that flares do not
last for ever so the plastic bag full of old flares that has been
sitting there since 1984 will not do. (Port Hole Fall 2015
P/C/C Doreen Hinksman, AP). Transport Canada tells us
that flares that are older than four years from the date of
manufacture must be replaced. Each flare has its date of
manufacture stamped on the side. So how do you dispose
of your outdated flares ?
This is the third year that CPS-ECP has been operating
our Safety Equipment and Flare Return Program under the
leadership of Mike Smith. The purpose of the project is to
provide education on required safety equipment, the care
and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and
effectively use flares when needed. Last year 36 Squadrons
from Victoria and Vancouver in the west right across the
country to Charlottetown, Halifax and Saint John in the east
held events and we are hoping to operate the program at 30
host Squadron locations across the country this year.
If your local Squadron is not holding a Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Day then contact Mike
Smith, the National Office (John Gullick) or your Squadron or District Commander who will have details of the
events in your District.
When you return the outdated flares to the event hosting Squadrons (and their partner retailers), the old flares
will be shipped to CIL Orion for neutralization. Last year
the program collected a total of 36,450 flares, which in my
book is an amazing number. Remember the idea is education as well as flare return so just don't run into the store,
dump the flares and run out again. Stop and talk to the
volunteers on duty to find out what courses their Squadron
is planning for summer or fall 2017, as we all need to keep
our boating knowledge refreshed and up to date.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2017

Vantage Point: Celebrating Canada’s 150th
Galley Guys: Near-Beer off the Pier
Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Victoria International Marina
Seamanship: Top Dead Centre
Cruising Destination: Northern Georgian Bay
International Cruising Destination: Almost Canadian, Almost Caribbean
Sail Review: Leopard 45
Power Review: Carver 52 Command Bridge
The Port Hole
Trailering Part 1: Trouble-free Towing
Crossing the Line: Let’s Make the America’s Cup Great Again
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