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How Much Regulation is the Right Amount?

One of our articles this week features the Safe Quiet Lakes movement which operates in the Muskoka region, but the sentiment applies to anywhere that pleasure craft are being operated. This group of cottagers has come together, partnered with the OPP, to do something about what they describe as excessive noise on the Muskoka lakes from boats without engaged mufflers. Included with their info is a poster for Respectful Boating Guidelines, which is a common sense bullet list of how to behave on the water. In my opinion boaters should definitely buy and operate boats that are appropriate for the size and type of water they are using them on. Growing up in my generation we were taught by our parents and grandparents how to properly and respectfully use ALL boats, from paddle to motor. If you didn't follow the rules, you didn't use the boat. Period. Education is the best approach to teaching boating etiquette. My worry is that this issue will some day lead to more legislation of how we enjoy our waterways, rather than educating boaters from the time they can say 'may I drive?' up until they receive their own Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Rote learning from day one seems more effective than passing more laws to teach us how to behave. So kudos to the OPP for jumping aboard this issue with a teaching approach and let's all take the time to teach our next generations the same common sense guidelines we learned so that safe and considerate boating will be a given, not an afterthought. What are your thoughts and experiences on this topic? Write or Tweet us anytime.

Terri Hodgson
Online Editor
Canadian Yachting magazine
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