Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shrink wrap your boat #Toronto

Cranes have been busy down at the lakefront picking boats out of the water as the summer boating season ends. Many of the boats get wrapped in white or blue shrink-wrap so their freshness is locked in. Winterizing  and boat storage is big business but it is also a sad end to a full harbour of tour boats and pleasure craft cruising the waters of Lake Ontario. It is time to look back on some of the fun on water as the heat and sun were something we had plenty of this year. This party boat was rockin' and I think there was some knockin' going on.
The Toronto Port Authority reminds Captains to avoid close quarters situations "Large commercial vessels and smaller pleasure craft share the use of Toronto Harbour. For the captain of a large commercial vessel negotiating through the East Gap and into the Inner Harbour when busy with small boats, it is as severe a test for all boat operators. Such situations need not wrack the nerves of either skipper, but there is a real potential for danger when small boats and large ships meet in confined areas. Only when each understands these dangers and acts predictably for the other, can safe passage be assured."
Even tiny little canoes and kayaks crossed the busy harbour
For many the ferries to the Islands is the only time they get to enjoy a boat ride
Rowing sweeps or sculling boats in the protected inner harbour
Learning to sail

In the middle of winter you can get your watersports fix by going to the Toronto International Boat Show (Canada's largest) at the Direct Energy Centre from January 12 to 20, 2013. Ricoh Centre will become the World's largest indoor lake with over one million gallons of lake water.

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