FAQ

What does restricted visibility mean in marine weather?

The boating term "restricted visibility" means: Any condition in which visibility is restricted by fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms, sandstorms or any other similar causes.

And the more you boat, chances are you will be caught in an element that will restrict your visibility.

However, if you want to better your chances of not being caught in a rainstorm, hail, snow, fog, etc. - check your local marine forecast before and while you're on the water.

Stong wind warning definition Canada?

The boating term "strong wind warning" means:

Winds with sustained wind speeds in the range of 20 to 33 knots (37 to 61 km/h).

If you hear that strong winds are in the forecast, unless it's emergency or you have a big vessel, you might want to stay on shore.

Usually we have a general idea when we will take our boats out, so you need to make sure you check the forecast before you head out on the water.

How many years are marine distress flares good for?

How many years are marine distress flares good for is a popular question boaters ask, and is a popular question on the Trasport Canada boating exam. And for good reason.

First thing you should know about distress flares is that there are four types of flares (Type A, B, C and D) approved by Transport Canada.

How many types of inflatable PFDs are available?

Inflatable PFDs are very popular these days for their lightweight comfort.

That's why the information is on the new Transport Canada boating exam.

However, not all people can wear the inflatable personal flotation device.

For one, kids under the age of 16 can't wear them.

Inflatable PFDs come in the following two styles: 

Vest and Pouch types.

Vest types that can be inflated orally, manually (with a CO2 system) or automatically, and

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