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Factors to Consider when Buying your First Boat

Now that you’ve finally decided to invest in your first boat, it is important to protect your asset from potential risks. It is important to find a reputable boat insurance Ontario provider. Getting protection through mcdougallinsurance.com/recreational-insurance/boat-insurance/ is a smart decision.

The first thing you need to consider is what type of boat will best suit your requirements and preference. How do you plan to use it? There are different kinds of design for particular boating activities such as fishing, cruising, and water sports. Some people use their boats for all activities but here are more specific types of boats for your reference.

Types of Boat


Cruising boats are manufactured for entertainment and lifestyle choices. Some are designed for day cruising while other types offer cabins for overnight accommodation. You can choose whether you prefer a day boat or overnight boat.

Cruising boats include pontoon boat, bowrider, deck boat, cruiser, trawler, and yacht.


Fishing boats are designed with open cockpits towards the end of the vessel to maximize the space needed for fishing. The seating area and capacity are smaller on a fishing boat compared to a cruiser. Bigger fishing boats also has a cabin for overnight fishing trips.

Fishing boats include bass boat, flat boat, open express, center console, cuddy cabin, convertible, and jon boat.


Watersports boat are produced specifically for sports activities that require speed such as waterski, wakeboarding, jet ski, and other sports. Some sports require sophisticated tools and machinery.

Watersports activities use watercrafts such as personal Warcraft, sports boat, ski boat, wakeboard boat, jet boat, and inflatable boat.

Size of Boat

The size of your preferred boat is another factor to consider. The larger the boat, the more parts and features it has such as cabins, kitchens, toilets, deck and others. Bigger boats require more systems, mechanics, and maintenance.

They are more complicated and requires more understanding especially when operating the more advanced high tech boats. At the same time, these type of boats cost more.

When purchasing your first boat, it is highly recommended that you get a boat that extends up to 22 to 24 feet and no more than that. Start small and work your way up to a bigger boat once you’ve gotten a hang of it. Practice on a smaller vessel so that you have an idea on how to operate, manage, and maintain it.

Old vs. New

There are advantages and disadvantages to buying a new or second hand boat. Of course, buying a new one is what most dream of. A brand new boat has new equipment which means the machine and accessories are in top condition and free from maintenance problems.

Make sure you talk to a reputable dealer that you can trust to provide support even after you purchase the boat. Scout boat shows and ask boat owners in your town. You can even seek advice from your boat insurance Ontario representative.

The downside to buying a new boat is that they will definitely cost you more. However, you have a guaranteed warranty coverage for your new boat.

On the other hand, used boats may not have any warranty. These are sold by brokers, dealers or private citizens. Used boats have higher risks in terms of quality. You have no guarantee of the maintenance, repair or damage it has been through.

Before purchasing it, make sure you have it properly assessed by a professional marine surveyor to check for irregularities. Whichever way you choose, old or new, make sure to discuss it with your boat insurance Ontario provider to keep you and your new investment protected from potential risks.


The goal of the Halifax Oceans Film festival (HOFF) is to educate and inspire individuals about ocean and coastal issues that are ongoing in the world around us. That's why all film screenings are free! No tickets or reservations needed. Just fun!

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HOFF 2014

World oceans month is here! To celebrate, we are holding the 5th annual Halifax Oceans Film Festival (HOFF) at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (1675 Lower Water Street). Screenings start at 7PM.

Interested? Well, no need to buy a ticket. All screenings are free! All are welcomed!

June 15
  3rd Annual Ocean Shorts and Stories

A Tale of Two Urchins

Cleaning Up McNabs Island

Cradles of Glass

Dive Nova Scotia

In Dangerous Waters

Shark Survey Week

This Living Salish Sea

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat

Well Fished

June 17 A Sea Turtle Story

(Kathy Shultz)

Bag it! Is your life too plastic?

(Suzan Beraza)

June 18 Groundswell: A Small Film About Making a Big Stand

(Chris Malloy)

Paddle to the Ocean

(Kelsey Thompson _ Zac Crouse)



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June 18


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Deadline: May 31, 2014 – closed for 2014. Will open up again in Fall 2015

We welcome submissions from anyone — students, scientists, amateur and professional filmmakers. So, if you have a story – we want to hear it! Follow the link below for more details on
how to submit your ocean short.