Entries by Van Isle Marina

Boat Camping Around Vancouver Island

Where and How to Camp by Boat Camping by boat might not be what comes to mind when you think about heading into the great outdoors. Usually, it involves planning when and where you want to go before packing everything into your car, not your boat. But, for boat owners, camping can take on a […]

Best Boat For Water Sports

A Guide to the Best Boats For Your Summer Water Sports What’s the best boat for water sports? Let’s find out!  As summer heats up, there are plenty of ways to cool down in the water including lots of fun water sports. Spending your summer by the lake or the ocean means lots of opportunities […]

Boat Distress Flares – What They Are and Why You Need Them

The Essential Safety Equipment you need for any Boating Trip Boat distress flares are one of those things that no one really thinks about until they need it. Being out on the water can be a wonderful way to spend a day, a week, or even a month. There is nothing quite like enjoying the […]

Your Complete Guide to Selecting a Lifejacket or PFD

What’s the Difference Between a Lifejacket and Personal Flotation Device (PFD)? In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into lifejackets, PFDs, and what factors to consider when selecting the right lifejacket or personal flotation device for you.  As important as it is to enjoy your time on the water, it’s equally important to follow […]

Top Vancouver Island Beaches Accessible by Boat

The Best Boat Accessible Beaches to Explore on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands For those who are lucky to live or vacation here, we know that Vancouver Island beaches rank easily among the best in the world.  At over 450km from the northern tip to the south, and surrounded by well over 220 smaller […]

Halibut Fishing Around Vancouver Island

What You Need to Know About Fishing for Halibut If you enjoy fishing, chances are you have dreamed about heading out onto the ocean to try your hand at Pacific Halibut fishing. The waters around Vancouver Island are home to halibut all year round, with abundance during the spring and summer months, making the area […]

Foghorns – A Historic Navigational Tool

How Foghorns are Used Today and the Signals you Need to Know We all recognize the iconic sound of a foghorn, the deep resounding note that booms out through the mist to warn boaters of danger or other vessels in the water. But, did you know the foghorn is a Canadian invention? Foghorns, or fog […]

Electric Boats: The Wave of the Future?

Going Green With Electric Boating Electric boats come in all shapes and sizes, from small fishing boats to large yachts. They can be powered by either an onboard battery or a plug-in charger. Some electric boats are powered by a combination of batteries and solar panels or are hybrid models with a gas-powered engine as […]

How the Internet of Things is Changing Boating

Technology Can Make Boat Ownership Easier Than Ever Technology and the Internet of Things impacts every aspect of our lives, home, car and lifestyles. So, it is somewhat inevitable that demand for this type of connectivity would eventually reach the boating world too. Boat owners are beginning to turn to smart technology on their vessels […]

The Sextant – a Celestial Navigation Tool

What is a Sextant and How Do You Use It? Before the invention of satellite GPS tracking, gyro compasses and marine radar, vessels had to rely on manual navigation tools to be able to identify their position in the ocean. One of these tools (which has been in use since the early 1700s) is the […]