The Globe and Mail had an interesting report in the Sports section yesterday. Check out page S5 to read their article on Dustin Byfuglien, defenceman for the Winnipeg Jets. His lawyer is attending a hearing for him this weekend, on some charges in Minnesota that stem from what the Globe and Mail calls " a strange boating outing last summer."
It's worth remembering that while in a boat, people are subject to laws. Here's a link to Transport Canada's Safety Rules and Tips. Boating while intoxicated, or failing to use navigational lights, or not having personal flotation devices are all offences for which a person can be charged. Transport Canada also has rules governing kayakers in short boats without motors.
Something else to think about is a program that Transport Canada has to fund boating safety projects. If you've got an idea that could promote boating safety, check it out.
Meanwhile, I'm going out on the water. With (yes) my PFD, floating rope in a throw bag, water pump, whistle, compass, waterproof flashlight, and SPOT.