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Marina and Boating Rules 101 | 5 Points for BBQuing on Your Boat

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We don't actually like the word "rules" here. Boating is too much fun to get to serious about regulations and strictness. We have a saying at Len's Cove: "common sense dictates". 

Why AIRMILES®? | Boating Rewards and You

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You spend your hard earned money on boating, and hopefully you feel that it is worth it. Ironically, even though my daily "grind" comes from boats, boating issues, boaters' proirities, etc., we still as a family head out on the lake to unwind and relax. We get it.

Pleasure Craft Licensing in Ontario | Registering Your Used Boat

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Whether you are buying a new or used boat from a dealer, or are buying one privately, you should make sure that it is properly licensed. A Pleasure Craft License is a number affixed to the side of your boat to help the boat be identified in case of an emergency.  The number is similar to a license plate on your car/truck but does not need renewal. The number needs to be shown on the outside of your boat, be clearly visible to others and need to: 

Let us Bring Groceries to You | Another Big Rideau Lake Exclusive!

kudrinkos grocery store Westport

Life on the boat or at the cottage on Big Rideau Lake: it should be relaxing, fun filled with good time, good friends, and good food!

Launch Delays on Big Rideau Lake | Your Boat, Our Commitment

Big Rideau Lake Levels 2014

Mother Nature is providing challenges; as I am sure you are aware. It maybe affecting your homes, basements, lawns, etc. We hope that you are not dramatically impacted.

OEM Parts vs After Market Parts | Your Boating Enjoyment

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Used boat need repairs or maintenance; it is a reality. From time to time we have customers question us about the reason we order OEM parts for thier boats as opposed to after-market parts. In a particular example, it was his belief that our business made more money when ordering OEM parts and that was the only reason for choosing them.

Saving you Money on Fuel | Big Rideau Lake’s new Stinson Fuel Station

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Your boating is our priority. Saving you money when you fuel up your boat means you spend less to get out more and enjoy the Big Rideau Lake, the Rideau Canal, and waterways beyond.

Service on Big Rideau Lake | 25 Years for Gary and Benda

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25 years, is that a long time? It is when you talk about the loyalty and service of fantastic employees. Gary Brash and Brenda Baker started at Len's Cove Marina 25 years ago this March. We took some time to celebrate that accomplishment, thank them for their dedication, and have a little fun.

Big Rideau Lake Ice Damage | Spring 2014 Threat

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Looking out over the Big Rideau Lake all winter long, one thing is clear - the winter of 2013/2014 is one that stories will be told about. If you have tried to shovel a walkway, or clean off a roof, you will know that this year's snow pack is as heavy as you may remember it ever being. The reality is, that as stubborn as this winter's grip has been, the spring thaw is not far off, and it could be messy!

Wakeboarding Tips & Tricks

Ben Merkley Wakeboarding
We realize its not quite wakeboarding season yet! But we wanted to remind you about a few great tips to help you get excited for boating and board buying season!
Here are a few tips for those of you new to wakeboarding: 
  • Speak to a professional to find a board size that is right for you!
  • Three rules of beginner wakeboarding: knees bent, arms straight, and head up.
  • The more relaxed you are with the board the more control you have.
  • Stay curled up with your knees to your chest and let the boat do the work
  • Do not resist the boat when attempting to get out of the water
  • Boat drivers: Wakeboarding is not water skiing - go easy on the throttle when accerlerating to get the boarder out of the water 
  • Wakeboard beginner speed is around 18 mph
  • Where the rope goes, the boards goes
  • Hold the rope in front of your hip, keep your hips square to shoreline, this will help keep the board vertical with the boat
  • Longer wakeboards are typically easier to wake board on
  • A shorter wakeboard makes it easy to flip and spin in the air
  • Longer deeper wakeboard fins benefit beginner riders. It provides a more stable ride
  • Keep your board out the the sun for long periods of time. The sun can have damaging effects
For more advice talk to the staff at Len's Cove!
Check out booth #1127 at the Ottawa Boat and Sportsman Show this weekend to test the Ripsurfer X surf training system! The surf trainer mimics surfing and helps you get inland training during your off season! 

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