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".
This spring however, we have a number of new boaters, and the question has been asked a few times: "Can I BBQ on my boat while it is parked at the dock?". Great question, and one that I have answered many times. We thought it might be smart to write out our thoughts on the matter.
- You are allowed to BBQ on your boat while it is docked at the marina.
- Our marina insurance does not prohibit it (I checked).
- BBQing on your boat while at the dock is in many ways safer than doing so at anchor on Big Rideau Lake (more protection, less waves, less wind).
- It is MORE dangerous because of the proximity of other flammable materials close by (canvas, vinyls, fuel tanks, etc.)
- The "respect thy neighbour" (do unto others...) is ultimately the rule that dictates here. If you are cooking something with a strong smell, and/or it is breezy in any way, you should NOT BBQ on your boat. It may impare your slip mate's enjoyment of the marina.