RYC Club Reference Articles

Oil and Battery Disposal

We are trying to be more environmentally responsible where we can these days and the disposal of oil and batteries is one area where we can do a better job. In the past we have had a barrel for oil disposal and batteries have just been piled in the same area. Neither of these solutions was really satisfactory of course.

The Province of NB has a used oil program, whereby every retailer who sells oil in NB is required to accept used oil for recycling. Products covered under the program include; engine oil, hydraulic fluid, lubrication oil & grease, transmission fluid. Antifreeze cannot be mixed with the used oil. oil filters are to be drained, put into a plastic bag & disposed of in the regular garbage.

Members will now be required to dispose of used oil at an approved facility as the club will no longer have the "barrel" on the premises. In addition, you will have to take your old batteries back to the retailer as we will no longer allow dumping of batteries at the club.

This should solve our problem and hopefully not inconvenience members too much.

Pleasure Craft Operator's Card

A pleasure craft licence provides a unique identification number – commonly referred to as the "licence number" – that you must display on your recreational vessel, as required under the Small Vessel Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. This licence number helps law-enforcement and search and rescue officials trace a pleasure craft to its owner.

Transport Canada has published a NOTICE TO BOATERS that provides details on the new "Proof of Competency" requirements. As of September 15, 2009, proof of competency is required for all operators of motorized pleasure craft, regardless of their age or the length of their vessel. For more details, please visit: www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.

Download the notice here.


A Guide to Preparing for Hurricanes

Boat owners from St John's to Texas have reason to become edgy in the late summer and fall:

Each year, on average, two hurricanes will come ashore somewhere along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, destroying homes, sinking boats, and turning people’s lives topsy turvy for weeks, or even months.

This year, who knows? Florida is struck most often, but every coastal state is a potential target.

For some useful info, check out A Guide to Preparing Marinas and Boats for Hurricanes.