Dec 14, 2017

BSVTThe Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) allows boaters to practice the basics of recreational small boat handling. 

The BSVT embodies high-end technology featuring three computer screens with a selective rotating field of vision close to 360 degrees. It has a responsive steering wheel with console switches for horn and navigation lights. It is modeled after a Boston Whaler Dauntless 200 with Mercury outboard and controls. It reacts to variable settings for trim, current and wind. On the dashboard you see your compass, tach and speedometer. Boat show attendees can manoeuvre through simulated exercises in a virtual lake, without the risks of a real boat on the water.

 

 

The program consists of fourteen preplanned lessons that cover:

1. Departing the Dock
2. Working with Spring Lines
3. Fairways
4. Pivot Turn
5. Mooring
6. Docking
7. Slalom
8. Crossing/Overtaking/Meeting
9. Emergency Stop
10. Beaching
11. Man Overboard
12. Navigation Aids
13. Night Operations
14. Open Waters

A Boating Skills Virtual Trainer will be at the following shows for attendees to gain hands-on experience and learn new manoeuvres, without risk.

Toronto International Boat Show January 12 - 21
Vancouver International Boat Show January 17 - 21
Salon du bateau et des sports nautiques Montreal February 1 - 4
Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show February 8 - 11
Halifax International Boat Show February 8 - 11
Victoria Boat Show February 16 - 18
Ottawa Boat Show February 22 - 25
London Boat Fishing and Outdoor Show February 23 - 25
Quinte Sportsman Show March 9 - 11

To book a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer for your Squadron event contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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