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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sirius Signal will demonstrate their latest product innovation, the Sirius Aero Foil Model AF-1 Daytime Visual Distress Signal (DVDS) for recreational boaters on October 6 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Aero Foil AF-1 is constructed of helium-filled mylar parafoil that inflates when deployed. In case of an emergency, boaters will hold

tags: Safety

Friday, September 22, 2017

Given that this issue highlights hauling, winterizing, and storage, I thought I would generate some good information for you readers to apply before pulling the boat this fall and putting it on the trailer. Safety is the most important aspect when it comes to hauling your boat. The consequence of cutting corners in terms of payload

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Trailers

Friday, September 8, 2017

Every year boats are lost to storms, storms that should have been anticipated. Some storms are forecast well in advance while others arrive suddenly, borne by high winds. Yet other times, weather forecasts simply go unheard. A severe storm on Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, Michigan, in August 1997 tossed dozens of boats on to the beach or

tags: Lifts & Hoists, Safety

Friday, August 4, 2017

In 2008, four sailors died after signaling for distress using a very popular marine device. They had been competing in a race onboard the Aegean, as written about in Practical Sailor, and ran into unknown trouble later that evening. The device they used could not ascertain their GPS position at the time of the activation, despite

tags: Electronics, Safety

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New York Sea Grant will be teaching water safety in the pond at Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms three times a day during the weekend of August 8, 9, and 10 event that is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the northeastern U.S. New York Sea Grant partners with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York

tags: Education, Safety

Thursday, July 27, 2017

After a morning of trolling on Lake Michigan aboard the family boat, the section of sandy beach looked like the perfect place for a picnic and a chance to stretch our sea legs. The bottom was rock-free and continued its gentle slope into the surf, offering a broad stretch of shallow water for our guests to cool their heels as they

tags: Safety

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Having company on your boat is a lot of fun. Water sports are a natural part of that fun, and given most folks’ appetite for excitement, it is likely your weekends will include all the fun things to do behind your boat–water skiing, tubing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, barefooting… have we missed any?

tags: Safety, Water Toys

Monday, July 3, 2017

The recent fatalities an 11-year-old girl in New Jersey and 19-year-old young man in Ohio are bringing scrutiny to an age-old summer ritual that’s common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Initial reports say the youngster died when touching a dock’s electrified boatlift, and the Ohio teen died as a

tags: Safety

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced that its Phantom Security and Monitoring (SM) system prevented the sinking of a 65-foot Fairline. “I got a warning call from my GOST Phantom earlier

tags: Electronics, Safety, Software & Apps

Monday, June 26, 2017

As the July Fourth holiday approaches, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers will focus on keeping boaters safe through heightened awareness and enforcement of boating under the influence laws. The initiative is part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign, which runs June 30-July 2. The annual campaign

tags: Events, Safety

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