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Thursday, June 27, 2019

When boats break down on the water, run aground or run out of fuel, many recreational boaters use the free BoatUS App to summon TowBoatUS for routine on-water assistance. The app’s new Connect feature will automatically link app users with the closest local TowBoatUS captain, eliminating the need to call to BoatUS national

tags: Boat Club, Safety, Software & Apps, Towing

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When it comes to recreational boats and commercial ship traffic, separation is key. Some boaters, however, may not recognize the dangers of navigating close to a commercial ship. Two 30-second videos captured by a pilot at the helm of 600-plus-foot commercial vessels navigating on New York’s Hudson River are aimed at educating

tags: Education, Safety

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

In the past, I have addressed the importance of boat trailer safety and making sure you get the proper trailer for your needs. I have also written “to do” lists for maintenance items to check on your trailer and discussed the importance of making sure the trailer accurately supports your boat’s hull to prevent damage

by: Megan Meisler, Co-Owner of Loadmaster Trailer Co. Ltd.,

tags: Hauling, Safety, Trailers

Friday, May 31, 2019

Maritime emergencies come in various packages: grounding, losing a keel, lightning strike, fire, or a medical emergency onboard. Here are some tips on what to have on board, what to take when you go in the drink, and what to do once there. Six Must Have Items A comprehensive list of onboard safety items can get long and much of it

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Every year the New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Discover Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel is equipped with all the gear required and recommended for boating on New York waters. Because boating is a year’round pursuit in New York State, NYSG Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White is continually educating people

by: NY Sea Grant

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Nobody thinks they are going to be the one that goes overboard, but that’s exactly what happened to Meridian X crewman, Mark Wheeler, during the 2017 “Chicago Mac” race. In moments, he went from racing to survival as he found himself thrown overboard into Lake Michigan at night. Amazingly he was recovered, but his

by: Ken Quant, Broad Reach Marketing

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Sailing

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Would you like to try to help save a child’s life this summer boating season? With a range of free materials available, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water can help your marina, club, fuel dock, campground, town or waterfront business get a Life Jacket Loaner location off the ground or promote an existing

tags: Safety, Rentals

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Toledo Sail and Power Squadron urges boaters to take the time each season to schedule a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) to determine if the boat is in compliance with federal and state boating laws. Each VSC is free of charge, a public service provided by Toledo Sail & Power Squadron “America’s Boating Club” and

tags: Safety, Lake Erie

Friday, May 24, 2019

Have you ever wished for an extra hand on board when docking your boat? A thruster to navigate that tricky maneuver? A powerful searchlight in a black night on the sea? What about a low vision thermal camera to detect a person that fell overboard that same night? Or one to see an oncoming obstacle? Have you ever wished for a power

tags: Electronics, Safety, Accessories

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) continues the debut of its third season of safe-boating videos on America’s Boating Channel™ with “SAFETY TIPS FOR PADDLE SPORTS,” which can be found online at and as a free mobile app available at Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

tags: Canoes & Kayaks, Paddleboards, Safety, Water Toys