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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

All across America boating season has begun. With some help from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, here are six ways boaters can help keep waters clean and be good environmental stewards all summer long. Cleaning and waxing: When making your boat sparkle, understand that some general cleaning soaps may have

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Monday, July 15, 2019

Boating season is in full swing. Have you given thought to what would you do if you broke down out on the water? Could you do a quick fix on something aboard your boat should you experience a malfunction? While in many cases of breakdown you could get a quick tow back to where you presumably have more in the way of tools and parts,

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Service & Repair

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lessons in boating safety are too often learned the hard way. With a healthy fear of the power of the lake comes attention to boating safety. In the tone of tough love, a skipper I know quips to new passengers this curt, morbid “safety speech”: “If you fall overboard, you will die.” Everyone chuckles, but the

by: Melissa Walsh

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Monday, July 1, 2019

Each year about three out of four recreational boat owners say they plan to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday aboard the family boat. With nearly 12 million registered vessels in the U.S., that could spell mayhem at launch ramps, marinas and popular anchorages, requiring extra skill, patience and courtesy. The nation’s advocate

tags: Boating 101, Events, Safety

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

As boat owners prep for the season, it’s time to dust off the boat’s insurance policy and grab a magnifying glass to read the fine print. Unlike auto or homeowner’s insurance, recreational boat insurance has distinct coverages that can perplex boaters and leave them scratching their heads. What do you need to know?

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

From the beautiful shores of Lake Erie to the waters of the great Ohio River, Ohio offers aquatic adventures for all ages to enjoy. Whether you are interested in a leisurely cruise, wakeboarding, a fishing charter, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding, Ohio is the perfect place to be on the water. With many opportunities come

by: Pat Brown, Boating Law Administrator at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

tags: Boating 101, Lake Erie, Law & Politics

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The boating season is around the corner after a long, hard winter. I know most of us can’t wait to get back on the water; but let’s make sure you and everyone you encounter on the water are safe. 81% of boating fatalities in 2017 involved boat operators that had NOT taken a basic boat safety course. Let that sink in

by: Jordan Balbresky

tags: Boating 101, Education

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