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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Weems & Plath, manufacturer of fine nautical safety and navigation products since 1928, recently announced that they are introducing a Personal Rescue Strobe that is U.S. Coast Guard approved as a dedicated PFD (lifejacket) or harness safety light. The Personal Rescue Strobe is one of the most robust lights on the market with

tags: Accessories, Safety

Monday, November 20, 2017

As you shop for the boater in your life, whether for the holidays, a birthday, or other special occasion, here are some gift ideas that any water enthusiast would love to receive: Mantus Backpack Features: • 100% Waterproof Main Compartment • 50 Liters of Storage • High Quality Waterproof TPU Material • 1 Way

tags: Books & Charts, Clothing & Shoes, Furniture, Safety, Accessories

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A first aid kit is not a Coast Guard requirement recreationally, but if well kept, it can be a lifesaver. Your kit may not be looked at until needed and that should change immediately. “Why?” you may ask. The answer will be obvious when you open the lid. Most kits contain latex gloves that break down, become sticky, and

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Safety

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers equipped with plastic handles, some on the market for more than 40 years, have been recalled. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire

by: Boat US

tags: Safety, Personal Watercraft

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Recently along the Gulf Coast multiple passengers on board an uninspected passenger vessel (UPV) were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. One of the persons had a 26% CO level (amount of CO bound to hemoglobin or red blood cells) in their blood stream. Additionally, it was discovered that one of the passengers became

tags: Safety

Monday, October 16, 2017

As cooler weather arrives, New York Sea Grant Extension of Cornell University offers eight tips that water enthusiasts, particularly those who kayak, canoe or use a rowboat as well as stream and ice anglers, can follow to enhance their seasonal water safety. Water that is less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit can lower body temperature and

tags: Great Lakes, Safety, Applicable Everywhere

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: Safety, Trailers, Boating 101

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: Safety, Lifts & Hoists

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: Safety, Electronics