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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: Law & Politics, Boating 101, Lake Erie

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Boaters and anglers in Michigan have some new rules to abide by, based on changes in Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) that went into effect in late March, but they are guidelines that anyone who enjoys fishing and boating in any of our Great Lakes should consider adopting. Boaters in the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wearing a life jacket, avoiding alcohol, and taking a boating safety course tops the list of things you can do now to improve your chances of a long, safe summer of boating. For this year’s National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24) here’s three timely safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Thursday, May 9, 2019

It’s almost prime-time boating season, and manufacturers are reporting that freshwater fishing boats, personal watercraft and pontoon boats are top sellers. What steps do you need to take to arrange financing for your dream boat? Here are 10 tips from the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners

tags: Boating 101

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Seasoned boaters know first-hand that weather conditions on the Great Lakes can change from pleasant to terrifying very quickly. From dangerous lightning to high winds, thunderstorms can ruin an outing in many ways. However, reading your local marine forecast before leaving the dock and regularly checking weather radar along the way

by: Mark Thornton, LakeErieWX Marine Weather

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Software & Apps

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Capt. Fred Davis is a retired charter captain and nationally published author of boating articles. His “Boat Smart” articles are published online at Man overboard incidents are difficult to handle for both the people aboard the boat and rescue personal. Response to an actual incident is never

by: Captain Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Safety