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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Home to thousands of recreational boats, Milwaukee has never had affordable 24/7 on-water assistance available to boaters — until now. Capt. Gareth Stamm, owner of four TowBoatUS locations, including nearby Racine, has opened TowBoatUS Milwaukee just in time for the summer boating season. Boaters needing routine assistance with

tags: Company Expansions, Lake Michigan, Safety, Towing

Friday, April 12, 2019

Safety recall, service bulletin, product correction bulletin, service advisory: What do these terms mean to you? Some use the force of law to require manufacturers to repair defects. Some are manufacturers’ goodwill offers for free repairs, and the others are simply internal notifications that may not be much more than an

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Service & Repair

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Boatyards, marinas and clubs are waking up after a long winter’s nap, and boaters have begun preparing their vessels for the season. While the boat needs to be looked at and readied for a summer of fun, so does your safety. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water says that doing these four free or low-cost

tags: Safety, Spring Commissioning

Friday, March 29, 2019

Twenty-three Ohio communities will receive a total of $572,366.87 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to support local marine patrol units. Provided by the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, these assistance funds represent a continuing effort to keep Ohio waterways safe and enhance recreational boating

tags: Awards, Lake Erie, Law & Politics, Safety

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Michigan boaters may not be aware of the potential trouble on the water in regards to the recent legalization of marijuana. There are a growing number of states where cannabis is legal, giving many boaters the entirely false impression they can legally bring the substance aboard a boat or vessel. Possession of marijuana is a violation

tags: Law & Politics, Safety

Friday, February 1, 2019

With Ohioans experiencing the roller coaster of temperatures throughout the state, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is encouraging residents and out-of-state visitors to prioritize safety while participating in winter recreational activities outdoors, such as hiking or ice fishing. With the recent cold temperatures, it

tags: Boating 101, Dept of Natural Resources, Fishing, Safety

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A sign of the times, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that it’s common for recreational boaters today to use cellphones to call during a boating emergency. While Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges every vessel to have a working VHF radio with DSC (digital selective calling), the nation’s recreational

tags: Law & Politics, Safety

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

To keep our nation’s waterways open and safe, the Coast Guard relies on the input of the maritime community to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris. The Navigation Center would like to remind all waterway users, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, of several

by: LT Amy Midgett, USCG

tags: Boating 101, Navigation, Safety

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Since the inclusion of Edson’s ComfortGrip in the PowerWheel in 2003, countless hands have been saved from rough days out on the water. However, the wheel isn’t the only place where boaters grab to keep themselves steady while underway. Introducing Edson’s iconic ComfortGrip™️ now in 8” and

tags: Accessories, Safety

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

With their low battery draw, cooler operation, and sturdy construction, LED lights have been popular with recreational boaters. The lights may also be causing poor VHF radio and Automatic Identification System (AIS) reception, according to a Marine Safety Alert - issued by the U.S. Coast Guard on August 15, 2018. The BoatUS Foundation

tags: Electronics, Lighting, Safety

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