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Friday, August 9, 2019

On August 9, 2019, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab join boating safety advocates around the world in hosting a Ready, Set, Wear It Life Jacket event in their local community. These events are part of the yearlong Safe Boating Campaign to promote boating safety and voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets. The local event,

tags: Awards, Event, Events, Lake Erie, Safety

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Question: I recently read that distracted boating can be as dangerous as distracted driving. Is this true, and what’s your best advice for avoiding distractions while at the helm? Answer: What you read is true. In fact, increased use of personal electronic devices by vessel operators is such a growing problem that

by: John Bishara, Director, Newport, Rhode Island office, Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Gemeco is pleased to introduce a unique and innovative solution for early detection and prevention of shaft seal failures on recreational, commercial, and municipal vessels. New from Tides Marine, their SmartSeal® Temperature Sensors monitor the temperature of a boat's shaft seals and triggers a series of alarms when the water

tags: Electronics, Safety

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NOAA and its research partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer. This year’s bloom is expected to measure 7.5 on the severity index, but could possibly range between 6 and 9. An index above 5 indicates blooms having greater impact. The severity index is

tags: Environmental Impact, Lake Erie, Safety

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Well, this summer will be a trying one for those of us living on bodies of water attached to a Great Lake. As I write this article in early June, ALL FIVE Great Lakes are now above their record high water levels for the month of May and are forecasted to stay at this level or even rise some, over the summer boating season. This will

by: Captain Dennis J. Mykols

tags: Antique & Classic Boats, Safety

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – recently announced the new Simrad® RS40-B, the first VHF marine radio with AIS transmit and receive capability. Featuring a sleek design with wireless handset capability,

tags: Company Expansions, Electronics, Navigation, Safety, Smart Technology

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Boating and booze don’t mix! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding everyone that operating a boat under the influence is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous. Alcohol is involved in about one in every four fatal boating-related accidents in Ohio. “Don’t risk the lives of your

tags: Lake Erie, Law & Politics, 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